After I'd posted I did consider editing it to highlight I was talking about a brand new (not a remake/HD version etc.) home console game.Matt_B wrote:I can forgive you for missing it, but a Star Fox game did come out for the 3DS a couple of years back and sold a whopping 720,000 copies. OK, it was a re-make of an older game, but even so those numbers aren't exactly encouraging, are they? at least not compared to the multi-million figures of Mario, Zelda, Animal Crossing and the like.Joey wrote:Sorry mate I just dont agree. If an F-Zero/StarFox console game had come out in the last few years and massively flopped then you'd be onto something.Matt_B wrote:I think people have completely unrealistic expectations from Nintendo here.
However... 10 years and 2 consoles on (in the case of F-Zero) and 15 years and 3 consoles on (in the case of Star Fox) I don't think at all anyone can say its unrealistic to expect that now is the time, more than any, to have a good crack at this IP, break the cycle and take a f-ing chance!
As you say though the 3DS StarFox is just a remake (which I have played) so it's not really fair to use that as an example over a brand new original game in the franchise. That's like Kojima saying he's not going to make MGS 5 on the basis that the MGS HD collection didn't sell millions... they are not the same thing.
Again, in those many years Nintendo could have retired anyone of its IP's to have a bash at one of these games. If they hadn't taken a chance with Nintendogs then they wouldn't have known it would sell that many units. The same applies to any franchise.
When it comes down to it all I'm basically trying to say is that if 15 years and 3 consoles down the line isn't the right time, when is?