Best Star Fox Games Of All Time

Image: Nintendo Life / Damien McFerran

Like any long-running group, the Star Fox team has been through some ups and downs over the years, with some incredible gaming highs serving to make any titles less that life-changingly awesome feel, well, a bit disappointing by comparison.

The sentiment that the Star Fox franchise never got better than its first sequel is relatively common — and understandable — yet the series has played host to some wonderful non-64-bit games. From the tactical nuance of Q-Games’ Star Fox Command, to Rare and Namco’s dalliances on GameCube, and Nintendo’s own experiments during the Wii U era, the series has been a test bed for interesting game design ideas and has produced some fascinating, if flawed, results. They may not be all-round, cohesive classics like Star Fox 64 — which celebrates its 25th anniversary today — but each of them offers something intriguing, often many things. There’s a reason the fandom flame still burns bright for this foxy franchise.

So, we asked Nintendo Life readers to rate every Star Fox game they’ve played in order to assemble the ultimate reader-ranked list of the best Star Fox games (and conversely, the worst ones, too), and the result can be found below.

Thanks to everyone who rated the games they’ve played. If you missed out, good news — you haven’t! You can still rate every game you’ve played in the list below — the ranking is updated in real time according the each game’s corresponding User Rating in the Nintendo Life game database. Even as you read this, it’s entirely possible to influence the order after publication. If you haven’t rated your favourites yet, simply click the ‘star’ of the game you wish to rate below and assign a score out of ten right now.

So, let’s take a look at every Star Fox game ranked from worst to best by you, dear readers.

Note. We’ve included both the 3DS remake and the original Star Fox 64, plus Starlink: Battle For Atlas in the list below thanks to its copious amount of Star Fox content.

Star Fox Guard (Wii U eShop)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 23rd Apr 2016 (USA) / 22nd Apr 2016 (UK/EU)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)Star Fox Zero (Wii U)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: PlatinumGames

Release Date: 22nd Apr 2016 (USA) / 22nd Apr 2016 (UK/EU)
Star Fox Command (DS)Star Fox Command (DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Q Games

Release Date: 28th Aug 2006 (USA) / 26th Jan 2007 (UK/EU)
Star Fox 2 (SNES)Star Fox 2 (SNES)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Argonaut Software

Release Date: 29th Sep 2017 (USA) / 29th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch)

Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft

Release Date: 16th Oct 2018 (USA) / 16th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)
Star Fox: Assault (GCN)Star Fox: Assault (GCN)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Namco

Release Date: 14th Feb 2005 (USA) / 29th Apr 2005 (UK/EU)
Star Fox Adventures (GCN)Star Fox Adventures (GCN)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Rare

Release Date: 22nd Sep 2002 (USA) / 22nd Nov 2002 (UK/EU)
Star Fox (SNES)Star Fox (SNES)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release Date: 1st Mar 1993 (USA) / 3rd Jun 1993 (UK/EU)
Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 9th Sep 2011 (USA) / 9th Sep 2011 (UK/EU)
Star Fox 64 (N64)Star Fox 64 (N64)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release Date: 30th Jun 1997 (USA) / 20th Oct 1997 (UK/EU)

Totally and utterly unsurprised by the result? Let us know your personal takes in the comments below, and remember that this is a live list — the order is governed by the User Ratings of each game on our database, so feel free to rate the games above if you haven’t already and influence the ranking.

Also, unleash your favourite Star Fox 64 quotes below. Try a somersault!

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