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WATCH: A barrel-rolling look back at Nintendo's Star Fox franchise on its 25th birthday

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Aug 23, 2018, 11:05 AM EDT

Twenty-five years ago, the Nintendo gaming company introduced the world to a team of crackshot pilots, who also happened to be talking animals. As the Star Fox franchise reaches its quarter-of-a-century milestone this year, we decided to take an in-depth look back at Fox McCloud & Pals.

First released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Star Fox followed a rail shooter format that only allowed players to follow a certain, predetermined path dotted with obstacles. It was the release of Star Fox 64 in 1997 for the Nintendo 64 that really put the good folks of Corneria on the map, thanks to the advent of the console's groundbreaking 3D graphics. 

After eight games and a number of prominent roles in the Super Smash Bros. games, the characters of Star Fox are an indelible part of the fabric that makes up classic gaming. Names like Fox McCloud, Peppy Hare, Falco Lombardi, Slippy Toad, Wolf O'Donnell, and Andross are instantly recognizable. When you've reached that level of fame, there's nothing left except to DO A BARREL ROLL!!!

Check out our retrospective to learn about how Star Fox was inspired by Japanese folklore and Shigeru Miyamoto's desire to break the sci-fi mold...