Platinum Games and Nintendo appear to have grown quite chummy with one another this past year. It was revealed at E3 that the companies were teaming up to bring The Wonderful 101 to the Wii U, and just this past week Nintendo announced that Bayonetta 2 is coming to their next-gen console as an exclusive. Despite some backlash from fans after confirming Bayonetta 2‘s exclusivity, it’s apparent that Platinum Games and the Big N will maintain a steady relationship in the coming years.
If that is indeed the case, then famed Platinum Games director Hideki Kamiya has publicly stated that he’d be interested in working on the Star Fox franchise.
When Kamiya was asked by a follower on Twitter which Nintendo-owned series he would like to work on, he provided the curious gamer with two answers. His first choice, much to the delight of fans everywhere, would be Star Fox. This isn’t the first time Kamiya has expressed interest in working on a Star Fox title either, but now seems as likely a time as ever for Kamiya to get his wish – especially with the current ongoing publishing deal between the two companies.
Except Star Fox? Hmm… Nazo no Murasame Jō. RT @racattackforce: Are there any Nintendo games you’d like to work on?
— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) September 16, 2012
It’s not hard to imagine what kind of insanity would emerge if Platinum Games was permitted to bring their unique style to the Star Fox franchise, but Ninty may be a bit hesitant to allow third-parties to work with their properties after the mediocre Metroid Other M. That being said, PG has managed to make a solid reputation for itself, and there’s little doubt that Hideki and his team would be up to the challenge.
If Nintendo is already hard at work on a Star Fox game (or even a Metroid/Star Fox crossover) then Kamiya mentioned that he’d be game for tackling a follow up to the overlooked Japan-exclusive Nazo no Murasme-jō. Takamaru, the game’s protagonist, even has his very own mini-game in Nintendo Land, so it’s a good sign that the house of Mario hasn’t forgotten about the long-dormant property.
The odds that Platinum Games will get a hold of either series will likely depend on just how well both The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 do on the Wii U upon their release, and whether or not there are already plans for the next installment of Star Fox. There’s no question that gamers have been waiting a long time to see fox McCloud and friends suit up for another adventure, and Platinum Games is in a good position to give everyone just that.
Would you be okay with a Platinum Games developed Star Fox, or would you rather see Takamaru return?
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