Nintendo’s Retro Studios making Star Fox racing spin-off (Leak)

Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios is reportedly beavering away on a Star Fox racing spin-off game, according to numerous leaks originating from Reddit.

The rumour – which was posted by Reddit user DasVergeben on the Star Fox subreddit – says the dev is building a spin-off more akin to F-Zero than a traditional Star Fox title – one purportedly called Star Fox: Grand Prix. Here’s the full post below:

“What Retro Studios is working on is a spinoff based on an existing Nintendo IP that they haven’t worked with before…. Star Fox.

It is actually a racing game. Something like Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero essentially. But more like F-Zero gameplay. It will have a adventure mode of some kind (think Diddy Kong Racing) and there will be some boss fights and a hub world like it too.

It is called Star Fox Grand Prix.”

Take this one with a big pinch of salt. With E3 less than a month away, this is when rumours go into overdrive, especially those with big Nintendo licenses attached. However, considering how the Star Fox licence has struggled to match the high points of yesterday, a new direction might just be what the franchise needs.

While I hadn’t heard the name – and don’t know if that is accurate or final – other details line up with what I have heard. The Star Fox series is traditionally a space (and sometimes land) based vehicle shooter, although it has dabbled in various other genres before.

Nintendo fans have been acutely interested in the goings-on at Retro Studios. The secretive Austin, Texas-based developer was catapulted to fame when it developed the excellent Metroid Prime trilogy for GameCube and Wii.

Retro followed this with the well-received if not revolutionary Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freeze side-scrolling platformers for Wii and Wii U.

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