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The original Star Fox was a technological triumph. A sci-fi shooter starring a cast of anthropomorphic animals, the game managed to squeeze actual 3D graphics — chunky polygons and all — onto the Super Nintendo’s comparatively underpowered 16-bit hardware. Its sequel was equally ambitious. Star Fox 2 combined cutting-edge graphics with a unique, real-time structure that had you fighting off alien forces while simultaneously defending your home planet. It was tense, daring, and unlike any other game.

Of course, the other big difference between the two games is that Star Fox 2 was never officially released — until today.

Nintendo’s miniature SNES Classic is an excellent machine for 16-bit fans, with a built-in collection of some of the…

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