Recently while I was cleaning up my basement, I came across something that I haven't seen since I was about 4 years old; tucked away in the closet I found my brother's copy of Star Fox for the Super Nintendo. To you it might not be a big deal, but to me it is a big deal, it was the first game I've ever played when I was a child.
Instantly, memories of the polygonal arwings and enemies came into my head, as if it were yesterday that I was playing this game at the age of 4. I clearly remember the first stage of Star Fox, Corneria, this was the level that started my love for video games. Everything about it was awesome, you start out by seeing the Star Fox team flying out of the base and allow me to quote the line that was said, "Warning, warning, incoming enemy fire, prepare for launch!" And then it begins with the kick-ass music for Corneria.
My brother was holding the controller and I was right there next to him watching as he shot down enemy fighters, dodging plasma shots, and navigating his way past the columns that were falling when the enemies shot at them. At the time I was absolutely wow'd by the graphics, the colors, and the music. Then my brother paused the game and said to me, "Do you want to try it out?" I looked at him with big eyes and a smile on my face as if he were giving me a sacred piece of treasure. I took the controller from his hands and I started to play my first video game. At the time, I was scared to play Star Fox because the end boss, Andross, scared the shit out of me, I was 4 years old give me a break. I was doing barrel rolls, shooting twin lasers at the baddies, it was amazing. After I got through the main part of Corneria, it was time to fight the boss. I heard the booming music from the speakers, I knew something big was going to come from behind me and I was right. It was a gigantic ship that shot missiles and plasma balls at me, but I noticed that the coloring where the missiles came out was different from the rest of the armor. Like most shooters, Star Fox had bosses that have a glowing area to signify the enemies weakness, so my brother told me to shoot at that opening to destroy the boss. After his health bar depleted, the big bad boss hit the ground like a sack of shit and blew up, I was absolutely in love with the effects. I'll never forget it.
So here I am almost 16 years later, remembering a game that opened the door to video games for me. It may sound kind of lame, but I had a tear come down my face when I held the cartridge in my hands, it reminded me of the good old days when my brother and I would play video games together. We still play games together and we still remember everything about Star Fox and I have him to thank for helping me appreciate video games. And it all started with Star Fox...