Giles Goddard's got significant history with Nintendo. Having worked as a programmer on Super Mario 64, Stunt Race FX and 1080° Snowboarding, he also worked on the original Star Fox for SNES, and he's got some thoughts on how he'd handle a new entry.
Speaking to GameXplain for a recent interview, he was asked if there was a Nintendo series he'd be interested in working on. Confirming he'd like to see Star Fox return, Goddard revealed he'd do so without any "gimmicks.
Star Fox Former Programmer Would Like To Make A New Entry With "No Gimmicks"
Outlining a back to basics approach, Goddard advised against a Star Fox Zero approach, an entry which saw heavy criticism for its implementation of the Wii U Gamepad. More specifically, he stated:
It would be interesting to do a Star Fox, I think. But not how the other ones were done. I think I would just dial it back a lot and not in gimmicks like, you know, the stuff Star Fox Zero had, and maybe not even put in the free roaming aspects and stuff like that. I would just bring it back, pull it back into what made the original Star Fox fun, and just make one based on that. I don’t know how popular it would be, but it would be cool to try.
When asked if he'd take a retro approach to Star Fox, Goddard flatly replied "No", believing it'd have to be an extremely stylised retro look if he did that. Elaborating further, he advised that he wouldn't try replicating the Super FX graphics, saying "We’ve fixed that problem, you don’t want to go back to it."
During that same interview, Goddard also revealed he'd previously attempted to pitch a new "ultra-realistic" F-Zero game to Nintendo, though this was sadly declined and since then, he's created Carve Snowboarding on Oculus Quest. You can watch the video above, and we've got the full story here.