“Fox has a fox-like face like Miyamoto.”
Star Fox‘s eccentric cast of characters, including Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi, were designed after a few Nintendo legends.
During an interview on Nintendo.com, original Star Fox graphic designer Takaya Imamura revealed that the faces of the characters on Team Star Fox are actually based on staff members that worked on the game. For example, Fox was designed after Miyamoto while Falco is based on designer Tsuyoshi Watanabe, who worked on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Star Fox, and more.
“Fox has a fox-like face like Miyamoto,” said Imamura. “Falco is Watanabe. At the time, we laughed over how his nose sticks out like a beak!”
Imamura went on to reveal that Peppy Hare is based on Splatoon and ARMS general producer Katsuya Eguchi, while Slippy Toad is designed after The Legend of Zelda series’ Yoichi Yamada.
As for the main villain Andross, well… “And the villain Andross is…I shouldn’t say,” said Imamura. “Andross is my boss at the time.”
The never-before-released Star Fox 2 will finally be made available to the public as part of the 21 games includes in the Super NES Classic. Be sure to check out IGN’s hands-on preview of the game ahead of the SNES Classic’s release.