Star Fox Zero has been out a scant 48 hours and tinkerers are already finding oddities within the game code. The strangest so far? This:
Miiverse stamps for Bayonetta 2 have been found inside Fox’s new title, inaccessible within the game proper. You’ve got a magic symbol, Jeanne, an un-weaponized stiletto, and Bayo dressed like Mario. Why would they be there? Well….remember when an Arwing was found in the code for Ocarina of Time? It proved the game was built upon a foundation of Star Fox 64. Both Bayonetta 2 and Star Fox Zero were collaborations between Nintendo and Platinum Games. Is this an indication that Star Fox Zero was built with the Bayonetta 2 engine?
Maybe, maybe not. The stamps were found and posted by a Twitter hacker called Exploit Apologist, and he was asked if he found any more clues suggesting this. “Well, it uses none of Nintendoware, but Wwise for audio, CPK archives, lines up pretty well.” But not enough to be a smoking gun. Wwise is a common sound tool these days, for example.
Star Fox Zero came out last Friday and was dinged by the critics for its awkward control scheme. Its companion minigame, Star Fox Guard, fared better. A game starring Slippy fared better than a game starring Fox — it’s come to this.