In an E3 interview with GameInformer, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked which game he feels hasn’t gotten quite enough love. Here was his response…
I think personally Star Fox is a really fun game if you sit down and play it. I think, for example, an elementary school kid who plays it without any preconceived notions, I think it would be really fun for them. I think it’s also really, really fun for siblings to play it together.
While I appreciate that Miyamoto takes pride in the product he delivered, I do take one issue with his idea that someone should come into a game like Star Fox Zero with no preconceived notions: It’s a sequel. Anyone who has played Star Fox for SNES or Star Fox 64 on the N64 or 3DS already has a preconceived notion for what a sequel to the franchise should and should not be.
It’s fantastic that Miyamoto and Nintendo are willing to take risks on new gameplay mechanics within their established franchises, but these games don’t exist in a vacuum. While some games like Super Mario 3D World benefit from their new mechanics, others can run the risk of deviating too far from what made earlier games in the series so great, and the preconceived notions of players will do you no favors in such a case.