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Star Fox 64

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Title Screen

Star Fox 64

Also known as: Lylat Wars (PAL)
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64
Released in JP: April 27, 1997
Released in US: June 30, 1997
Released in EU: October 20, 1997
Released in AU: October 20, 1997

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

Star Fox 64 is the third second game in the Star Fox series, salvaging some ideas from the unreleased Star Fox 2.

Unused Graphics

Title Screen Copyright

An earlier 1996 copyright notice goes unused in every region. It can be spotted in a prerelease screenshot of the Japanese title screen.

Old Copyright Notice Early Title Screen
StarFox64 C1996.png
StarFox64 ProtoTitle.jpg

HUD Elements

Early screenshot with some unused HUD elements
Screenshot of early HUD using the FPSF letters
To do:
  • Organize image galleries better (image grouping, width/height).
  • Get more prototype screenshots for comparison.

Many unused HUD graphics as well as their palettes are still buried inside the final game. While some are duplicates or otherwise very similar copies to those used in-game (such as the numbers 0-9 and C-Button graphics), these specific images do not appear to be referenced by the game at all.

Numbers & Symbols



Icons & Misc. Graphics

Boost Meter

(Source: xdaniel (entire section))

Unused Shield

A shield is used by Star Wolf and the enemies on Bolse before all barriers are destroyed, but is never made available to the player. It can be enabled with the following GameShark codes depending on version.

NA 1.0 NA 1.1 AU EU JP
8116D940 0001 81177AD0 0001 81179B38 0001 81179C38 0001 8117D270 0001

If you collide with anything, you won't take any damage, nor will you ever lose your wings. The shield is only visible when used on Arwing levels, but also gives invincibility to the Landmaster and the Blue-Marine.

This was later made available in the 3D remake, as a multiplayer powerup.

Version Differences

On v1.0, achieving a score of over 511 on a single level causes the game to subtract 256 from this level's score and the total score on the rankings. V1.1 patched this by limiting the score on a single level to 511.

Regional Differences

  • In the Japanese version, the character icons do not sync with their voices and simply animate all the way through. The sync was added for the English voice cast.
  • The European Lylat Wars has an option to choose between English and "Lylat" - the latter being akin to the gibberish of its predecessor.
  • When a teammate is in trouble, an arrow pointing in their direction appears on screen, labelled "HELP"; in European versions it is labelled "S.O.S!".
  • The red line Corneria boss in the Japanese version opens his hatches quicker.
  • In the iQue version, all character voices have been re-dubbed in Chinese.
  • There are some extra enemies in some levels depending on the region:
    • In Meteo, the Japanese version has one less Killer Bee than the US one (where there is an extra Killer Bee if you defeat the first Killer Bee{s} quick enough).
    • In Aquas during Expert Mode, there are three enemies in the Japanese version that were removed in the US one.


While it seems endless, the Venom 1 tunnel does indeed end if you manage to survive for about 8 minutes. It even gives you an extra life before you collide into the wall and die.