Star Fox is a series of 3D sci-fi shooter games from Nintendo.
The original Star Fox was an on-rails shooter Super Nintendo game developed by Nintendo EAD and released in 1993. The game was revolutionary for its time, with true 3D graphics. The game sold a couple of million copies over its life and introduced the series's universe and characters.
A few years later, in 1997, Star Fox 64 was released for the Nintendo 64. Once again developed by Nintendo EAD, this was essentially a re-imagining of the original game, and is considered the start of the series canon. Star Fox 64 brought many changes to the series, including far superior graphics, constant voiced dialogue, multi-player, and "Rumble Pack" compatibility.
A new Star Fox game would not be announced for over half a decade. However, at E3 2004, a new game in the series called Star Fox: Dark Phoenix was announced to be in development by Capcom. Although it was not confirmed at the time, the game was a retooled version of Dead Phoenix, an earlier announced game meant as a GameCube exclusive.
Star Fox: Dark Phoenix was released to generally positive reviews on February 14, 2005. The game was praised for its classic shooter game play and fantastic presentation, but was also criticized for its limited multi-player and a lack of innovation since 1997's 64. The game's massive enemies were a high point of the game, showcasing the power of the GameCube even relatively late into its life.
A new entry in the Star Fox series, a remake of 64 for the 3DS, has been announced to be released sometime in 2013. The game is to be a full remake of 64, with entirely new graphics and online multi-player.
Despite only having three games, the Star Fox series has been a major success for Nintendo. The three games' combined sales total over 11 million copies sold, with six million of those sales belonging to 64 alone. Furthermore, all three Star Fox games are considered to be some of the best space shooters ever released for any platform.