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Krystal Fox – 20 Years Later | STAR FOX Estelle Ellis Interview

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September 23rd of this year marked the 20th anniversary of Star Fox Adventures, which was Released by British video game developer Rareware.

Adventures offered a different take on the Star Fox series, originally a beat ’em up, space-shooter game. Adventures was intended to be an original game with no connection to the star fox series titled Dinosaur Planet, which was set to be released for the Nintendo 64.

Dinosaur Planet

The original game was set in an open world and would follow two protagonists, Sabre the wolf and Krystal the fox, and allow players to interchange characters via Swapstones. However, Shigeru Miyamoto & Nintendo held a meeting with Rareware, who had a contract with Nintendo then, to merge Star Fox and Dinosaur Planet into one due to Sabre’s similarities with Fox McCloud.

Promotional image featuring Krystal Fox before the redesign

After agreeing, Rareware staff would discuss how they would fit their characters and art style into the Star Fox universe. Although Dinosaur Planet game never officially saw the light of day, the first 50 Minutes of the game was leaked online in 2021. The outcome from the merge was Star Fox Adventures which was released on September 23rd, 2002, for the Nintendo Gamecube, instead of the Nintendo 64.

Most of Rareware work on Dinosaur Planet was eventually made it into the final version of the game; this included some of the characters, most notably Krystal The Fox.

Krystal Through Time

Voiced by Estelle Ellis, and later by Alésia Glidewell, Krystal has been featured in various Star Fox games, including Star Fox Assault in 2005 and Command in 2006. Krystal’s last appearance was in Ultimate as an Assist Trophy in 2018. Since then, Krystal has not appeared or even been mentioned in any official Star Fox game. Additionally, she did not appear in the latest star fox title, Star Fox Zero. Much about Krystal is unknown; from her early origins in Dinosaur Planet to today, her stance in the game series is officially unknown.

Here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Fox Adventures, the game that introduced us to Krystal the Fox, is former voice actress Estelle Ellis the voice of Krystal! After nearly 20 years, Estelle returns to the spotlight to speak about her experiences behind the mic, voicing Krystal and her experience now with the Krystal fan base.

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 Teaser Trailer Premiere | Illumination and Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Film

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New York Comic Con has announced the premiere of the upcoming Super Marios Bros film produced by Illumination and Nintendo.

The film an ensemble voice cast including Chris Pratt (Mario), Anya Taylor-Joy (Peach), Charlie Day (Luigi), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong), Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek), Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike), and Charles Martinet (undisclosed role).

This is the third film adaptation of the game franchise following the 1986 Japanese animated adventure comedy film Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! and the terrible but cult classic film, 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros. The new film began its concept development as early as 2015, after Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto met Illumination CEO, Chris Meledandri through Universal Japan’s venture in Super Mario Bro attractions.

By 2020, production was already underway with Chris Pratt as Mario and Directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who both worked on Teen Titans Go! To the Movies as director and writer, respectively. As of September 22, 2022, not much is known about the film’s plot, however there is an IMDB description that describes the film as follows,

” A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. Feature film adaptation of the popular video game.”

Via IMDB

The film is set to be released by Universal Pictures on April 7, 2023 in the United States, followed by a Japan release on April 28, It will be available to stream on Peacock 45 days afterwards. Universal pictures and New York Comic-Con have announced the world premiere teaser trailer of the film on October 6th at 4pm ET.

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Levi’s x Pokémon collection coming NEXT WEEK

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As part of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo is collaborating with Levi Strauss & Co.

The Levi’s x Pokémon collection, ranging from $20.00 – $148.00, will launch in Levi’s stores, on Levi.com, and on the Levi’s App starting February 15th. Inspired by the first season of the original Pokémon anime series, the collection includes a range of Levi’s denim, tops, bottoms, fleece, tees, and accessories that feature graphics and prints of both the popular characters and the woodland settings of the Kanto region.

Also included is a range of graphic tees that features throwback character art, such as Ash, Misty and Pokémon from that classic first season. And, for fans of Misty, there’s even the Levi’s Misty Short and Misty Tank, an homage to the iconic outfit she wears in the series.

There’s also an all-over floral Pokémon print gym bag, a Poké Ball crossbody bag and clip-on pouches with Pokémon characters embroidered on the front. And, on the sundries, the collection features Pokémon branding on Levi’s® back patches, Red Tabs that mimic red and white Poké Balls, and buttons stamped with Pikachu and Poké Balls.

In January, Nintendo announced it had began its 25th anniversary celebration with its collaboration with Bear Walker skateboards.

Created by craftsman, Bear Walker 

McDonald’s later announced its collaboration with Nintendo for their Happy Meals. Starting today (February 9th), each Happy Meal will include one of the following:

Photo by Pokebeach.com

Each Happy Meal toy is available for induvial purchase for $2* depending on location. For more information please contact your local McDonald’s.

Let’s the hunt begin!

Special thanks to the Levi’s PR team for providing the Levi’s X Pokémon Photoset collection

Interview with Star Fox’s Slippy Toad – Lyssa Browne

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Lyssa Browne is know in the voice over world as an audio book producer and narrator, what you probably did not know is that she is also the voice of Slippy Toad and Katt Monroe in Nintendo’s Star Fox video games series, beginning with Star Fox 64 in 1998.

Since 2001 Slippy Toad has been voiced by different voice actors (Chris Seavor & Mike McAuliffe). In 2011 she reprise her roles for the remastered version of Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3DS.

We spoke with Lyssa Browne, crossing out another cast member for our on-going Star Fox voice actor interviews:

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Answer the question, mentioned in the video in the comments below for your change to win an autographed print signed by Lyssa Browne

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January 17th 2021

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Interview with Star Fox’s legendary voice actor, MIKE WEST!

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Mike West was the very first voice of Nintendo’s famous canine, Fox McCloud in the hit video games series, STAR FOX!

Originally released in 1995, Star Fox quickly gain attraction as spaceship shooter game. In 1997, it was rebooted for the Nintendo 64 with higher graphics and titled Star Fox 64, which was the very first Nintendo game to have included support for the Rumble Pak, enhancing the gaming experience.

Star Fox 64 was the first Star Fox game to feature actual vocal lines, as oppose to its previous gibberish ‘vocal‘ sounds. It is here that voice actor, Mike West began his career with Nintendo and even took a 14 year ‘break‘ before coming back to voice Fox McCloud in Nintendo’s 2011 remastered game, Star Fox 64 3D for the Nintendo 3DS system. Watch our interview with Mike West below:

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Answer the question mentioned at the end of the interview for your chance to win an autographed print of Fox McCloud signed by Mike West!

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October 17th 2020!

Crush 40 vocalist, Johnny Gioeli Talks about the birth of Crush 40, his music, Sonic film squeal and…Bagel And Butter?

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Crush 40 has affected the lives of many Sonic The Hedgehog fans, and no one knows that better than the vocalist for Crush 40, Johnny Gioeli. Johnny has been preforming since the age of 11, going on to form the 90’s rock band Hardline alongside his brother, Joey Gioeli.

During this venture, Johnny met SEGA employee, Jun Senoue and together formed what would later be known as, Crush 40. Join Johnny and us in this exclusive interview, as we speak about the origins of Crush 40, how the music was created, Johnny’s take on the Sonic movie and, as stated above, Bagel And Butter and so much more!

Fire up your Gamecube for an EXCLUSIVE Interview with Fox McCloud – Star Fox Assault!

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Based in Seattle Washington, Jim Walker has been producing music since 1986. Having had his music featured in the soundtrack for the 1987 film Three O’Clock High, Jim has produced over 32 Full-Length Albums, making Jim no stranger to the recording booth.

In 2004, Jim decided to try something different and with the help of his agent, Jim went to on to audition for the voice of one of Nintendo’s most popular character, Fox McCloud in Star Fox Assault. Star Fox Assault was released in 2005 and was the second Star Fox game to feature both shoot’em up and run ‘n’ gun shooter genres, different game modes of its original games, Star Fox and Star Fox 64.

Though the game met with mixed reception, it went on to become a childhood favorite among Star Fox fans of today, many praising the game’s soundtrack and Fox’s English performance.

We had the honor of interviewing Jim Walker the voice of Fox McCloud in said game. Join Jim and I as we take a ride down memory lane with this exclusive interview. Listen as we take you behind the scenes as Jim explains how he got the role, his primary musical career, experiences voicing the character and other behind the scenes exclusives!

Watch til the end for a giveaway opportunity and special announcement!

Can’t get enough of Jim? Check his music by visiting his website at JVAMusic.com