Yeah, after really thinking about it, my biggest problem with the Post-Unleashed Era isn't a lack of a serious or dark edgy tone, but the lack of sincerity.
Nothing feels sincere anymore. It's all one big comedy act that is so afraid of being sincere for fear of being mocked that it undermines itself at every opportunity, even when sincerity would actually help.
With all of these tone arguments that have popped up over the years, I've started to forget that Unleashed itself... really isn't that dark or detailed at all. By most accounts, it's lighthearted as hell.
It's just that, unlike the main games to follow, there's actual depth to it and the plot actually matters.
@Strickerx5 you managed to explain exactly why I dislike this rumor.
I loved Star Fox for its on-rail shooting gameplay. It's why I love 64, it's why I love Assault.
But I haven't got a proper on-rail shooter game since Assault that doesn't involve a drastic gameplay design or motion controls.
And now all I have is a racing game.
It's not that fans don't want something new and different for their franchise. It's that they still want the game to be set with what that franchise has been thus far (which is why they're fans of it). People don't want Portal 3 to be an RPG. People don't want the next NiGHTS to be an FPS. People don't want the next Final Fantasy to be a platformer. All of these games have gained a following because they often do that one gaming genre extremely well. With that being said, of course people are cool with a Mario racer now. Not only because it's been well established at this point, but because we all know the next big, main 3D game is always on the horizon (along with dozens of other things in this particular case).
Now we get to this Star Fox rumor which is changing things up on top of the series already being in a somewhat frozen state. If Nintendo was handling the series well and was continuously releasing standard, main line for the series, content for it (much like they do for Mario and Zelda) then this news probably wouldn't be getting met with the same resistance we're currently seeing. Though no, it's getting the same treatment that Nintendo has been growing fond of over the last couple of years and is changing up what made people want these games in the first place. The added fear comes from the fact that Nintendo doesn't seem to care about these series in the first place and is always ready to leave them in the dust. I mean, just look at Chibi-Robo.
This is all not even touching how much this is basically screwing over F-Zero fans too. Honestly, they're the ones who would be taken the bulk of the fall here. The rumor isn't making this sound like a crossover. More of they're taking a huge chunk of what made F-Zero special and pushing it into Star Fox. Where does that leave F-Zero at the end of all this?
It isn't just this notion that fans don't want change. It's that fans haven't gotten what they came to this series for in over a decade and rather not have, what could easily be, their last chance for a game (given Nintendo's habit of just dropping things) be something this far left field.
It's true that we don't know how this will play out. Though, for people who have been waiting years on end for news of their favorite franchise returning... this simply isn't a good start.
this... went on a lot longer than i expected. sorry im rambling here but as someone who also has a nintendo series that he desperately wants to see come back properly... this trend of nintendo just throwing caution into the wind worries me
It depends on the artist and their artstyle really.
There are some instances where characters are drawn younger than they actually are too
but that and the example you mentioned are all pretty widespread among animation as a whole I've noticed