I mean have they tried making a game in the past decade that wasn't a remake or a reboot of Star Fox 64? The last was Star Fox Command in '06, 12 years ago and that was on the DS. Before that was Star Fox Assault, which did really well for a Gamecube title and for not even being developed by Nintendo. If Nintendo actually had a first party or second party studio with talent and vision take a crack at making an honest to God sequel to 64, or even a sequel to Assault, or perhaps they need to do a sequel to Zero now since that was a reboot? Ugh, it's all fucked up now. All the main series needed was a real sequel. Not a remake or a reboot, not gimmicky controls, just the same characters in a genuinely new story.
But if you want to make it mesh better with modern gaming, that would pretty much mean making it not on rails, so if, to you, Star Fox is defined as on rails, then it can never be "modern" without breaking out of what you call Star Fox. I don't think it needs to follow modern trends. It's a game about anthropomorphic animals in space. It just needs to be itself.
I guess, but today's "reviewers" keep saying the classic Star Fox gameplay is "dated".
Some days I just blow up.