NINTENDO struck gold when it decided to create an on-rails space shooters with animals in the cockpit.
Star Fox sends players on a series of flying missions across space with plenty of planets to explore and giant bosses to take down. Look past the odd warbling from Fox McCloud and friends and you have an action spectacle good enough to rival the likes of Panzer Dragoon and Child of Eden.
Star Fox 64 3D is an experience that graced the Nintendo 64 back in 1997, and was released as Lylat Wars in the UK. This new edition follows fellow N64 adventure The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which got the 3DS treatment earlier this year.
“Lylat Wars has sold over 180,000 units in the UK,” Nintendo’s marketing assistant for DS Rebecca Archer tells MCV. “The game features in the Nintendo Power’s ‘Top 200 Nintendo Games Ever’ so I definitely think there is consumer appetite for an updated re-release, as the original title was so popular.”
Players can control ‘Arwing’ planes, tanks and even submarines as they traverse the Lylat system.
They can fire single shots, charge up more powerful bolts, lock on to multiple enemies at once or even fire smart bombs. And don’t forget the barrel rolls.
Those who discover special routes in levels are rewarded with new planets and shortcuts unlocked on the map screen.
As well as its revamped 3D graphics and improved frame rate, Star Fox 64 3D also boasts a number of new gameplay features.
Firstly, it uses the 3DS’ gyroscope which lets gamers aim by physically moving the handheld around, or they can just use the thumbstick if they wish.
Then there’s the reworked voiceovers and localisation into five languages – German, French, Spanish, Italian and English.
Interestingly, the multiplayer mode uses the 3DS’ inward-facing camera to display live video of the player’s face as they chase their human opponents down.
Up to four 3DS owners can play together at once in Point Battle, Time Battle and Survival modes.
With its classic heritage, 3DS upgrades and gameplay that still holds up today, Star Fox 64 3D will appeal to both long-time Nintendo fans, 3DS users and newcomers to the series.
The first Star Fox game hit shelves in 1993 for the Super Nintendo. It was praised by the gaming press for its 3D-style visuals and paved the way for a handful of follow-up titles across the Nintendo 64, GameCube and DS.
Nintendo is showing off the game’s multiplayer mode in its 3DS re-promotion campaign, which is targeting kids over the summer holidays. Prior to release it will also run a 30-second ad targeting men between 16 and 34 years old.