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'Star Fox' still a classic on 3DS

Sept 14, 2011

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Star FoxAir combat games? I've never been a big fan, mostly because the controls drive me insane and I don't want to be staring at triangles, circles on a tiny radar screen for hours and hours.

That's not my idea of fun.

'Star Fox 64', the first Nintendo 64 game to come with rumble pack support, was one of the very few air combat games that I did get into. On the Nintendo 64, the controls were smooth, the combat was fierce, the bosses were badass and the developers really held my attention by offering a diverse series of missions, which at one point, even swapped out Fox McCloud's battle cruiser for a futuristic tank that blew the ever-lovin' crap out of…everything.

Star Fox 14 years have passed since the original release and in that time, a Wii version has surfaced on Shop Zone. Just in case you haven't gotten enough of Fox and his intergalactic gang of celestial misfits, Nintendo has now remade the game for the 3DS.

Just as in the original, the evil intergalactic scientist Andross launches a massive invasion against the planet of Corneria and it is up to Star Fox and his team of mercenaries to battle the diabolical egghead back to his homeworld. Your team of madcap animals includes Peppy the rabbit, Slippy the frog and Falco, the falcon.

At its core, 'Star Fox 64 3D' is the same game you have played in its various incarnations. There are two key differences, however. The use of 3D in the game is the best yet developed for the 3DS. Of course, it would take a space game to demonstrate the full potential of the 3D technology. Space craft wings edge out of the screen as they bank and turn. A hazardous meteor shower has depth. Planet surfaces are teaming with life. Undeniably, 'Star Fox 3DS' looks terrific, that is except for the creepy way the characters speak with their jaws jammering a million light years a minute.

Star Fox Very, Very unnerving that.

The other big change is you can use the gyro controls built into the 3DS to control your vehicles. By tilting the 3DS back and forth, you can pilot your ship. The controls themselves are very fluid and work well, I just found using the circle pad more accurate to manuever around, so I stuck with those instead.

There are approximately 16 missions that can be completed in about a couple of hours of uninterrupted gameplay. Even with the multiplayer Download Play battles, $40-plus for the 3D novelty cannot compare to the price of the Wii Virtual Console version that's considerably cheaper.

If you are brand-new to 'Star Fox', you won't be dissatisfied with this 3DS redux, provided you can pick it up for a reasonable price. Otherwise, just like recent 3DS releases such as 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time', the games themselves are truly classics but you cannot help but to wish for a library of more original 3DS titles.


Star Fox 'Star Fox 64 3D'
Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Q Games
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
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Rating: 7 / 10

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