|3D Shooter; Nintendo 3DS; Nintendo; 2011|
|"If we hurry, we might be able to leave Slippy behind!"|
Okay, the story is nothing special, in fact it is as bare bones as you can get, but really who plays Star Fox for it's story? I don't know about you, but it seems like the more story you put into a Star Fox game, the crappier the game gets. Besides, Nintendo is a company that knows when a complex story can aid or hinder a game, and in the case of Star Fox, all you want to do is shoot stuff up. You don't need complex motivations as an excuse for that. Andross is evil and so is the entirety of his army, have fun.
|So this is what 643 dimensions look like.|
Okay, so far I've just been talking about the original Star Fox 64, what does this 3DS version bring to the table. Well, first of all it is in 3D thanks to the 3DS's capabilities, and while it is a gimmick, here it is an effective gimmick because what better game to show off 3D than a game where deep perception is key to gameplay. The 3D works great at allowing the player to judge the distance of various enemies and obstacles. Also, the entire game's graphics have been overhauled. Yes, the our of ship movements are still as clunky and awkward, but they are now they look good as they are being clunky and awkward. Environments look beautiful, several new details have been added, and on the Katrina stage you can actually tell the differences between friendly ships and enemy ships (Still the best stage in the game). On the gameplay side there are four new additions. First, the ability to retry previous missions during a playthrough as well as choosing the easier route if you unlocked the harder one, this helps with collecting the medals on all the stages. Second, Gyro controls where the Arwing is steered by moving the 3DS rather than just the Circle Pad. Third, a score attack mode where you can play stages you have beaten trying to get a much higher score. And finally, a brand new multiplayer mode with new stages, items, modes, and the ability to see the faces of your opponents by using the 3DS's inner camera.
|"Thanks Falco, I would have never know that that death laser was a bad thing."|
However, with that said, it is Star Fox 64, one of the best games on the Nintendo 64 and THE BEST game in the Star Fox series. This is the reason why people love Star Fox, and even though this game is 16 years old, 16 freakin' YEARS, the game still plays like it is brand new. If Star Fox 64 was never released, and was sealed away for that many years, unsealed, and given this 3D remake then it would have been contender for game of the year. However, since this is a remake, and the original is available on Virtual Console for much MUCH cheaper, and the fact that this game doesn't have online multiplayer means that this isn't a system mover. If you don't have a 3DS, the presence of Star Fox 64 3D won't change your mind about it; however, if you do own a 3DS, there is certainly a place in your collection for this game. Star Fox 64 3D is Highly Recommended.
Until next time.