Wily one makes welcome return
THERE’S no denying the Nintendo 3DS handheld console has had a lessthan-stellar start since its launch in March. Hopefully a recent price cut, and the promise of new games on the horizon, will spark fresh interest.
Drawing from its esteemed back catalogue, Nintendo has recently revived a game that was a hit on the N64 console in 1997 – the new Star Fox 64 3D.
Rather than attempting to rejig the retro gameplay, Nintendo has been wise to stay faithful to the original. While the gameplay and story remain unspoilt, almost everything else has been revamped – and for the better.
Naturally the visuals have seen a huge improvement, with every level remodelled in crisp, high detail and the special effects are real highlights in some of the levels.
Fans of the original will be pleased to hear the stirring soundtrack has also been given a modern touch and even some of the original voice actors have returned.
Similar to previous 3DS games, players have the option of piloting Fox McCloud’s spaceship by physically tilting the console from side to side, up and down. This uses the console’s built-in gyroscope.
While it’s a novel feature that works to some degree, it isn’t quite as precise as steering using controls. And moving the console around tends to mess with the 3D visual effect because this is best viewed from directly in front of the screen.
Aside from the untouched main story campaign, there are three new multiplayer modes featuring new levels and power-ups to make use of in combat. These modes don’t offer much in the way of variety, just the standard all-out firefights. One nice touch is that only one person needs to own the game and up to three other 3DS owners in the same room can wirelessly link in and take part in these modes. But playing with friends over the internet isn’t supported.
The return of Fox McCloud in all his original glory is sure to delight fans.