Comic-Con 2011: Star Fox 64 3D Multiplayer Preview

We take the new power-ups for a spin in this 3DS remake of a beloved classic.

It doesn't look like we'll get an entirely new Star Fox game anytime soon, but a remake of the Nintendo 64 classic works just as well. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64 3D has undergone a graphical makeover and looks great on the new 3DS system, regardless of whether or not you play it in 3D. The slider adds depth to your environments while you're doing barrel rolls and summersaults, but depending on which control scheme you prefer to use, it can be tricky to stay in that sweet spot while piloting your arwing using the gyroscope. Many of the voice actors have returned to rerecord their lines, and the single-player campaign remains largely the same--with the exception that you can now save more frequently and play Score Attack mode on any level--but most of the new features have been added to the multiplayer.

Multiplayer Features

You can choose from four maps: Macbeth, Corneria, Venom, and Meteo. Each map offers various obstacles to weave around and a different landscape. What's great is that up to four people can play locally with only one game cartridge. Eight new power-ups have been added to the game--although you can play on Classic mode if you don't want to use any--and having that random element makes the matches more exciting. You have traditional modes, such as Survival, Score Attack, and Time Attack, which are all self-explanatory. Like Mario Kart, you'll find question marks throughout the arena, which you can fly through to snag a random item. There are stealth mines, homing missiles to fire at your enemies, as well as items to help you, such as a force field or cloak. Items like a transposer swaps you with another player, and a firebird turns you into a flaming beacon of death that can take out any ship by dive-bombing into it.

There's an auto-targeting reticle that will try to stick to players, but you won't really lock on unless you hold the A button down and fire a missile. It's still not a guaranteed hit because other players can easily dodge out of the way. If you're lost, a minimap is always on display to tell you where the others are at, but the touch screen shows all four players (including their faces because the front-facing camera is turned on) so you can tap someone's face and the camera will swing in his or her direction.

Controls

As we mentioned in our previous coverage, you can use the gyroscope to pilot your arwing or use the traditional control scheme with the analog stick. The gyro controls are a bit sensitive, and having to move your head as you tilt the portable is less than ideal. You're not forced to use the motion controls the whole time because you can use the analog stick at any time or turn the motion controls off.

Maybe YOU should do a barrel roll…

StreetPass

Star Fox 64 3D doesn't support any StreetPass feature. While there may not be any reason to include it in a game like Star Fox, StreetPass has been an entertaining feature of the 3DS and it's unfortunate that it has been unused.

Visuals

During our demo, the original Nintendo 64 version of Star Fox was running on a nearby screen so that we could easily compare the visuals. The original game actually held up pretty well, but the glossy new look of the 3DS version certainly was more appealing. We began in Corneria to get warmed up and then hopped into the Blue Marine to explore the underwater level of Aquas before ending our demo in the wastelands of Zoness--just to see how the graphics have been improved. Visually, the water levels stand out the most with the new lighting effects, but you'll appreciate the details that have been added as soon as you take to the air.

Star Fox 64 3D is another great addition to the rather slim 3DS library, and we're eager to fly with the rest of the gang when the game comes out on September 9.

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Discussion

27 comments
CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

Hmmm, not sure if it's my cup of tea, but it looks like it has promise nonetheless.

NND1
NND1

That was Awesome!

tevic
tevic

Remakes: Ocarina; Starfox 64; Splinter Cell; Xevious; MGS 3. If I count well it's 5 games... for now. There's no problem with re-releases, it's rather nice actually. The problem is there are at the moment so few original games for 3DS. For action/adventure I only see the 2 Lego games (SW & PoC) as not being re-releases for now.

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

When i bought the 3DS i was really surprised how the graphics were and how the old games like zelda and splinter cell were remade so well. Hopefully this will be no different!

penpusher
penpusher

@chimpmeister welcome to reality chimpmeister, its an N64 game from the late 90's ... The 3DS is capable of much more but there is only so much they can do with the original material and besides why is it still about how many polygons can pushed out per second to people?

penpusher
penpusher

Why are so many people going on about how its bad that their are remakes on the system? ... If you'd all actually stop complaining about the two (ONLY two) remakes on the system then maybe you'd notice the HUGE amount of new IP's on and comming to the console... There are ONLY TWO remakes so far and games that havent relaly been remade before so whats the problem?

Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

I have come to the conclusion that anyone who says that these (as in two remakes so far) games dont look that good either a. doesnt own a 3DS and hasnt realized that the 3D changes evvvvvvveeeeerrrrrryyyyyyytttttthhhhhiiiiiinnnnnnggggggg. b. is a newbie to the video game world and the 360 or ps3 was their first system they bought or c. U NEVER PLAYED THE ORIGINAL GAMES!!!!! WAKE UP!!! ANY GAME THEY REMAKE ON THIS HANDHELD WILL BE GOOD ESPECIALLY IF IT WAS ALREADY GOOD THE 1ST TIME!!!! 3D= GOING BACK TO THE GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!

Centurion95
Centurion95

So much Nostalgia...... (wipes tear away from eye)

calvinx6
calvinx6

@FireboltDS Thank u captain obvious

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

The 3DS library is rather slim :(

jjmonster2006
jjmonster2006

you people have a hard time taking in the fact that the 3ds is not about new titles, at least not for a while. they made this for the very purpose of releasing all the classics on one system, enjoying all the past consoles whenever you want.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Another remake for the 3DS.... yaaay! (/sarcasm)

rushiosan
rushiosan

Why is so hard to actually CONTINUE the series instead re-releasing past titles? GBA had the SNES Zelda, all three DKC games, Final Fantasy, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros 2 and 3 and Yoshi's Island: all under the name "Super Mario Advance". DS had Mario 64, Chrono Trigger, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy (again!), and Yoshi's Island DS, wich actually is an updated version of the first game, just introducing a few dual screen mechanics, new characters (exactly like Mario 64 remake) and revamped stages - at the end, you feel like playing the very same 1995 title. Wii had the entire "New Play Control" series (wich I really don't want to make a mention), Super Mario All Stars (more a VC title than an actual remake) and some special releases like Excitebike for WiiWare. I like nostalgia, but this is really gettin' old. What's next? Yoshi's Story 3D?

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

@bubnux Sadly the graphics look like 2005 era, that's why I made that statement. Actually, Afterburner: Black Falcon on the (2005 era) PSP looks way better than this Starfox 3DS clip, and will probably play better too. Can't wait to see what kind of insane arcade flight shooters the Vita will have, should be awesome.

bubnux
bubnux

@chimpmeister I'm pretty sure it's at least 2011 right naw.

grillokion
grillokion

Is there extra content on this remake? Should be good find extra content to people that already play this game back on the nintendo 64. Please someone let me know.

JoeJoeLaker
JoeJoeLaker

People saying ''Why so many remakes?'' If I'm not mistaken, there has only been OcarinaOfTime64 and StarFox64 remade/being remade on the 3ds. I may be wrong.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@chimpmeister It's a remake of a 1997 game... so Nintendo wanted it to look this way because that's how the game was intended to look back then. Same goes for OOT 3D. Sure, Grezzo could have made the game look like, let's say, Twilight Princess, but the artwork for OOT wasn't drawn like Twilight Princess's artwork. Now if this was a NEW Star Fox game, then we could expect more here.

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

It looks totally lame. Welcome to 2005 Nintendo!

Mii_ller
Mii_ller

i didn't like the original that much, but maybe gonaa pick this up. I need more 3DS games.

fallimp
fallimp

Looks good, but I'm still awaiting more info for Paper Mario. Now that's a game that'll look nice in 3D.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I've only played the multiplayer mode on the 64, so this will be a nice reunion.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

The StreetPass portion of the article seems rather out of place. A complaint about other games lacking StreetPass in the middle of a Starfox preview? Isn't that what we have IGN for? :P

smoman5000
smoman5000

Awesome, cant wait for this and kid icarus!