E3 2011: Star Fox 64 3D Hands-On

Yes, we do a barrel roll (multiple, actually) in our hands-on with this updated Nintendo 64 classic.

Fox, Peppy, Falco, and the gang enter the third dimension with Star Fox 64 3D, another Nintendo 64 stalwart making the leap to Nintendo's recently released 3DS. The game won't just be a simple port, however; this updated version will sport new controls that support the 3DS's motion sensors and an updated multiplayer experience. We managed to test both out at this year's E3.

While you can control your Airwings using the handheld's standard control, flying by tilting is the new addition, and for the most part, it works well. Simply tilting your 3DS in the direction you want to fly is simple and intuitive, but we still found traditional controls to be much more to our liking. As you'd expect, moving too much while holding the 3DS quickly loses the ideal 3D viewing angle, so those intent on seeing full 3D may not be fans of this control option.

As for multiplayer, the game will support four players, with the 3DS's inward-facing camera capturing your face and using the image as the identifier for your plane. The level we played took place in an area dotted with towers and long rows of pipes, which were handy for trying to shake dogged opponents by flying around them. We noticed some automatic target locking was happening on opponents, which made it slightly easier to get a bead and fire upon our foes. We weren't able to dig in and see if this assist could be turned off, however.

The game itself looked quite good, with the 3DS conversion giving some nice depth to the visuals, particularly the Airwings' targeting reticle. Fans of the original will find a lot to like in this game, which is due out in September this year.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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17 comments
max6690
max6690

Try it on Google search bar and type "do a barrel roll" (without a quote).

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

Star Fox Wii would be nice. But why make new stuff when you can just rehash the old stuff?

buft
buft

I dont mind Auto targeting but i hope its not too strong.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

The game I wanted to play on 3DS the most. Can't wait to play it.

Sphenodonta
Sphenodonta

Not to nitpick, but "Airwings"? Really? Just look: Second paragraph, first line, sixth word... "Airwings" But hey, I guess pros make typos also...

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

I t would be good if the multi player has some sort of point and ranking system. Looks good though!

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

3-D should be really good for a Starfox title, it'd be far easier to hit the targets you needed then in, say, Starfox (where the little butterfly robots took half a dozen shots to hit once, even if they did die in a hit).

muffinduck01
muffinduck01

I'v been waiting for you Starfox(64 3D).

emirblade
emirblade

This with a rogue squadron game on the side would be awesome for the 3DS.

goggle1
goggle1

I've said it before and I'll say it again, can't wait for September

xSlider257
xSlider257

Sweet. Time to delve back into MP with this one.