Nintendo Commits to 2015 Release Date for Star Fox Wii U

Project still on track for release next year, along with Splatoon and a new Zelda.

Nintendo has said its Star Fox Wii U game is on track to launch in 2015, as part of a wider announcement where it revealed release dates for key upcoming games.

The Star Fox game, which has yet to be given a specific title, is the brainchild of the corporation's talismanic developer Shigeru Miyamoto.

A rough prototype of the game was shown to GameSpot at E3 in Los Angeles, and at the time Miyamoto said he was considering partnering with an external development studio to help support the project.

"This is a game that we've developed internally up until now, but because we do want to bring this to market very soon, we are looking at some potential partner companies that we can team up with," he said. However, Miyamoto also assured fans that he "will be directly in charge of the project," regardless of what other studio Nintendo partners with.

The Wii U Star Fox game will mark the first original game in the series to be published since 2006, when the company released Star Fox Command on the Nintendo DS. Nintendo confirmed it plans to release the game in 2015 as part of a tweet detailing projects currently earmarked to ship next year.

Games already lined up for next year include:

GameSpot's Star Fox Wii U preview explained that the game displays on both the console's GamePad screen and the television set. "The GamePad gives you a cockpit view, allowing you to aim and look around independent from your ship's movement. The TV screen gives you a view more like a traditional Star Fox game.

"You can take out enemies, just not with the same level of precision as using the GamePad. Meanwhile, you need the TV screen to get a larger look at the full battlefield and keep track of your fighter when taking evasive maneuvers."

Miyamoto told GameSpot that the project began as an internal experiment but, prior to E3, transitioned the project into full production.

"The way that I design games, I start by experimenting with a lot of different assets and play styles. And then, once we have all that laid out and understood, then we go into full development and begin building the graphics around them."

Rob Crossley is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @rob_crossley_
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186 comments
sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

I really hope it's just as great as Star Fox on SNES, Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Adventures.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Please tell me this isn't a dream.

Twilord
Twilord

Where is Fire-Emblem x Shin-Megami Tensei, Pokken, and Fatal Frame? We all know they're coming.

coop36
coop36

I dont remember there being so much hype for a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time. I really hope it lives up to expectations (which judging by E3 reactions are pretty high).

nintendians
nintendians

let see what happens, I already planning to get Zelda for the wii u.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I'll be surprised if Zelda isn't delayed. And I mean really surprised. 2015 looks like a beautiful year for gaming.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Nintendo will need to do a barrel roll to come out on top of the situation its created. 

Owners of the console need 3 times the number of hi-quality games they've listed.

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

It's Rainbow Curse, not Rainbow House. Come on GameSpot, is basic fact checking not required for your staff?

beerswagger
beerswagger

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xboxlegacy
xboxlegacy

Digging this library. Nintendo knows how to make solid, instantly classic, perfectly filled to the brim games.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Looks like you'll only be able to play for ten minutes at a time before your arms start getting tired the way you're forced to use the gamepad to aim. Well I guess it's better than getting carpal tunnels syndrome trying to play a game like this on the 3DS.

tommynj
tommynj

If the Wii U only had great 3rd party support this console would be in my home right now.

superbuuman
superbuuman

I'll believe it when I see it..there is no way all those titles listed will be release on 2015 (wait for the oh so sorry delay - cause we need more time to polish). :P  Xenoblade Chronicles X is the one I want most. :)

jdc6305
jdc6305

Notice how theres nothing after next year? Watch they'll drop support for the WiiU just like the did for the 3ds. Zelda will be the last big title for the WiiU.

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

Gamespot community is getting weird these days, what happened?

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

Bayonetta 2 has sweeten me to get a Wii U in the future, but unfortunately it won't be enough. The Wii U seller for me is FATAL FRAME 5. For god's sakes, Nintendo, we'll possibly see a new renaissance for survival horror genre in the near future. You still have a dearth of titles available for your console. You have a popular horror game in your belt. LOCALISE IT. WHAT FREAKING MORE DO YOU WANT??!!

skullscience77
skullscience77

Next year is looking like another quality over quantity year for Wii U.  I really like the console, especially as a second console.  It may lack third parties but its first party titles are usually unmissable.  Let's hope for a Metroid announcement soon!

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

@funny876 As far as I'm concern, I ain't gonna flag you cause let's face it, we all know your gonna make another account so with that, you can do whatever you want for all I care and with that said, goodbye Fool.

dfernand
dfernand

*clasps both this hands together in prayer form, looks up at the sky and says* "Oh ! thank you God !!".

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

They only showed a rough prototype back in June, now they're set to release the full game next year? Sounds like this game will feel like another rushed N title, like the rest of the Wii U's library.

pixipel
pixipel

Yoshi's Woolly World looks so unique and fun.. Nintendo is really going hard next year.

xboxlegacy
xboxlegacy

Sleek online multiplayer is a must.


And for your New 3DS a shinier interface is a must. Bolster sales if the incentive of having it isn't enough. While you're at it a Meta New interface to interact with friends. Like it's own social network.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Nintendo should team with Project Aces.  That could turn out to be epic... especially since Nintendo seems to be buddies with Namco Bandai right now.

Kamina85
Kamina85

So Star Fox, Zelda, and Persona in 2015?! This is gonna be CRAY-CRAY!!! :)

kujel
kujel

2015 will be an awesome year for anyone with a Wii U :)

Defender1978
Defender1978

Sweet.  The Wii U is an awesome console.  And that's coming from a guy that has every console and a gaming pc.  

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

@homelessgamer This commenting system happened.  They saw how much bait CNET got and copied it.


I miss the forum's where you actually could have a discussion with people.

Twilord
Twilord

@NeoIostars They are waiting for the Western movie they're paying for. Its kinda like how classic Nintendo advertised so its a good to sign.


Also, make absolutely sure you get Smash Bros if you like high-energy, action-packed, easy to pick up but hard to master games. (I am kinda assuming you'll enjoy Smash Bros because it oddly shares, on a conceptual level, a few key design successes comparable to what makes Bayonetta's interface so great, despite the two games being so immensely different. - Not just because of how uniquely gratifying both games make themselves either.)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@funny876 Aren't you the "says tr0ll" guy?  They should mute you every time.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I knew it, I just Fu+king new it, your back yet again. Sign can't say I'm surprise.

skullscience77
skullscience77

@Mr_Big_Boss Look, I have seen some genuine, fair criticism of Nintendo, especially since Wii U launched.  But to say Nintendo titles are rushed is beyond idiotic.  They offer some of the most polished game experiences of any format.  SMW3D and MK8 really show that they can make it hit above its technical weight.  I can only assume you have never played on a Wii U.  A great console even if it is quality over quantity.  Essential as a second console in my opinion and a great combo is the PC/Wii U for gamers who want to experience everything at the best quality.

kujel
kujel

What are you smoking?

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

I don't like it, it's getting too political. It used to be more fun.

rjh_24
rjh_24

@funny876 @kujel kujel is one of the biggest tr0lls lol 

Twilord
Twilord

@NeoIostars Happy to! I love sharing knowledge and insights with other gamers.

Twilord
Twilord

@Mr_Big_Boss I think its more probable the hallucinogenic was so strong you've forgotten taking it.