Star Fox U

Nintendo mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed his return to the beloved and inconsistent Star Fox franchise with a new game that will take full advantage of the Wii U’s gamepad. Although it is still in the early stages of development, Miyamoto showed off his builds with the classic Arwing spacecrafts being controlled with the pad’s tilt functions.

Join Fox is his squad of pilots once again as they battle through both air and space, and who knows? Maybe we’ll get a tank mission here and there. Man, I’m making Star Fox 64 references, aren’t I? Does it speak to how awesome that game is if it is still the gold standard twenty years later, or does is speak more to the dull releases Star Fox has seen since?

Miyamoto did confirm that the Arwing can transform from a spacecraft into a tank, meaning we have the definite two best vehicles returning to the fray. Something tells me we won’t be diving back into the submarine again.

Replacing it though, the newest vehicle to join Fox’s armada is a helicopter with can deploy tethered robots. It sounds more like a tactical vehicle than one built for combat.

More importantly than the addition of the helicopter, though, is how the game controls. Star Fox on the Wii U will take full advantage of both screens. The action and combat will unfold on your main television while the Wii U gamepad will provide a different view through the cockpit. No doubt this dual-analog and tilt control scheme will take a while to get used to, but I’m more than happy to see Shigeru doing more than just remaking Star Fox 64.

The other two games from Miyamoto also feature extensive use of the Wii U’s gamepad, but neither has a title yet. Project Giant Robot is a simple robot battling game with pick up and play controls, and Project Guard is Miyamoto’s spin on the tower defense genre. Both sound interesting, but I’ll be more than happy to focus my attention on Star Fox for the time being.

Star Fox 64 is one of my favorite video games, and I’ve been waiting for nearly 15 years for a proper follow-up. I’m glad this wayward franchise is back in Miyamoto’s capable hands.

Even moreso than the gameplay, I just can’t wait for more classic one liners. Star Fox 64 is the most quotable video game of all time, and I want my kids quoting from a new Star Fox game.