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We really liked what Nintendo did with 'Star Fox 64 3D' and we loved the throwback feel of it. The 3DS version of the game doesn't reinvent the wheel but it makes it easier to play and accessible for a new generation of gamers.

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2015-04-05

Dave_Finnigan

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'Star Fox 64 3D' on the 3DS is a fantasy flight simulator which was developed and published by Nintendo. This video game has been fully rendered in 3D and has been given a graphical makeover for the handheld console.

Star Fox' for the Nintendo 64 was probably one of the most iconic experiences for many of us gamers born in the early '90s. The game featured an array of talking, humanoid animals that were considered elite pilots in a futuristic world. The series was developed and published by Nintendo with its first major release hitting the Super Nintendo. Since its debut in 1993 there have been seven total titles, with 'Star Fox 64 3D' being the most recent handheld title. We busted out our Nintendo 3DS and prepared to dive back into the weird but completely enthralling universe that we had grown to love in our childhood. We strapped into our chairs and got right back into the Lylat System.

We could wax eloquent about what Nintendo has done for video games and spend thousands upon thousands of words trying to capture the essence of what they've given. We'll keep it sweet and short, though. Nintendo is to video game IPs as gold wine is to an alcoholic. The guys at Nintendo are incredible at starting up original IPs and turning them into long running franchise. Star Fox is no different and we were delighted when we heard that the 14 year old title was going to get a reboot alongside another Nintendo favorite, 'Ocarina of Time'.

Despite the fact that this game is a remake, it is still entirely new to a whole generation of children. Being 14 years old, there are plenty of kids who have never touched the N64 version of the game. Those kids are coming into this experience completely fresh, and probably at the right time too. After we spent a few hours with 'Star Fox 64 3D' we found our mouths hurting from smiling so much.

For those few folks who are unaware of the 'Star Fox' style of gameplay, let's take a moment to break it down. As you can guess from the back cover, 'Star Fox 64 3D' is an action/arcade game that puts you into a spaceship. You'll fly through several different levels (planets) in order to complete missions, defeat bad guys, and explore the entire Lylat system. The levels themselves work almost like rail systems in that you only have control of going up and down and left and right. You don't get to fly whenever, as the game is always pushing you forward. There are levels that change things up a little bit, with a big 'Hoth' like battle being one of them, but for the most part you move forward almost like a 3D fox styled 'Galaga'. You have allies on your wings and a host of different weapons to utilize in order to survive the different worlds you must visit.

What we remember most about playing the original 'Star Fox' was how colorful and gorgeous the game world was. Obviously the game itself hasn't aged well, with jagged textures and poor 3D, but the remake made sure to improve for a current generation of gamers. 'Star Fox 64 3D' is just as vibrant and colorful as we remembered and the 3D effect creates a beautiful depth of field that allows you to actually lose yourself, a little bit, inside of the game. When the 3D mode is fully equipped you'll see all of the textures popping out at you, and it looks more immersive than any other current 3DS title. For those afraid that the 3DS will butcher their nostalgia, don't be. The game still looks like it originally did and you'd be hard pressed to know the difference unless you compared them next to one another. Now that doesn't mean that the game looks dated, no we are actually complementing the original for looking as good as it did.

The most important aspect of 'Star Fox 64 3D' are the controls. The original game handled tightly with all of your action occurring due to a few button presses. Your ship, the Arwing, twitched in whatever direction you wanted ti to go merely by dragging the controller stick. You could shoot your bombs with the 'b button' and even initiate tricky flying maneuvers by hitting the right combo. The controls are still tight, thanks to the great design of the 3DS, and we couldn't be happier with how everything moves. You can set up your controls to closely mimic that of the Nintendo 64 or you can use the native controls for the 3DS. You also have the gyroscope to utilize and that changes the game pretty mightily. We kept with the old school controls, approximating the thumb stick with the circle pad while also using the shoulder buttons to great effect.

Looking past the controls we can see the actual content of the game. You have your original Main Game. This mode focuses on the primary seven missions that you have to partake in, in order to defeat the evil scientist Andross. The storyline itself is sort of irreverent and goofy and you likely won't miss much if you don't pay attention to the dialogue. But still, it's a throwback to fun and simple times and there is strange satisfaction in pushing along the different planets. You have branching paths that you can take during this game mode so you actually have 16 total missions you can partake in. You will have to play twice in order to get 'everything' out of the game that you can.

Other than the primary story you can play the Training mode and the Score Attack mode. In Score Attack you play different unlocked missions as many times as you want as you attempt to unlock more medals. Don't worry about your lesser objectives and focus primarily on destroying as many enemies as possible. Training is self explanatory, it is a mode that will teach you the bones of the game.

We really liked what Nintendo did with 'Star Fox 64 3D' and we loved the throwback feel of it. The 3DS version of the game doesn't reinvent the wheel but it makes it easier to play and accessible for a new generation of gamers.

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