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I'm dating myself when I say that the first home console I actually owned was a Nintendo 64. It came wrapped under the tree in several boxes. The first thing I opened was a yellow controller. I had no clue why I'd be getting one of those. My aunt had a Nintendo 64 at her house but she already had four controllers for it. I opened up Mario Kart 64 after that. Finally the big box came out from under the tree, as well as another controller. Star Fox 64 wasn't opened until several hours later. Of course, that hasn't kept it from growing bigger and bigger in my heart. You always remember your first kiss, your first dance, and your first trip though the Lylat system. When Nintendo announced that it'd be porting my favorite game of all time to their new 3D-enable handheld, I was enamored from the start. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has already proven itself a tasteful, faithful remake, with small, almost unnoticeable improvements. But to have Star Fox 64 on the go with me at any time... that was a transporting effect. Honestly, that's how the entirety of Star Fox 64 3D feels to me.
While the Nintendo 3DS’ success remains in question, Nintendo continues to pull out all stops to show consumers that the 3DS has what it takes to get back to the top in the handheld market. First, there was the extreme price drop just months into the 3DS’ lifespan coming with the Ambassador program to keep original 3DS owners still on board with their recently purchased handheld. Now, the 3DS still remains on the fence for many, but the upcoming software line up may sway the masses. And what better way to jump start that success than releasing an old Nintendo 64 classic, Star Fox 64, remastered for the 3D handheld. Star Fox 64 3D, is a port from the last Nintendo cartridge based console. Back then, it was an instant hit pushing the first 3D graphics to the extreme. Considered one of the greatest rail shooters of the time and now makes its way to a new audience with the 3DS. For players familiar with Star Fox 64, not much has changed. The same story mode is available to play along with a few more options. Along with story mode, there are two more modes to play, battle and score attack. In battle mode, you can choose to play by yourself with three other computer air pilot extraordinaires or you can play via download play with three other local players.
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Star Fox 64 is back, and it turns out to be a perfect fit for portable platforms. But is the 3DS a perfect fit for Star Fox? I feel much the same way about Star Fox 64 3D as I do June's Ocarina of Time 3D. If I owned a Nintendo 3DS, it would certainly be on my shelf; but on its own, it's not quite enough to get me to take the plunge on Nintendo's handheld. That said, it's still one of my favorite games of all time, and the superior port to boot. Not to say that Ocarina of Time 3D wasn't a fine port, but Star Fox 64 3D manages to take things just a little bit further. The graphics are better, particularly on planets like Venom and Macbeth, and its extras are a bit more meaningful. The multiplayer in particular is far superior compared to the original game in the way that it revamps the original maps, adds in A.I. pilots, and incorporates nifty random items like cloaking devices Even more importantly, the core design is still exceptionally strong after 14 years. It feels as if every time I start a new game, I'm undertaking a new challenge. Maybe this time I want to try and get a medal at Solar, or devise a route that takes me from Meteo to Area 6 (still one of my favorite levels for the sheer number of enemies it squeezes onto the screen).
While we professional video game reviewers don't really have much to complain about, the recent resurgence of remakes has thrown our role as critics into disarray. As any writer knows, the intended audience should dictate the way a piece will flow, but reviews of remakes need to speak to both fans of old and those who never had a chance to encounter the original -- two entirely different crowds. And Star Fox 64 3D complicates the matter even further by taking a more complicated approach than merely upgrading textures and frame rates; the game's been completely rebuilt from the ground up, yet stays ineffably faithful to the original. Whether you're new to Star Fox or have been in league with its cast of animal-puppet people since the early '90s, one thing hasn't changed: Star Fox 64 is easily one of Nintendo EAD's top ten games, and perhaps the greatest rail shooter of all time. Star Fox 64 3D simply takes the greatness contained within the original and presents it in a much better looking and sounding package, free of the technical difficulties that plagued the N64's hardware. And as long as Star Fox 64 veterans are comfortable with that fact that this new version offers barely anything new, 64 3DS is easily one of the best additions anyone can make to their 3DS library.
It may seem odd that Nintendo's first two high-profile offerings for the 3DS have been remakes of Nintendo 64 games, but at least we can be happy about the selections they landed on. Super Mario 64 already saw its revival alongside the launch of the original DS, and Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64 are among the remaining elite first-party games for the console. Considering Star Fox is a much more straight-forward and specific affair than the sprawling, epic Ocarina of Time, can Fox and the gang's 3DS debut match Link's?Visually, Star Fox 64 has certainly received the more noticeable upgrade of the two. From the asteroid clusters in Meteo to the chaos of the assault on Venom, the environments look significantly better than they ever did on the Nintendo 64. No matter if the stage is linear or open world, these areas and their varied activity are conducive to the 3D effect. I found myself playing with 3D turned up more often than not, as the effect afforded incoming lasers and obstacles an additional layer of depth.Bringing the combat into the third dimension isn't the only new option the 3DS hardware allows for. You can steer your Arwing using the gyroscope controls, but I don't think I've ever turned a control option off quicker.
In the 14 years since Star Fox 64 first landed on shelves, millions have answered the desperate call to save the Lylat system from the forces of the vile Andross. Few who have heeded that call have forgotten the brave wingmen who flew alongside them, or the perilous places they passed through on their mission. Now, the call rings out once again. Star Fox 64 is and has always been a well-crafted adventure, and whether you're a seasoned space ace or a novice pilot, you're sure to enjoy rescuing Corneria from Andross' clutches. Underneath the new 3D paint job, this is mostly the same game that has been released not only for the N64, but also on the Wii's Virtual Console, and it's hard not to wish that Nintendo had created a new mission to undertake rather than hauling out this classic again. But although Fox's Arwing has been around the galaxy a few times, she's still got it where it counts. The diabolical scientist Andross was exiled long ago to the distant world of Venom, and from there, he now mounts an invasion against the peaceful planet Corneria. His forces overwhelmed, the canine General Pepper calls on the services of the Star Fox team, a mercenary band of fighter pilots, to fend off the invasion and take the fight to Andross' harsh homeworld.
As I mentioned (well, ranted) fairly recently, Star Wars is dead to me. Among other grievances, I'm consistently annoyed by George Lucas's habit of fixing things that aren't broken. Not content with giving us the execrable prequel trilogy, he insists on revisiting the old films and making horrible, needless changes. Just recently, he committed his worst crime to date, deftly mutilating the climax to Return of the Jedi for its Blu-ray release.Thankfully Nintendo employs a lighter touch in revisiting its past space operas. If Lucas is an abusive parent (and he bloody well is), Nintendo is the Dad who goes AWOL for long, unexplained periods. For years fans have been crying out for a new Star Fox game, but in the meantime they'll have to make do with this: a 3DS remake of Fox McCloud's N64 outing, often regarded as his finest hour.Anyone who played the 1997 original will be instantly at home here, as the core gameplay has been left untouched. For the most part Star Fox 64 3D is an on-rails shooter, affording you a limited area of free movement as you fly your pointy Arwing through a sci-fi battlefield, towards the inevitable boss fight at the end. You can weave about the screen and pull off fancy loop-the-loops - or a now-notorious barrel roll - but your overall path is leashed to a set course.
It's hard to believe 14 years have passed since Star Fox 64 first landed on the Nintendo 64. Fast forward to today, and the title has leapt into the spotlight once more with its very own 3DS remake. But does Star Fox 64 3D live up to the original? In short -- absolutely. For those new to the series, Star Fox 64 3D offers a part flight simulation, part shooter adventure. You take control of Fox McCloud and, with the help of a host of memorable characters, shoot your way through a series of fast-paced levels to ultimately save the Lylat System from the evil Andross. The levels provide plenty of challenge, with some crazy and hyper strategic boss fights you'll want to relive again and again. If you've never played Star Fox before, now's the perfect time to hop on the barrel-rolling bandwagon. Just like in the original, the overworld of Star Fox 64 3D consists of a series of branching paths that unlock depending on which route you take in each level, which in part informs how the story unfolds. However, the 3DS version adds the ability to choose which of the available planets you want to go to next, rather than forcing you to go to the planet connected to the path you took. It's a nice touch, and really freeing that you're no longer committed to your original decision.
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