A few days ago, Nintendo confirmed that the Star Fox franchise will be making a comeback on the Wii U.
Not much is known about the new Star Fox game, but if there’s one thing I can say for certain, it’s that the Star Fox is finally coming back after 8 years of hibernation. Of course, it would have been nice to have a Star Fox game on the Wii, but it doesn’t matter.
Judging by the demo, it’s going to be one of those games that will try to utilize both the Game Pad and the TV screen. The control stick would move Fox’s fighter jet, while the Game Pad itself would use gyroscopic controls for targeting enemy ships. In theory, this would make tracking your targets easier, but I worry that having to wave the Game Pad around would make you look like a jerk.
The game also seems to be played from a first-person perspective, possibly to simulate the feeling of being in the cockpit. I actually think it could work. Often, it was difficult to chase certain targets because you have to move the fighter jet in order to target them, and during the Landmaster stages, it would be even worse.
It has also been revealed that the game will be released in an episodic fashion, hopefully not in the same asinine way as Sonic 4. Unfortunately, nobody except Nintendo knows how this will work. Will they deliver each episode as its own game? Will the next episodes be expansion packs? Would you have to pay for them in the form of DLC? I hope Nintendo isn’t being too money-grubbing with this move. After all, of the big three console makers, Nintendo is the only one that hasn’t lost touch with its values, and I’d hate to seem them throw it away with DLC.
Of course, this game was one of three experimental demos unveiled by Shigeru Miyamoto at E3 this year, but its very clear that he wants to shake things up. I just hope that the new Star Fox game will resurrect the franchise. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next year to find out how it’ll turn out.