Wii U Games We’d Like To See: Star Fox U


It has been absolutely ages since we’ve had a Star Fox game and in truth we’ve never really had a true successor to the N64 gem, Star Fox 64 (Lylat Wars to me). The future of the franchise was taking a new turn when Rare were given developing rights for it but when they left for pastures new Nintendo didn’t really know what to do with him.

Rare managed to release Star Fox Adventures, their swan song on a Nintendo home console, and it was a good game in truth however it wasn’t the on-the-rails blaster action we came to know Fox for. Namco were put in charge of the next game, Star Fox Assault on the Gamecube, which went back towards a more arcade style that we were used to but the game felt flat and was lacking in a great many areas. The furry fox and his team also starred on the DS with the more tactical-based Star Fox Command which was again a decent addition but not what the fans were screaming for. The closest thing we’ve had to Star Fox 64 is the remake of the very same game on the Nintendo 3DS.

Now, Miyamoto did say that if the 3DS remake was a success then the series would be reborn again on the 3DS and more recently he’s declared his desire to see the game on the Wii U! I would personally love to see Fox on the 3DS, an arcade style game like Star Fox 64 would suit the console perfectly as the remake showed! Saying that though the prospect of a Wii U addition is even more tantalising now we have more info on the console’s hardware.

When you think about it the possibilities are so vast! The GamePad screen could essentially house all your cockpit information needs such as your team member’s status, communications, maps, and boss information freeing up the TV screen for more action! Maybe there could be a command element on the touch screen as well ordering your team-mates to hang-back or go on the offensive. If they’re getting low on health you could send them back to Great Fox to recuperate for example. The chance to mute them wouldn’t go a miss either (I’m looking at you Slippy).

With the Wii U’s power, Star Fox could potentially be a massive game and could stray away from the linear arcade style of Star Fox 64 and produce a bigger more flexible game. It could expand on the multiple route choices of Star Fox 64 and make it even more complex and there’s even possibilities to make it a sandbox game; well it’s set in space, you won’t find a bigger sandbox than that!

Online possibilities could also prove to be fantastic! Four-on-four dog fights anyone? Maybe even a co-op campaign mode? Just think about what could be done using the MiiVerse! Star Fox is all about high-scores and what better place to challenge your friends than in online leaderboards. Imagining seeing a list of all my friend’s high-scores with me at the top is tantalising to say the least! I still hold the high-score on my Lylat Wars cartridge. I have a reputation to keep!

I was really disappointed not to hear any news on Star Fox at E3 or during the latest Nintendo Direct, especially when they were listing a few Wii U games. We need more Arwing (and Landmaster) action on a Nintendo console! The only thing I’d request, whatever route they do decide to take, is to keep Fox in his vehicle. Having the crew on foot in Star Fox Assault was not the best experience I’ve ever had!

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One Response to “Wii U Games We’d Like To See: Star Fox U”
  1. nintymadden says:

    Online co-op would be fantastic on Wii U for a Starfox title. Shame the opportunity didn’t come for Starfox 64 on 3DS.

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