Star Fox

Platinum Games takes a quirky experiment and fleshes it out into a enjoyable Star Fox revival that's stretched a little too thin.


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It's fair to say that, even after all its pre-release hype, Star Fox Zero failed to set the world alight. Sure, it was a bit of a disappointment - what with the unnecessarily awkward controls and all - but it's still not the worst Star Fox game ever made. Far from it, in fact.

PS4 exclusive Ratchet  & Clank tops UK chart

PS4 exclusive Ratchet & Clank tops UK chart

While the Wii U's Star Fox Zero must settle for sixth.

PlayStation 4 exclusive Ratchet & Clank has topped the UK all-format charts - and has become the first game in Sony's long-running series to do so.

But Nintendo's Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero fared less well - it only made the chart's sixth place.

To put the new Ratchet & Clank's success into perspective, it now has the highest UK launch sales of the series by some margin. It has tripled the release week total of the franchise's previous best release week, for Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time on PS3.

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VideoWatch: Let's Play Star Fox 64

Never give up, trust your instincts.

Star Fox Zero has finally launched, with Martin Robinson finding the game enjoyable but spread a bit thin. News of the slightly underwhelming dogfighter (foxfighter?) got me and Aoife thinking - 19 years on, how does Star Fox 64 hold up?

Star Fox Zero review

Star Fox Zero review

Roll out the barrel roll.

In the 19 years since Star Fox 64 there have been a handful of new entries in the series, but full-on sequels? Not so much. Rare's Star Fox Adventures was a famously wayward appropriation of the universe, Q-Games' Command a noble and enjoyable experiment that put the series back on rails but shot a little past its station while Namco's Assault found itself grounded by miserable third-person shooter sections. Star Fox Zero, a new outing that has blossomed from a small sketch by Shigeru Miyamoto that was intended to reassert the possibilities of the Wii U's eccentric GamePad, sees developer Platinum Games sticking much closer to the original script.

Star Fox Zero

Publisher: Nintendo

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FeatureThe end of Nintendo's weird GamePad era

Star Fox Zero and Guard look set to close a peculiar chapter in the company's history.

I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore the mad side of Nintendo. The one that announces the localisation of a game with a 10-minute mix of surreal salesmanship and cut-glass cuteness. The one that pauses halfway through another conference to contemplate an unpeeled bunch of bananas. The one that got so carried away with the 3D fad it bet on the marvel of glassless 3D in a handheld whose ubiquity has helped obscure its eccentricity.

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry: Hands-on with Star Fox Zero

A classic Nintendo franchise returns, with Platinum Games on coding duties.

Sadly absent on Nintendo's last console, the high-achieving Platinum Games revives a much-loved franchise on Wii U this month. After many delays to get its controls just right, Star Fox Zero makes smart use of the GamePad's oft-neglected second display and gyro controls, now letting us move and shoot in different directions. As integral as it may be to piloting the Arwing, it's clear this dual-screen dynamic demands a lot from the Wii U - but how does the final experience stack up overall?

The Star Fox series has its own particular catchphrase, of course, but there's another line that's lingered with me a little longer. You'll know it, I'm sure; the crudely digitised bass bark of General Pepper as you shoot out into Corneria for the first time, full of hope, excitement and, if you're an 11-year-old just back from a Rumbelows in Chesham with a box-fresh SNES hastily plugged into your CRT, pure wide-eyed wonder at this dazzling new world of wireframes and polygons. 'Good luck!'

Star Fox 64 launches on Wii U Virtual Console this week

N64 classic Star Fox 64 swoops onto the Wii U Virtual Console this Thursday.

The game's regular price is £8.99, but Star Fox 64 is discounted to £4.49 for its first month on sale (until 21st April).

Its arrival comes ahead of the all-new Star Fox Zero for Wii U, which arrives on 22nd April.

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Star Fox Zero finally has a release date, and it's not alone

Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero finally has a release date - 22nd April in the UK.

In a surprise move, Nintendo also re-announced Project Guard, a Wii U tech demo designed by Shigeru Miyamoto which was shown off back at E3 two years ago.

It's now called Star Fox: Guard and stars Slippy, along with his uncle Grippy. (Yes, seriously). The gameplay looks largely the same, where you must make your way past a screen full of security cameras.

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Some fantastic games came out in 2015. Unfortunately, quite a few (hopefully) fantastic games didn't come out in 2015. With the likes of The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Tom Clancy's the Division and Uncharted 4 all pushed back into 2016, I decided to take a look at some of the upcoming games we really ought to own by now.

Star Fox Zero now set for April

Nintendo announces "free to start" Pokémon Picross.

Star Fox Zero is now slated for an April release on Wii U, Nintendo announced today during its latest Nintendo Direct presentation. It was originally scheduled for next week before a last-minute delay pushed it back into the ether of "2016".

EGX 2015: Nintendo brings 30 games to September's show

Xenoblade! Star Fox! Triforce Heroes!

Nintendo has just announced its line-up for EGX 2015, the event run by Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network thanks for asking, and it's some 30 titles strong, headed up by the likes of Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X and The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes.

FeatureNostalgia and experiment meet in Star Fox Zero

Co-developed with Platinum Games.

It's a quiet Sunday morning in downtown Los Angeles, and while young men and women, some wearing Mario beach towels as capes, queue to be admitted to the Nintendo World Championships fan event - which I later gather from Twitter to be a roaring, feelgood success - a handful of press have been assembled at the back entrance to the Nokia Theater for a different purpose. We're here to get a preview of this morning's Digital Event, to hear from Shigeru Miyamoto about the headlining Wii U game Star Fox Zero, and to play it ourselves.