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Star Fox 3DS has ship tilt controls

Barrel roll deep.

Star Fox 64 re-make Star Fox 3DS offers tilt controls for the game's Arwing spaceship.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed the new control scheme during an investors meeting this weekend.

Star Fox 3DS will be "a newly-arranged version of Star Fox 64, the most well-known game of all the 3D shooting games in the time of Nintendo 64, and in which we offer a new feature that uses a gyro sensor to control Arwing, who flies around the 3D space," Iwata said.

Will traditional button-based controls be available too? Will vigorous swerving of Andross affect the three-dimensional eye-tricking "sweet spot" players are required to hold the 3DS in? Can we tilt completely around and shoot croaky "friend" Slippy Toad in the face?

Nintendo has confirmed Star Fox 3DS will land in Europe this year. It heads to Japan in July.

Fellow Nintendo 64 re-make Zelda: Ocarina of Time has also been spruced up with tilt controls. That title now uses the 3DS gyro sensor for aiming Link's slingshot.

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