After years of waiting, Star Fox Zero is almost upon us. Yes, on April 22nd, we will be back with our favorite gang of space-faring animals on the hunt for Andross. Many more details were revealed in today’s Nintendo Direct and Star Fox Zero appears to be shaping up to be a welcome addition to the Wii U library.
From teleporters that will take you to unknown locations to alternate branching paths within a level, there seems to be a lot of new features and good reason to come back, even after the credits roll. We also caught a glimpse of a new planet, named Fortuna, that has Fox McCloud flying through a hostile environment complete with giant tree-branches and even tougher enemies blocking his way.
Star Wolf and his four-man team will be showing up to cause you trouble as well. Throughout the campaign, they will attack your group and provide some welcome dogfighting action to keep things fresh.
Also revealed was a Co-Op mode, where one player can control the Arwing while the other controls the gun. Also, the Fox McCloud Amiibo is supported, and will allow you to fly as the classic SNES Arwing from the original Starfox, as well as provide other, yet to be announced, benefits.
Not content to end there, Shigeru Miyamoto also announced that his Project Guard demo from two E3s ago has now become Star Fox Guard. Slippy and his Uncle Grippy (Awesome!) are attempting to gather rare metals from space, but of course there are those who wish to steal from them. Using Slippy’s new 12-camera security system, you must protect his haul by constantly swapping between the cameras and attacking oncoming enemies. You can even edit the attack patterns of enemies and upload them to have your friends try and best your high-score. Doing so will earn you medals and a ton of bragging rights.
These two games will come bundled for $59.99 at retail and on the e-shop, or you may purchase them separately on the e-shop, $49.99 for Star Fox Zero, and $14.99 for Star Fox Guard. However, if you purchase either of the games digitally, you will receive a $4.99 discount on the other game.
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