12. Star Fox 64 3D
The Good: Graphics and sound are far more realistic, reasonable to learn controls, the same funny quotes have been returned, second Staff Credits with dramatical music (and a dancing Andross), clean 3D effect.
The Bad: Training Mode is required before entering the Main Game for the first time, Nintendo 3DS Mode is hard to control, region locked multiplayer, no online, wait…yet another N64 remake?!
Star Fox 64 3D is the 3DS remake of the Nintendo 64 classic Star Fox 64 (or Lylat Wars in Europe).
This is yet another N64 remake coming to a handheld system, like Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS, or Diddy Kong Racing DS and Super Mario 64 DS for Nintendo DS.
We understand Nintendo wants to make new people enjoy older games, but the Nintendo 3DS still doesn’t have the big, new Nintendo titles yet, while a couple of them were announced at the E3, last month.
Anyway, back to our Arwings.
When we’ve booted up the game, it was clear that Nintendo has updated the graphics and sound a lot, which look and sound very realistic now.
The intro is exactly the same, plus that update, while the title screen is totally new.
We were used to make the “64″ or the “Fox Emblem” move around, while all of the team members were looking at it.
Now we have Fox in his Arwing, and if you tilt your 3DS around, you’ll see it has motion sensing, like we’ve seen in Dead or Alive Dimensions.
As soon as you start up the game, you’ll see there’s still a lot to unlock.
We thought “Huh?! No Training Mode?!”.
But then we pressed the “Main Game” button: “Fuck! Training Mode!”, so Training Mode is required, and there’s no way to start with the actual game, until the Training Mode tells you, you can exit.
After the Training Mode, you’ll have a flying test, and if you hit something 3 times in a row, you’ll need to start over…Joy!
But the good part is, there are now actual voices in the Training Mode.
After that, the game finally begins.
Don’t worry, from this point you’re no longer required to do the Training Mode.
Peppy has been seen as the funniest member of the Star Fox Team.
Good news: All of the quotes are fully back!
The 3D effect is very nice; not to sharp, but you can still see many depths of this game.
However turn 3D on, when playing in Nintendo 64 Mode only!
The reason is, Nintendo 64 Mode uses the Slide Pad to make the Arwing move around, while the Nintendo 3DS Mode uses the Gyroscoop.
Speaking of that, the Gyroscoop is very hard to control.
I mean, you have to move your 3DS around, press many buttons while doing that, and if you’re stupid enough to turn on 3D, you’re doomed.
As soon as you beat the game, you’ll see the same credits as you were used to see, but wait! There’s more!
After the second credits, you’ll see Andross dancing on a black background. (Lolololololololol!)
Then we go to the Battle Mode (Multiplayer), and the first thingn we’ve seen is: No online play!
Although we’ve already seen that on the box, that there’s no online play, but why?
Even Star Fox Command had one, so why Star Fox 64 3D doesn’t?
The Battle Mode only has “Download Play” and “Single Play”.
However, the Download Play is region locked, so no battles with your Japanese or American cousins, Europeans/Australians (and vice versa).
We have to wonder, why did Nintendo choose to region lock the entire Multiplayer feature, the heart of any game console and gaming handheld?
That way, we need to buy 2 3DS’s of every region, so we’ll have 6 3DS’s in total, to not only play any region games, but to play any region multiplayer as well. (-.-”)
Aside of the big disappointment about multiplayer, we think it’s a really good remake of which you’ll enjoy while being in the train.
Remember, even if you’re used to the N64 controls, you’ll need to relearn on the 3DS, but that’s not of a big deal.