Confirmed: Star Fox is coming to Wii U

News Ryan Lambie
10 Jun 2014 - 16:03

Ahead of Nintendo's presentation at E3, it's been unexpectedly revealed that Star Fox is coming to Wii U...

To coincide with E3, Nintendo is set to make a series of announcements at its self-described 'Digital Event' - a stand-in for the usual press conferences held by its rivals at the expo. But less than two hours ahead of Nintendo's broadcast, Time magazine has revealed that one of the games due to be announced is Star Fox on the Wii U.

One of the most beloved games in Nintendo's back catalogue, Star Fox first appeared on the SNES back in 1993, and thrilled a generation of gamers with its space combat and fancy 3D graphics - fast and addictive, it was nothing less than Nintendo's own take on Star Wars, except with cute furry animals as pilots instead of Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. The game paved the way for Nintendo's future 3D games, and established Star Fox as another formidable series in the company's line-up.

The 3DS remake of Star Fox 64 (known in Europe as Lylat Wars) was a welcome addition to the franchise, but an instalment was conspicuously absent from the Wii. But in an interview with Time, legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Star Fox is coming to the Wii U, and that he and his team had previously attempted to have the game ready for the console's hugely popular predecessor.

When the Wii version failed to coalesce, Miyamoto decided to move the game's development over to the Wii U, where it will make full use of the console's dual-screen controls. Miyamoto has hinted at a very different control system - one that he thinks will "take a lot of play time for people to get used to" - and indicates that some of the new vehicles in the game will include a helicopter and a robot.

That Time's article is written in the past tense suggests that it wasn't supposed to go live until tomorrow, but too late: the proverbial cat's out of the bag, and Star Fox could be on the Wii U very soon.

You can read more of Shigeru's ideas for the game - including his idea for taking an episodic approach to its release, rather than one stand-alone game - over on Nintendo Life


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