E3 2015 is well underway, and all of the other developers have played their hands – leaving Nintendo to finally show off what it has planned for its current hardware. One game that everyone knew was going to be there, however, was the next Star Fox title, and true to its word the Big N showed off just that in the form of Star Fox Zero.
During the company’s Nintendo Digital Event, it finally detailed the next entry in its popular, space-bound animal series on the Wii U. With that said, Star Fox Zero looks to be a very unique take on the series thanks to the hardware’s GamePad controller, which divides the on-screen action between the television and the handheld tablet.
While aiming the ship is done using the aforementioned GamePad, the series is sticking largely to what it’s famous for – and that’s on-rails action. Still, there will be an ample amount of 3D scenarios and boss fights, which is sure to add some more depth to the series. Given the constantly evolving gaming landscape, this is a solid move that ensures that fans will be getting a much larger experience for their money than a simple reimagining.
The game isn’t without its new content either, as the infamous Arwing is now able to transform into the Walker. As some eagle-eyed fans will point out, this newfound ability originates from the cancelled Star Fox 2 which never saw a release on the SNES. It’s not the only vehicle update either, as the Landmaster tank now has a completely revamped hovering mechanic that allows it to float in the air for as long as required. Last, but not least, the game is joined by a new helicopter of sorts, referred to as the Gyrowing.
Franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto also confirmed that Star Fox Zero is a reboot of sorts that’s designed to replace the existing mythos of the franchise. This means that Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy will be the core four found on the Star Fox squad this time around – with the latter sure to be as excitable as his previous appearances have lead everyone to believe.
Finally, Nintendo confirmed that the game will be arriving on Wii U this year, although only a rough Holiday 2016 window was given. Only time will tell if the new game lives up to fan expectations, but stay tuned to Game Rant for more details on the game as soon they become available.
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Star Fox will be available exclusively for Wii U in the Holiday 2015 window.