Yeah that’s bloody right I’m reviewing a 3DS game that isn’t all that new really; but in today’s climate where the Pound is worth slightly less than a bag of old novelty hats, I haven’t really got a choice. Adding to that fact there are about as many new games out as there are courageous men in France, it seems its check-mate for old tom.
Star Fox 64 3D 3DS may sound like coordinates to sink a German sub but in reality it’s the latest game for Nintendo’s pocket sized money machine. For those of us who were born before N-dubz was a band but a racial slur, Star Fox 64 barrel rolled onto our N64’s and apart from a certain frog that’s name will remain unmentioned, was a pretty good game. It was quirky and shmerky and any other words that describe games that are swimming in nostalgia. It also had a pretty solid multiplayer that had the old easy to learn hard to master scarf wrapped round his well-defined neck. So knowing that Star Fox 3DS is going to be pretty much the same, I knew I was going to be more disappointed than the time I found out Pluto wasn’t a real planet.
I’m not going to talk about the story because unless you’ve lived under a whale you’ve entire life; you’ll probably know the general gist. Space, animals, bombs blah blah blah let’s move onto the most important part of this 3D title, the 3D itself. As everyone knows the main problem with the 3DS is moving your head when the 3D is activated. Now when I play a game I don’t move my head from side to side like a bloody metronome, but trying to keep my head perfectly still to keep the 3D effect working takes far too much effort. Then for some bloody reason they’ve added a gyroscopic tilt function which renders the 3D completely useless. So thus far we have a quote unquote retro game that’s had a slight touching up like any child who’s been near Dappy, a 3D effect that apparently only works if you stick your head in a bucket of sand and a tilt feature that’s main characteristic is to ruin the 3D effect.
The gameplay is unchanged, for obvious reasons. I would say it’s as fun as ever but I promised mother I wouldn’t lie. Not saying the experience is bad at tall it’s more to do with it being a re-release. There are a few tweaks here and there such as Challenge mode which consists of traveling through any level you wish to earn medals and in multiplayer; the 3DS camera records your face and the face of whomever you’re playing against. But it’s all just needless padding.
I didn’t have a horrible time playing Star Fox 3DS but that had more to do with the fact that I liked the 64 version rather than this being a good game. I don’t know why Nintendo are in this mind set of re-releasing old titles. It’s probably to do with the fact that they haven’t had a good idea since 2000 which I know doesn’t sound that long ago but remember back then certain gentlemen on planes didn’t raise an eyebrow.