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Star Fox 64
Developer(s)Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Year released1997
System(s)Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Preceded byStar Fox 2
Followed byStar Fox Adventures
SeriesStar Fox
Designer(s)Shigeru Miyamoto, Takao Shimizu
Genre(s)Third-person shooter
ModesSingle player, multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO All agesESRB Kids to AdultsPEGI Ages 7+OFLC Parental Guidance
Star Fox 64 3D
Developer(s)Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development, Q-Games
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Year released2011
System(s)Nintendo 3DS
Rating(s)ESRB Everyone 10+
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Star Fox 64 (スター フォックス 64, Sutā Fokkusu 64), known as Lylat Wars in Australia and Europe (due to trademark issues), is a video game for the Nintendo 64 console. It was released in Japan on April 27, 1997, in North America on June 30, 1997, and in Europe on October 20, 1997. It was later ported to the China-only iQue Player on November 17, 2003. It is the third game in Nintendo's Star Fox series, and the first to be released on the Nintendo 64. It was later released on the Wii Virtual Console. A 3D-enabled remake for the Nintendo 3DS was announced at E3 2010 and released in July 2011.

The planned second game in the series for the SNES, Star Fox 2, was scrapped due to the upcoming release of the Nintendo 64, but some of its features were used in Star Fox 64, such as all range mode and encounters with Star Wolf. It was the first game to introduce support for the Rumble Pak and was in fact advertised heavily alongside the new device. The game received positive ratings from reviewers who praised its smooth animation, detailed visuals, and use of multiple gameplay paths.

Star Fox 64 3D[edit]

Star Fox 64 3D was a remake for the Nintendo 3DS released in 2011. The gameplay is very similar to that of the original N64 version. The player can enable "Gyro Controls", using the 3DS' internal gyroscope sensor to control the Arwing. Character dialogue, messages and control information are displayed on the touch screen.

The single-player campaign features two modes: "64 Mode", which replicates the original game's objectives and difficulty, and "3DS Mode", in which difficulty and objectives have been tuned and balanced to account for the 3D perspective and gyro controls. A third "Expert" mode can be unlocked during gameplay, adding the difficulty of the original game's expert setting. Each mode separately tracks the player's scores and medals.

Star Fox 64 3D also features a new multiplayer "Battle Mode", which allows players to play up to 4-player LAN multiplayer (via Download Play), or to battle against CPU opponents. During battles, each player's face appears on opponents' screens in a live reaction feed from the console's internal camera.

This multiplayer mode is completely separate from the single-player game and does not offer any bonus content, unlike the Nintendo 64 version which allowed players to unlock the "Landmaster" tank and "on-foot" modes.

Story[edit]

"Corneria, fourth planet of the Lylat system. The evil Andross turned this once-thriving system into a wasteland of near extinction.

General Pepper of the Cornerian army was successful in exiling this maniacal scientist to the barren, deserted planet Venom.

Five years later, General Pepper noticed strange activity coming from Venom. James McCloud, Pigma Dengar, and Peppy Hare of the Star Fox team were sent to investigate. Upon their arrival, Pigma betrayed the team, and James and Peppy were captured by Andross.

Peppy barely escaped Venom and returned home to tell James' son Fox about his father's fate.

A few years have passed. Andross has again invaded the Lylat system. General Pepper has turned to a new Star Fox team headed by Fox McCloud to save Corneria and free the Lylat system once again." -Star Fox 64 3D website

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