Yesterday Nintendo kicked off their Nintendo Direct E3 2015 press conference with a game that has been anticipated more than any new Zelda or Metroid game. What was teased last year at the end of Nintendo’s 2014 E3 presentation was given a decent amount of screen time, a trailer and a release window. This Star Fox title will now be known a Star Fox Zero, but it’s not a reboot or remake, but a beginning. Nintendo has had a history of putting Zero in front of games that may be deemed a prequel, such as Resident Evil Zero for the Gamecube.
From what the trailer and gameplay has shown us, you can use the Wii U gamepad to show a first person view, or as a control and show a 3rd video on your television. The Wii U gamepad will also be used as a second screen when you drop movable cameras to check out hard to reach areas. It was said that this game is the beginning, but for some reason as time went technology became worse. The Arwings are now mini transformable mechs that are able to change to accomodate your environment. In space and on planets you can fly as the Arwing, but you can also transform into a double propellered drone, a tank like in Star Fox Adventures and a two legged bird like mech. Each transformation comes with it’s own set of weapons and monuverability advantages and for some enemies you will have to change your tactics up.
The look of the game doesn’t seem that far from what has been seen on the Nintendo 3DS, this just seems to be bigger and with more levels. The key players are still shown and the iconic do a barrel roll phrase is still being shown. You do get your voice acting back, but each character still looks like they are sitting on a washing machine while talking.