Wii U

Star Fox Is Coming To Wii U


TIME report that Nintendo are developing a new Star Fox game for the Wii U. Speaking with Nintendo’s managing director, TIME discussed a number of upcoming Wii U games that he is involved with. Here’s what they had to say about Star Fox:


In his new version of Star Fox — still fundamentally a spaceship-based shooter — players now use the GamePad’s motion controls to aim and fire the Arwing’s weapons, simultaneously controlling the nimble craft itself by thumbing the joysticks to accelerate or turn and pull off signature moves like barrel rolls, loops and the tactically essential Immelman turn. And you can still morph your Arwing into a land tank, rocketing down to the surface of a planet, then rattling around the battlefield and laying waste to the landscape.


TIME says that the new Star Fox game has a new vehicle mode as well, that is designed to “exemplify the new motion-control scheme”. The mode lets up to two players pilot a helicopter-like craft, with one player controller the craft itself and the other controlling a robot that can be used for damaging enemies and picking up loot.


Miyamoto’s other two titles are called “Project Giant Robot” and “Project Guard”. Both are in experimental stages, and TIME says that Star Fox is “at least” a year away. The designer said to TIME that Nintendo have been experimenting with Star Fox since the days of the Wii, but couldn’t settle upon an idea for the game until the Wii U.


Image courtesy TIME.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.