Reinventing A Classic: StarFox64

So, I finally got a chance to check some of my tracked updates from E3 2010 via Gamespot. I know, shame on me. Well, surprisingly what I found most exciting wasn’t Mortal Kombat or Zelda: Skyward Sword (though I’m a fan of both franchises). The winner for me was the remake of StarFox64 on the Nintendo 3DS. I LOVE that game! I used to own it until a friend borrowed it and decided to permanently add it to their collection. For those of you who don’t know, StarFox 64 is an action-packed scrolling shooter game in which you pilot a spaceship blasting away at enemies while navigating through different worlds. Advancement depends on completing missions and how well you do or what path you take determines which world you go to next. It is extremely entertaining and the challenge of beating your best score leaves you coming back for more.

Now, picture StarFox64 in 3D. Nintendo is adding the Nintendo 3DS to their hand-held line-up. It weighs about 8 ounces and uses 1 internal and 2 external cameras to give the user a 3D gaming experience without the need for 3D glasses (c’est magnifique!). You can adjust the extremes of the 3D view with the 3D Depth Slider, even turning it off, if you so desire. The 3DS has a motion and gyro sensor and can even take 3D pictures. It also has wireless internet capabilities so you can connect with other gamers and exchange data (even in sleep mode).

A demo of StarFox64 was presented at E3 2010 on the 3DS. So far I’ve only read/seen positive responses from those who were able to try it. Andre Segers on GAMEXPLAIN claims that “the added depth really makes playing this game feel like an entirely new
experience.” The graphics have been improved upon, but the core game remains the same. In actuality, I have never owned a DS. I didn’t really see the need, but now I am thoroughly tempted by the Nintendo 3DS, specifically because of StarFox64. Other titles shown at E3 for the 3DS include: Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart, The Sims™ 3,  Kingdom Hearts, Paper Mario, DJ Hero® 3D etc…

By the way, I still own and operate my Nintendo64 console.

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The Next Wii…

I have been hearing a lot about the Nintendo Wii lately and had the pleasure of playing it this summer. Unfortunately, my  convenient Wii source has left the country for the semester taking his Wii with him (can you blame him?) I will get one of my own eventually, but I thought it would be interesting to see what the next step in gaming would be. Imagine my surprise when Apple’s  iPhone pops up as “the next Wii”. Usually I would think that the next competitor for a game console would be another game console and not a phone. But then the iPhone is not a regular phone. It makes a lot of sense after you read this article.


A customizable controller is highly alluring especially if you are looking to save space and money. You wouldn’t have to purchase another controller to play a certain game and you could avoid additional clutter around the entertainment area. Although, one could argue that different contollers give you a more realistic experience. Another advantage to the Iphone is its portability. Wii on the go. It also effectively eliminates the need to carry another gadget. Who needs the DS or PSP etc. when you have it all on your phone? I have been fighting Apple domination, but if they keep packing tons amazing content in such a little device I may have to give in…

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