Fans of the series have been eagerly awaiting news on the release date of Star Fox Zero since the unveiling at E3, and as today’s Nintendo Direct announced, Star Fox Zero will be landing on Wii-U.
Along with the release date, Star Fox Zero also sported a new trailer showing each of the ship transformations that are available in game, with each character driving a certain transformation. Falco was driving the Arwing, used for air combat, while doing the famous barrel-roll along the way. Peppy was in the Landmaster tank, used for tough land combat. The trailer didn’t show the Gravmaster version of the tank, a limited fly-mode designed for high damage aerial combat.
The new Gyrowing, piloted by Slippy, a plane designed for more puzzle-y segments of the game with the help of the small drone Direct-I was shown dropping a bomb on some robots. Finally, Fox McCloud was shown piloting the Arwing in full space combat, switching to its walker mode to take the fight on the enemy battleship.
This release comes after the announced delay of the game, which was supposed to launch this November on the 20th, a delay that was not unexpected, due to the fact that some players after getting a hands on at the Nintendo E3 booth found the controls a bit confusing. Using both the Wii-U tablet and the TV screen in order to get a better view of the battlefield proved to be a bit more challenging than originally expected, but nonetheless still awesome for the long-time fans of the Star Fox series of games .
Some of the negative points that fans argued these past months concerning the lack of the graphical fidelity that the game has are still in effect today. Considering that the Wii-U has shown that a game can actually as good as games on the PS4 and Xbox One with the release of Bayonetta 2, it is a bit surprising that the Star Fox Zero didn’t get a bit of a facelift. True, the trailer doesn’t show actual gameplay during its one minute runtime, but the graphics shown in it are still a bit lacking.
This being the first Nintendo Direct since Satoru Iwata’s unfortunate passing, fans were eager to see the direction in which the company was heading with its marketing and future plans. With more than 16 bits of news, one of which being tht Star Fox Zero will land on Wii-U in late April, it’s safe to say that the company is still trying to hold up the bar they have set in the past.