Star Fox 64 3D to support local-only 4-player

Nintendo has given Japanese retailers a hands-on preview of the upcoming 3DS version of Star Fox 3D, so it's no surprise that details of the title's new features were soon flooding into the world. These include local 4-player and a new control mode that utilizes the 3DS' gyroscope sensor.

Just like the N64 original, SF643D (too many numbers in that title!) supports 4-player – and just like the original, that mode is local-only. Once again, you’ll still have to be in the same room to holler about barrel rolls face-to-face – meaning the one big change is the removal of that old cheapo standby, winning by watching the opponent's screen.

A new “3DS Mode” allows tilt-control to take some of the strain off your thumbs, but because Nintendo aren't dolts (or because they, like the rest of the world, have played and been disappointed by Lair), this mode's optional. The game also supports the 3DS camera, allowing the facility to make an in-game icon of your face to become very quickly abused beyond usefulness.

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  • Spybreak8 - May 16, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    Yeah it was leaked a while ago and then all the gamers started speculating and a few started early claims about Nintendo this and Nintendo that. I knew the gyroscope part would be optional. Control options are always better that mandatory controls.
  • shnazzyone - May 16, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    Damn... now I almost don't want it. Almost... it's going to be a tough call now. Not a smrt move with this update. They really need to improve the value of this game much more for me to be willing to pay 40 bucks for it. OOT i know i've got hours upon hours of gameplay. I've already preordered that. Starfox is like 5 or 6 hours in singleplayer, with no online functionality for multiplayer... I simply don't see the point.
  • Nap1400 - May 13, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Look, guys, this is only a preview of the game. Maybe this is my inner Nintendo fanboy hope coming in, but the game still doesn't come out for two months. We could see an online mode come in that time. There. I defended you Nintendo. Now hold up your end of the bargain.
  • SparkleDevon - May 13, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Meh. I am very disappointed about this, because I don't see my friends that have a 3DS so online would've been the only way I could have played with them. And to top that, I didn't really like the Adventure mode, so Multiplayer was really one of the only reasons justifying my purchase of this game D:
  • egregious - May 13, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    Lol Nintendo ohyou.jpg
  • sirdilznik - May 13, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    The weird thing is that the 3DS has online capabilities and they work just fine... in other games made by third parties. Why Ninty refuses to take advantage of the full spectrum of capabilities of their own machine mystifies me.
  • db1331 - May 13, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Online multiplayer? CAN'T LET YOU DO THAT, STAR FOX.
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  • AuthorityFigure - May 13, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    How embarrassing - even the DS StarFoz had more robust features than that!
  • AuthorityFigure - May 13, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    Oh how embarrassing. Even the DS Starfox had better multiplayer than that.
  • BlackElement17 - May 13, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    Played the balls off this game on the N64, if I for some inexplicable reason acquire a 3DS I'll play the balls off of it again.
  • HankVenture - May 13, 2011 3:42 a.m.

    @Blasto, I don't really care about its multiplayer because I don't have friends with jobs so no one else has a 3DS. But I think the main annoyance people are having is that Nintendo is still failing to catch up with the new age of gaming and this also sorta shows that the new Nintendo Console will also be behind in online gaming. I propose a toast to Disappointment.
  • Redeater - May 13, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    Another failure to join this decade on Nintendo's part. Time to get your head out of your ass Nintendo.
  • keltar93 - May 13, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    Regardless of its importance to this game specifically, this is still a major failure on Nintendo's part. Way to make up for your mistakes and start working better on online!
  • Blasto - May 13, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    That's unfortunate, but does anyone really care about starfox multiplayer?
  • bobbybroccoli - May 13, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    SF643d could technically be Street fighter 64 3d. Just saying...
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 13, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    chrisatmakes a point, this is classic Nintendo stupidity.
  • chrisat928 - May 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    Nintendo ladies and gentlemen!
  • losthero15 - May 13, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    damn I really wanted to barrel roll over the interwebs on the other hand, its a good thing the tilt controls are optional i have no confidience in them
  • nicksayswatzup - May 13, 2011 1:31 a.m.


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