Star Fox Assault: The first shots are fired

The famed fur-fighter Fox McCloud is obviously feeling the strain after his last brush with evil. For the equipped brown fox has lazily decided to share his next adventure with the three other members of the Star Fox team - Slippy Toad, Peppy Hare and Falco Lombardi.

As you can see from these five glittering screens, you can take control of any member of the animal army and even fight against four friends in deathmatch battles.

But that is just the start of the multiplayer massacres on offer because many of the levels will let you bring a buddy to the battle. So, from fighting an armada of strike fighters in your Arwing to taking territory in a Landmaster Tank, Fox will be able to seize the wheel while his pal provides the firepower.

Star Fox Assault will be released on Gamecube in spring 2005