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Unless you seek optical grandeur or need your talking animals on the go, Star Fox 64 on the Virtual Console is more or less as outstanding as the 3DS remake. There’s more than enough content to justify the price tag for those willing to play beyond the end screen.
Star Fox 64 is a game which no self respecting retro lover should not be without. It ranks among the finest of games ever created for the N64 and as such it is a steal for just 1000 Wii points. There is so much variety, action and fun on offer it is hard to see who this game could not appeal to. Miss this at your peril.
Grâce à ses nouveaux environnements en full 3D, à ses compositions musicales réussies, à ses nouveaux challenges, boss et ennemis, Lylat Wars n'est pas qu'un simple remake de Starfox. Sa durée de vie faiblarde n'entache en rien les qualités d'un jeu que l'on a grand plaisir à parcourir et qui fait partie des meilleurs épisodes de la série. Un des grands hits de la Nintendo 64, à n’en pas douter.
I could go on talking about Star Fox 64 for days. The simple verdict, though, is that it's a great game. It remains a great game even after 10 years, and even with the removal of rumble support. Force feedback wasn't the title's only innovation. History has made this title more important for other reasons – like its notable inclusion of voice acting – and its fun factor is still in Nintendo's top tier. Investing 1000 Wii Points here would be a wise and highly recommended course of action. (You know you want to do a barrel roll.)
But these are really just silly niggles from a spoiled modern perspective, and shouldn't detract from the fact that this is a wonderfully constructed cartoon space saga with plenty of replay value. Definitely worth the full thousand points asking price.
If you're too young to have properly experienced the SNES or N64 eras, you might wonder why anyone would have any sort of fond memories of the Star Fox series. And that's understandable. If all anyone had to go on was Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox: Assault, it'd be pretty easy to dismiss this franchise altogether. However, now that Star Fox 64 is available for download on the Wii Virtual Console, you can now discover precisely why this series imbues people with such loving nostalgia. As tends to be the case with Virtual Console games, Star Fox 64 can't avoid feeling archaic, but as old as it is, it still provides a surprisingly good, albeit simplistic, aerial shoot-'em-up experience.
Star Fox 64 is yet another first-party Nintendo 64 title that has held its own in the test of time. The second game in the series surpasses the original SNES title as well as its successors on the Gamecube and Nintendo DS. The Virtual Console version is a nice addition to any collection, but if you still have a working Nintendo 64 and a Rumble Pak, stick with that combination. For those who have since discarded the 64-bit machine and newer gamers who never got to experience Star Fox 64 the first time around, it should be on your priority purchases list.