Star Fox sets course for Wii U along with smaller projects from Miyamoto

Sure, Star Fox hasn't seen a home console game of his own since the GameCube, but Nintendo has different plans for the Wii U. Time's let word slip that the Big N is releasing a game starring the anthropomorphic space canine. While there aren't many details just yet, players will use the GamePad's motion controls to aim and fire, while controlling their ship Arwing with thumbsticks. And yes, it'll still be able to transform into the land tank. In addition to the tried-and-true roving fortress, Nintendo's baked in a new helicopter-like craft. The aircraft's movements can be controlled by one player, while another takes control of shooting enemies or directing a small robot that drops down and blasts things independently.

In addition to Fox McCloud's fresh adventure, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has been hard at work on smaller projects, two of which are called Project Giant Robot and Project Guard. In Project Giant Robot, gamers take the helm of enormous bots and control their torsos using motion controls, while using the GamePad's thumbsticks for punching and grabbing. In the second experience, players defend a fortress from baddies by using the GamePad to cycle through posts throughout their base and blasting raiders to smithereens. The Star Fox title is "at least a year away" from seeing the light of day, but the other two projects are still experimental.

While the Star Fox game has a clearer timeline attached to it, Nintendo might go the route of an episodic release schedule. "Honestly I don't have a clear idea myself yet, but one thing I'm thinking is that with this Star Fox we may take a different approach, so that rather than one big title we have multiple releases that are connected through different missions," Miyamoto told Time. "If I was to describe the Star Fox series up until now as being sort of a movie series, I guess I'd describe this new approach as something that's more like a TV series for Star Fox."

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'Star Fox' sets course for Wii U along with smaller projects from Miyamoto