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Hands On With Shigeru Miyamoto's Star Fox Guard

by Mike Futter on Mar 03, 2016 at 11:02 AM

At E3 2014, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto revealed two experimental projects. One of these, Project Guard, has been rebranded as Star Fox Guard and is slated for release alongside Fox McCloud’s next adventure.

Star Fox Guard is a simple tower-defense game, in which you control mounted turrets. Robots will invade from a multitude of locations, requiring players to use the GamePad to switch among a dozen cameras.

From the first level, Star Fox Guard is frenetic and fast-paced. Having to move my eyes between the TV and the GamePad to locate, target, and destroy the bots. 

The hardest part wasn’t locating the enemies, though. It was removing my hand from one of the thumbsticks to tap the camera location on the touchscreen. Because I needed to move quickly, I felt like I was awkwardly juggling the GamePad , but that might improve with practice.

The story is light, with Slippy’s uncle running a business that harvests rare metals. Robots are trying to steal his precious haul, and it’s up to you to aggressively dissuade them.

This simple title includes approximately 100 stages. Taking a page from Super Mario Maker’s book, fans will also be able to create robot attack patterns and share them with friends.

If you purchase Star Fox Zero at retail, you’ll get a bonus disc with Star Fox Guard. The smaller title will also be available on the eShop. 

For more on Star Fox Zero, check out our in-depth preview.