Star Fox Guard

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Star Fox Guard
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)Yugo Hayashi
Teruaki Konishi
Producer(s)Tadashi Sugiyama
Atsushi Inaba
Designer(s)Tomoaki Yoshinobu
Abebe Tinari
Taegun Kim
Taisei Imade
Masaki Yamanaka
Programmer(s)Yuji Hagiyama
Composer(s)Naofumi Harada
Kensuke Inage
Ryuta Yoshioka
SeriesStar Fox
Platform(s)Wii U
Release
  • JP: April 21, 2016
  • NA: April 22, 2016
  • EU: April 22, 2016
  • AU: April 23, 2016[1]
Genre(s)Tower defense
Mode(s)Single-player

Star Fox Guard[a] is a tower defense video game co-developed by Nintendo and PlatinumGames for the Wii U. The game was bundled as a separate disc for the first print edition of Star Fox Zero during its release in April 2016, and as a digital download code on the Wii U eShop afterwards.[3][4]

Gameplay[edit]

Star Fox Guard is a 3D tower defense game in which players must protect various bases, owned by Slippy Toad's uncle, Grippy, from oncoming attackers by monitoring security cameras. The television displays footage from all of the available security cameras while the Wii U GamePad features an overhead view of the base. To defend the base's core, players must watch the monitors carefully for any oncoming attackers and switch control to one of the available cameras in order to fire its weapon. Enemies are divided into two classes; Combat robots, which must all be defeated in order to progress, and Chaos robots, which hinder the player by tampering with the cameras, such as obscuring the view or showing fake footage. The game features 100 missions and an editor mode that allows players to edit the behavior of enemies in levels and share them online.[5]

Development[edit]

Star Fox Guard was announced by Super Mario series creator Shigeru Miyamoto at E3 2014, as Project Guard.[6] The game was rebranded and renamed as Star Fox Guard during a Nintendo Direct presentation on March 3, 2016.[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic74/100[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6/10[9]
Famitsu31/40[10]
IGN7.8/10[11]
Nintendo Life8.5/10[12]
Nintendo World Report7.5/10[13]

Star Fox Guard received mixed to positive reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[8] Jose Otero from IGN praised its "clever enemies," controls, and extra missions, but criticizing the "simple campaign" and "bland graphics".[11] Jonathan Harrington from Nintendo Enthusiast praised its gameplay, variety, and online sharing, but criticized the lack of humor, low budget visuals, and music.[14] Stephen Totilo from Kotaku stated that despite it having "just about nothing to do with the aerial shooting gameplay people associate with Star Fox", it was "one of Nintendo’s most distinct games in years".[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ スターフォックス ガード[2] (Sutā Fokkusu Gādo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vuckovic, Daniel (March 4, 2016). "Star Fox Zero out April 23rd, First Print edition with Star Fox Guard announced". Vooks. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "スターフォックス ガード|Wii U|任天堂" (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ Nunneley, Stephany. "More Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard info drops ahead of release". VG24/7. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "'Star Fox Guard' is bundled with 'Zero' April 22nd". Engadget. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  5. ^ "Star Fox Guard: The Kotaku Review". Kotaku UK.
  6. ^ Totilo, Stephen. "One of Shigeru Miyamoto's Weird New Wii U Game Ideas Is Excellent". Kotaku. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  7. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew. "Star Fox Guard Announced, Star Fox Zero Amiibo Functionality Revealed". IGN. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Star Fox Guard for Wii U Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  9. ^ MacGregor, Kyle (April 20, 2016). "Review: Star Fox Guard". Destructoid. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "スターフォックス ガード まとめ [Wii U] (Star Fox Guard summary [Wii U])" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Ryckert, Dan (April 20, 2016). "Star Fox Guard Review". IGN. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Wahlgren, Jon (April 20, 2016). "Review: Star Fox Guard". Nintendo Life.
  13. ^ Rairdin, John. "Star Fox Guard Review". Nintendo World Report.
  14. ^ "Star Fox Guard Review for Wii U". Nintendo Enthusiast. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Totilo, Stephen. "Star Fox Guard: The Kotaku Review". Kotaku. Retrieved 21 May 2016.

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