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Starfox 2 Manual Has Been Published On Nintendo Japan Website


With only a few weeks to go before the launch of the SNES Classic Edition, Nintendo have uploaded the Instruction Manual to the never before released StarFox 2 on their Japanese website. The Manual is fortunately in english so there will be no need for translating. Along with the manual, some artwork for the game was also released including these two images here which includes some early concept art for Team StarWolf.

The manual comes with an opening story introduction like most Instruction Manuals from way back then. Here is how the story of StarFox 2 begins:

The battle for the galaxy is over. The evil emperor Andross’s plans to seize control of the once-great Lylat system have been thwarted by the army of Corneria – thanks in no small part to the brave deeds of elite fighter squadron Star Fox. Their mission accomplished, Fox McCloud and his team depart once more for the deep expanses of space, sent off by the cheers and adoration of Corneria’s grateful inhabitants.

However…

Andross has survived. Consumed with desire for revenge, he plots an invasion even more terrible than the last. The people of Lylat cannot know it, but the peace they are enjoying is doomed to be short-lived. And sure enough, one fateful day, the forces of Andross attack once again.

Taken completely by surprise, the planets of the Lylat system fall one by one to Andross’s advancing army. Corneria, at the hub of the galaxy, now lies exposed and within the clutches of the maniacal emperor!

“We’ve lost every outpost. The way things are going, we may struggle to hold Corneria…”

Musing on the grave state of affairs, General Pepper of the Cornerian army knows there is one last resort.
“Get me Star Fox! The galaxy needs their help!”

Star Fox is back. With upgraded Arwing fighters and two new members drafted from the Cornerian army, they’re tougher and meaner than ever before. This time, they will put a stop to Andross…for good.

If you would like to check out the full manual, you can find it here. Design documents were also published on the website and can be downloaded in PDF form here, along with design documents for the Arwing as well.

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[Video] Come See the Never Released Star Fox 2 in Action


Recently various media outlets had the chance to go hands on with the SNES Mini and play a bit of Star Fox 2 and now videos of their experiences have emerged, and here’s a few we’ve rounded up for you: Continue reading [Video] Come See the Never Released Star Fox 2 in Action

The 5 Best and Worst Nintendo 64 Games


Guest Article By: Rebecca Geizura of 1-Up Games

 

Although the Nintendo 64 only had 296 North American released games, there are still a few games that are plain terrible.  From bad graphics to poor level design, the games on this list are horrific.  

 

  1. Carmegeddon

This game is a sad knock-off the PlayStation game Twisted Metal. It was originally released for the PC in 1997, then it was ported to the Nintendo 64 in 1999.  The port was done poorly, and the Nintendo 64 version was done terribly.  The game drop frames constantly, and graphically it had less textures.  Carmageddon received a 2.4/10 rating from IGN.  It was one of the most forgettable games from the Nintendo 64.

  1. Blues Brothers 2000

The game is based off the Blues Brothers movie released in 1998.  The release was delayed so much that when the game was released, no one really cared about the movie anymore.  The game has a weird storyline, bad controls, and poor level design.

  1. Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue

Most of the buttons do nothing.  There is no jump, no crouch, no sidestep, nothing like that.  The enemies come out of the walls, and the boundaries very far apart.  You can run for minutes before reaching a boundary that stops you.  The creators couldn’t loop the music, so the music abruptly stops and starts up again.  The music also plays throughout the whole entire game except the title screen, so there is two music tracks in the whole game.

  1. Rugrats Scavenger Hunt

Released in 1999, the game is a Mario Party clone that fails to have the same multiplayer fun.  The core mechanics are too slow and complicated for any child’s attention span. This game should only be played when you are trying to go to sleep.  

  1. Superman 64

Immediately as the game begins, you have to fly through rings.  You don’t even have to get used to the controls.  If you miss a few of the rings, you lose.  On top of that, there is a time limit so you don’t have time to go back and fly through the ones you missed.  The controls are very sensitive; one wrong move and Superman takes a dive in the wrong direction. After you finally beat the first level, direction flash on screen.  It says something about cars, but there isn’t enough time to read it.  You have 5 seconds to complete the task.  If you don’t, you have to beat level one again.

Since you’ve read the worst Nintendo 64 games, here are the games that are still astonishing and magnificent today.

 

  1. Star Fox 64

This reboot of the Super Nintendo classic space shooter was not only a vast improvement, but also remains as the best game in the franchise.  It was one of the first Nintendo games to include voice acting and is often one of the most quoted games for it’s cheesy lines.   

  1. Super Mario 64

It was not only one of the best launch titles made, it was a major revolution in gaming.  Super Mario 64 had precise controls, spectacular camera angles, and visuals at the time that have never been seen before.  The Nintendo 63 may have had a tiny library of games when the console launched, but with this game, no one was bored.

  1. Super Smash Bros

This game spawned one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises.  It was a four player fighting game that created a new style of games called brawlers featuring some of Nintendo’s most popular characters beating each other for some violent fun.

  1. Goldeneye 007

This is the most successful licensed game ever despite coming out 2 years after the Goldeneye movie.  Added as an afterthought, the multiplayer mode was one of the main reasons for its success, and it became a pioneer for console multiplayer or first person shooters.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Not only is this the best game on the system, but it is arguably one of the best games of all time.  The gameplay has a flawless combat system, an lock-on mechanic, and a day and night system.  This is a true testament on how video games should be made.  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time still stands up to games being released today.

 

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Rumour! Koei Tecmo Approched Nintendo About A Starfox/Warriors Game


According to Laura Dale’s Sources over at Nintendo, Koei Tecmo approached Nintendo about making a Starfox/Dynasty Warriors Game much like Hyrule Warriors. Nintendo Declined the notion saying that they did not know what future lay ahead for the franchise. Laura Dale goes on to say:

“According to sources at Nintendo, back in early 2016 Koei Tecmo pitched the company on creating a Star Fox themed Warriors title in the vain of Hyrule Warriors. The title, which would have very similarly featured largely melee combat between characters from the Star Fox universe alongside some space dogfighting gameplay, was turned down by Nintendo due to questions regarding the future of the brand. Koei Tecmo’s project would have avoided motion controls, focused on alternating missions between ground combat and a simplified space combat system designed to be simple to control and visually over the top.”

I imagine it would be like bringing back the StarFox Adventure games on the Gamecube with third person characters being the main focus and the aerial dogfighting would be sidelined but I guess we will never know for sure. I must say though, I definitely think Lylat Warriors would have been a good title for it.

Disclaimer *While all of the information above comes straight from Dale’s sources, thus cause for it to enter rumour territory, the majority of Dale’s reports have been proven true and the ones that haven’t been proven true, so yeah, if Dale said it, it’s as good as true.

Source: Letsplayvideogames.com

StarFox Zero & Guard Demos Now Available In North America eShop


For those of you in North America that have been sitting on the fence about picking up a copy StarFox Zero & StarFox Guard, can now try both games out for free via two downloadable demos in the North American Wii U eShop. Continue reading StarFox Zero & Guard Demos Now Available In North America eShop

Nintendo’s Gaming News Weekly Round-up! E3 & Happy Anniversary Us!


From Mario to Link, to Inklings to Pokémon, as always, we’re here to keep you updated on all of the latest news. Below you can catch all of our choice picks of noteworthy news this week. These are the Miketendo64 News Highlights of the week!

 

Splatoon (THE MIITOMO INVASION):

First we had Splatoon make an appearance in Miitomo and now the cameo is working the other way round as Miitomo will be making a splash in Splatoon, in the first global Splatfest in which players from all regions will be able to fight each other! This really will be a something of a Splatfest to take part in, but just which team should you choose? Team Costume Party or Team Fancy Party?

For details on when this Splatfest takes place this month and at what time it starts, be sure to click on the source article.

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Source: Splatoon’s First Worldwide Splatfest Presented By Miitomo

 

Miitomo (A NEW UPDATE IS ON THE WAY):

Miitomo is classified as being an “ongoing” project and that certainly is the case as Nintendo have announced that a new update is in fact on the way! There is no mention of a date of just when we will get the update, but we do know what it entails, being able to answer questions your friends have when viewing their responses, speed optimizations and new ways of adding friends!

 1aSource: New Miitomo Update Coming Soon! Includes More Ways To Add More Friends

 

 

Zelda U at E3 (NINTENDO REVEAL THEIR E3 PLANS):

After what feels like an eternity of nothing when it comes to hearing official news about Zelda U, now that the delay came to light last week, it seems Nintendo are now okay to start talking about Zelda U!

The latest we got this week was when Nintendo decided they were ready to share their E3 plans with us. On the 14th of June, there will be live coverage of the game and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime will be there to introduce the Treehouse team. As well as coverage of the game in action, there will also be commentaries by developers of the game.

But with E3 happening next month, Nintendo of America has a launched a very special sweepstakes in which will see one lucky NA resident to win two tickets to E3, along with flights paid for, hotel fees covered and a $500 dollar prepaid VISA debit card.

If you’re reading this and live in the North America region, be sure to read the source article for details on how you can enter, along with more information on Nintendo’s E3 plans.

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 Source: Nintendo Reveals Their Plans For E3

 

Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle (MORE GAMES ADDED TO THE LINE-UP):

The Friends of Nintendo bundle continues to make a splash, as over 140,000 purchases have been made, purchases which together total up to the grand sum of $1.4 million+ dollars made on this bundle alone!

It is certainly going down tremendously well and the bundle got a whole lot appealing considering as how three more games were announced for it this week. The games are of course: Runbow for Wii U, Nano Assault for the 3DS and Swords and Soldiers II for the Wii U. Not only is it for a great cause, (charity,) but it’s a great line-up games, certainly worth the asking price and more. If you haven’t brought your own bundle, click here to head on over to the site to begin the process.

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Source: More Games for the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle

 

Pokémon Sun & Moon (NEW DETAILS TO EMERGE NEXT WEEK):

No hoax this time, Pokémon Sun & Moon details really are due to come out next week and not just because Junichi Masuda tweeted as such, but because the chatter in the rumour mill was already hinting at such a thing before Masuda had his say!

We also have CoroCoro Magazine coming out very soon with all new ground-breaking Pokémon Sun & Moon details when they share their huge scoop during this month of May!

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Source: Pokémon Sun and Moon: Official Details Out Next Week along with #PokemonWeek!

 

The Legend of Zelda (ZELDA 1 INDUCTED INTO THE WORLD VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME):

History has a habit of repeating and this year’s World Video Game Hall Of Fame was no exception. Last year, the 30 years old Super Mario Bros. emerged victoriously as a WVGHOF inductee and now Zelda 1, a game which turned 30 this year, has also gone on to win the same honour. It came close last year, but failed to snag the prize, but it certainly didn’t fail this year and nor did Sonic the Hedgehog, GTA 3, The Sims, Space Invaders and The Oregon Trail.

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Source: The Legend of Zelda – A Lasting Legend (World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductee)

 

Weekly Review (STAR FOX GUARD AND SHANTAE AND THE PIRATE’S CURSE:

This week both Mike and I were in the reviewing mood, so while he played and reviewed the second game he got with his special edition Star Fox Zero set, I went back a couple of years to enjoy the delights of the third instalment in the Shantae series, Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse. Both titles are available on the Wii U via the eShop, although Shantae is also available on the 3DS as well, so whatever you’re preferred means of gaming is, we’ve got a review just for you! You can find links to each review below:

Keeping Watch In Star Fox Guard (Wii U) Review  

I Whip my Hair Back & Forth / Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U & 3DS) Review

 But if games that involve a half genie whipping her enemies with her hair, or an all-out tower defence game aren’t to your liking, we have a whole batch of reviews on new games that just might suit your home console taste buds. But then we also have plenty of other reviews for 3DS games that are worth checking out: 

Miketendo64 Nintendo 3DS Game Reviews 

Miketendo64 Nintendo Mobile Reviews

Miketendo64 Nintendo Wii U Game Reviews 

Mr Panda’s Video Game Reviews

 And if you’re interested in knowing what our big game review will be next week, why it’s the free to download Lost Reavers of course. We’ve been taking our sweet time to get around to it but it will be out next week.

 

This week on Miketendo64 (E3, ZELDA THEORIES AND SHINY XERNEAS):

We have a varied Top 3 this week, so without a moments more delay, these art the articles that proved to be popular this week!

Taking 3rd place was: Nintendo Reveals Their Nintendo Plans For E3, which is the very same thing we covered in the Zelda U at E3 section earlier on in the article, so we can skip the explanation here.

In second 2nd place was: Zelda U: A Tale of 2 Eras & The Sheikah Connection Nintendo Confirmed. With the Sheikah connection finally confirmed, I thought I would have a little fun by posting a theory piece on the subject, which did grab some attention. Although this wasn’t the only theory that got posted this week, because we also found time to share HMK’s latest theory too.

 But taking the number 1 spot this week was of course a Pokémon one: Shiny Xerneas & Yveltal Distribution Details for North America! First this month there was just Darkrai, then Darkrai and Zygarde, but now there are so many more! Not only have the three birds (Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres,) come to play in Europe and North America,  for those in North America, you’ll also be able to get a Shiny Xerneas and Shiny Yveltal this month as well! For details on how to get all of the above Pokémon, be sure to check out any of our recent Pokémon distribution articles. As for details for just Xerneas and Yveltal, you can find it below with links to the other articles that made it into our Top 3 this week:

1st) Shiny Xerneas & Yveltal Distribution Details for North America!

2nd) Zelda U: A Tale of 2 Eras & The Sheikah Connection Nintendo Confirmed

3rd) Nintendo Reveals Their Plans For E3

 

Miketendo64 (CELEBRATING OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY):

This week’s big, Big News is of course the celebration of our first year anniversary, which for us is a huge deal. There have been some ups and some downs and I’m not just talking about our views. As a new news outlet trying to establish yourself, it’s not easy and takes a lot of hard work,  hard work that I wasn’t quite so sure of that I was willing to tackle in the beginning, but here we stand, still together but with a now larger team and still going at it, Miketendo64 marches onwards!

So what did we do exactly to celebrate the occasion? Well we did a very special Miketendo64 video to mark the occasion and announce the winners of our first major giveaway. A video you can watch right here:

 But we didn’t just focus on embracing the present and celebrating the past, we also turned our sights to the future and have shared such plans in the form of another article, which you can find by clicking here. There are going to be some changes around here and this week is evidence of that!

Source: Our 1 Year Miketendo64 Anniversary Direct Is Live! 1000 Follower Giveaway Winners announced!

 

As far as news goes, this week has been a good one and with a whole ton of stuff meant to drop next week, the week should be very interesting indeed. So whatever Pokémon bombshells do drop, you can be sure to see it all here, amongst everything else we’ll be doing for #PokemonWeek. And remember, if this round up of the news isn’t enough, you can find plenty of articles on our site waiting to be read and whatever news comes out next, we’ll be sure to share it here just like we always do!

 

Star Fox Zero (Wii U) Review


Hey everyone! Mr. Panda here, with a brand new review of Star Fox Zero for the Nintendo Wii U! The Star Fox team flies back in with a unique control scheme and a beloved familiar storyline. Find out if it’s worth playing in my review! Please check it out and feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments! And don’t forget to check out Mike’s Star Fox Zero Review for a second look! May the Fox be with You!

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An Experience That’s Out of This World

The Star Fox series began on the Super Nintendo as a polygonal on-rails space shooter.  Although primitive by comparison to today’s standards, its graphics and fast-paced behind-the-ship gameplay was revolutionary for its time.  This would set the standard for its 3D reboot, Star Fox 64.  Though it had the same plot, this entry brought its own innovation with rumble capability (via the Rumble Pak) and more realistic graphics.  A couple of decades later, after several games were met with mixed fan reception, the series is flying back for a 2nd franchise reboot, Star Fox Zero.

Like its predecessors, Star Fox Zero aims to innovate with a complete revamping of its controls.  Using the Wii U GamePad’s gyro sensor, players can now use motion controls to aim their shots while simultaneously controlling their ship on the TV.  The end result is an immersive…

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