Courtesy of today’s Nintendo Direct stream, a new trailer for the upcoming Star Fox Zero has surfaced. It highlights the different vehicles at the player’s disposal, including the Landmaster tank and new Walker unit, in addition to the classic Arwing. It also demonstrates the classic branching story routes, allowing access to different stages and enemy encounters based on the feats achieved in any given stage.
In an interesting twist, Star Fox Zero will be playable cooperatively, with one player controlling movement and the other in charge of weaponry. It’s a rather simplistic approach to cooperative play, but it’s certainly a welcome inclusion. Much of Star Fox Zero seems to be designed as a call back to the halcyon days of Star Fox 64, though the small mechanical tweaks, polished aesthetic and engaging action look to provide an enjoyable, if highly nostalgic experience.
The Direct stream also revealed an additional piece of information in the form of Star Fox Guard. The title initially debuted as a piece of demonstration software for the Wii U back in 2014, under the name Project: Guard. It’s been given a Star Fox coat of paint, but the mechanics are fundamentally identical, tasking the players with defending a small area through the use of security cameras in a tower defense-style manner. It includes a level editing feature complete with a sharing platform, though the depths of these systems remain unknown.
Star Fox Zero will come packaged with Star Fox Guard, and both will be available exclusively for the Wii U on April 22.