Nintendo has released more information on Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard ahead of release later this month.
As detailed previously, one feature of Star Fox Zero is that the TV displays a cinematic view from behind the Arwing while the Wii U GamePad puts players into the actual gunner’s seat. Motion controls are used for aiming, and to help you get the hang of things, training missions should help players become acquainted with using two-screen gameplay and the controls.
Players will also be able to go back in Training Missions to help rack up a better score, and earlier gameplay missions can revisited as well to find hidden collectibles or alternative routes with new challenges.
Using the Falco amiibo will unlock the Black Arwing which packs more powerful weapons. There's a catch: its defenses are weaker, so keep that in mind. If players use the Fox amiibo, it will unlock a retro Arwing styled after the original Super NES Star Fox game. It even features retro music to be used in the first Corneria stage.
Launching alongside Star Fox Zero is the companion game Star Fox Guard. Player will need to defend mining sites against waves of robot invaders.
The TV screen displays a bank of 12 surveillance camera feeds, each monitoring a different part of the mining site. Players will need to switch between cameras to spot enemies and blast them before they reach the central tower. Sort of like being a security guard, then, only with the ability to take down the bad guys yourself.
Here's more on Star Fox Guard straight from Nintendo: "It’ll take supreme awareness and multi-tasking skills to fend off the relentless robot approach, so it helps to have friends on-hand to call out camera numbers that show approaching enemies.
"Help is also on hand via the Fox and Falco amiibo, which can each be tapped once per day to call in team Star Fox for a powerful air strike that destroys attacking robots."
Successfully clearing missions provides players with rare metals, which count towards unlocking additional missions and cameras. Some have special abilities like slowing enemies down or freezing them in place. There's also My Squad mode in which players can create and upload own enemy attack patterns to challenge other players.
Also, the Star Strategists feature will be updated every day with popular challenges from around the world.
Those who pre-order Star Fox Zero will be handed a demo of Star Fox Guard which will be accessible through the main menu. Save data can be carried over to the full version.
Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard both release in Europe on April 22 for Wii U. The limited First Print edition includes both games on separate discs and is the only way to purser a physical copy of Star Fox Guard.
Star Fox Guard will also be available as a download code at retail. Those who purchase one of the games from the Nintendo eShop can get a discount of £3.00/€5.00 off the other, bringing the total price of both games to £49.98/€59.98.