Star Fox 64 was first released on the Nintendo 64 in 1997. Developed by Nintendo EAD, Star Fox 64 is a sequel to the SNES game Star Fox. The game was the first game that supported the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64, a peripheral that added a vibration feature to the console’s controllers.
The game is primarily a scrolling shooter, requiring the player to fly aircrafts and shoot at enemies. Star Fox 64 contains a story mode, where players progress toward the final fight with Andross. Completing the campaign and earning all medals in the game will unlock a new mode within the multiplayer game mode that allows players to battle against one another on foot, in addition to the other combat modes.
While the characters in the game are modeled as anthropomorphic animals, they each have their own personalities and backstories. Depending on which path the player takes in the game, different side characters can be found. These alternating paths determine which ending the player will view as well.
The game has been remade for the Nintendo 3DS as Star Fox 64 3D, giving the game a similar treatment to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. A lot of the original N64 game retconned the story from the SNES game, and continues ideas set in place from the cancelled SNES sequel.
Nintendo is continuing the franchise later this year on the Wii U with a new entry in the series that will utilize the Wii U GamePad, allowing players to experience the game in different ways both on the television and off.