Star Fox 64 (called Lylat Wars in PAL regions) is a video game for the Nintendo 64 that was released in 1997. It is noted as being the first video game that used the innovative Rumble Pak that is commonly used in today's video games. The game was renamed Lylat Wars in Europe, because the name "Star Fox" was already registered by a company called Mythicon.
Star Fox was originally going to have a sequel on the NES simply named Star Fox 2, which was finished but eventually cancelled. Much of the leftovers was transferred over to Star Fox 64, although Star Fox Command better resembles the original.
The game's story is, essentially, a remake of Star Fox for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. General Pepper has sent James McCloud (Fox McCloud's father), Peppy Hare, and Pigma Dengar to Venom stop Andross, but when they arrive Pigma betrays them. Peppy escapes but James is presumed dead. One year later, Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, and Slippy Toad join Peppy to take down Andross.
The game has gameplay similar to the original video game Star Fox which was released on the SNES. While the Arwing stages make a triumphant return, there are also stages where you can ride in new vehicles such as a tank called the Landmaster and in a submarine called the Blue Marine though a majority of the stages require you to control an Arwing.
Many critics also praise the voice acting used both in and out of gameplay, where the characters gave you plenty of tidbits of information, as well as memorable (and sometimes annoying) quotes such as Peppy's often repeated "Do a barrel roll!" and "Try a somersault!" quotes. Other memorable quotes include General Pepper's "We need your help, Star Fox!", Peppy's "Careful, it's a trap!", Andrew Oikonny's "Uncle Andross!", and Falco's "Hey Einstien, I'm on your side!".
This game is the most popular title in the series, garnering critical acclaim, as it holds an 89.01% on GameRankings. Some fans, however, were particularly annoyed with some of the voice acting, particularly Slippy’s.
- The frozen planet Fichina was mislabeled as Fortuna in Star Fox 64 due to a translation error.
- This game has been subject to several memes, particularly "Do a barrel roll!", taken from Peppy's insisting of you doing so in the game.
- This game also came in a large box due to the fact that it was packaged with the Rumble Pack
- Star Fox 64 was available on Club Nintendo for 250 coins (only for the Wii).
- Much of the music was inspired by the Thunderbird TV show
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