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TIME leaks 3 Nintendo games – Star Fox Wii U, Project Giant Robot, Project Guard

Posted on June 10, 2014 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii U


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TIME has outed the existence of three Nintendo games coming from Shigeru Miyamoto ahead of the company’s Digital Event today.

The first, and arguably the biggest, is Star Fox for Wii U. This is said to be “at least a year away.”

There’s also Project Giant Robot and Project Guard. Both “are still considered experimental at this point”.

Check out the following from TIME’s report:

In one of the games, which Miyamoto called Project Giant Robot, players control sky-scraping automatons, angling the Wii U GamePad in front of a TV screen while shifting their torsos left and right or up and down to maneuver the robot’s upper-body while thumbing the controller’s joysticks to punch or grab — almost like a full-body game of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. The GamePad shows you what the robot sees, while the TV screen offers a zoomed-back view, letting onlookers — as well as you — admire your tromping, pummeling handiwork.

In another, titled Project Guard, the GamePad became a quick-jump map of a fortress manned by numbered, laser-firing security cameras. As robots encroach on different entry points, you have to tap the GamePad to leap from camera to camera, blasting enemies that trundle or come at you sprinting — even some that sneak under your radar. All the while, onlookers can shout out the numbers that correspond to robot-threatened camera feeds, turning your defense operations into a frenetic, heart-racing, tap-and-fire scramble.

And the third project? A game Nintendo fans have been waiting for a very long time to see: Star Fox is back, only reimagined on the Wii U using Miyamoto’s new GamePad-based controls — controls that’ll ask of players things they’ve never had to do before in a video game. Whether they’ll come willing or balk remains to be seen, but Miyamoto is convinced he’s on to a control scheme that’s not only novel, but with practice, indispensable.

In his new version of Star Fox — still fundamentally a spaceship-based shooter — players now use the GamePad’s motion controls to aim and fire the Arwing’s weapons, simultaneously controlling the nimble craft itself by thumbing the joysticks to accelerate or turn and pull off signature moves like barrel rolls, loops and the tactically essential Immelman turn. And you can still morph your Arwing into a land tank, rocketing down to the surface of a planet, then rattling around the battlefield and laying waste to the landscape.

But Miyamoto and his team have added a new vehicle mode, one that’s designed to exemplify the new motion control scheme: It lets up to two players pilot a helicopter-like craft, one player controlling the helicopter itself, the other controlling a tiny robot you can drop from a tether to roll around a limited area, either snatching up booty or blasting enemies. Leave the robot hanging as you fly around the battlefield and it becomes a kind of dangling, swingable cannon.

Project Giant Robot and Project Guard are still considered experimental at this point, and Star Fox is at least a year away, but I had a chance to sit down with Mr. Miyamoto after trying all three. Here’s what he told me.


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  • RebelliousTreecko

    Interesting. Never cared for Star Fox, but a revival is nice. (assuming this is real)

    • UltimaLuminaire


    • Vorlik Blade

      That Falco from StarFox64 3D makes me very suspicious…
      Could be super fake or just very early in development.

      • Brian

        TIME is a pretty respected outlet, so I don’t think they’d make something like this up.

      • Clumsyman

        Could be a new look for him. I mean, I don’t think they’d want to use the same look forever right? They have with Mario basically though..

    • Guest

      How can it be fake, I’ve memorized almost every picture of Miyamoto and Reggie. And these are brand new awesome source material. Especially the one with Reggie pointing into the distance.

      • bigevilworldwide

        That seems like a gigantic waste of time and or life considering it’s TIME, the least likely and most respected publication on the planet

  • SparkRaid

    … Oh god… My prayers have been answered! Star Fox!!!

    • Abdul-Azeez Azeez

      Man i hope this is legit

  • sonicfan1373

    Very interesting. Though I hope the motion control system is well developed.

  • Zombie_Andrew

    I’m afraid while initially excited all three games look awful. I’m sorry, and the gameplay on Project Guard sounds boring. The giant robots thing sounds great, until you realise motion controls suck and toy robots are NOT going to appeal to a new audience. And StarFox looks bad visually. While I’m not saying graphics matter more than gameplay – if it isn’t looking as sweet as Mario Kart then what’s the point? I’m the opposite of excited now, however will allow myself to change my mind with further announcements

    • Emufred

      both project guard and robot are experimental, stuff can change

      Starfox is a year away, graphics can get better. Look at Hyrule warriors

    • wiiu4life

      OK so your going to blow early games off from small pictures you see of screen shots.

      Have you not learned anything from Mariokart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D world. Nintendo loves to show off games that don’t look good then they blow you away. Still doubt them look at W 101 before and after pictures

      • UltimaLuminaire

        Haha it’s all good in the hood. There’s enough Big N for everyone. 😉

    • ezquimacore

      please, wait.

    • Dude. You barely even seen the game up close or even played it and your shooting it down. Wait a bit.

    • UltimaLuminaire

      Yo, no need to be apologetic in the first sentence. I wouldn’t worry too much about the impact the experimental games will have on Nintendo’s business. I’m looking forward to seeing how much fun Miyamoto is having. Big N news for E3 2014 all day, baby.

      • Zombie_Andrew

        I’m looking forward to what else Nintendo have. I’m hoping to see what kind of gems the NFP games have, Zelda U, Hopefully some Project Zero, plus an exclusive game just for IGN’s post-show that won’t be included in the main event!

        I’m also looking forward to more details on Bayo2, X and Smash Bros.

        I really want to be excited for these three but can’t 🙁 Hopefully the Digital Event will change my mind. I hope the Giant Robot one gets an art style change (would love it to look more like X) – along with dumping the motion controls. I hate forced motion control :/

  • UltimaLuminaire

    The prediction came true. Brian and Austin, good job.

  • Yes. Just Yes.

    • ShinyXatu

      Oh, hello!

  • Emufred

    they already won e3.

    • UltimaLuminaire

      I like your enthusiasm. Big N hype.

  • brandon

    To me, these look like very interesting games, in part because I believe that Mr. Miyamoto is such a talented game designer, that I expect these games will be uniquely fun.

  • Spookoyo

    Ahhhhh this really spoiled e3, I woke up early just to watch it. :'( At least Zelda hasn’t been spoiled

    • UltimaLuminaire

      Why not stick around for the Smash live-stream?

      • Spookoyo

        I was going to watch it all, I didn’t expect it to be ruined an hour away. Great looking games, but I would of liked to see them initially revealed by Miyamoto himself.

  • disqus_UG4OQNXRxB

    Where is F-Zero U?

  • Effing Time, eff you *rage*

    • UltimaLuminaire

      Haha and looking at your icon I’ll be with you on that rage if I don’t see some indication of a Steam release for Sora no Kiseki FC and SC.

  • Star Fox sounds interesting, but the other projects don’t really peak my interest. We’ll see when we see it in motion.

  • gimmegimmekevin

    Cue the entire internet getting angry and judging games based off small images and short descriptions. Everyone asks for unique Game Pad usage and then cries foul when they’re given it.

    • UltimaLuminaire

      Haha everyone? The big thing to remember is that the big dudes at Nintendo are pretty much engineers. They will make prototypes and refine despite the divisiveness of an ambiguous number of people. Well, so long as it didn’t cost them an arm and a leg to do so.