Though response to Star Fox Zero has been generally positive, one of the main criticisms seems to lie with how the Arwing controls. As we echoed in our first impressions of the game at E3, the dual screen, gyroscopic controls definitely have a learning curve to them and this has been a point of concern for many. Nonetheless, Shigeru Miyamoto still stands by them and offered his defense for them when questioned in a recent interview with Spiegel Online.
Essentially, Miyamoto-san said that it takes a while to feel comfortable with what are, initially, very complicated controls. However, after one or two days, "the fun begins" as players become familiar with them. It seems that Star Fox Zero will be falling in the same camp as games such as Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and Splatoon, which have proven that excellent gameplay can sometimes be hidden behind somewhat unconventional controls. Here's a rough translation of the quote from the interview:
Spiegel Online: The controls of "Star Fox Zero" are due to the two screens a challenge.
Miyamoto: Compared to other games, it is a bit complex. There are many ways how video games entertain the player. One of it is the process understanding how a game works - another the process to master the controls. With mastering the controls you improve, which results in having fun. Out intention was not that players suggest: "There are two screens, that is making it complicated" Instead: "There are two screens, I can do different things on them."
Spiegel Online: How long does it take to get into the game?
Miyamoto: It is hard to understand the basics, if you just try Star Fox Zero for a few minutes at like a games expo. Anyhow, if people buy the game and play it at home, after one or two days, they will reach the point where they understand how it works, how to master it - that is the moment the fun begins.
What do you think? Are the new controls better for the franchise or should Nintendo have stuck with a more conventional approach as the default option? Share your thoughts in the comments below.