Star Fox Guard

One of the rather surprising announcements to emerge from the recent Nintendo Direct was that the previously shown "Project Guard" was to be repurposed as a new game starring Slippy Toad – called Star Fox Guard – to be launched alongside the release of Star Fox Zero. The Five Nights at Freddy's-esque style gameplay certainly seems to be interesting, and it'll no doubt use the GamePad in interesting ways.

The Japanese site for the game just opened, and there have been a few more details revealed that have given us a clearer picture of what to expect. The 100+ missions will be primarily divided into two different categories: Main Missions and Extra Missions. Main missions will center around you taking on the persona of a nameless worker at Corneria Special Metals Ltd. – owned by Slippy's uncle, Grippy Toad -- as you defend various outposts throughout the Lylat System against robot invaders. Progress in main missions will occasionally unlock extra missions, which will have different objectives or restrictions.

Some types of extra missions are listed on the site, and they are as follows:

  • Sniper – Ammo will be limited, with the focus being on precise shooting
  • Airborne – Enemies will air drop in, with the focus being on shooting them down before they make it to the ground
  • Tottori Tour – A camera is placed on top of a robot bird that moves around the stage as the player shoots enemies below

Robots will come in two general types: Attacker and Jammer. Attacker robots will come in Attacker form – which moves faster once damaged – and Shield form, which has a shield in the front, but is vulnerable in the back.

The Jammer type has four different kinds, which focus more on support than assault.

  • Hi-Ho: This robot has low health, but it self-destructs if it gets close to a camera
  • Jack: This robot jams signals and prevents the player from seeing out of the camera it's hampering
  • Smog: Defeating this robot will cause it to spit out some gas that blocks the view
  • Green Tank: Fires a cannon back at cameras to damage them

All told, it seems like this game is shaping up to be the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker to Star Fox Zero's Super Mario 3D World. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out, and how this experimental game will be received.

Hat tip to Nintendo Everything for the translation work.

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