Nostalgia can play tricks. There was a time when GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 was the best first-person shooter ever created, a claim many people still make to this day.
If any of these retroheads bothered to play their much-loved shooter these days, they'd find a horribly dated game with diabolical analogue controls
Sometimes, though, the games we fondly remembered from ten or fifteen years ago are just as entertaining today. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time was one such example, and Star Fox 64 is another.
Star Fox 64 remains the greatest game in the series and this is the same game we loved all those years ago, only now it looks better than ever before.
The heroic Star Fox team -Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad - are tasked with bringing down Andross, an evil doctor who declared war on the Lylat system of planets. Andross previously captured Fox's father James McCloud, so Fox has unfinished business.
Star Fox 64 3D is primarily a corridor shooter, in which you follow a pre-determined route like in an on-rails shooter. However, your Arwing can move a great deal to the left and right, and it's still possible to take very different paths through each stage.
On a handful of stages and some of the boss battles the game will switch to All-Range mode, where your path is no longer fixed and you're free to fly wherever you like. This transforms the game into more of a dogfighting sim, as you swoop around performing u-turns and loop-the-loops to try and take down the enemy fighters.
There are fifteen stages but you'll only visit seven of these on a single playthrough. There are various routes you can take through the game's map, and the path you follow - and the stages you play through as a result - is determined by your ability to fulfil extra requirements on each stage.
Take the first stage, Corneria. If you finish it without doing anything special you'll follow the easy route and your second stage will be Meteo, the fairly simple asteroid field stage. If, however, you fly through all the arches in the water on the first stage, you'll end up fighting a different, trickier boss. If you can defeat the Attack Carrier you'll move onto the game's harder path and instead be sent to Sector Y with much deadlier enemies.
In total there are eleven possible routes to take through the game, which adds a great deal of longevity. On top of this, each stage has a required number of kills and you'll get a medal if you manage to reach that number. Not enough?
There are also two difficulty levels - a Nintendo 3DS mode, which is made slightly easier to cater for the gyroscopic controls, and a Nintendo 64 mode which is just as difficult as the original game - and each mode has its own set of medals. Get all 30 medals and... well, that would be telling.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Star Fox 64 3D one of the best looking games on the 3DS to date. In fact, it probably does a better job at updating the game's visuals than Ocarina Of Time did. The textures been improved while the ships and environments have also been remodelled and the other characters have been redrawn.
The 3D is toned down to a surprising degree but it's still really impressive, with lasers, enemies and obstacles zooming past you at high speeds, but crucially it's never uncomfortable in the way Pilotwings Resort was.