Parents' Guide to

Star Fox 64 3D

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cartoonish space shooter a faithful remake of N64 classic.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Star Fox 64 Returns On The 3DS

I was really excited to get this game. However, at the price I paid for it I should have waited. Do not get me wrong this game is really fun to play. It has some of the best graphics for a 3DS game that I have seen. The controls are easy and anyone can pick them up. Where this game fails is the really short story line. The levels only take a couple of minutes to beat and there are, I believe, 8 levels in story mode. However, there are more than 8 levels because there are different levels you can go to in order to beat the story mode. You just have to pick which 6 levels you want to play to get to the final level. The only violence in this game is that you have to shoot at stuff with your arwing; however, the final boss might creep out younger kids because of wait you have to do to stop him. I recommend whoever wants to buy this game to wait until they can find a good deal. It was not worth what I paid for it. I wished I had waited to buy it when it came down on price. Nevertheless this is a great game to add to your 3DS collection.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 8+

Star Fox 64 3D

I disagree with common senses 3 star rating. This is one of the best games of all time, even though it's not a very long game. There is so much replay value and charm, there is no way people should pass up this game.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (15 ):

If you’re a fan of Star Fox in general and Star Fox 64 in particular, there’s every reason to believe that this game will sate your appetite for lightweight space combat. The controls are tight, the graphics are noticeably improved over the original (we loved the sharp light reflections issued from the surface of an icy, watery planet), and local multiplayer provides players plenty of reason to keep playing after they finish earning all available medals in the campaign.

That said, Star Fox 64 3D is recognizable as a game from another era. Its short campaign can be finished in around an hour (though it offers good replay value), the environments feel small and cramped and have low ceilings that place limitations on aerial maneuvering, and the story is threadbare and filled with one-dimensional characters. That makes its $40 price tag hard to justify, especially given that Wii owners can purchase the original -- minus this edition’s graphical and control enhancements -- for a fraction of the price through the Wii Shop Channel. It’s a good game, but it also serves as a reminder that the Star Fox license is in need of a brand new adventure.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: September 9, 2011
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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