'Star Fox' will return
A whopping eight years and an entire console generation since the last original Star Fox game, Star Fox Command (not counting Star Fox 64 3D, a remake of a remake), Nintendo has finally decided to dust off the space-faring furry franchise and give it a brand new game for the Wii U slated for sometime next year.
The game, which doesn't even have an official subtitle yet, was announced at this years Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), though Time magazine (not usually a magazine noted for its video game news scoops) leaked its existence a tad early. Not many details are available at the moment, but the game is being worked on by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto (a.k.a. the guy who had a hand in the creation of almost every Nintendo character you loved as a child).
The game is supposed to showcase the Wii U's GamePad controller; it features a second screen which will allow players to view the inside of Fox McCloud's cockpit for the first time. Players will aim their ship's weaponry with the GamePad's motion controls, while using more traditional controls to steer their craft. Miyamoto has admitted that this control scheme may take some getting used to, but he estimated no more than around half an hour for most gamers, and that gamers will soon see the advantages of this method of play.
Nintendo is also introducing a new vehicle type to the games based on a helicopter. Nothing whatsoever has been released about the story of the game or which of the franchise characters will appear, with only Falco Lombardi incidentally confirmed by a photo from the Time article.
Miyamoto has also been working on two other games utilizing the GamePad, Project Guard and Project Giant Robot, which may become part of the Star Fox game, remain separate entities from the franchise or even remain separate games within the Star Fox franchise.