Remember Gibbon? He may have gone from KN, but the old deputy editor did pop by recently, and the moment we saw him, the topic of conversation immediately turned to this remake of the N64 classic, which he still regards as the best action game ever, and he's certainly not far wrong: The semi-on-rails shooter was a fast and frantic blaster, with now-legendary dialogue (Do a barrel roll!) and superb characters, it was a great all-round package, but everything but the quality level design is little more than padding, not the timeless action of the main campaign- And Nintendo knows that, updating the visuals, controls and audio as well as adding 3D effects.
The new graphics have to be the next-best to Resident Evil Revelations, with everything looking incredibly sharp, running at a very smooth frame rate. Nintendo have shown a fully playable demo of the first level, which was the perfect demonstration of how 3D can be useful, not just spectacular, in games. It's far easier to judge speed and distance with the old eye popper working at full blast. Another thing that helps to fly your Arwing (The title given to Fox McCloud and friends' spaceships, as any fool would know) is the ace controls. Using the 3DS' slide panel, ducking and diving through the sky is easy, we could happily just fly it around cities and other landscapes all day, without factoring the bombs and guns available on the face buttons. However, the current build is a bit sticky- Flying isn't quite as smooth as we'd like it to be, but Nintendo have said that this honey-esque flying will be gone come the games realise.