When considering Nintendo’s top franchises few people would note Star Fox as being among them. Even so, the series is time-tested, hardcore-gamer approved, and unique among Nintendo’s hall-of-famers. It was a memorable game on the SNES and a hit on the N64, so Nintendo is going back to the well and delivering what should be the 3DS’ third biggest release so far, behind The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Street Fighter 3D.Like Ocarina, Star Fox 64 3D is a remake of the Nintendo 64 game, complete with new graphics, 3DS-specific features (like tilt-to-steer), dual-screen action, and, of course, 3D. As with other 3DS games — for better or worse — all the new features can be turned off. This means you can opt for the N64 controls as opposed to 3DS-style ones, which use the on-board gyro sensor, and you can play without 3D.At its core Star Fox 64 3D is a remake of the original. The impact of the new controls is minimal and my guess is that most people will keep the game’s 3D turned off (I had a lot of trouble using it, especially combined with the steering features). This leaves users with little new content aside from a four player local multiplayer mode which actually has some cool features, like Download Play (where only one person needs to own the game) and a shared live video feed from the interior camera so your friends can see your face as you battle. Not that this is a major problem — Nintendo, and others, have proven that there is value in releasing an updated version of a great game on a new platform. Users can can then opt to buy it or jut dig out their old console and play that way if they don’t want to spend the caseA quick note on the controls–they are well done, but can feel jumpy at times. Aiming the Arwing with 3DS’ slide controller can be a bit problematic, even once you get a hang of it, because of the sensitivity of the controls. The small screen compounds this, which can get a little bit frustrating at times but never enough that it caused me to put the game down (for long). Star Fox 64 is not a difficult game so, if anything, the sensitive controls and lack of sticky aim on the enemies helps to make things a bit more challenging.SF643D has the same flaws as the original — the dialog is weak and the game is short — but these are relatively minor. It looks great and the game is made to be played through multiple times, each time exploring different routes though the 15 planet solar system. The sound is sharp and the Score Attack mode will allow players (read: perfectionists) to see just how good they can get at a given level. Star Fox isn’t really surviving, it’s about being as dominant as possible and both the campaign and Score Attack modes are designed to support this philosophy. A few unlockables and earnable badges further reinforce this.Ultimately Star Fox 64 3D is the same game you played through in 1997, or in 2007 when it become available on Virtual Console. It’s a great game that has been made better with a major graphical enhancement and then a few less important additions. $40 is a lot to spend on a remake, especially one available on Virtual Console for $10, but it’s one of the best games on the 3DS right now and will remain so for some time so if you want Star Fox when you are on the run, don’t hesitate to pick this up.star fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d gyro controlsstar fox 64 3d gameplaystar fox 64 3d gameplaystar fox 64 3d gameplaystar fox 64 3d gameplayThis review tested a retail copy of Star Fox 64 3D that was provided by Nintendo.