Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    100
    There's some serious challenge to the game if you take the time to find it, and that holds true with the 3DS version as well. Also, the game is well suited to portable play, as each mission only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
  2. Sep 9, 2011
    100
    The game's been completely rebuilt from the ground up, yet stays ineffably faithful to the original.
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    94
    Star Fox 64 was a phenomenal game and it's even better the second time around. This is the definitive version of one of the most important games of a generation. You absolutely need this game if you have a 3DS, and if you don't have one, this game is genuinely good enough to justify looking into rectifying that. Get it. Immediately.
  4. One of the best action games ever is now even better. Absolutely essential. [Sept 2011, p.83]
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    90
    The game shines again, as did 14 years ago, combining the nostalgia with modernity.
  6. Sep 30, 2011
    90
    A brilliant remake, Star Fox 64 3D sports all the fun and fast-paced action of the original with an excellent visual redesign and only a few minor drawbacks.
  7. Sep 30, 2011
    90
    Star Fox 64 3D is the best version of the title we've seen on Nintendo 64. Its fast paced action and a perfectly balanced rhythm provide an experience which today is as good as it was years ago, not having suffered at all from the action of time. Extraordinary in its gameplay, the title still remains a masterpiece.
  8. Sep 18, 2011
    90
    It's a short game, but it's built to be played many times and still be hugely enjoyable every single playthough.
  9. Sep 12, 2011
    90
    A nice remake, similar to what was done with Ocarina of Time 3D, to fulfill the desires of players who never had a chance to experience the original on the N64. If the challenges may appear short at first, with the multiple branching in the "Adventure mode" and other new and different modes of play, most notably the scoring one, there is plenty to be done. Despite some shortcomings, it's a nicely polished title.
  10. Sep 8, 2011
    90
    An all-time classic that's been ported to 3DS with love and grace. [Oct 2011, p.81]
  11. Sep 7, 2011
    90
    StarFox 64 3D reminds us why we've been begging Nintendo for a proper sequel for nearly 15 years.
  12. 90
    It's a splendid update of an already great game.
  13. Sep 4, 2011
    90
    This impressive remake of Star Fox 64 manages to improve upon the original without compromising the magic that made it so memorable to begin with. It's too bad the multiplayer doesn't support online, because otherwise it's the perfect remake of this classic title.
  14. 88
    Lots of unlocks for extra features, and some of the best level design ever seen makes this game infinitely replayable. A perfect score is tarnished here by a lackluster multiplayer option.
  15. Sep 26, 2011
    87
    For fans of the original and newcomers alike, Star Fox 64 3D is a great addition to your 3DS library.
  16. Oct 4, 2011
    85
    For those that haven't played it, it will make a nice addition to the 3DS library.
  17. Sep 20, 2011
    85
    Ultimately this is a solid, although quick, flight down memory lane. If you're new, then welcome to the world of Lylat Wars 64 (Sorry, Star Fox 64), and if you're an Arwing veteran, it's time to relive the experience again. Definitely well worth the purchase.
  18. Sep 16, 2011
    85
    The re-incarnation of Nintendo's classic action shooter delivers more than a satisfying experience, using the tried-and-true formula of the original and implementing some superb 3D effects.
  19. Sep 9, 2011
    85
    It lacks the scale and scope of Nintendo's other big N64 remake, but it's arguably a more compelling experience for shmup junkies like myself. The game is constant action with no filler; just constant dog fighting and high-flying arial maneuvers, with a bit of jaw-flapping, Muppet-y fun layered on top.
  20. Sep 1, 2011
    84
    Moments of brilliance, moments of frustration, and masses of replay value. They don't make them like this any more - they remake them.
  21. Sep 21, 2011
    83
    I wouldn't say I'm disappointed with Star Fox 64 3D, and it will prove to be one of the few must-haves at this point in the 3DS lifecycle, but for purists like me, there's something missing. I wouldn't trade the portability for the world, but there's still some ghostly reason to pull out the Nintendo 64 and play the game as it was originally released.
  22. Sep 8, 2011
    83
    This remake might not be the AAA first-party killer app the 3DS needs, but it's a solid piece of nostalgia for longtime fans and an exceptionally strong shooter for newcomers to the series.
  23. Sep 6, 2011
    83
    Overall I have to give credit to the big 'N' for not just cashing in on another storied franchise as they have reworked it for fans of the original while giving those new to the franchise a fresh and exciting game to play.
  24. Sep 12, 2011
    82
    Star Fox 64 3D is a classic remake. A really fun game for 3DS but with little improved against the original.
  25. Sep 21, 2011
    81
    A great makeover of the N64 original Everything else is just the same, short campain but good fun to be enjoyed. 3DS controls don't add much to the experience, but at least they are well implemented.
  26. Sep 6, 2011
    81
    The only thing keeping Star Fox 64 3D from being a slam dunk recommendation is the amount of gameplay that you're getting for the game's 40 dollar price tag.
  27. 80
    Even fourteen years after its first release fast and variable space action Star Fox 64 remains one of the best rail shooters and the 3rd dimension fortunately doesn't ruin its original playability. [Oct 2011]
  28. Oct 28, 2011
    80
    The graphics are beautiful, the 3D effect is very well implemented and the Arcade Mode is a good addition. Good, albeit a bit short, space action for your spare time.
  29. Oct 4, 2011
    80
    Despite the lack of supplements, Star Fox 64 still remains one of Nintendo's finest and most action-packed experiences; No two stages are alike, and the amount of alternate pathways and outcomes (like an ally from one stage coming to assist you in the next) allow for much replaying and experimenting for those who haven't mastered every nook and cranny.
  30. Sep 18, 2011
    80
    There can be no doubting he pleasure in revisiting the wonders of gaming past, and Starfox 64 3D still stands today as a beacon of impeccable design, but at this present moment the 3DS's balance seems too heavily skewed towards looking back, retromania over reinvention. On the other hand, this is a superb package, and a robust reminder of just what the 3DS is capable of. Starfox 64 3D, then: it's the console's second-best game, just behind Ocarina Of Time 3D.
  31. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Newcomers to the series will get a lot of entertainment for their money, but previous fans can mainly look forward to the 3D effects and the portability. Thankfully that's more than enough to make us happy.
  32. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    It's a fifteen years old game, but even if you played it before it's very entertaining and one of the best games available for the Nintendo 3DS.
  33. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    After 14 years, Starfox 64 is still a great videogame, and this 3DS version improves the original with new visuals and a new control system. Too bad that multiplayer doesn't support the online.
  34. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    Star Fox 64 3D still holds up well today, and certainly enough to justify this remake. It's not a classic that redefined a genre, but it is a very fun arcade shooter with a huge amount of replayability.
  35. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    A lovingly-crafted update that can happily sit alongside Ocarina of Time 3D as a textbook example of how older games can benefit from a modern makeover.
  36. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    The same game with better graphics. Star Fox 64 3D is a classic remake, fun, but with little added. The online modes are very simple. Fox works in 3D as we expected. No more.
  37. 80
    A remake of a real classic with the best graphics on the system so far.
  38. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    As with Ocarina, at first there is a rush of nostalgia. As it fades, it's replaced by the realisation that, in many ways, the original was the playable prototype and this is the true final product, a fantastic fit both for the hardware's portability and feature set.
  39. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    So while Star Fox 64 3D isn't quite worth a 3DS purchase on its own, it still has a place alongside Ocarina of Time 3D as one of the few 3DS games worth buying immediately. If you decided to spring for a 3DS at the newly-reduced price point, now is the time to make good on your purchase.
  40. Sep 7, 2011
    80
    Unfortunately, it's a fairly short-lived experience. You can beat the game in roughly an hour, but on the positive side, multiple routes will keep you coming back for more; case in point, we didn't reach the Blue-Marine level during the first play through.
  41. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    The beauty of Star Fox 64 3D is that it provides a quick pick up and play experience that is guaranteed to provide an adrenaline rush.
  42. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    The strength of Star Fox's aesthetic counts for a lot, as it distracts you from the rather simplistic rail shooter that lies underneath. Juxtaposed with the recent resurrection of Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64 3D is no masterpiece. All the same, it's one of the best-looking games on the platform, and a respectful restoration that will please the fans.
  43. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    It may not be as updated as some may have liked, but that certainly does not prevent Nintendo from having another top quality game on 3DS now.
  44. 80
    Still one of the best on-the-rails shooters ever made and vastly superior to the modern sequels, despite some minor issues with the remake.
  45. Sep 1, 2011
    80
    It's another carefully crafted package in the manner of Ocarina 3D, then, yet the ancient quality that Star Fox 64 3D exudes only makes you wish that Nintendo was releasing a few more, you know, entirely new games. Luigi, Mario and Kid Icarus are still a few months off, for the time being. Until then, I'll be hanging out with Slippy, Peppy, and Falco - that jerk.
  46. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    As with Ocarina of Time 3D, the publisher has taken the best game in a long-running franchise and made it better in every way. [Sept 2011, p.68]
  47. Oct 10, 2011
    78
    The cuddly kiddy version of Star Wars is still sympathetic, but what already felt dated length and complexity-wise in 1997 requires real retro love in 2011. The remastering is top notch, however. [Oct 2011]
  48. Sep 21, 2011
    78
    Star Fox 64 3DS is still a good game even today, but it's a game that shows its age far more than Ocarina of Time; if you already played the original or the Virtual Console version, probably this edition it's not worth the full price.
  49. Sep 12, 2011
    78
    Star Fox 64 3D is a solid remake of the original Nintendo 64 classic.
  50. Sep 14, 2011
    77
    Still a good game, and with improved graphics, but it lacks some more features. We miss especially a multiplayer mode which would have made the most of the console connectivity potential.
  51. Sep 29, 2011
    75
    The N64 classic looks good with revamped visuals and stereoscopic 3D but the only substantial addition is the multiplayer mode – one cartridge is enough to play with 3 of your friends. [October, p.78]
  52. Sep 23, 2011
    75
    Despite the lack of online multiplayer, Star Fox 64 3D is almost as captivating as the original fourteen years back. The short lifespan of the game is somewhat compensated by the local multiplayer.
  53. Sep 19, 2011
    75
    Even for those who played the original Star Fox 64 several times, this remake is a nice addition to your 3DS-collection. Especially the new upgraded 3D-graphics make it well worth revisiting. With fast action, funny characters and plenty of hours it's a must have for most 3DS owners. However, the lack of new content might bother some gamers out there.
  54. Sep 14, 2011
    75
    A great game, but it's not necessarily the greatest bang for your buck.
  55. Sep 14, 2011
    75
    If you've never played this title before, then the 3DS offers the best version of the game, but anyone who's already saved Slippy (or let him die) more times than you can count and explored every nook and cranny of the Lylat system may as well stay retired.
  56. Sep 8, 2011
    75
    It's the same adventure you may have experienced many times before, but Star Fox 64 3D is still an enjoyable journey through a dangerous galaxy.
  57. Sep 10, 2011
    73
    The lack of any online functionality hurts the bottom line, but the series has never been renowned for its multiplayer components. This is the perfect chance to get acquainted with StarFox if you've missed out after all these years, but this classic game from the 90's is merely a good game today.
  58. 70
    Star Fox 64 3D is best seen as a simple but tasty snack in between meals for those of us waiting for proper new adventures from Nintendo. It's not for everyone, but does offer easily digested science fiction entertainment with plenty of action for many.
  59. Oct 10, 2011
    70
    It is easily one of the best games currently available for Nintendo 3DS, a genre "old school", which may seem strange to some players, but keeping intact the characteristics that made it famous in the past as the best title in the Star Fox series.
  60. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    Very short flying game that still shines when it comes to control and entertainment value.
  61. 70
    Starfox 64 3DS is a space shooter that is both complex and accessible. The series' arrival on Nintendo's latest handheld is great news but the new visual elements and the double gameplay prove to be little more than small details in a remake that is short of big surprises.
  62. Sep 9, 2011
    70
    Outside of a perfunctory multiplayer mode that's cute so long as you have friends nearby with a 3DS (there's no online play) , Star Fox 64 3D is a fine diversion, but at its full price of $39.99, it isn't a must buy.
  63. Sep 27, 2011
    60
    A lack of new levels and the omission of online play definitely damages the title, but the wonderful level design, intuitive controls and addictive gameplay makes it easy to overlook such glaring faults.
  64. Sep 16, 2011
    60
    If you're looking for the history lesson, you're better off grabbing it for $10 on the Virtual Console.
  65. Jul 22, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 3 out of 55
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    6
    This game is criminally short. What you actually play is so fun and wonderful and at times fairly challenging. It's just a con putting this game out though at a full £40 initial price because there is nowhere near enough content despite being utterly brilliant all the way through. And I'm sorry but online 16 player dogfights woould hae been immense!!!! Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2011
    9
    I never had the luxury of playing the original Starfox 64 way back when, so playing Starfox 64 3d was a whole new experience. I must say, It is a superb game. The graphics are totally new and look sharp and provide some good looking effects. The analog controls are smooth and the gyro is fun (albeit not something I use often). And, most importantly, it is just plain enjoyable. It provides a good, solid challenge and huge amounts of replay value, and although it unfortunately lacks online play, the local play is fair fun if you have some friends with a 3ds (not to mention it's download play!). I highly recommend this game to any 3ds owner. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    This was one of nintendo 64 best game and now its on the 3DS. One of the year best 3ds games. SO far this is the best 3d effect game. If you have a 3ds this is the game to get. There is no doubt , get it. It is worth the money.It has a lot of level and very fun to play. If you loved the 64 version then you will love this version even better. Full Review »