Starfox (or Starwing) first appeared on the SNES in 1993. The first game to use the new cartridge-embedded, 3D-enabling FX chip, the game cast the player as Fox McCloud, leading his fighter squadron with his friends Slippy, Peppy and Falco. Both graphics and gameplay were very sophisticated for the time. Fox and the boys next appeared in Lylat Wars on the N64, which came packaged with the first Rumble Pak. Fox also appeared in Super Smash Brothers and was later shoehorned into a long-developed Rare Gamecube title to create Starfox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet.
Now, a few years after the events on Dinosaur Planet, Lylat Central Command hear of a new threat to the system, and the Star Fox team are once again sent into the fray. This game combines the vehicle-less action of Dinosaur Planet with the ace pilot challenges of the first games. In Starfox Assault the team grows to become the Starfox Armada, and as well as flying the Arwing, parts of the mission will see the brave anthropomorphs fighting on foot and using the Landmaster Tank.
You can play through the levels on your own, or play through them with up to three other players co-operatively. The screen can be split for each player to pilot their own vehicle, or players can choose to ride the wing of a fighter or the side of the tank, literally becoming your 'wing man' and concentrating purely on blasting the games many enemies. As he battles the evil parasitic Aparoids, Fox, armed at first only with a blaster, will find himself using machine guns, grenades and a missile launcher. So take to the skies, and ground, and destroy those Aparoid scum!