In last Thursday’s Direct, Nintendo made the surprise reveal that
Project Guard has been finished and rebranded as Star Fox Guard. The Direct covered the basic details, but the Japanese website has since gone live, providing us with more information and footage of the upcoming title.
The game has you defending rare metals mining bases owned by Slippy’s uncle Grippy, switching between laser-sporting cameras to find and take out the invading robots. Your goal in each level is to keep these enemies away from a central tower in each base, as you fail the mission if they reach it. The game will come with one hundred of these levels, split into two types: “Main Missions” and “Extra Missions.”
Main Missions will be your basic tower defense-like levels; Extra Missions are unlocked as you beat Main Missions and come with additional rules. The website lists several examples of these: “Snipers,” levels which you must complete with limited ammo; “Airbornes,” where enemies drop from the sky with parachutes; and “Tottori Tour,” advanced missions where your camera is placed on top of a flying bird.
The site also details two classifications of enemy robots, each of which has several sub-groups of its own. Attack Type robots are focused on reaching the central tower; they come as Attackers, whose top half splits away when shot, making them faster; and Shields, who carry a shield and so cannot be shot from the front. Jammer Type enemies, on the other hand, focus on taking out your cameras so that their Attack Type counterparts can make it through safely. The site lists four groups of these: “Hi-Hos,” which self-destruct when they get close to a camera; “Jacks,” which emit interference signals that cut off cameras; “Smogs,” which give off clouds of smoke when destroyed, impeding your visibility; and “Green Tanks,” which attack cameras directly with their cannons.
There were also two videos uploaded that show off gameplay and a number of these enemies. Check them out in the videos below, and then let us know what you think of all this in the comments!