Born Grippy – Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard hit the eShop with a discount

Bloody typical – you wait ten years for a new Star Fox game, only for two to turn up at once. Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard both launch on the eShop this Friday with a small discount in place.

Star Fox Zero’s regular price is £39.99 but can be had for £36.99 if Star Fox Guard purchased on the same Wii U. The price of Star Fox Guard – which started out as the E3 tech demo Project Guard – has been set at £12.99, or £9.99 to those who purchase Zero. So £46.99 for both. Only the first print edition – currently £49.99 at GAME – includes Guard, so that discount is decent enough. Or at least, is more than sufficient given digital pricing standards.

In celebration of the game(s) release, a Star Fox anime short – subtitled Battle Begins – launches 20th April. Here’s the teaser:

We’ll post a Star Fox Zero review round-up once scores go live. Expect it to arrive to a mixed reception – the motion controls can’t be entirely disabled, and we all know how much critics hate giving something a fair chance.

For some unknown reason, a duo of Mario Party games are due via Wii U Virtual Console too. They are 2007’s Mario Party DS and 1999/2000’s Mario Party 2, at £8.99 each. Did You Know Gaming? took a look at the series over the weekend. Their informative video is well worth 7 minutes of your time. We’d completely forgotten about Mario Party 8 using the word ‘spastic’.

The only other new Wii U release for this week is the rose garden simulator Queens Garden (£5.49). “You will cultivate a sea of bloom; fill the air with the breath of roses, from barren land to blossom – a sweet bouquet to royal noses” reads the blurb.

Pocket Card Jockey

Over on 3DS the delightfully offbeat Pocket Card Jockey receives a demo. Solitaire-based horse racing – now there’s an idea only Nintendo could ever pull off. That’s being joined by Dan McFox: Head Hunter, which is essentially children’s board game Guess Who with a few digital bells on, and the JRPG Langrisser Re:Incarnation-TENSEI- (£28.00). Part of the Growlanser series, Langrisser Re:Incarnation received a mauling from Japanese fans upon release. Dated visuals and poor enemy AI seem to be the main problems in a game that’s allegedly riddled with faults.

Keeping with the JRPG theme, one of the few 3DS discounts of note is Shin Megami Tensei IV dropping to £8.99 from Thursday. It’s the only 3DS discount of note, in fact.

Wii U deals are a tad better – Shovel Knight (£8.66), Never Alone (£3.24), Shadow Puppeteer (£9.00), Family Tennis SP (£2.99) and Jones on Fire (£2.29). Shovel Knight has been a huge success for Yacht Club Games, with sales exceeding 1.2m. If you haven’t played the pixel art platformer yet, here’s your chance to get it cheap.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • Sorry, pal. Nintendo issues the eShop roster four days before the content goes live – there was no way for me to check prior to launch. I’m guessing it’s £49.98 for both? A miraculous 1p saving from the retail price?

  • Yeah, that’s the price for both I think. Even now they don’t state what the discount is before you purchase one of the two.

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