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'Star Fox' is coming to the Wii U

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Nintendo is bringing back one of its most beloved franchises. Today the company announced that a Wii U version of the classic sci-fi dogfighting series Star Fox is in the works. It will be the first original game in the series since 2006's Star Fox Command for the Nintendo DS, and will utilize the Wii U Gamepad's motion control capabilities, letting you fire weapons and pull off tricks like barrel rolls using gestures. Development is being led by iconic Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the likes of The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. The new Star Fox is still very early in development, however, with no release timeframe revealed as of yet. "Originally, we weren't targeting E3 for the announcement of Star Fox," Miyamoto told Polygon. "But in developing it, we really came to like and [we] wanted to motivate ourselves to complete the game as quickly as possible."

It's also far from the only Wii U game in the works at Nintendo. At its digital-only E3 keynote this morning, the company announced other upcoming Wii U releases, including the adorable Yoshi's Wooly World, a sequel to the Wii's Kirby's Epic Yarn. The developers describe the experience as a "new kind of Yoshi game." Also in the works for the console is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, an isometric exploration game starring the diminutive Toad. Most exciting, Nintendo teased its long-awaited new Legend of Zelda game, showing off a new art style and what appears to be much more open gameplay. The company even announced a rare brand-new IP, with the multiplayer, squid-themed shooter Splatoon, as well as a build-your-own Mario game dubbed Mario Maker.