Star Fox: Zero is coming out today!! This is the first new Star Fox game since the release of Star Fox Command in 2006. It’s been a while, but Fox and his team have finally returned. Star Fox has become a part of the mythos of gaming, due in part to the steller game play of the SNES and N64 titles and the team’s cheeky, but unforgettable, quotes such as “Do a Barrel Roll.” So far, Super Smash Bros. has only featured team members Fox and Falco with the other members only appearing for banter on Star Fox stages. But Star Fox Zero will release with another game: Star Fox Guard. Originally shown off as Project Guard at E3 2014, the game features players using a security system to defend a mining site from horde of robots. Slippy plays a major role in the game, and using abilities from this game, perhaps it’s finally his chance to join the battle in the next Super Smash Bros.
Who is “Slippy?”
Niche: Novice Defender
Slippy is a member of the Star Fox team, an old friend of Fox’s and the team’s mechanic. Although he is a genius with machinery, he can be a bit inept in an Arwing.. In fact, he’s more often known for constantly needing help. Even still, his technical know-how has come in handy numerous times. In the recent short, Star Fox: The Battle Begins, he “whips up” a device, made from General Pepper’s fur, to attracted enemy robots to a blast. Of course, in other Star Fox games, he uses his knowledge to analyze enemies shields, revealing their health to Fox. In Star Fox Guard, he designs the security system the player uses and gives you guidance and assistance as you use it to stop the robot invasion. Its clear Slippy is a key member of the team, which may explain why they keep him around in spite of his constant blunders.
Importance to Series
The Star Fox team remains an important part of Nintendo and gaming mythos. Both Star Fox and Star Fox 64 were successful games. Despite the poor performance of the other Star Fox titles, fans still adored the series and waited patiently for its return. The series has a special place in gaming history, and its fun gameplay and cheeky quotes have made it an icon. Google even had a feature where when you typed in “Do a Barrel Roll” into the search engine, the screen would turn.
The Star Fox team remains incredibly popular. Each member has an interesting and unique personality, Slippy included. He’s seen as the resident screw up and sometimes is the target of friendly fire. Many fans don’t like Slippy much, but over the years, he has also has a group of fans that enjoy his more comical antics. Now that Slippy is a major character in Star Fox Guard, stealing the spotlight from even Fox and Falco, he’s become a perfect fit for Super Smash Bros. and a Nintendo icon in his own right.
How He’ll Play:
Slippy’s design is based namely off of Star Fox Guard. In this game, you have to defend a mining site from robotic invaders. In Smash, he takes on the same defensive style using multiple devices to lock-down key locations. The chief among these is the cameras which appear in Star Fox Guard. His design also incorporates on his mechanical genius. Of course, Slippy is a screw-up. He will use a style that’s derived from Fox and Falco’s fighting style, just with a more comical flair. His screw-up style may be more akin to Star Fox Assault where her was seen as more of a goof-ball. Of course, his look in game will be based on Star Fox Zero.
Here are his states
- Can he crawl: No
- Can he wall jump: No
- How many jumps do they have: 2
- Is there any exclusive abilities he has*: No
- Weight Class: C+
- Height Class: Same as Fox
- Speed Class: D+
- Is he mirrored when he faces the left: No
Slippy is a bit slower, but has a slightly above average weight. Unlike Fox or Falco, Slippy is ill equipped to rush into the fray. Slippy’s standard attacks are a bit more exaggerated and use his whole body. As such, his attacks are slower but pack a bit more of a punch. But unlike Fox or Falco, he has a slew of machines (usable with his special moves) to be able to do the work for him. He will be the most comfortable standing back and fighting with the aid of his machines rather than rushing into fights. Essentially, Slippy would be a defensive character, setting up structures and throwing out other items to defend locations. Then when the moment is just right, he can strike for big damage.
As mentioned above, Slippy features his classic screw-up style. So he would have a more comical feel in contrast to Falco and Fox. In some ways, you can consider Slippy like Luigi is to Mario. Slippy will have similar attacks to Fox and Falco but they are less coordinated and awkward. For instance, when trying to perform the signature up-smash, he’ll fall flat on his face. When trying to do a running kick, he’ll fall on his butt. Of course, he won’t be a clone. His special moves are completely different, and he also attacks with a trusty wrench as well.
To play Slippy effectively is to consider how to use his special moves. You should place cameras in key locations to shoot enemies. In a stage like Cornaria, you could place cameras at the bottom, or on top of the fin to make it hard for players to get up. In Temple, you could control the bottom area, giving you somewhat of a defensive base. Slippy can also use powerful time bombs to corner foes. You can throw them on the lower level of Cornaria to trap foes or to tap foes in Gamer, where they have to chose between your bomb or mama’s gaze. You can also use robots to attacks foes. Use them to take the heat while you fight within the cameras, or join them as you rush into battle. Like Star Fox Guard, you have to have a good sense of the battlefield and place your defenses accordingly.
His costumes are pretty standard fare. Many of them are standard color variations while others are based on other characters in the Star Fox universe. I’ll let them speak for themselves.
- His standard costume
- A red suit
- A yellow and black suit, akin to his outfit in Star Fox Assault
- A light blue and white outfit with a pink jacket
- A darker suit based on Star Fox Adventures
- Slippy is blue, akin to a poisonous frog, with a lighter yellow suit
- Slippy is pink, based on Amanda, Slippy’s fiancee, from Star Fox Command
- Slippy is orange with a white suit and a black hat, akin to his uncle Grippy
And that’s it for Slippy. He would be an interesting characters. He’s a contrast with the rest of the Star Fox characters in Super Smash Bros, and his playstyle can be something totally different than any other character. Perhaps one day the entire team will be in the game. Until then, we can have dreams like this. Until next time.
Huge thanks to Nantendo for all his help
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