After taking a bit of departure in Rare's Starfox Adventures and receiving a disappointing shooter effort from Namco, we're hoping that the new DS offering, Star Fox Command, will signal a return to form for Nintendo's veteran space shooter series.

Releasing for DS in just a few months time, 'Command adds a few interesting features to the tried and tested Star Fox formula, including taking advantage of the DS hardware for touch-screen flight controls. Using a new commander view you can now look at the action from a top-down map perspective, and using the stylus draw flight routes across the map for yourself and your team mates. Obviously this adds a whole layer of strategy to the old Star Fox formula and the promise of multiplayer dogfights over Nintendo Wi-Fi also has us excited.

Star Fox Command is out in the US next month, with a European release following on October 20. We'll let you know how it turns out.

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