The Arwing is the Star Fox team's primary space and air vehicle. It has had many different incarnations. In Star Fox Command, each pilot, aside from Peppy Hare and James McCloud, had unique styles of Arwings. It was developed by Space Dynamics Co. and comes equipped with revolutionary G-Diffuser technology for power and antigravity purposes. Performing a barrel roll puts up an electromagnetic shield to deflect most optical weaponry.
Used by the original Star Fox team of James McCloud, Peppy Hare and Pigma Dengar, the single-seated Arwing featured four advanced G-Diffuser on board engines as large blue structures atop and underneath each wing. A single-beam laser cannon (which could double as a Smart Bomb launcher) was located underneath the nose. Twin and Hyper laser upgrades instead utilized a pair of more powerful laser cannons between the G-Diffuser, with one just below each wing. The rear of the ship housed the engine exhaust, which would change color with the environment -- red for in-atmosphere, and blue for space operations. It was the most advanced ship of its time, years ahead of any other fighter in Lylat.
The original Star Fox team flew these ships to Venom to investigate the upsurge of activity by exiled scientist, Dr. Andross. Upon arrival, Pigma defected to Andross's side. James' Arwing was shot down, seemingly killing its pilot. However, despite massive damage and the loss of an entire wing, Peppy Hare's Arwing survived the attack, and Peppy was able to fly the nearly destroyed fighter all the way back to Corneria- A testament to the ship's durability.
It was also used by Fox McCloud and his team to save Lylat from Andross's sudden attack during the Lylat Wars.
Arwings over Sauria
Due to the lack of funds in the possession of the Star Fox team during the General Scales's attack on Sauria, the Arwings owned by the Star Fox team were in serious disrepair. Even an ace pilot would have trouble keeping the ship together, due to the modifications made by Slippy Toad; these included the stripping of the targeting computers in exchange for hard currency, as well as the bomb magazines restricted to only one at a time, and the charge ablility was taken away. Although the navigational computer was still in working order, the Arwing's engines suffered somewhat, making the ship harder to control, but that could be attributed to the fact that the nose had been elongated to allow for cargo space. The installation of landing gear was another asset, due to the fact that Arwings would have had to work independently from Great Fox for elongated periods of time. To provide remote assistance ROB 64 would transmit Fuel Cells to power the Arwing, but these were commonly scattered about, leaving the team to search for them in unorthodox places. It was this stripped down, aging ship that was responsible for the final defeat of Andross. Even though the Arwin is used in Star Fox Adventures, it is less used than in any other game.
New Ships for a New Enemy
After the Star Fox team was paid handsomely for their action during the Saurian crisis, they opted to upgrade their weapons, armor, their mothership, the Great Fox and their Arwings. These new, feather-like ships boasted four G-diffusers which allowed for the ship to come to a complete stop, as well as make more advanced maneuvers repeatedly, such as loops and Immelmann turns. The ships however have no bombs present on board, but can equip them in flight, so as to keep the weight down. The flexible wings on the sides allow for easy transition from flight mode to all-range mode, and come equipped with a transponder to allow for these ships to be transmitted to the surface of a planet, similar to the upgraded Landmaster. These ships saw the team through the Aparoid invasion, performing remarkably through the perils of this brutal war.
A New Crisis
Following the Aparoid invasion, the Star Fox Team was outfitted with new ships. All pilots picked one for themselves. Fox acquired the Arwing II, a ship resembling the Arwing in Lylat Wars. Slippy had the Bullfrog, a bigger ship. It has a thick nose with small wings. It is slow and difficult to maneuver, but makes up for this with its ability to use plasma cannons, the strongest primary weapon available. Unfortunately, the Bullfrog's cannons lack the ability to charge and lock on to enemies. Falco had the Sky Claw. This ship resembled the Arwing II, but with wings directed forward, more round-shaped and with claws on the end. It has a pointed nose. Though it is equipped with the simple single laser, it is the fastest and most maneuverable ship in existence and has the ability to perform multiple somersaults and Immelmann turns. It also has the ability to lock on multiple enemies when charging its laser. Krystal, because of her leaving from the Star Fox Team, flew a Cornerian Starfighter, but in some of the possible pathways of the game, she is seen to own a new ship - the Cloud Runner. There, the design of the Arwing almost completely disappeared to resemble the CloudRunner tribe from Star Fox Adventures. Also, both Peppy Hare and James McCloud, playable in two of the game's storylines, fly the original Arwing, which resembles the ones seen in the during the fight against the Aparoids.
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After the battles against the Aparoids, Fox upgraded his Arwing to an improved version known as the Arwing II. This variation of the Arwing was reminiscent of the original, but was far more maneuverable and had better fire power. Unlike earlier models, it could only carry up to two Smart Bombs compared to previous incarnations.
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In Super Smash Bros.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Arwing appeared as a trophy along with the Wolfen. They and the Wolfen are also seen blasting at the fighters in the Corneria and Venom Stages. They too can be ridden as platforms.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it appeared as a trophy and was used for Fox's entrance. They also appear in the background of Lylat Cruise in the asteroid belt and the Star Fox Vs. Star Wolf part of the stage. In the Subspace Emissary, Fox used it to attack the Battleship Halberd twice, but it was destroyed in both tries. The first time by a claw on the Halberd, the second time by Sheik. Falco also used it to arrive in the nick of time to save Fox and Diddy Kong from Bowser and his Dark Cannon. Fox later has his Arwing repaired and attacks the Subspace Gunship along with other ships from different Nintendo series.
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The Arwing is the symbol of Star Fox. Like an F-Zero racer, it's equipped with an opposing-gravity device. It can barrel roll and flip with ease thanks to its quick acceleration and flexible control. In battle, the ship uses retractable wings for precise flying. Every Arwing has smart bombs as its sub-weapons.
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The Arwing can be found as an enemy in Kokiri Forest of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by using an Action Replay or Gameshark device. The Arwing was possibly used as a placeholder to test airborne enemies such as Keese.
The Arwing also makes an appearance in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing as a raffle prize. It appears again in Animal Crossing: Wild World and City Folk as a spotlight item. In Wild World and City Folk, if the player stands next to the Arwing and presses A, the Starfox theme will play.
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Star Fox 2
The Arwing as it appears in Star Fox Adventures.
Star Fox: Assault (rear)
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The Arwing's successor, the Arwing II, flown by Fox as his personal craft in Star Fox Command
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