The Great Fox is a giant ship that consists of four big wings. In the front of the ship is a port that allows Arwings to enter and exit the ship, and two turrets that fire high-powered energy blasts, the latter of which have been shown to destroy a floating base in one blast. The Great Fox serves as the base of operations for every one of Fox's team adventures since Star Fox 64, and it serves purposes ranging from launching and carrying the Arwings to having ROB 64 send Fox supplies.
In Super Smash Bros.
The Great Fox appeared in Super Smash Bros., in the Star Fox 64 stage Sector Z, where the Great Fox acts as the platform on which the players fight each other. The players can only traverse the ship length-wise. The ship is greatly scaled down (or the fighters are greatly scaled up), as normally, the entire Star Fox crew can fit comfortably in the cockpit, and the ship can store several Arwings and other large vehicles). The ship also is shown very briefly in the game's intro, before the camera zooms into the bridge to show Fox. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Great Fox is again reduced to a smaller, unrealistic size (however if the game mode is "Tiny Melee", all characters are smaller and are roughly to scale to the ship, though the Arwings and Wolfens are not). It is featured on two stages; In the Corneria level, the Great Fox acts as a platform as in Super Smash Bros., acting as a platform that the players traverse lengthwise, while in the Venom level, the player traverses the ship's width as it flies over the planet Venom from Star Fox 64. Its four wings become usable as platforms; the top two can be passed-through. It again appears in the intro, in Melee shown along with the Captain Falcon's Blue Falcon and Samus Aran's starship. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Great Fox gives up its role as platform in the new Star Fox stage, Lylat Cruise, ceding it to the Pleiades. It still zips by in the background, however, and still appears in the Corneria stage from Melee. It features a role in the Adventure Mode, the subspace emissary, as well.
The Great Fox briefly engages the Battleship Halberd in a quick battle over a giant wasteland. Shortly afterwards, it is defeated and carried off on the underside of the Halberd before being slammed into the Glacial Peak; however what exactly became of the vessel after this remains unknown, as it is never seen after the "Snake's Mission Begins" cutscene where it is seen erratically fleeing the area, it's engines heavily trailing smoke.
As a Trophy
The Great Fox appears in the Orbital Gate Assault stage, and is now facing right for the first time. However, players can only battle on it for a limited amount of time before being dropped onto a missile. The Great Fox also appears in the returning Corneria stage.
The Great Fox falls into several different starship categories, but we'll spare you the complicated jargon and just call it an assault carrier. Using three plasma engines for smooth warp travel, this ship is essential to the resupplying, maintenance, and recuperation of the Star Fox team
Great Fox (Assault)
The Great Fox can be described as an assault carrier, or we could use any number of other jargon-heavy terms to complicated to list here (or remember). It's the Star Fox HQ and holds their Arwings. Landmasters, and more. Fox's father, James McCloud, was the one who had it built, and in Star Fox: Assault, it was fully renovated to give it a slick new look.
- NGC - Star Fox: Assault (02/2005)