After more than 20 years, Nintendo finally saw fit to give the winged hero Pit a new lease on life with the release of Kid Icarus: Uprising on the Nintendo 3DS. For years fans have asked for a new Kid Icarus game with those prayers going largely unanswered. Then in 2008 Nintendo brought hope to fans of the little archer with his inclusion in the smash hit (no pun intended) Super Smash Bros. Brawl. After seeing Pit make a come back, fans were convinced that a new entry in the Kid Icarus series must be on the horizon. Fast forward to 2012 and the fans are rejoicing that a new game was finally released.
The first major thing that you will notice that is different from the previous games in the series is that it is a full on 3D adventure. Each stage is broken into two sections, the first part is an on rails shooter of sorts were Pit’s path is controlled for you and you basically steer him around the screen shooting at on coming enemies while soaring through the skies. The second part of each stage contains more action as you move to the ground and fight your way through room after room full of enemies until you reach the boss chamber. The game works well enough but the controls take some getting used to. Moving is mapped to either the D-Pad, Circle Pad, or Face buttons while aiming is handled by any of those or the stylus and touch screen. Strangely enough the game supports the 3DS Circle Pad Pro but does NOT allow the use of it for dual analog control. This is a major opportunity that was missed and many agree the game might have been even better had it been an option.
Graphically the game is absolutely stunning looking and shows off the power of the 3DS nicely. It isn’t quite as detailed or good as Resident Evil: Revelations in the graphics department, but it does come pretty close. The music is absolutely fantastic in every way. Each track is well done and enhances each scene perfectly. The flow of the soundtrack never gets in the way and fits in each level accordingly. This is one of those soundtracks that you will want to get your hands on and listen to from time to time. Several of the tracks are remakes of the original music from the previous titles, and it brings a feeling of warm nostalgia while still seeming new and fresh.
Kid Icarus: Uprising also features a multiplayer option that Nintendo friendly named “Together Mode”. After selecting the option you are greeted to more friendliness with Nearby and Far Away symbolizing Local and Online play respectfully. While it takes a while to get used to, the multiplayer is actually quite fun and challenging in many ways and shows promise. The connection to Nintendo WiFi is very stable and one of their better structures used for online play. It ranks up there with the same care as the Mario Kart 7 on lines servers which featured little to no lag what so ever.
The only real downfall to Kid Icarus: Uprising is the steep learning curve that the control options bring you. Holding the 3DS for long session while playing the game is not recommended and is why Nintendo saw fit to include a durable plastic stand in each copy of the game for the 3DS to rest on. In the end I can not recommend Kid Icarus: Uprising enough to those that have a Nintendo 3DS. It really is one of the games that every 3DS owner must have.