Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer- Nintendo Can Do Better
Choppy animation and limited controls make deathmatch a chore.
Kid Icarus: Uprising arrives on 3DS later this year, and with it comes a three-on-three competitive multiplayer mode available for both local and online play. This battle to the death pits the light and dark teams against each other in an all out free for all, and two key features stand out.
First, you can choose one of eight weapons before the match begins, each of which possess unique attributes. The cannon, for example is powerful but slows you down, while the bow is great for long range but is fairly useless up close; other weapons include the blade, claws and palm, a tattoo in your hand that unleashes destructive energy blasts.
Second, the mode lets you or another person play as Pit, but this is more of a last ditch effort to survive. Both teams have a meter that depletes each time someone from the squad dies. Right before it's empty, the game randomly selects a person to become Pit. If the opposing players kill Pit, they win.
Thankfully, Pit is far more powerful than your normal character, and can wail away on enemies with his powerful claws, so there exists the possibility of making a heroic comeback to win the match, so long as you get a necessary assist from your teammates and use Pit's abilities to the max.
That said, here's the disappointing news: Kid Icarus multiplayer needs a lot of work. Nintendo's decision to nix the jump button definitely rears its ugly head, as dodging projectiles is a lot tougher when strafing is the only option.
What's more, the mode is extremely choppy. At times, we couldn't line up attacks, simply because the 3DS was having trouble processing the on screen action.
In a way, the multiplayer reminds us of Nintendo shoehorning deathmatch into Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on GameCube. It wasn't bad per se, but the game would have been just fine without it.
That said, Kid Icarus is still several months from release, so there's plenty of time for the developers to polish the game and make necessary tweaks. Otherwise, this could be a blemish on an otherwise stellar 3DS title.