Kid Icarus: Uprising- Five Reasons We're Excited
Circle Pad Pro, plastic stand, Sakurai? We cannot wait for March 23.
We already know 2012 will play host to a plethora of high profile games, many of which will appear on Nintendo's 3DS. There's Paper Mario, Animal Crossing and Luigi's Mansion 2, all of which should debut to critical acclaim.
Then we have Kid Icarus: Uprising. It's easy to forget about this highly anticipated title, largely because it doesn't star a certain mustachioed plumber, yet there's a lot to love about hero Pit's latest, from the furious combat to environments inspired by Ancient Greece.
Point being, don't sleep on this beautiful adventure. That said, and because we can't contain our excitement, here are five reasons we have March 23 circled on our release calendar.
It's 21 years in the making
Nintendo doesn't treat its Kid Icarus franchise like Mario, with a new entry or spin-off each year. Last we saw of Pit was in 1991's Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters on the original black and white Game Boy. In other words, a sequel is long overdue, and it appears Nintendo has delivered, with multiple weapons, online multiplayer and plenty of other features to keep us enthralled for weeks.
Designed by Masahiro Sakurai
We have a strong feeling you've played games from Mr. Sakurai before. Does Super Smash Bros. Brawl sound familiar? Yup, the same talented guy that was in charge of that exquisite Wii fighting game is at the helm of Uprising.
Works with Circle Pad Pro
Like many 3DS owners, we look forward to picking up the new Circle Pad Pro February 7 (GameStop exclusive, $19.99) and seeing what this baby can do with the likes of Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and...Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Comes with a free stand
Last week, Nintendo announced that each copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising comes with a snazzy plastic stand that supposedly makes the game more comfortable to play. Even better, it fits a 3DS with Circle Pad Pro attached. Not sure how much we'll use this thing, but hey, it makes the package more intriguing.
One of the best looking 3DS games yet
Uprising puts the 3DS' graphical capabilities on full display, with thrilling aerial segments, intense boss battles and cinematic cut scenes featuring fully voiced characters. There's a story here, one potentially better than the skeleton narratives found in the previous Kid Icarus games. It's about time Nintendo give us a chance to become more acquainted with Pit, and for that matter, Medusa, his longtime nemesis.