Kid Icarus Uprising Impressions

One of Nintendo's long-lost heroes returns in our first look at his 3D adventure.

It's been a long time since Pit was given an adventure of his own, but no one could have anticipated that his triumphant return would make this much noise. He is the star of one of the showcase games for the Nintendo 3DS, and even though the demo wasn't playable, it was exciting to see the angelic hero back in action, and the visuals were amazing.

The demo in Nintendo's booth was similar to what it showed at its press conferences, but all of the scenes had been expanded to show off more of the action. The flying looks similar to what you would find in Nights, focusing on the freeing feeling of being airborne. But what was particularly impressive were the objects and enemies that popped off the screen. The 3D effect is well done, making certain things really stand out without being overbearing. It looks like it will be a lot of fun to gun down enemies with the cloud drifting in your face.

There are ground sections as well. Here, Pit ran through a city while shooting a cannon and arrows at enemies. Everything once again looked really sharp in 3D, with a lot of detail in the environment that made everything look really inviting. The demo ended with a boss fight against a flaming Cerberus. Pit strafed around the mythical beast while pelting it with his arrow, and it looked like a thrilling sequence.

The only disappointment was that Kid Icarus: Uprising wasn't playable. We're as anxious as you are to play it, so stay tuned to GameSpot for any future updates.

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irrobin
irrobin

i am really curious to see what will be the control scheme for shooters on the 3DS.. i would have really wanted to see two analog sticks.. to make them work well.. they used touchscreen/d-pad controls on DS.. which weren't that bad.. but the analog sticks on 360/ps3 were obviously better.. but i'm just curious. because i will be buying this. =P

LibroAmigo
LibroAmigo

Definetely getting that! Looks like it could be one of the best games I've played!

slingshot_ylo
slingshot_ylo

I have been waiting for a new Kid Icarus game since 1991. Dear God, I almost want to cry.

Mariner32
Mariner32

@MaskedLink It doesn't appear to have a GBA slot like the DS and DSlite but if the 3D is one of your main concerns I think you'll be happy to note the 3D slider on the right of the upper screen which allows you to adjust the level of 3D even down to having no 3D effects at all.

FaintRain
FaintRain

this looks seriously awesome

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

3DS looks amazing, I haven't bought a portable since the gbc but I really want this one not for the 3D but because the better graphics, bigger screen and Golden Sun 3!

MaskedLink
MaskedLink

I don't care for 3D games at all; I think it's stupid. It kind of ungracefully blotches the line between real life and video games. But~, at this rate I may be forced to get a 3DS. Definitely so if it can play GBC/GBA games. But if it can't even play GBA games, like the DSi or whatever it's called, it's not worth getting.

Silver_Crow
Silver_Crow

D: No tengo palabras Realmente superaron por muchiiiiisimo la conferencia del año pasado!

aerialstrike
aerialstrike

nintendo will once again own the handhelds... maybe even the consoles with the 3DS. im just happy that nintendo's kicking sony and microsofts ass and teaches them a lesson on how to handle the biz.

Kan100
Kan100

Damn, its like having a mini gamecube!

Oyeboy94
Oyeboy94

This game looks just incredible. The graphics are just as good as the PS2. Can't wait to see Ocarina of Time in 3D :)

MADDjoe
MADDjoe

Can't wait to get my hands on a 3DS and Kid Icarus

drkipper
drkipper

Holy frick. I don't have a DS, but I think if more games like this one come out, I'd consider getting one.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Buckybuster, competition means companies will improve their products. Nintendo never had such a tough competitor on the handheld wars. Thank you Sony for your competitive nature.

jamccain
jamccain

no way thats what it looks like

Chopinist
Chopinist

This is amazing... I still can't believe such a thing is possible... perhaps the video game creates three images closely adjacent to the other and thus makes a 3D image? I have no clue... hahahaha told my dad this and he says Star Wars is approaching :P Prepare for a World War III or rather a Space War I ahahahahahaha

al_win
al_win

with all this talk of 3D i decided to try to find out when it will be released and after what i have read (used wikipedia not so reliable) i think it will be released this year obviously in winter. i also find somethin out about Sega. In 1993 Sega tried develop virtual reality technology with a headset and controller and they showcased it on some computer shows. but tech was not advanced enough to even think about virtual reality. in 1994 SegaVR (Sega Virtual Reality) dissappeared without a trace! it is heard that only 4 titles were released for SegaVR... i wouldnt be surprised if one of these yrs. at E3 Sega will release a newly made Sega VR. Technology today should be advanced enough to do that! look out Big N! ha who am i kiddin Nintendo probably might take the idea after reading this! :)

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

It looks like the 3DS will represent the biggest jump in terms of graphics Nintendo has ever made from one handheld generation to the next (and in 3D). This game looks fantastic (and this comes from a PSP owner)!! If you wish to test your gaming skills, take the time to find and play the original Kid Icarus. You'll scream, yell, cry, throw a controller or 2... and enjoy every minute of it!

al_win
al_win

sniff sniff *weep* this indeed has been a great day for gamers around... must buy or else

pdors94odama
pdors94odama

when i saw pit in brawl i knew they might do this.but the 3ds...didnt think the graphics would look so good

NINJASMOKER
NINJASMOKER

what system is this for because I want to pick it up?

mrcanfwhoopass
mrcanfwhoopass

I am not really a big handheld fan, but this game looks pretty good. I wish they wouldn't give pit such a ridiculous voice, reminds me of every sonic game and how crappy they are.

jeffv547
jeffv547

Looks very good, WHY DONT I WANT IT????

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I'm an Avid PS3, and POC gamer, and even I'm shocked by the graphics on the 3Ds, with the extra analog stick it will be easyer for developers to do shooters on 3DS. I hope we see a metroid game like Prime Hunters on 3DS that would rock so hard!

justincoool
justincoool

I will buy this with my 3DS hopefully at launch!! :)

DarknautXXX
DarknautXXX

Graphics so good you would think this game was meant to be released on last- gen consoles. Its nice to see Pit using his wings, but it would be nice to see the harrowing platforming like the older games. (forgive me if there was platforming in the demo; I have dial up and can't watch it)

oceanbacon
oceanbacon

The graphics are cool, but his voice sounds like it would get really annoying very quickly.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Never been a fan of Kid Icurus. But on on the 3DS it looks amazing!

Golberg51
Golberg51

Can't believe I just noted the Eggplant Wizard and Pit turned into an eggplant at the end of the video, LOL.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

if nintendo was smart theyd put a capable internet browser on this comparable to the browsing experience found on the ipod touch (the best portable browser ever) and not the crap browser the psp has.. they need to do what apple did (sorry to say) give me a do everything gadget that can have my mp3s,photos and a capable browser is a must have, the 3d is cool and all and im already sold on it,but if it dosent do anything else,ill just end up carrying my ipod touch along anyway. which i shouldnt have to,and dont want to. come on nintendo! give me music,photos and the web too!

Seik666
Seik666

I'm REALLY sold for 3DS now...wow

LoganThePiplup
LoganThePiplup

@fuad_macho Or even better, sell the the thing for the 3DS. 8D

isun15
isun15

okay so Nintendo brought back Kid Icarus on the 3DS along with several other classics does this mean we might see the return of Ness and the earth bound (Mother) series?

fuad_macho
fuad_macho

I am ready to throw away my psp (or burn it, or smash it) when the 3DS comes out. WT H#LL!! I mean, gamecube graphics, an analog stick, 3D graphics, touch screens, motion control, improve connectivity, with NINTENDO'S greatest games line up as well as awesome 3rd party??!!!! Why do I need my psp anymore!! I mean crappy control, no touch screen, horrible internet browser, crappy downgrade PS2 rip-off games, no awesome nintendo's classics, WTF do I need my psp anymore???!!!

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

I want this so badly! When is the 3DS being released!?!? How much will it cost?!? OMG I want it badly

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Bravo, Nintendo! This could be the decade when seemingly forgotten classics are reborn in modern gaming. Wrecking Crew, Mach Rider, Ice Climber, all of these should have games of their own, thus launching new heroes in the industry. Keep it up!

djneked
djneked

Looks really awesome. The only thing I would change is the VO. The cheesy lines and voice overs I think would get to me. Mute button don't fail me now.

zelosphia_8
zelosphia_8

This came out of nowhere for me, was not expecting it. It made me like and want the 3DS.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I expected maybe a Metroid or Zelda title, and definitely a Mario title. I didn't see this coming.

drummer131
drummer131

This was a shocking launch title, to be sure. I did have a feeling, though, that they weren't going to launch with a Mario game, that it might be an older franchise.

morganmn
morganmn

I cant wait for the 3ds and kid icarus to come out so i can by them

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

I was so surprised when they announced this. Kid Icarus? In 3D? On the 3DS? And it looks awesome? Looking forward to it.