Kid Icarus: Uprising soaring to 3DS

E3 2010: Nintendo reveals latest high-flying Pit adventure, due launch for Nintendo's depth of field portable.

LOS ANGELES--Nintendo's Kid Icarus series, dormant since the 1986 NES classic came to Nintendo's Virtual Console in 2007, will be reborn on Nintendo's newest, 3D-enabled portable. The new installment in the franchise is titled Kid Icaraus: Uprising, and Nintendo indicated that it will launch alongside the 3DS, though no specific window was revealed.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata took the stage at its press briefing in the Nokia Theater this morning and spoke about the 3DS and Project Sora, a video game studio established for the sole purpose of creating games for the system.

Pit rises to the occasion on the 3DS.
Iwata said, "We felt such a project deserved to feature a character already familiar to many of you," later confirming a new Kid Icarus title for the portable. Kid Icarus: Uprising will feature both land based and flying combat, with its visuals resembling that of a PlayStation 2 title.

As Pit took to the screen in the trailer, he said "Sorry to keep you waiting," a light joke at the series' recent absence.

Iwata said the 3DS will feature a better sense of height, width, and depth in gaming worlds than its predecessors, which will in turn making it easier to navigate them. Further, he said in Uprising, this new technology will make it easier to judge distance between the player and floating objects, for example.

In 2009, Nintendo purchased a majority stake of Japanese developer Sora Ltd. to form a new subsidiary development house, the aforesaid Project Sora. Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros. Brawl director, is onboard with Uprising, which will launch when the 3DS is released at a to-be announced date in the future.

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21 comments
Gamingclone
Gamingclone

I want this game, and just to let everyone know, i think that pic is from brawl

leeko_link
leeko_link

3DS will be awesome and this game will be too. 2011 couldn't get here any sooner.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

looks like Nintendo has done a good job. Now, im gonna get 3DS, its looks awesome :D

runstalker
runstalker

So Nintendo will finally have a portable with PSP-grade graphics. Sort of. The art design of Kid Icarus was great, but characters and objects are really low-polygon up close. Sort of early PS2/Gamecube quality. I suppose that's the sacrifice when rendering out such a distant clip plane in a game like this with free flight. Still, nice to see a new Nintendo portable with a decent amount of horsepower for once. And blunted textures and polys aside, KI shows some nice style and world design.

Sphenodonta
Sphenodonta

@Strike079 it is, but I was refering back to the gameplay seen in the trailer...

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

Nice demonstration. I guess the real question is, "When does the 3DS launch?"

Strike079
Strike079

@sphenodonta I think that's a snap shot from super smash brothers brawl

FMBelmont
FMBelmont

I am once again massively underwhelmed. Nintendo has done nothing but dissapoint me this year. In terms of franchises I am getting what I wanted, but not at all in the way I wanted them.

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

I thought it was a Wii title too! Wow, 3DS will hit the handhelds world! Great job Nintendo!

chano7
chano7

giuk a game of kid icarus but it´s ok they need errors to make better game´s

thattotally
thattotally

At first I was meh. Then I found out it was for the DS, not the Wii! Now I'm excited. This also brings me back to the good old days (2008) when IGN where spreading rumors of a Kid Icarus.

fuad_macho
fuad_macho

When nintendo first release nintendo DS, touch screen is officially a must for any handheld devices, & and those without it will be consider crap, and now they done it again, and it does make iphone 4 look dull with its way advance 3D tech!! Well done NINTENDO, never regret being one of your millions of fans!!

Sphenodonta
Sphenodonta

The graphics are something I would expect to see on a Wii... but on in a handheld system!? What will the next Nintendo home console be like!?

lbptoady
lbptoady

Can't wait for the 3DS! I recommend selling your DSI's and getting more money for it. I'm trading mine in the day they announce the release date.

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

The conference didn't start off that well (glitchy Zelda SS demo, too much time on a sequel nobody wanted ... *cough* Just Dance 2 *cough*), but more than made up for it with 3DS. Early word/tweets are raving about the screen. Wish they'd have given us a date for the thing!

Grim_Heaper94
Grim_Heaper94

Okay, now I'm DEFINITELY going to buy a 3DS.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I thought there might be a Kid Icarus Wii, but this is beyond what I expected.

Syhron
Syhron

This looks so good! I can't wait to play it! ^___^

Silverwolf31
Silverwolf31

One word to describe this. . . AWESOME!!!

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

First post: Anyway, this awesome 3D game is for the 3DS, Nintendo you've done it again