Kid Icarus: Uprising takes wing March 23

Nintendo lays out early 2012 release slate; $20 3DS Circle Pad Pro peripheral on sale exclusively at GameStop starting Feb. 7, Rhythm Heaven Fever hits Wii Feb. 13.

Some of the first 3DS games ever announced are finally ready for a retail debut. Nintendo of America today confirmed its first quarter release schedule, which is now expected to see the launches of Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater, all three of which were announced during the 3DS's 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo unveiling.

Kid Icarus is grounded for a few more months.

Set for release on March 23, Kid Icarus: Uprising will see the return of Nintendo's 8-bit era angelic action star Pit. As before, Pit is taking on the evil Medusa, although this new iteration will feature him fighting the forces of evil in the skies, as well as on land. Additionally, the game features a multiplayer mode where up to six 3DS owners can take each other on in teams of three.

But before Kid Icarus returns, Capcom is readying Resident Evil: Revelations for a February 7 debut alongside the 3DS Circle Pad Pro peripheral. The game will follow Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine in an episodic story-driven adventure set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The agents are once again on a mission to discover the truth behind a zombie outbreak, with this one stemming from the T-Abyss virus. As for the Circle Pad Pro, the $20 add-on will serve as a cradle for the 3DS system to give users a second analog circle pad on the right-hand side of the system. The optional accessory will be compatible with a handful of other titles and in North America will be sold exclusively at GameStop.

Among the games supporting the Circle Pad Pro will be Konami's Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater. That title doesn't have a concrete release date yet, but Nintendo did list it as a first quarter release. Snake Eater 3D includes a number of enhancements that cater to the handheld's hardware, including 3D visuals and touch-screen and camera support.

The Circle Pad Pro will be a GameStop exclusive.

While the 3DS offerings will get the bulk of attention on Nintendo's release slate, the company did reveal some more details on its Wii and original DS lineups as well. Wii players can look forward to Rhythm Fever Heaven on February 13, as well as Mario Party 9 on March 11. As for the DS, Atlus is readying Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 for a February release.

Q1 3DS Release Schedule
Pro Evolution Soccer--Konami--January
Resident Evil: Revelations--Capcom--February 7
Circle Pad Pro peripheral--Nintendo--February 7
Tales of the Abyss--Namco Bandai--February 14
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games--Sega--February 14
Tekken 3D Prime Edition--Namco Bandai--February
NCIS: The Video Game--Ubisoft--March 6
Horses 3D--Ubisoft--March 6
Kid Icarus: Uprising--Nintendo--March 23
Nicktoons MLB 3D--2K Play--March
Crush3D--Sega--Q1
Funky Barn--Ubisoft--Q1
Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater--Konami--Q1
Rayman Origins--Ubisoft--Q1

Q1 3DS eShop Release Schedule
Colors 3D--Collecting Smiles
Dillon's Rolling Western--Nintendo
Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch--Shin'en Multimedia
Jett Rocket Super Surf--Shin'en Multimedia
Kirby's Block Ball--Nintendo
Mighty Switch Force--WayForward
Mutant Mudds--Renegade Kid
NightSky--Nicalis
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword--Nintendo
VVVVV--Nicalis
Zen Pinball--Zen Studios

Q1 Wii Release Schedule
Country Dance Special Edition--GameMill Entertainment--February 1
Rhythm Heaven Fever--Nintendo--February 13
PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond--Nintendo--February 27
MLB 2K12--2K Sports--March 6
Mario Party 9--Nintendo--March 11
Karaoke Joysound--Konami--Q1
La Mulana (WiiWare)--Nicalis--Q1

Q1 DS Release Schedule
Chess for Kids--Mentor Interactive--February 14
Naraba: The Labyrinth of Light--Mentor Interactive--February 21
Naraba: The Mysterious Palace --Mentor Interactive--February 21
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2--Atlus--February
MLB 2K12--2K Sports--March 6
Silverlicious--GameMill--March 20
Xia Xia--GameMill--March 20
Gogo's Crazy Bones--GameMill--March 20
Box Pusher (DSiWare)--Cosmigo--Q1
Cake Ninja (DSiWare)--Cosmigo--Q1

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67 comments
Spider-buns
Spider-buns

why is gamestop being such a @#$%! and delaying the damn circle pad pro....im a lefty and urge to play

sknight175216
sknight175216

My only concern about the circle pad is my ability to comfortable reach the face buttons.

Rod90
Rod90

Do you know Nintendo that there are many MANY countries that the 3DS is being sold and there are no GameStop stores...?

megakick
megakick

Exclusively through Gamestop? IMO this might turn off publishers and developers. Less access, Smaller sales.

japhmi
japhmi

Anyone else wondering if the Circle Pad Pro will also allow the 3DS to work as a 2nd controller for the Wii U?

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Those trailers looks fantastic in 3D,especially when Pit is soaring over vast mountains and lakes.Great visuals for a handheld. These past few months have been a superb time to be a 3DS owner.System updates,top notch titles,ambassador package,etc. I'm gunna be wearing my thumbprint into my Circle Pad!

franzito
franzito

The list is long but, for me, not that WOW (partly because I'm not a 3DS onwer)

Zer093
Zer093

The 3DS lineup looks superb! I'm glad my birthday's in March. I'll have some extra spending money to buy some of these. It looks like the Wii and DS are heading to their graves. Only one good game in each lineup. Well for this quarter it will be almost a year after the release of the 3DS, so it's appropriate that it's time for the DS to retire, but the Wii U isn't out yet, so why is the Wii joining it?

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Glad Kid Icarus is coming out before the 3DS turns 1 year old.

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

Kid Icarus, VVVVVV 3DS, Rhythm Heaven Fever, Mario Party 9, Jett Rocket, Kirby Block Ball(Never even heard of that), and Pokepark 2. Although it is still disappointing that Luigi's Mansion 2, Mario Tennis, and Paper Mario 4 are MIA, that's a pretty solid quarter.

leeko_link
leeko_link

F*ck the circle pad, I would rather wait for a redesign. Add to the fact that it's a freaking GameStop exclusive means I won't gonna buy it at all though I'm excited for Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snaker Eater, Resident Evil: Revelation, Tales of the Abyss, Kid Icarus Uprising, Tekken Prime, and Rayman Origins.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@xcollector : The stick is optional,the memory cards for vita however...cost much more and are absolutely necessary.

yoyou225
yoyou225

Since it's looks fantastic, Gamespot will give it a 7.0 or a 6.5 for being "too creative".

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

How weird. Most of this happens before and after my birthday which means more gifts!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Why does the circle pad pro have to be a gamestop exclusive? What nonsense...

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

The 3DS' line is pretty good, whereas the DS and Wii's lines are rather weak, especially considering there are some great titles available in Japan that NOA is not willing to release, probably because they don't want to invest in anything but million+ seller titles. I wish I could play Wii's Last Story or the second Fire Emblem for DS.

kreegan64
kreegan64

well this is just something isn't it?

xcollector
xcollector

Only Nintendo could conjure up the idea of charging gamers extra for an analog stick. Imagine if you had to pay extra to get the right stick on your PS3/360 controller lol. They sure learned well from the Wii.

Flint247
Flint247

The 3DS is looking great in 2012 already. Keep up the great work, Nintendo. Good thing the 3DS circle pad pro is optional, similar to the Wii Classic controller.

Second_Hokage
Second_Hokage

I just want sakurai to finish with this crap so that he can move on to Super smash bros. WiiU

Superzone
Superzone

With RE: Revelations and Kid Icarus on the horizon, it looks like the 3DS is just gonna keep the good times rolling.

BloodMist
BloodMist

It's about that time I'll be picking up a 3DS and enjoying the hell out of it.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@servb0ts You mean when they said "Kid Icarus will make its debut on the 3DS"? cause to me thats not a launch statement. Only thing I've heard about it being a launch game from was gamespot with their listings of 3DS games, but never any dates.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@Wetty01 Well Overclocked for the first Devil Survivor was announced around 18 months after the original DS version came out. I don't think Atlus is going to announce Overclocked for no.2 for some time (if it is going to happen), since it will take wind out of their sales for Devil Survivor 2 on the original DS.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I have to go to GameStop to buy the second thumbstick? Goddammit, Nintendo, quit sucking GameStop's dick and just let every store sell it, you'd make more money that way.

servb0ts
servb0ts

@RPG_Fan_I_Am they said debut Kid Icarus during E3 2 years ago.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@moviequest14 Or maybe it's second hokage takng his revenge because of all the thumb downs he got.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

This may make me buy a DS. I loved the original!

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

Looking forward to giving Kid Icarus a go, as well as the Tales of the Abyss port (never played the original, but I like the series).

moviequest14
moviequest14

27 comments in a row with at least 1 thumbs down...geez,some people are handing those out like Halloween candy...

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

well, that makes two games with the "optional" analog on it. The redesign is right around the corner once they have cashed in on some sales of it as a 'peripheral'.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Call him fan-boyish or bias,but I think the 3DS is going to crush the VITA during Q1 next year. Will be getting REvelations,Tekken 3D Prime Edition and Kid Icarus Uprising.

gameznwatch
gameznwatch

Hey has anyone notice the similarity between kid icarus and super smash bros brawl? Both games are developed by the same team, and were suppose to be released on december before the holidays. But was eventually delayed to March.

zequex
zequex

Hmm.. looks like we have downthumb troll in our midst!

soulless4now
soulless4now

Finally a good reason for me to get the 3DS next year aside from KH3D.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Second_Hokage: Ok since you are so good at this..show me a step-by-step plan of what Nintendo can do to go back in time and fix a mistake that was more than half-a-year ago k?

moviequest14
moviequest14

Though it technically isn't..when I see a game with this much change over this long a period I personally consider Kid Icarus a new i.p.The e-shop lineup looks incredibly promising and includes titles I didn't even knew were coming.However the wii and ds lineup is ABYSMAL,seriously Nintendo...I thought you were waiting until the wii-u was release to stop making games for wii....

Spacerac
Spacerac

Finally. THIS is what I wanted a 3DS for. The main game I wanted it for I mean, not the only game.

zequex
zequex

As cool as Kid Icarus is, the first thing I thought when I saw the headline was, "Cool! Now they can get going on Smash Bros!" Then I looked at the comments and realized I wasn't the only one who was thinking it. :P

TimboII
TimboII

Man...this Gamestop exclusitivity with Nintendo lately is worrying me. I wanted a circle pad pro but don't support gamestop. Hopefully Nintendo gives us the option to order it directly from them like with Xenoblade. And for all those people boycotting the circle pad pro because it should have been made in the 3DS in the first place....grow up. Yes, I agree it should have been as well but at least Nintendo is fixing their mistake quickly so we can enjoy twin stick first person shooters down the road in 3D, among other games. Also, Rayman Origins is a surprise for 3DS, hopefully it's good I definitely will pick it up if it scores nearly as good reviews as the console version.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

If you told me Kid Icarus would be remade one day, at any point before Uprising was announced, I would have called you crazy.

Vickman178
Vickman178

3DS circle pad add on being sold exclusively at gamestop? You know what that means :P it will be forever forgotten and if the 3DS does get a revision sometime in the future the odds of it having a second analog are close to zeroooo!!!! Plus i'm pretty sure nintendo didn't even want to make that add on..it was all capcoms idea I don't even think nintendo is the one manufacturing it.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

I cannot see that circle pad being well built, if it has a sale price of 20 dollars, that just smacks of poor quality. But Kid Icarus does look good, and ill pick it up eventually, I am assuming the 3ds lite and other models are on the way.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@servb0ts I'm assuming your talking about Kid Icarus, and no it wasn't, All they said was that they was bringing kid Icarus back to the Nintendo gaming system by means of the 3ds. They never said it was a launch game that I know of anyway. unless there's an article that I never read.

alvarokike
alvarokike

Where the HELL is Paper Pario 3ds!? :(

TheBlackKnight3
TheBlackKnight3

3DS has a great Q1 lineup, even without Monster Hunter. The Wii lineup now, that's just disappointing.

jghjf
jghjf

great 20 $ for a circle pad that looks like it came out of miyamoto ass nice!!

servb0ts
servb0ts

This was suppose to be 3DS debut launch game. Nintendo needs to be certain before announce a release date, its only going to piss off the consumer yet again.