Game Corner: Rising for battle with Kid Icarus — Uprising!

The Magnet Tribune: http://kidicarus.nintendo.com/
Pit (right side) defeats an enemy in a sky battle,

Manuel Ruiz, Game Corner Columnist

Kid Icarus: Uprising was a launch title for the 3DS when the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai was taken out for a meal by Nintendo’s late CEO Satoru Iwata. Sakurai decided that the game would be a third-person shooter game since the gameplay would be easier to transition to 3D.

Originally Sakurai wanted to use the Star Fox franchise, but wasn’t able to transition the franchise well-known mechanics to a third-person shooter. Sakurai then decided to use the Kid Icarus due to its major popularity in the west and long absence in the gaming market.

The game was released on March 23, 2012, for the Nintendo 3DS.

Plot

Kid Icarus: Uprising takes place 25 years after the events of the first installment of the series, due to Medusa being revived and attempts to wipe out mankind once more. Pit the main character and Palutena, the leader of the Icarus Army, against Medusa and her evil plans.

There are about 25 chapters in the story mode which each chapter offering a replay ability. Before starting a chapter the player can choose the difficulty of each.

Gameplay  

Before players begin a chapter they can choose the difficulty using Fiend Cauldron. This allows the player to make the chapters more difficult by adding more enemies and increasing damage by putting the amount of hearts the player collects from each chapter.

The game has two segments of gameplay, Air Battles, and Land Battles.

Air Battles are usually the first segment each chapter offers. The player uses the circle pad to move around Pit and uses the bottom touchscreen to aim while using the left or right trigger shoots. The players only control Pits aiming/shooting and dodging.

Land Battles are segments where Pit fights enemies in land while having the freedom to explore the level for hidden treasure. In these segments, there are rooms where the player can receive items if they have a certain difficulty to enter the room.

Players can choose up to 9 different type of weapons and equip powers that can grant Pit certain abilities.

Online Mode

Lastly, Kid Icarus offers online modes where the player can play up to 6 friends or random opponents online.

Light vs. Dark is a mode where the two teams of three are called Light Team and Dark Team. In this mode, a team has a health bar that goes down each time a teammate is knocked-out. When the health bar reaches to zero, the last team member that was knocked out will become Pit or Dark Pit.

Free for all is a mode where everyone fights for the top 3. To earn 1st, 2nd or 3rd are determined by different factors each time this mode is played.

Pros

The dialog for characters are well done and each character has different personalities that help them be unique from each other. Each chapter also has its own unique style and story to tell. The game soundtrack contains amazing music from orchestra to rock, which helps set each chapter’s mood.

Cons

The only problem that many fans agree with is how the game controls. After returning to the game after completing a chapter some may experience some hand pains if the player is playing without the stand the game includes when first purchased. So it’s recommended to play the game with the stand.

Final Thoughts  

Kid Icarus: Uprising is an amazing game along with amazing dialog and story for the characters, and despite its controls that can cause issues the game is still a gem for the 3DS. I give it a 9 out of 10.