I remember playing a pre-release
version of Kid Icarus: Uprising just before the Nintendo 3DS was
released and I was quite gobsmacked at how much of a good game this
was. Thankfully this still remains and Kid Icarus: Uprising is
basically a sequel to the original game that returns players to Pit,
an angel who must help defeat the Queen of the Underworld, Medusa
and her army of the dead.
Thankfully Pit has the assistance of Palutena, the goddess of light and together they embark on a classic
quest through Greek Mythology. The story uses humour quite a bit
which makes this such a treat to play as all the characters that you
encounter are enjoyable, even those pesky enemies.
Graphically, this is one impressive
game on the Nintendo 3DS that boasts some exceptional environments,
special effects and character models. The 3D of Kid Icarus: Uprising
is easily one of the better uses of this technology on the 3DS
The game is also compatible with the Circle Pad Pro that
does increase the responsiveness of the controls as you fly and
engage in a variety of different melee attacks from air to ground.
Another accessory that does come with the game is a stand and also 6 AR cards.
The AR cards, although don't add that much to the gameplay, allow
you to see the creatures come to life in your environments, however
the stand is something totally different.
The stand allows you to position at any
angle above any flat surface in order to give you an almost
hands-free experience. This is definitely needed because your hands
do get a workout while using this game. Without the Circle Pad Pro
accessory, your hands will become tired, especially the way the
controls are laid out and more importantly, the intensity of the
game. With the stand, this
gives you a well deserved rest and definitely increases the
playability of the title. Both systems work well.
option is that if you're left handed, you can mirror the controls on
the console which definitely gives our lefties equal standing in a
game, especially on the 3DS and of course the Circle Pad Pro
accessory. Controls are well mapped with the
analog stick used to move, L to attack and the stylus to move the
camera. It's quite decent.
Missions are quite diverse in the game
and will take most players around 20 or so minutes to complete
each mission which ensures that this game can be played for long or short
sessions. Gameplay at times reminds me of SEGA's Space Harrier as
there are quite a few on rails sections in the game, especially when
you're flying around. This old school gaming method works well on
the 3DS as you fly around and shoot the enemies with some movement being
controlled by the game.
Your adrenaline starts to pump when you
engage in the over the top bosses. Apart from flying, there are some
land environments in the game as well which opens up more challenges to your
melee combat and adds an element of platforming into the title as
you take on Medusa's army of the Underworld. Enemies range from
easy to quite difficult but fortunately Pit has a few tricks up his
sleeves, including special powers that can be accessed from your touch
When you do finish the single-player
campaign, you can continue playing in order to find hidden things
that you may have missed the first time around and I do applaud Nintendo
for creating a game that doesn't just end when you finished
defeating the last boss.
For those players who like multiplayer, Kid
Icarus: Uprising supports up to six players (two teams of three) in
a tournament mode called Light versus Dark. It's more of a no holes
barred death match experience but you can earn additional weapons and
powers here that can be used in your main campaign.
With that said,
there are nine different categories of weapons in this game that all
have their pros and cons such as the very cool bows. You even have access to
vehicles in the game such as the Exo Tank which allows you to
virtually run over enemies in order to defeat them. Add in
an adjustable difficulty level and this game has quite a bit going for
If you enjoyed the original game or you're wanting a unique game for
the Nintendo 3DS that not only showcases the console but gives the
player a sturdy gaming experience, than Kid Icarus: Uprising is that
game. It features a great story that is oozing with humour and some
sturdy control and gaming mechanics with not only the Circle Pad Pro
accessory but also the included stand that will change the way some
Check it out!