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E3 2011: Kid Icarus: Uprising First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman
Subtypes: Opinion, Preview
Could this become a must-own for the 3DS?
Los Angeles, CA, USA

When the Nintendo 3DS was first introduced at E3 2010, Kid Icarus: Uprising was unveiled as its main flagship title. One year later, the game is near its release and ready to be played at E3 2011. I got a chance to take Pit’s first adventure in almost 20 years for a ride, and I was left wanting to play much more.

Kid Icarus: Uprising

The demo begins with your choice of three levels. I chose the first level, which is the one most people have seen from previous trailers, with Pit flying through the blue sky. After I selected a level, I was then given the choice of four weapons, including his blades and bow and arrow. Being the old school fan of the original I was, I went with the bow. After a short cutscene, it was time to fly.

Immediately, I was blown away by how this game looks. Easily, this has the best graphics I’ve seen on the 3DS, and the best use of 3-D. Pit and each enemy were in great detail, and it was easy to see everything. The game plays a lot like another Nintendo title, Sin and Punishment. You use the circle pad to move Pit, while you use the stylus to aim. The L button is used to attack. This took me a little bit to get used to, but honestly that was mainly because I am left-handed, and had minor trouble using the stylus with my right hand. The good news for you southpaws out there is that I did talk to a Nintendo representative, who told me there will be an option for lefties in the final version of the game. Outside of that minor personal problem, the game played flawlessly.

After the flying part, there was a level on the ground, where Pit battled enemies before the boss battle. The demo ends after you win that fight.

Overall, Kid Icarus: Uprising could be the must-own title for the 3DS. Its graphics, game play, and 3-D effects are among the elite on the portable console, and it should prove to be a grand welcome back for Pit.



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