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Review: Kid Icarus: Uprising photo
Review: Kid Icarus: Uprising
by Jim Sterling

Of all Nintendo's classic franchises, Kid Icarus is one that has sorely been lacking in love, with protagonist Pit's failing to make even a playable Super Smash Bros. appearance until Brawl rolled around in 2008. However, that all changed when the 3DS was officially announced and Kid Icarus: Uprising made itself known to the world.

With its unique control scheme and gameplay designed to show off the 3DS' always impressive visual trickery, Uprising tries to make good on Nintendo's promise of innovative handheld gameplay and graphics that can make jaws drop. However, to do that, you need a plastic stand that comes shipped with every copy of the game.

On that note, all I can say is that if your handheld game needs a static add-on in order to make it less unbearable to play ... you might have a problem.

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10:30 AM on 03.15.2012

Leaked memo: Microsoft, Activision, pull support for GAME

GAME is still dragging its broken legs behind itself as it crawls across a field of broken glass, suffering further indignity today with reports that both Microsoft and Activision have decided to pull back their support of th...

Jim Sterling



Club Nintendo peeps and more get free Kid Icarus AR cards photo
Club Nintendo peeps and more get free Kid Icarus AR cards
by Tony Ponce

One of the hooks of the upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising is the use of AR Cards to play special augmented reality minigames. The game itself will come with six cards randomly drawn from a pool of 20, but there are still tons of others to obtain. How can you get your greedy hands on some of the more elusive cards?

The easiest way is to be a Club Nintendo member. While supplies last, members can visit the Kid Icarus: Uprising card giveaway page and order a pack that includes "Great Reaper," "Drill Arm," and a rare "Palutena." If you aren't a member -- and really, you ought to be if you want to have some kind of proof of your digital purchases -- sign-ups are always free.

In addition, Game Informer and Nintendo Power subscribers will receive exclusive cards of their own, as will the first 250 Kid Icarus: Uprising purchasers on launch day at the Nintendo World Store. Packs will also be distributed at various events throughout the year, such as WonderCon and PAX East. So fire up the collector's spirit within and start hunting, you rabid consumer monkeys!

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11:30 AM on 03.07.2012

Check out these stills from the Kid Icarus anime shorts

You might remember that, at September's 3DS conference, Nintendo announced a series of animated shorts to be streamed on 3DS' Nintendo Video this year. On March 5, a series of tweets from the respective animation studios reve...

Tony Ponce



Multiplayer and more with Kid Icarus: Uprising  photo
Multiplayer and more with Kid Icarus: Uprising
by Wesley Ruscher

It goes without saying that Nintendo has a lot riding on the revival of their winged warrior in Kid Icarus: Uprising. It’s the first major, first-party release of the year for the thriving 3DS and something even more important to the fans of this once forgotten franchise -- a shot at a mascot’s redemption.

Back in January, we had the pleasure of going hands-on with Pit’s single-player shenanigans, but at the time Nintendo was very hush on just how far the multiplayer had come since its brief showing last E3. That is, until now.

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5:00 AM on 02.13.2012

Kid Icarus Choco Snacks to include AR cards

Get ready to start snacking on some Japanese treats, as there is going to some exclusive AR cards packaged in boxes of Kid Icarus: Uprising Choco Snacks. There are 20 different cards to collect, with one included in each pack...

Hiroko Yamamura





9:00 PM on 02.05.2012

Sakurai: Movies are better at telling stories than games

I'm feeling pretty cautious about Kid Icarus: Uprising. I'm still buying the game day one, but I'm not going to be surprised if I end up somewhat disappointed with it in the end. Everything about the title just seem...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 01.28.2012

Pre-order Kid Icarus: Uprising, get 3D Classics original

Still on the fence on whether or not you'll be getting Kid Icarus: Uprising for 3DS when it's released this March? The fact that it comes with a stand not enough for you? How about a free download of the original NES classic,...

Ian Bonds

9:20 AM on 01.23.2012

Kid Icarus: Uprising screens are full of monsters

Here's another tasty wad of Kid Icarus: Uprising screenshots for you. The main theme appears to be bosses, as many images feature huge, roaring monsters that will doubtless need taking down. Monsters are assholes like that.&n...

Jim Sterling

9:45 PM on 01.20.2012

The DTOID Show: The world's tiniest hamburger for dolls

If you thought you'd seen the smallest food mankind was capable of making... think again, because I've got pictures that prove otherwise. The impossibly tiny food at Capcom's Fright Club last night has provided us with enoug...

Tara Long

1:30 PM on 01.19.2012

Soar above the clouds in this Kid Icarus Uprising trailer

If you somehow missed my preview for Kid Icarus: Uprising -- which you can read here -- Nintendo was also kind enough to send over a new gameplay trailer the helps do this beautiful game, a little more justice than the onsla...

Wesley Ruscher



Preview: Two hours of flight with Kid Icarus: Uprising  photo
Preview: Two hours of flight with Kid Icarus: Uprising
by Wesley Ruscher

"I can't believe I'm actually flying!" These are some of the first words that Nintendo's, once forgotten hero, Pit utters in disbelief during the opening moments of Kid Icarus: Uprising -- his long awaited return to the forefront of videogames. Sadly, it would almost be more fitting if he had instead screamed, "I can't believe they finally made me a proper sequel and it's going to released in the next few months!"

Twenty years have passed since the little dude, in a toga, last landed a starring role in Nintendo's catalog (Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters on Game Boy in 1991) and fans have eagerly been awaiting his return. Super Smash Bros. Brawl whetted the appetite of some, while introducing the mythical warrior to a whole new generation when he was added to the fighting roster, but it wasn't till the announcement of the 3DS that the Nintendo advocate was finally appeased.

It has felt like an eternity since that historic day, and though Nintendo has been fairly quiet in recent months, finally they are shedding some light on their first major release of 2012.

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11:45 AM on 01.17.2012

The return of Mr. Angry Eyes, Kid Icarus edition

Masahiro Sakurai can't catch a break. The "angry eyes" curse that plagued the Kirby series seems to have followed him to Project Sora and rooted itself in Kid Icarus: Uprising. How dare he try to present a character who is cu...

Tony Ponce



Standageddon: Kid Icarus: Uprising comes with a stand photo
Standageddon: Kid Icarus: Uprising comes with a stand
by Jonathan Holmes

Kid Icarus: Uprising will be bundled with some free AR cards and a special stand for your 3DS. Placing your console on the stand will make it easier to play the game, as you wont have to support the weight of the console with your hands while using the game's stylus-and-circle pad control scheme. Some would say that this is a sign that the Kid Icarus:Uprising's developers needed a crutch, as they weren't able to create a game that could be played optimally with the 3DS's standard design. Others will say that it's pretty cool for Nintendo to pack in a stand for free with every copy of the game, just in case players want the option to try it out.

My thought is that this stand is PROOF that the 3DS is DOOMED (again) and that the redesigned version of the console, now code named the "3DStand Double: Nub Lite (3DStD:NL)" is coming out in 2012, rendering the current 3DS model USELESS FOREVER

Thanks a lot Nintendo for forcing me to buy a 3DS when it was first released and for not having a stand built into every console from day one. Because of you I wasted money on games that I loved like Super Mario Land 3D, Cave Story 3D, Bit.Trip SAGA, and VVVVVV, and had to endure the pain of playing them all without a stand. Way to make me feel loved, Nintendo [/sarcasm]! If you keep abusing your customers like this, you're going to learn pretty quickly that having the best selling home and handheld consoles in the market for the last 5 years wont get you very far. Without my love, you are nothing. 

YOU HEAR ME, NINTENDO!?!? MAKE ME LOVE YOU!!! OTHERWISE YOU ARE NOTHING!!!

North American copies of Kid Icarus: Uprising to include stand as well [GoNintendo]

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Destructoid's most wanted DS / 3DS games of 2012 photo
Destructoid's most wanted DS / 3DS games of 2012
by Chad Concelmo

This entire week, we have covered our most anticipated 2012 games for the 360, PS3, Wii, and PC. Now it's time for Tony Ponce and I to enter the hardcore, baby-making world of portables. With the Nintendo DS going out with a bang and the 3DS just starting to find its footing, 2012 is going to be an exciting year for Nintendo handhelds!

As much as we love our Nintendo DSes, we are really looking forward to what 3DS games will be releasing in the future. After a slow start in 2011, the 3DS is picking up some major steam going into the new year. Like the DS before it, once the system builds up some critical and commercial momentum, the classic games from first and third parties alike will start piling up. Exciting stuff!

But what specific DS and 3DS games in 2012 are we the most excited about?

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2:00 AM on 01.11.2012

Kid Icarus gets spruced up in this Flash remake

[Update: It turns out that the enhanced maps and tilesets were made by Jon Leung of VGMaps back in April 2007. He wasn't properly credited for the use of his edits. Not cool, Flip Industries. Not cool at all.] Kid Icarus wil...

Tony Ponce