If you were to take a gander at my Nintendo Wii dashboard and view the countless virtual console classics I have downloaded, on the very first page you would immediately spot the 1987 NES Classic Kid Icarus sandwiched between other NES classics that have also shaped my childhood. Make no mistake about it, Kid Icarus is a bonafide classic, and now, 25 years later, we have been blessed with another one, affectionately known as Kid Icarus Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS.
This is a must-own title, confirmed by a myriad of respectable gaming affiliates. However, there is nothing wrong with obtaining a second opinion. Here is what you are in store for upon your purchase of this title:
The visuals for Kid Icarus Uprising are simply amazing. The environments, during both the air battles and land battles, are flawless. Vibrant colors combined with fantastic character and weapon design are nothing short of a win. All of this is enhanced by stellar 3D which seduces the eyes and completely engulfs you into this wonderful experience, especially during the air battles.
By now, you may have already heard about the ‘cumbersome’ controls, or may have already experienced them for yourself. I have a different take. I personally applaud the controls and the ingenuity of them. Staying true to their motto of innovation and straying from the norm, Nintendo established unique controls that require you to move Pit with the analog stick while aiming with the stylus and using the L-button to shoot. (Left-handed gamers can attach the circle pad pro). Â It works extremely well during air battles, and after a while feels natural, aided by the stand that comes included with your purchase. However, itâs when you hit land when it becomes a real problem. Same controls but now the stylus also controls the camera. I have yet to become proficient on land because the controls simply do not work well for the land battles. Your level of mastery for these controls on land will definitely affect your performance against bosses, especially when you turn up the intensity. Also, the controls and stand almost guarantees that youâll be playing the game sitting upright at a table or desk. Sure, you can choose to play sitting on a couch or laying in bed, but youâll be adding more undue stress to the land controls and will probably need to turn the 3D off as the constant movement of your 3DS will throw off the 3D effect.
Whether its team battle (Light vs. Dark) or free-for-all, the multiplayer battles are intense, frenzied, so fast-paced at times that you donât know which way is up, and I like it. You get to battle other 3DS gamers and show off the weapons you have unlocked or fused. The amount of possible weapons are seemingly infinite in number as are their effects, range, and damage. Your success in multiplayer not only depends on your arsenal, but also how well you have adjusted to the controls on land, which as stated previously, comes with a HUGE learning curve.
Itâs not perfect, but not too far from it. Gorgeous graphics, epic soundtrack, frenzied and addictive multiplayer mode, seemingly endless amount of content. A must-own title.
9.0 / 10 (This score earns Kid Icarus Uprising the Triforce of Courage seal of approval!)