What It Is
Nintendo released the first Kid Icarus game 25 years ago on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), and now the game’s star, Pit, is back for a new adventure on a new game system. Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to the Nintendo 3DS, where the game showcases non-stop action and stunning visuals.
Uprising’s story revolves around Medusa and her Underworld Army who are waging a war against the human race. It’s up to Pit, with the help of the goddess Palutena, to fight with the humans and defeat Medusa’s army.
Why It’s Fun
This is a fast-paced, action game that is split into two distinct combat modes—air and ground. Both modes involve the player using the D-Pad and stylus to control Pit as he either flies through the air or runs along the ground.
The game is packed with enemies and boss battles and some of the best graphics that I have seen yet on the 3DS.
Who It’s For
Kid Icarus is rated E10+ but gamers from age 8 to adult will love this game. The 10+ rating means that the game contains Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence or Mild Suggestive Themes, none of which is worse than anything kids can see on their favorite cartoons. At the start of each level, there is the ability to adjust the difficulty from very easy to nearly impossible with several settings between so players can adjust the setting to his or her skill level.
What To Be Aware Of
The game’s multi-player options allows up to six people to play together using their own 3DS systems and copy of the game.
Younger gamers might have some difficulty figuring out the control system, which uses the D-Pad to control Pit’s movements, the stylus to direct where Pit shoots and the L Button to fire Pit’s weapon.
Uprising is designed to be played in short bursts rather than one long session so each level has multiple save points that once reached, allow the player to pick up from that point the next time that they play.
In addition to the single player mode and multiplayer options, there is also an AR (Augmented Reality) Card feature that uses the 3DS’ camera to scan AR cards into the game for extended play.