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Take Aim at a Timeless Adventure!

Some 25 years after the original Kid Icarus™ game for NES™ captured the hearts and imaginations of gamers worldwide, Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to new heights – and new visual dimensions – on the Nintendo 3DS™ system. The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have returned, and they’ve got their sights set on the heroic angel Pit. With the aid of Palutena, goddess of light and guardian of the human race, Pit must fend off this malevolent threat. The richly immersive graphics of the Nintendo 3DS system offer incredible depth as Pit battles enemies by air and by land.


Designed by Masashiro Sakurai – creator of Kirby™ and Super Smash Bros.™ – Kid Icarus: Uprising is an epic, action-packed odyssey that unfolds with stunning 3D visuals. The game also includes fully-voiced levels and an amazing soundtrack.

Each Chapter delivers nonstop action and is broken up into two sections: Air Battle and Land Battle. In Air Battle the action unfolds like a dynamic guided shooter. When Pit is facing enemies in Land Battle, the game play handles more like a third-person shooter.

Collect different weapons and learn the unique characteristics of each weapon type as you determine which weapon is best suited for each battle.

Experience an innovative take on multiplayer battles in Light vs. Dark, as two teams battle on land whittling away at the other team’s health meter each time a team member is defeated. The team battle then changes to a man-hunt once one team’s meter is emptied. The opposing team must target the other team’s lone angel to win the match.

The game includes AR Card compatibility. Using the built-in 3D camera on the Nintendo 3DS system, the game recognizes countless specially designed AR Cards, with animated game characters popping up in 3D on the game screen and even battling each other when two cards face off.

The game’s simple, intuitive play control has players hold the system in their left hand, while the right hand uses the stylus on the touch screen for targeting. The controls are simple enough to be grasped quickly, but offer layers of depth and strategy for advanced maneuvers.

Game Review


Europe PAL Version

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pit’s flying high

When Nintendo unveiled the 3DS in 2010 it also teased Kid Icarus: Uprising, a return of a franchise that, a few cameos aside, had long remained dormant. While the original NES title was a conventional 2D action platformer, Masahiro Sakurai, most famous...

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User Comments (96)



Iggy said:

This game looks to be my first purchase if its out when i get a 3DS. The gameplay just looks crazy i just cant wait to play this game.



marioman said:

i knew they were going to make another one



realar said:

Wow! Thank you Sakurai for bringing the angel back!!
Now dude don't forget the Eggplant Wizard and we're golden.



ODOGG618 said:

The original was one of the most difficult NES games out there. They sure don't make em like they used to! Hopefully this won't be too easy.



Hokori said:

This is what I want. I just need to know what are going to be launch titles because Im probably going to only get 1
Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, or Something else that is going to be a launch title.



estoiagamer said:

I think the 3DS costs at least 200 dollars in US but in my country it will be at least 250-300 dollars(in my country there are kroons and 10 kroons is 1 dollar) so it will be hard to get it but thank god i have 100 dollars waiting to get some more and then go away to 3DS. Oh and the Kid Icarus.......it looks the best ds game i have EVER seen woooooooooow



Omenapoika said:

Haha, I remember seeing this in the E3 show when it aired. When I saw the goddess familiar from SSBB, I was like "Pitt! Kid Icarus!" and then: "Sorry to keep you waiting!"... Man, I was smiling from ear to ear. While eating my tuna.



estoiagamer said:

From Wikipedia: 3DS coming in japan February 26th, and Europe America and Australia gonna get it in march 2011.
OK i have money to buy a dsi (or dsi xl) or i can buy a psp 3000 but should i wait for the 3ds or buy a psp or dsi (xl)

Edit:We no longer have kroons we have euros



8-bitIceCreamMan said:

Ive never played any kid icarus games. I didnt know what he did until Smash. This reminds of the gameplay in Sin and Punishment: Star Successor so im getting it!



neetyneety said:

whenever i watch the trailer i keep forgetting that it's on a HANDHELD. that's just how amazing it looks!



SazMelthic said:

Well at least KId Icarus will never end up like he did back in the 80's.... [youtube:gBWrLhgiX74]
Always expect to have a sequel for it's time, but hay you got the gameboy title no complaint there.



AZZA0204 said:

'Sorry to keep you waiting!' I'm off to GAME to pre-order this game this was one of the reasons I bought the 3DS. I've downloaded the special trailer for the 3DS the multi-player looks amazing dosen't it! Does anyone know the release date fo this game because apparently the release date hasn't been announced yet. Thanks I'm so pumped up right now!!!



mushroomer said:

パルテナの鏡 <----- that is the japanese title for the original Kid Icarus.
Translates "The Mirror of Parthenon"
interesting how the change of just the name makes a game more child like or serious...



Chobi said:

Any word yet on if the multiplayer will be online or will it only be local?



mushroomer said:

i saw in the description on amazon that there will be online 6 player battle!!! whoo hoo

Product Features
Pit returns in an all new adventure only for the Nintendo 3DS
Collect special AR cards to interact with characters from the game using the 3D cameras and AR software on the system
Difficulty slider allows players of a range of skill levels to enjoy the Kid Icarus experience
Blast your way through missions in the air and go hand to hand against Medusa's minions on the ground
1 player storyline campaign or up to 6 players in Multiplayer (local and Internet play options are available)



B-Ray97 said:

Really good trailer,
I will buy it soon as possible on the release date! This game will be in my 3DS on 23 March (Europe)!



Undead_terror said:

i can see this is gonna sell fast,IT LOOKS SO EPIC and multiplayer is gonna make it better(hopefully)but pits voice on the other hand...i think they should of kept the brawl voice



drcool71 said:

Lolz I left a comment in November! Time flies like none other! I pre-ordered it yesterday.



grumblegrumble said:

Just pre-ordered this from Amazon.com through the Nintendo site, you get a free download of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus on release day. (Plus you get the 3DS stand inside.) Anyways, I'm ultra-excited and I can't wait to play this game (and the original again.) If you have Amazon Prime it also will arrive on release day for free shipping.



Nintendo3DSLife said:

man I can't wait 4 dis game to come out!What I love bout this game is its features,gameplay,multiplayer,etc.I really can't wait to get it.And oh if anyone is willing to challenge me on KIU once it comes out and that I have it,add me on 3ds.My fc is on my profile.Tell me urs so I could add u.



SuperNictendo said:

After getting to play this it cast all doubts I might of had out the window! I'm sure this game will be if not the handheld game of the year then one of the MUST PLAY games of the year!



SuperNictendo said:

@SkywardLink98 the controls take a while to get used to and have a bit of a learning curve BUT they're actually extremely responsive and once mastered you might findit works just as well, if not better than a lot of fps or third person shooters. A lot of people caught on ridiculously quick and was working the camera like a champ. But yes I could see people complaining that the camera use requires a learning curve at all. I honestly appreciated it cause it did work more then well and it put everyone on the same level somewhat. If it had just used a second analog stock like any other game then you would've been able to just hop off of CoD or Uncharted and would have dominated everyone else.



mario300 said:

i wish i bought the game today which is the realese date for the game.i know that this game is going to be epic!



Collinhall said:

Hmmm... When I read the review before actually playing the game myself, I thought it was VERY biased, as the controls were only briefly mentioned here, but slammed everywhere else. Glad to say that after playing the game (and beating it in one day lol) that it is NOT biased at all, it well deserved the 9 it received here. I don't know what sites like Destructoid were thinking with a 5.0, I mean really. The controls were GREAT for me, the second Pit touched the ground I was already loving them, and I barely had any of the hand cramps other reviews spoke of.

In short - Awesome review!



Korbin64 said:

This game killed my preconceptions of the game because they could not handle the awesomeness that was the game.



redclow said:

i got KIU and it is.................. EPICNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Raghav said:

I will get this no matter what and i already ordered the club nintendo free of worth 3 special ar cards of kid icarus



Korbin64 said:

This game makes me want to have a 3D Super Smash Bros even more!
And a new 3D Zelda!
And a new 3D Metroid!
And a new... you know what, just bring the whole family.

High Fashion.



AmineKat47 said:

Just put everything in 3D already! This is driving me crazy with the fact that they should've been put Smash Bros. in 3D!!!



Lyndexer said:

@marioman Of course they would. I just think The creator of Kid Icarus been busy on the first three Smash Bros. But, I guess he finished this game and now is gonna go start working on The Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS.
((I think Wii U will just be the same as Wii, so technically Smash Bros Will be for 3DS and Wii.))



BossBro5 said:

This is possibly one of the best games I've ever played!But the plot line is really jumpy and confusing



modz said:

Kid Icarus Uprising Walkthrough Part 1! The Return of Palutena!!!



DarkCoolEdge said:

Flying sections are great. Walking sections...are not. I hate how Pit walks and the controls (walking) are terrible. It should support the circle pad pro or just have done it differently.

The game is funny, art is great, graphics pretty good and has tons of replayability but those controls are bad, it makes it a chore



rayword45 said:

@DarkCoolEdge Circle Pad Pro would suck. If you have one, move with the face buttons and aim with the circle pad. You'll see why. They should've supported it anyways though.

Did you like games like Moon, Dementium or Metroid Prime Hunters?



Kolzig said:

How can it be that this game is Nintendo's own and 1,5 years since release it can't be found from anywhere in the shops?

Also, I wonder why is Kid Icarus still not in the 3DS eShop?

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