Kid Icarus: Uprising Will Use the Circle Pad Pro
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Maybe not as expected
Kid Icarus: Uprising has seen some delays, with some attributing the March release to the upcoming Circle Pad Pro. That was only a rumour, though Director Masahiro Sakurai has now confirmed that the peripheral will be a available to use in this title.
Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, Sakurai confirmed that an extra control option is now in place for left-handed gamers:
The way we are using the Circle Pad Pro in the game is to provide support for left-handed gamers. We've made it possible to use the right Circle Pad in place of the left one.
Intriguingly, this means that it will be possible to use stylus aiming with the left hand, but there won't be a control scheme that incorporates both Circle Pads. This is attributed to the fact that the development team didn't see the peripheral until the announcement of Monster Hunter 3 G, an amazing admission considering that this is a Nintendo published title. That said, it appears that stylus aiming was a design choice, preferred to dual-stick aiming:
This would end up being just the same as controls on other platforms and I think the quick aiming possible with the touch panel suits the game best.
For our left-handed readers in particular, do you think this is the best control scheme? Would any of you right-handed gamers have also liked the option of using both Circle Pads?