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Kid Icarus Uprising Gets Perfect Review Score in Famitsu

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Now it's really flying

The anticipation and hype for Kid Icarus: Uprising seems to be growing with each passing day, with AR card giveaways and regular trailers ensuring a high profile. Despite all of the build-up it's surely the game itself that matters most, and it's received a major boost from renowned Japanese magazine Famitsu.

In the latest issue, Famitsu has awarded Kid Icarus: Uprising a perfect score of 40, with each of the four critics opting for a perfect 10. Perfect scores are — quite rightly — rare in this magazine, and the most recent Nintendo title to achieve this was The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This is the second time that a game designed by Masahiro Sakurai has received the honour, the other being Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii.

A perfect score is certainly a welcome endorsement for the game and particularly its stylus controls, which prompted Nintendo to include a free 3DS stand with each copy of the game. We'll share our opinions in our review before it arrives in stores.


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Aviator said:

The deciding factor for me to buy this game is its length. I know there is a lot of replayability with the gamble chance thing, but I don't want there to be a lack of levels.



Alienfish said:

Dang, now I have to get it. Like I wasn't going to anyway! But a perfect score? That's just unprecedented for a handheld game, especially this early in the 3DS's life cycle.



TheKingOfTown said:

A 10 already in the 3DS's second year? Nintendo is going on all stops to get this thing mega-popualer



Kagamine said:

wow, am really suprised by this. I was expecting an average of 9ish total score being something like 36-37.



NintyMan said:

Wow, now that is a score! That makes this the first 3DS game to get a perfect review as far as I know.

The Kid Icarus hype is quickly building up with each passing day. Those great trailers, the free AR cards, the release of some of the music online, and the fact that March 23 is just a week away is really heating things up.



Highwinter said:

Don't mean to rain on the parade, as I'm sure the game is really good.

But why do Famitsu scores continue to be reported on by news sites, when they openly admit to the fact their review scores are influenced by the publishers and advertising space? A perfect score from Famtisu means nothing besides the fact the game is being seriously hyped.



TrueWiiMaster said:

Does Famitsu cover all games, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, or exclusively Nintendo? Either way that's one impressive score. Unfortunately I won't be able to get this at launch. My money's going toward Xenoblade since it's more likely to sell out and disappear.



Kid3dizzy said:

NINTENDO, why must you torment us by making us wait for the game. Also, I guess the year long delay was worth it.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Highwinter I'm not aware of that, do you have any links proving that Famitsu scores are influenced in that way? I assure you that I'm genuinely curious, not being confrontational.

@TrueWiiMaster - Famitsu covers all platforms, though perhaps Xbox 360 will get less attention as its actually a minor console in Japan.



bezerker99 said:

I'm holding out judgement on this game until I get some feedback from left-handed gamers.



3dbrains said:

I knew I wanted this game more than any other game in the world since watching a few videos yesterday.
Now, after seeing the review scores - I want this game more than I wanted this game more than any game in the world compared to yesterday.
Tomorrow will be mental.
When it is finally released... I may pop.



Corbs said:

I plan on spending some hefty hours tonight playing this baby. Been waiting a long time for this game.



BenAV said:

Why does Nintendo of Australia want to torture me by making me wait till the 29th?
This is probably my most anticipated game in a while and it's going to suck waiting about a week after everyone else is already playing it.
Hopefully it breaks street date like a few of the major titles (Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land and Skyward Sword) did last year.



Haywired said:

Isn't it more newsworthy when a game doesn't get a perfect score from Famitsu these days? Only joking, but still, a lot of people talk about the Famitsu perfect score as if it still carries any where near the same weight as it used to. I think 14 of its 19 perfect scores have come from this gen, with this one being the first of the new gen (not that I'm complaining, I'm not fussed either way. It's inevitable that it's going to change over 30 years).

I remember seeing this a little while ago. I think it's the sort of thing that Highwinter was referring to:




Heh. I could have figured a game like Kid Icarus: Uprising was gonna get a 10 from somewhere. Just never expected Famitsu to give them the first 10. Then again, it's only natural for the game to get such a high mark in it's review seeing as how Sakurai and his team were the ones who were behind this game's development. Plus, add in the point that this is the first Kid Icarus game in awhile since Kid Icarus: Of Myths And Monsters back on GAME BOY and the original on NES. Then it should be completely understandable to me.



timp29 said:

So have they fixed the ground based action? Originally when you guys gave your first impressions for this game, you suggested this aspect of the game was either broken or needed work. Is it fixed? Do you need the dual analog pad add on?



Tryken said:

And, to top it off, don't forget that if you reserved it in NA (ex. Gamestop) you get the 3DS Classics Kid Icarus remake for FREE. That's two games. One a perfect in famitsu, the other an underrated classic, for the price of one 3DS title. That's hype within itself.



LordJumpMad said:

Famitsu gives out perfect scores like its going out of style.
Most Nintendo games get good scores from Famitsu.

I'll wait for IGN's review, their never wrong.



Onett said:

It's a pretty good game, I'll give it that. The ground combat is slightly clunky/sluggish and the story is a little on the short side in my opinion. Still a very fun and addicting game despite these little flaws. The multiplayer is easily one of the best things about this game.



shonenjump86 said:

I was not really looking forward to this game that much but that is an impressive score. Nintendo should release a demo.



Malkeor said:

This game doesn't seem short on content especially with multiplayer and the intensities (1-9?) option.
I can't wait!



PixelatedPixie said:

I have to agree with Highwinter and Haywired. Getting a perfect score from Famitsu is at this point almost meaningless. I mean, they gave Skyward Sword a perfect score for crying out loud.



PixelatedPixie said:


That was said with my tongue firmly in my cheek. It was intended as a little gibe at all the perfect scores that Skyward Sword received, including from this very website. In all seriousness though, Famitsu scores aren't what they used to be and Skyward Sword is my least favourite 3D Zelda.



evildevil97 said:

I just wish I knew how it played for left-handed people. That's the only thing preventing myself from getting it.



Samholy said:

pre-ordered 2 months ago, and as time passes, hype is getting bigger and bigger !



WingedSnagret said:

It is amazing how the hype for the game has grown exponentially in the past month! I remember way back last year when scoffers were saying how this game was gonna crash and burn. Now they can eat their words!



Chobi said:

Can't wait. the game is looking really good. With the Kid icarus anime and now the free giveaway. plus the perfect 40 by Famitsu...Man, how could i not be hyped.



BulbasaurusRex said:

@evildevil97 If you can play a Wii FPS with the Wiimote in your left hand and the nunchuck in your right hand, there's no reason you should have a problem handling this game as long as you get a Circle Pad Pro..



Squiggle55 said:

i have to admit, Nintendo is doing a good job hyping this game and trying to tempt me into buying it with the free cards and the free 3D classic. I still think I'll have the willpower to pass until later.



Punny said:

Great job, however I can't help but feel that it got a perfect score because Masahiro Sakurai writes for Famitsu (does he still do that?).
~Haha, not really. This game is gonna rock!~



Malkeor said:

Game Informer gave out a good bit of 10s in the past year
IGN to a lesser extent....

Maybe the games are just that good? That's great news and there is no wild conspiracy theory.

I am happy for Kid Icarus though!



sinalefa said:

Glad to hear, but I want to wait for some more reviews. I guess I will get it anyway, but I don't see it (yet) as a day one purchase.



Henmii said:

Very nice! Now waiting to see what the other sites will score the game!



Pichuka97 said:

Ineed to know what to get. Kid Icarus or Sonic Generations 3DS. This does look good though...



Adam said:

I don't follow the gist of the Kotaku argument, but I don't see the problem with someone both advertising a game and giving it a perfect review. A perfect review is an advertisement itself. Appearing in ads for the game seems perfectly acceptable to me.

Not that it matters since Nintendo Life reviews are obviously the only reviews that matter. ...oh, hey there NL, didn't see you there. I was just complimenting you completely sincerely without noticing you were right there.



evildevil97 said:

@HeroOfWaffles, @BulbasaurusRex: Seems kind of unfair that the only way to comfortably play a specific video game is by purchasing a peripheral that is meant to be optional. I just dont get why I should have to pay more. And make the game less portable.



FluttershyGuy said:

If someone has to say they ultimately bought a system for one particular game, then I'd have to say Kid Icarus: Uprising was the game I got the 3DS for, above Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and Ocarina of Time. And that was simply because I've waited so long to see another Kid Icarus game. To furthermore know it's that superb... I didn't think I could possibly want this any worse, but I do now! Looks like the decades-long wait for Pit's return will have been well worth it!



Bankai said:

@Highwinter Spoken like a true person who doesn't actually read Famitsu.

My hat off to your breathtaking inaccuracy, good sir.



JimLad said:

Bayonetta, Nintendogs and NSMBW scored higher in Famitsu than Super Mario 64 and Zelda ALttP.
Also there's only one western game with a perfect score and it's Skyrim.
:/ :/
Nothing against Kid Icarus, but I take this with a pinch of salt.



Infernapeking said:

Gamespots and X-Play will give this game a low score because they gonna complain about the controls and voice acting.



WingedSnagret said:

As much I'm loving this game, I'm not blind to it's shortcomings. I can see it getting an 8-9 score due to the controls and such, but even so that is an impressive score!



mushroomer said:

i wonder if famitsu is owned by nintendo.. and they strategically do this to try to boost sales at a pivital time for the company...



Darkpit26 said:

I'd also give this game a perfect score because of the replayability and multiplayer.

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