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Kid Icarus: Uprising Tournament Final Announced

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Get ready to face the light

With its local and worldwide multiplayer mode, Kid Icarus: Uprising is another Nintendo game perfectly suited to competitive play. As part of the promotion for the release, Nintendo of America has been running regional tournaments for lucky winners to receive a paid trip to a National Championship in New York: we've already reported on one of the mysteriously named champions, Draenmhar.

Details for the tournament finale have now been confirmed, with the nine regional winners being joined by members of the public. There'll be Kid Icarus themed snacks, prizes and a chance to buy the game early, as well as the all-important National Championship. It's all happening on Thursday, with the details below.

WHAT:

Nintendo and GameStop are inviting fans of multiplayer video game action to face off in the final round of an epic tournament. The tournament will be held at a GameStop store in New York to celebrate the launch of Kid Icarus: Uprising, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS system, and will provide attendees the opportunity to purchase the game in advance of its March 23 launch. The event is the culmination of a nationwide tournament in which players from San Francisco, Orlando, Fla., and Los Angeles had the opportunity to compete for a trip to New York. Three winners from each regional tournament will be vying for the championship title. This tournament will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can also snack on treats from a Kid Icarus food truck and receive special Kid Icarus-themed prizes while supplies last.

The original Kid Icarus game for NES captured the imaginations of gamers, and now Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to new heights on the Nintendo 3DS system. The dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army have returned to bring destruction to the world, and Pit the heroic angel must fend off the invasion. Jump into the intense air and ground combat with intuitive touch-screen controls, stunning 3D visuals and fully voiced narration. Beyond the deep single-player mode, experience frenetic multiplayer modes with up to six players over a broadband Internet connection or via a local wireless connection. For more information about Kid Icarus: Uprising, visit http://kidicarus.nintendo.com/uprising.

WHO:

Video game fans in the New York area

WHEN:

Thursday, March 22
Open game play: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tournament play: 5-8 p.m.
Championship round: 8-9 p.m.

WHERE:

GameStop
2322 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

If you do pick up the game then you may find some of the Nintendo Life staff in the online multiplayer, and if you want to know more about it check out our Kid Icarus: Uprising review.

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User Comments (12)

Whopper744

#1

Whopper744 said:

I wonder if everyone will be able to get ahold of the specific cards they are giving away at these events. Living in WV means you don't see much if any of these kind of events (except for I did win a Punch Out Wii tournament once that was actually here..) :p

RVN

#2

RVN said:

Are these matches recorded anywhere?
I want to see them

SLiM

#4

SLiM said:

Sounds like a lot of fun. Too bad I don't live in New York.

ueI

#6

ueI said:

How does one win a tournament for a game that isn't out yet?

Bobhobob

#7

Bobhobob said:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NOT FAIR! I EVEN LIVE IN NYC! (but its during school hours) D: you non new yorkers think its bad, but it sucks when your basically 30 minutes away but you still can't go. :P

DRAE_nmhar

#8

DRAE_nmhar said:

mysteriously named champion?! seriously?! c'mon!!! my name's not a mystery. it's one of a kind -______-

DRAE_nmhar

#9

DRAE_nmhar said:

@Bobhobob SKIP SCHOOL!!! many people that joined the SF tourney 2 weeks ago skipped school, including me. we didin't have a choice but to skip school 'cause we had to practice the game from 10:30am to 4:30pm. that's 6 hours of practice and that's a perfect amount of time to second nature the game, especially the controls. im glad i skipped school so i could use that "school time" to practice, and damn the tournament was INTENSE. like the battles were epic. don't expect to second nature the game with just 7 min of practice (nintendo will give each player a 7 min practice before the actual match) as a result, I won, including two more players from the sf tourney who will go with me to ny.

DT-Fox

#10

DT-Fox said:

@DRAE_nmhar I'd beg to differ. Aside from trying a stage or two of Single Player in the Orlando preview/tourney, the only amount of practice I got before the official matches was the Weapon testing and Practice round right before the match. Oddly enough, I managed to pass the Elimination round without knowing what I was supposed to do (I thought the goal was whichever team won, not whoever got the most points). And then, I just went in on it following my own intuitions on what'll get me the most points during the finals (Dash and dodge like crazy, stay on the offensive and stick close to your opponenet, go after the angel the moment he appears, and hope for the best).

Lo and behold, I landed 2nd place and the trip up to NYC. To this day, I'm convinced my win was 95% luck. But I'm not complaining. I'm looking forward to the competition up in New York. :D

(And this is Davion from the Orlando, FL tourney)

blurrygil

#12

blurrygil said:

Yo Davion & Drae, congrats on making it so far in the competition! Sorry you guys couldn't win in the Finals, but you guys are awesome gamers and look forward to keeping in touch with you both. Thanks for your support and perhaps I'll see you fellas at any of our future events!

E3 is right around the corner as well!! :-)

Be sure to check out the other articles that are online, complete with slick pics of you fellas in NYC!

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