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Kid Icarus: Uprising Fails to Fly in UK Charts

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pit's wings burn up

While Kid Icarus: Uprising has flown high in the Japanese charts and won the prestigious Nintendo Life Game of the Month award for March, it's dropped out of the top ten in the latest UK charts.

Pit's latest adventure comes in at number 14 in the chart in its second week, a drop from seventh in its debut week but the highest-placed 3DS-exclusive title. Mario Party 9 on Wii is down to 22nd after a strong debut last month, while Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the only other 3DS titles in the top 40, in 34th and 37th place respectively.

Although it's only its second week, it's slightly disappointing to see Kid Icarus: Uprising drop out of the top ten so quickly, while the 3DS generally appears to be struggling to make a significant impact in the UK software chart. With plenty of new titles on the way, there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon to reverse that trend.


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Whopper744 said:

aw man. They don't know what they are missing. This game may be the best game on the 3DS!!! (I'm not counting OOT in this was a remake anyway)



Djrr-ific said:

It's only one country.. and could this have something to do with GAME not stocking it?



NintyMan said:

Come on, just because this game doesn't have Mario in it doesn't mean it's no good. These British don't know what they're missing. They should get this game. Don't let Pit's feathers get scorched after getting a cheering welcome in Japan!



Mandoble said:

I'm pretty sure you all cannot be wrong. Got it and after chapter 2 I can say this is one of the very worst Nintendo games ever, I really hope it gets better and better as you advance in the story. What cannot be any better in further chapters are the controls, they cannot be any better nor any worse, they are terrible, neither the feeling that you are on a permanent on-rails adventure even in ground stages.



Savino said:

If the controls werent so awfull this game could be the best of the entiry 3ds library...



-TR said:

Probably because it's next to impossible to get hold of. Not content with not being able to buy it in GAME or GameStation, both my local Grainger Games and another one slightly further away only had 3 copies that all went on launch day, and no supermarkets have had it in either. Annoying.



Stargazer said:


No. I love the controls. People saying that the game has terrible controls are flat-out wrong. They THINK the game has terrible controls because they can't figure them out. It's not our fault (or Nintendo's) that some people can't play the game properly.



Late said:

I wonder how some people seem to have so many problems with controls. Sure it wasn't all that easy to start with but I could use them perfectly after a couple of hours. The aiming controls are also pretty precise. I'd be not able to shoot all the guys as fast with dual analogue.



CosmoXY said:

In all fairness to the people that dislike the controls, it is kind of a tricky control scheme, not traditional at all. But once you get the hang of it it becomes very natural and the game becomes much more enjoyable.



ejamer said:

This shouldn't be that surprising. The 3DS install base is still small (though growing!) so it's hard to expect post-launch sales for a game exclusive to that console to chart much higher.

Still hoping to try Kid Icarus myself. My funds this month are going to Xenoblade Chronicles first... so it might be a while before I can afford it.



killallrobots said:

I bought it, played it for a couple of hours. I found it a bit manic and difficult to control; the fact it's bundled with a stand speaks volumes. Not really ideal for playing on the go, I thought. Shame though as it's a very polished game by the looks of it.



pixelman said:

The controls are fine with the stand. Like anything new, they take a lot of practice and getting used to.



JustAnotherUser said:

No surprise. There is no blood or MK47's.
Lousy UK market. People don't wouldn't know an amazing game if it slapped them around the face.



ThomasBW84 said:

It's a shame to hear about low supplies in some stores: my local HMV had a few, but of course not every town has one of those nearby.

3DS games just aren't burning up the charts in the UK, or so it seems, but with each big release (particularly accessible games like Mario Tennis) it might turn around.



BenAV said:

The controls work absolutely perfectly, so if anyone complains about it then that just means they're not very good at the game.
It's complicated at first, sure, but after a couple of hours it feels completely natural.
One of the best games I've played in a long time so a lot of people in the UK are really missing out on something great.
Best 3DS game yet by far.

No lack of supplies here in Australia.
The EB Games I shop at had 90 copies at launch I believe with 30 something preorders.
Much better than something like Xenoblade Chronicles where they had two copies at launch and I've never seen it since.



Bucbanzai said:

I havn't played it myself and I have heard the controls are harder to adjust to for left handers but my 13 year old daughter loves it and has had no trouble with the controls whatsoever, she doesn't use the stand either. I wonder if the size of your hands has a big impact on how easy it is to adjust to the controls.



Bucbanzai said:

I havn't played it myself and I have heard the controls are harder to adjust to for left handers but my 13 year old daughter loves it and has had no trouble with the controls whatsoever, she doesn't use the stand either. I wonder if the size of your hands has a big impact on how easy it is to adjust to the controls.



AVahne said:

So a bunch of sports games and meh games with just a couple good games beat it? Probably has something to do with GAME not stocking it.



LztheQuack said:

"What cannot be any better in further chapters are the controls, they cannot be any better nor any worse, they are terrible, neither the feeling that you are on a permanent on-rails adventure even in ground stages."




AbuJaffer said:

A great game, I feel sorry for anyone that can't get the controls down. It's the first control scheme I've found that even compares to PC. I'm sure if dual-analog was included, its users would be forced to adapt to the touch screen controls eventually. The game's just too fast paced.

If you can't get the controls right but were well accustomed to Metroid Prime Hunter's controls (I've seen some people have this problem), there's a first-person mode. Just press X while on the ground. Also, you can change cursor speed in the options menu.

I do hope Nintendo's already planning another Kid Icarus game (for the 3DS of course). I want to know what happens to the characters, and what their back stories are. The game does hint at/points out certain events that aren't tied to Greek mythology (in other words, things they made up and only Nintendo's storyline can explain), so there's lots of room for the franchise to branch out.



Alienfish said:

This game is absolutely crazy. The story is incredibly deep with surprising twists, the gameplay is fast and forces you to be on your toes all the time, and the visuals are just awesome! The controls do take some getting used to, but there really isn't a better alternative for such a fast paced game that requires so much precision. To me though, what it comes down to is the weapon system. I play this game solely to find the best weapon for the job. So far I have a pair of Tiger Claws valued in the 280's with 5 1/2 stars on melee and ranged. Those things absolutely annihilate everything in the multiplayer games. That's another thing I love is that the weapon system ties the multiplayer together with the single player. There is so much game here for the paltry asking price, but I would think it would be a hard thing to get into if you're a 'one weapon for the entire game' kind of person.



Savino said:

My opinion! (I guess I can have one).

I loved Metroid Prime Hunters control scheme, but this Kid Icarus is terrible. The dash kills you more than helps you, turn the camera is a pain in the fingers, the stand makes the thing a little better, but makes you play in a desk...

But, just my opinion, the game is great, but I can get the controls to work without killing my fingers.



C-Olimar said:

@Savino Of course your entitled to an opinion! I have really small hands so I don't find it too uncomfortable, though the dash can be annoying. Thankfully, there aren't many sections of the game with narrow platforms. I don't think better controls would have helped this game much in the charts however - the majority of the British public have no taste in games (and this is coming from an Animal Crossing fan!) Plus the charts are also thrown off by casual gamers buying Zumba, Just Dance, Call of Duty and the like...



iroxursox said:

if its the controls i don't use the stiles i use the face buttons all i had to do was adjust the sensetivity



Ernest_The_Crab said:

The controls seem pretty good. If I had to make a real comparison I'd say the speed and accuracy are more comparable to a mouse than dual sticks once you get a hang of it.

However I don't like how the power up setup works. It's slightly annoying trying to scroll through my available power ups during a multiplayer match.



Mk_II said:

Dont forget Nintendo did not exactly pull out all the stops publicity-wise... It's not a Mario or Zelda so expectations (and the marketing budget) are much lower.



Tigus said:

Ok lets be honest I do respect many peoples opinions on the controls but the only reason many people don't like it may be because your not using the STAND that comes with the game, and you CAN change the controls to suit your play style you dont even have to use the touch screen at all and if you are your playing with the mind set that the controls aren't good to begin with.



SparkOfSpirit said:

I don't use the touchscreen controls and have no problem with the controls. I just use the R button to center the camera in land battle and I'm good to go. No hand cramping or anything.



RR529 said:

I'll admit that the controls take a little getting used to, but I'd say I'm fairly adept at them now, and the game is becoming much more enjoyable (this is coming from a lefty who doesn't have a CPP). I don't use the stand, but that's because I like to relax on the couch while playing my 3DS. As a lefty, if I can get the controls down, anyone can (I do decently online, so I figure I'm about as good as most others).

More related to the article, however, it's a shame it hasn't done better in the UK at this time. Hopefully it picks up steam. Also, does anyone know how well it's doing in the US?



Katzii said:

It's probably because the commercial depicts Pit as Nintendo's "newest hero".



Token_Girl said:

I just gave this game a spin on the subway to work this morning (only had time to get through chapter 1. The controls really aren't that difficult, and I imagine are very simple if you are used to a keyboard/mouse setup. I had no problem playing standless. I could see it being useful if I was playing for a long period of time, but it didn't feel awkward to me at all. It's like playing any other DS game with stylus controls. Dashing I need to work on, but it's not complicated, I just have crap reflexes. I am so glad I don't have to use dual analog to play. My hands just cannot do dual analog well. If the controls feel awkward - well that's how I feel on 90% of PS360 games.

It would be a pain, I think, if I were a lefty though.



C-195 said:

What? These British are a strange lot, ignoring one of the best games of the year.



Weskerb said:

I do want to play this game, but I don't want to have to erect a stand and sit at a table to play on my 3DS. So I'll pass.



CerberusAzdin said:


I completely agree with you. Its a wicked game no doubt, but even with the circle pad pro its still awkward to play. The stand is a good idea but not a solution. I want to play it but just thinking of the controls puts me off.

I hope that they keep the classic control scheme for Smash Bros...



stipey said:

I don't mind the control scheme at all, except that my hands are just too big for the 3DS in general. The CCP was a godsend for me, giving me something chunkier to wrap my fingers around. I even use it playing Professor Layton.

The ONLY thing I desperately want is for the larger left trigger to work as shoot when the CCP is attached. It still cramps my fingers having shoot so close to the circle pad!

EDIT: OH! IT DOES! If you use the CCP, and under controls, put attacks as the RIGHT trigger, it also makes the LZ button work for attacks! I AM SO STOKED.



Bankai said:

And once again the 3DS has a fraction of the install base of the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii in the UK.

Expecting any game to remain in the charts long against games on those consoles is expecting too much.



TheRegginator said:

Please, if you're going to report on sales, do so for all regions. By only doing so for one region, you give many readers a false perception of what they're like everywhere.



TheRegginator said:

Before I leave, I would just like to say that everybody complaining about the controls are wrong. It's not a matter of opinion. The controls are just fine. Hold the 3DS correctly and/or find the right control scheme for yourself.



WingedSnagret said:

I always thought the British were a little a... off. But seriously, I can understand a little why this game isn't "flying off the shelves". After all, Pit hasn't had a new game for over a decade (counting Myths & Monsters). So not a lot of people remember or otherwise know him. But I'm sure in due time his fame will grow, thus increasing game sales.



ZeroxGT said:

Meh... i have a few friends in the UK that DO play this.... its the matter of people wanting to use the stylus. I can use it fine as i dont wanna use buttons(which ive tried and its not bad). I think not many gamers there are giving it a REAL chance as this game is created by those from the smash bros series so you should try it out and give it a few full playthroughs before u can say otherwise. I mean it should be simple for most of ya, if anyone can stand up and right on a clipboard thats in one hand then it should be no problem at all...



gingerbeardman said:

I bought this on the weekend but it was ridiculously difficult to find it anywhere on the hight street. GAME/Gamestation didn't have it - they're not stocking most new releases during their nightmare acquisition period. HMV also didn't have any. There are no other places I could think of going. I eventually bought it in an ASDA supermarket in the suburbs.

Of course, I could have ordered it online but chose not to.



KAI7321 said:

Hard to find is the usual reason in the UK:

Other countries have to understand the UK is bad at something called "Service Structure" or layman's terms, "Planning things out". I'll give you a common example

1: Person sends two packages to same address at same time.
2: Only one package arrives. Other package enters blackhole.

UK system baby, oooooooooooooooooooooooh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Ok ok, all jokes (???) aside, I have to say that the promotional campaign for this game was atrocious, you only have the publisher to blame for this one (Nintendo in this case).

Though in fairness, I guess though it WAS very difficult for them to promote something like this which is so different from your run of the mill FPS games which the banks/investors are only willing to put money down for promotional campaigns in Western arenas.

In anycayse, is the answer to everyone's problems



Retro_on_theGo said:

Wow, that is dissapointing. More stores need to stock this game in the UK now! You people are missing out so much. It's an amazing game. Anyone crazy enough to think this is the worst Nintendo game ever is incredibly insane. That person's opinion will always now be invalid to me.



Audacity said:

Can't say I'm surprised. Most of what I've seen of this game has put me off it. I'm really not seeing the appeal. At all.

I'm open to the chance that maybe a demo, or a sharp price cut might convince me otherwise, but chances are I'll probably sit this one out.



0-Watt said:

I think comparatively it is doing alright. The UK gaming market has kinda tanked thanks to mobile platforms. If you aren't EA or a really high-end product from a major publisher, you are doomed.



RR529 said:

@Audacity, I too was on the fence about getting it, as the controls sounded like I wouldn't like it. When I went to get Tales of the Abyss, however, I found I had more money than I thought, so I picked up KI:U as well.

The first couple of missions felt kind of uninspired and generic, and the controls on land felt very wonky (the control scheme felt good for the on rails air sections, though), but by mission 4, it all started falling into place. The air sections are a sight to behold (I was first wowed with mission 4's segment, and they get more beautiful and crazy from then on out), and by that time the ground segments weren't a pain (they were in fact, fun). As far as story goes, despite a few twists, is pretty standard and predictable for the most part, until chapter 9. Not going to spoil anything, but after that things get crazy with twist after twist (you couldn't guess the story if you tried). As has been mentioned before, the game has a very self conscious sense of humor with some cheesy moments. That, you'll either love, or hate. I'm liking it (most story games take themselves way to seriously this day and age, IMO), but that depends on the person playing. It's quickly becoming one of my 3DS titles (if not the absolute favorite), and that's something I was not expecting.

BTW, in case you're wondering (since I mentioned the purchase), I'm loving Tales of the Abyss as well



TysonOfTime said:

Ok, they had their chance. Time to burn the UK to the ground.

...That was a joke. Please don't take it seriously. That would be awkward.

Also: I have had NO PROBLEM with controls even while moving. I mean, I can WALK AROUND and play this game at the same time. Unjustified control hate is unjustified.
All you people on the fence: This game is like a 3D Smash Bros. You don't need any other incentive than that to buy it. It's amazing. GODLY EVEN.



TysonOfTime said:

I heard about them. Mostly through material related to video games, such as the riots being blamed on GTA, and ect. Oh mainstream media. You make it SO easy to hate you...



grumblegrumble said:

I wonder if its because the original Kid Icarus wasn't as popular in the U.K. as it was over here in the States. I don't have any proof of this, it just occurred to me. Does anyone know if this is true?



skywake said:

It's strange, I remembered the game from the demo I played before the 3DS launched. Remembered the controls being pretty awesome and not having any trouble holding the 3DS. Then the previews and reviews come out and everyone was bitching about how impossible it was to control.

Get the game because it still seemed like a unique game... no problems with the controls. I play using the screen, holding the 3DS in my left hand. No special technique, stands, circle pad pros or anything. It works pretty damn well. I have no idea what people are talking about.

On top of that the online modes surprised me with how great they were. Free-for-all is worth getting this game for alone. It really is a must have game for "core" gamers who own a 3DS.



Late said:

@32: "turn the camera is a pain in the fingers"

You're using your fingers to control the camera? No wonder if your fingers hurt. Wouldn't the stylus be a better option to play this game?



killallrobots said:

@BenAV I'm left-handed, and so found using the stylus with my right-hand both painful and unatural. If I used the left hand, it meant I couldn't meaningfully access the control pad with my right hand. I also found the 3DS would move about on the stand a lot in the heat of battle. Could they not have, y'know, made the controls like other games?



nindocrash said:

Other then E3, was there a accessable, demo, anywhere?
a timely, demo, could've made a defining difference,
in a more positive resolve, by the time the game was launched. is this under achieving, from a lack of better strategy from nintendo agin?



Mahe said:

I've tried the game, but I'm not interested in buying this at full price. It just seems mediocre, and the music samples likewise. And the included stand is completely useless for me.



StrawHatChopper said:

Stylus controls? Nah. Button controls? Nope. Using the DS thumb stylus in place of the regular stylus= the perfect way to play KI: Uprising! You get the accuracy of the stylus controls, while still supporting the system with both hands. Being a left-handed player, it's an excellent accessory to have (not to mention it's a MUCH more comfortable way to play!).



AJWolfTill said:

Dont judge us!!! Firstly I live in the UK and I got this game to celebrate finishing my dissertation, It really really doesn't exist in stores though. Im pretty sure all the UK members of this site will either own or intend to own this game. TBH i dont thin their are many people in the UK who own a 3ds Ive owned mine for about two months now and have less than 20 mii's in my plaza and I take it EVERYWHERE
Oh and for the record this is easily the best release of the year so far imo



kaisersalsek said:

Oh dear UK, how you are missing out!

I'm from the UK and yes, it is quite to get hold of the game - game and gamestation don't stock it and hmv don't seem to stock it. When I went to asda the other night, it was sold out. That said, I pre-ordered mine. There aren't that many people who seem to have a 3ds, although Nottingham seems to have a fair few more than any other part of the UK for some reason.

I personally love this game, for me it's the best game on the 3DS and I can't stop playing it. I love multiplayer free for all and love the control system. You would stuggle to get that must control, precision and camera functionality with a dual analogue stick. I admit, I was dubious at first, but now they're totally natural and I wouldn't change it for the world.



3dbrains said:

I eventually found the game in HMV. I searched EVERY shop in my area. Noone has it for sale. This is why it isn't selling here.
Game and Gamestation told me it is Nintendo's fault, stating that Nintendo are unreliable with stock.
I think we all know the real reason you lying SOB's.



ThePove said:

Ah don't worry about it this countries full of idiots that'll only play first person shooters and games they are told to play. God forbid they'll try anything new. Sorry touchy subject for me. Anytime I want to play online my friend are just playing bloomin Modern Warfare ooo just shot another man with another generic firearm. Well theres my frustration vented. Thank you



KrazyBean said:

@JarvanZheitk Yeah, the UK and Europe really are the only countries who only play FPS's and Violent/Gory games and think that they are too 'old' or 'cool' for Nintendo games and such... [/sarcasm]

It was hardly advertised here anyway and none of the main game stores seem to have stocked it. Not everyone here is a stereotypical FPS addict and such y'know. I've bought only one FPS in my entire life so far (no, it's not Modern Warfare 3) and I'm of legal age, I don't care what the genre is, as long as it's a good game I'll plan to buy it.

It's looks like a damn good game and it's a shame that it didn't sell well in this region, but that's no excuse to put all of us European gamers in the same book.



hillbill26 said:

This is exactly why the UK and Europe get the games much later than the US and Japan. They don't understand the games like we do.



ToxieDogg said:

Have the people complaining about the controls never played the 007 Bond games, CoD games or even Metroid Prime Hunters on DS? Or the main combat sections in Starfox Command for that matter? The control scheme is nearly identical, and I didn't hear ANY complaints about control problems with those. Why have a lot of people decided having to hold the system with your left hand and the stylus with your right hand is a massive problem all of a sudden? The controls are fine and work perfectly, the stand isn't needed unless you're just looking for something to moan about, and it's a great game....get over it, whiners.

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