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Kid Icarus: Uprising on SNES Might Have Looked Like This

Posted by James Newton

Pit's on fire

Forget for a moment that Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the best displays yet of the 3DS console's stereoscopic screen, and imagine it existing in an altogether simpler time: the 1990s. Talented pixel artist jmatchead (via Pixel Art Guild) has done just that, creating two SNES-style illustrations of Pit's new adventure.

Both images capture the movement and pastel palette of Project Sora's 3DS title and look pretty excellent in the process. So much so, in fact, we almost wish Pit had stayed in two dimensions.

[via pixelartguild.com]

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eviLaTtenDant

#1

eviLaTtenDant said:

When i played the 3D Classic and OMaM i couldn't help but think how amazing a new 2D platforming Kid Icarus with SNES style graphics could be. And while i'd rather see side- edit: and vertical-scrolling flying sections in it this looks amazing. Make it happen, Nintendo!

KeeperBvK

#3

KeeperBvK said:

Sorry, but there's a difference between pixellated pics and SNES-style pics and those two (while looking neat), look NOTHING like an SNES game would.

BenAV

#4

BenAV said:

Looks pretty cool.
I wouldn't mind them making a new 2D Kid Icarus, as long as it's as well as more 3D games, not instead of (kind of like with Mario).
Uprising was just too amazing for them not to make another like it!

Kirk

#8

Kirk said:

I wish Pit had stayed in two dimensions, and indeed stayed closer to his original NES gameplay routes, because I don't really like the new game on 3DS.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#10

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

The new 3DS game is awesome and this looks pretty cool. I do agree though, kind of looks GBA than SNES - which is cool anyway.

Samholy

#11

Samholy said:

the first screen, with the reaper, look like snes. the second one...maybe more gba.
still, they look like genuine nintendo games screenshots, its amazing. wish there was a kid icarus on snes back in the days...

hydeks

#14

hydeks said:

hmm, I guess I'll be the person who doesn't care much for it I guess? I love where they took Kid Icarus, and even though I love the NES original, I don't want to go back to 2D Kid Icarus :P

Knuckles

#16

Knuckles said:

You know you can make this game a reality Nintendo. All you have to do is make it ON THE eShop!

ReindeerDasher

#17

ReindeerDasher said:

Looks pretty cool, I think that somehow Nintendo could do something with 2D. The question it- Will they?

NintyMan

#24

NintyMan said:

Wow, that's going to be the coolest thing I'll see all day. Kudos to him for putting the time and effort into it. The air level pixels remind me of the kind of style in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. The side-scrolling level with the Reaper looks more SNES. It would be a great idea for there was to be a 2D Kid Icarus in the not-too-distant future.

Tasuki

#26

Tasuki said:

I cant help but think that the flying parts would have been perfect to show off the SNES Mode 7 capabilities.

SkywardLink98

#27

SkywardLink98 said:

...WHY DO YOU HATE KID ICARUS NINTENDO!?! LOOK AT WHAT YOU COULD HAVE DONE! WHY DIDN'T YOU MAKE THIS A REALITY
Sorry about that. I really like Kid Icarus :D

WanderFan91

#29

WanderFan91 said:

As great as those screenshots look, they more resemble Game Boy Advance (or even really good looking Game Boy Color) visuals than they do SNES visuals, imo

WingedSnagret

#31

WingedSnagret said:

This is awesome! I really do wonder what Pit's games would look like if he appeared in some other older consoles. Especially the Nintendo 64

FonistofCruxis

#32

FonistofCruxis said:

The impression I'm getting from these comments is that some people seem to think that the GBA is less powerful than the SNES when its the other way around. The SNES has better quality sound than the GBA but overall the GBA is the more powerful system.

CommanderAudio

#33

CommanderAudio said:

1. Learn how to code
2. Get permission from jmatchead to use these as screenshots
3. Make a new Kid Icarus game out of this concept
4. Finish it
5. UNLEASH AWESOME

Edesto

#34

Edesto said:

In the first picture you can see Pit is doing a dash, this would mean that if this game would have been real, it would have more dynamic gameplay than the original 2D gameplay. Which makes me even more psyched for a new 2D Kid icarus game.

Neram

#35

Neram said:

Little too pixelated for a SNES game. Super NES was more capable than this, go back and look at Mega Man X's sprite. To be fair though, this looks more like early SNES, Castlevania IV-ish, Simon Belmont's sprite wasn't exactly the greatest.

Capt_N

#36

Capt_N said:

I would say, yeah, it does resemble more of a GBA feel, than a SNes one. I think that vibe is getting put off/picked up by the colors, & the fact that the resolution looks like it was optimized/designed for a smaller screen, & blown up/stretch. I think one of the tricks of the SNes was that devs made the sprites large as their normal size, & used the hardware to scale the images, that way it wouldn't look like the images had been stretched. Whereas on some(not all) GBA games, it's easy to tell they were designed w/ a low resolution in mind. Still cool, anyway! :)

Rapadash6

#37

Rapadash6 said:

I've always hoped Kid Icarus would've eventually become a Symphony of the Night esque game, with hand drawn 2D sprites, and open world that expands as your abilities do, and a completely customizable weapons/armor system. Sadly, it didn't turn out that way.

Phle

#38

Phle said:

Okay, I'm going to say it, hate me if you like. It looks terrible. You can't even see what the blurry white-gray-ish and yellow cloud is, unless you know that it's Pit. I would have guessed on some animal I think, if I hadn't seen anything from Kid Icarus before. I love the new 3DS game though, and I think that is possibly one of the best looking games for 3DS.

kyoya

#39

kyoya said:

i hope that they don't do it but here's the question. how would multiplayer online workout

grimbldoo

#41

grimbldoo said:

@Phle #38
If I didn't know what Did Icarus was, I would have guessed that it was just an angel, or maybe just a human because of the presence of arms and legs. I then would have noticed the arrow/beam that was coming from him and realized that the brown and yellow thing in his hand is a bow. His whole face being brown tells me that his head is down and seeing as how I already know what color his skin is, I would have identified the yellow ring on his head to be a head band. Next I notice the white curve behind him, it's not part of a cloud since the clouds are yellow, and then I see that there is another one above his head, and that with the fact that he is in the sky, I put together that they are wings and he is an angel (I might also assume the head band to be a wreath since I now know he is an angel).

Phle

#43

Phle said:

@grimbldoo Yes, but the fact that you have to think for more than five seconds really proves my point. But I do admit that I didn't include the brown spots on the cloud in my description. By the way, how can you see it's a "he"?

ATDI

#44

ATDI said:

The SNES resolution is 256x224. This image is blown up to 200%, so scaling it back down to normal size makes this image 212x177. That's probably why this looks off to people, or like @RedBlueSpot said; it looks closer to a GBA game.

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