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.