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Kid Icarus: Uprising – Review

Kid Icarus: Uprising is the latest Nintendo 3DS game released by Nintendo and designed by Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the hit Smash Brothers series.


You play as the angel Pit, following the orders of Palutena, the goddess of light and protector of

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kid Icarus: Uprising (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

humanity, as you fight against the resurrected Medusa. Your journey takes you from towns to spaceships, futuristic landscapes to ‘natural’ wonders – each equally captivating, with an added vibrancy due to the extra dimension of 3-D. The story, however, does not end after your primary objective, taking an unexpected turn and extending gameplay exponentially as a result. Chapters may also be replayed at different intensity levels, from practically effortless to an infernal onslaught which may pose a challenge for even the most experienced of players.


Ease of gameplay has been disputed among players, however, it is certainly do-able. Albeit more suited to right-handed players, lefty’s should by no means be deterred, as only simple swipes of the stylus are required of their right hand. As a left-dominant player myself, I found the game to be difficult at first, albeit much easier after the first few missions had accustomed me to the configuration – no adjustment of the controls was necessary, albeit Nintendo has provided that as an option in addition to the circle-pad pro.


The soundtrack of Kid Icarus: Uprising is incredibly beautiful and uniquely assorted. From soothing orchestral, violin accompanied tracks, to simple ditties which serve but a momentary purpose – all serve to heighten the enjoyability of the game and immerse the player within the world of Greek myth. Not to mention, each piece is made available as an unlockable, by the completion Treasure Hunt achievements (which also reward hearts, weapons, idols, etc).

Dialogue is a key characteristic of the game, seemingly present without ceasing. Albeit, it rather serves as a compliment to gameplay, once a player is acquainted with the controls and may appreciate the witty repartees and mindless jabber with comprehension. Otherwise, they are aggravations at best. Once, however, this condition has been met, the dialogue maintains interest in a seemingly empty world (aside from the attacks of underworld minions), where there is little character interaction, aside from these exchanges.


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Defeated! Visual depicts an AR Card idol battle captured with in-game camera applications.

The content of Kid Icarus: Uprising is truly abundant. With 25 chapters, unlockable back-to-back boss battles, dozens of weapons (to be bought with hearts, the KI:U currency) and power customizations (and a land + battle practice range to try them out on), three treasure hunts with one-hundred twenty achievements each, collectible in-game and paper-card “idols” (digital figures with descriptions and AR Card capabilities), streetpass-spotpass enabled, online / local multiplayer, and much more. Albeit some features are more engaging and useful than others.

Multiplayer is a competitive challenge, although there are no overall leaderboards, which is a letdown. Players accumulate points during the process of each match and are ranked according to their totals at the conclusion. Wins are saved and exchanged via streetpass.

Playable characters include:

  • Pit (primary): chief angel of Palutena, the goddess of light and protector of humanity. He is persistent, passionate, and often quite silly.
  • Pittoo: Pit’s Doppelganger, created by Pandora’s mirror, often an antagonizing force, albeit (highlight spoiler > ) linked with Pit in life force and becomes an ally due to necessity and a slight change of heart.
  • Magnus: powerful human mercenary, dedicated to fighting against underworld forces.
  • Little Girl: details unknown, resident of a ruined city.
  • Dog: details unknown, resident of a ruined city. Can sniff out and locate food in garbage, runs without tiring.

Family Analysis (E10+ [ESRB])

The characters within KI:U aren’t exceptionally frightening, albeit some are notably grotesque, such as the lord of the Underworld – with pointy fangs, red eyes, and whatnot. There is no blood, and most combat is against the forces of the underworld, in the form of giant eyeballs, frog-like beings, and other odd but otherwise inhuman creatures. There are, however, a few human / god encounters where a character will make known they have been defeated and may even make a corresponding exclamation of defeat. However, deaths are seldom, often with enemies returning to fight again unscathed. Albeit, this does not dismiss the violence in itself. The game is likely more suitable for tweens, teens, and older, than ten year-olds, unless families take care to monitor their child’s gameplay and discuss plotline implications. There are a few  sexual references – in one instance, Palutena jokingly tells Pit she can read minds and that he “better not be thinking anything naughty,” to which he exclaims in surprise, as if he had been contemplating unsavory matters. Some characters, such as a Nature-Force leader is flirtatious, while Amazon Pandora takes it a step further, emphasizing her appearance and is overtly coquettish.

Christian Implications

The fact that there are collectible “idols” should be telling in itself of the game’s religious affiliations. Rape, murder, and other mature concepts of Greek mythology are not mentioned, however, spiritual references are made. Pit “prays” for Palutena’s safety, at which point another goddess remarks he is a very confused angel, since he has no god/dess to pray to at the moment. A reincarnation of Helios, Hades, Medusa, and Poseidon (as well as others) make appearances, with a few original gods and goddesses exclusive the Kid Icarus realm. Pit is the protector (by extension of Palutena) of the helpless humans who are referred to as selfish and greedy, the gods are also revealed in their folly (often warring against one another and causing trouble).

Tech (Pre)Review – Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kid Icarus: Uprising (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kid Icarus: Uprising is the latest Nintendo 3DS game released by Nintendo and designed by Masahiro Sakurai, creator of the hit [Super] Smash Brothers series.

General Review:

  • Graphics
    • Kid Icarus: Uprising has spectacular, immersive graphics which are heightened to their utmost by the extra measure of depth provided by the 3DS.
  • Storyline
    • Simple and humorous, with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting.
  • Music
    • As numerous modern video games, the soundtrack of Kid Icarus is a masterful, orchestral blend which may be enjoyed by even the most discerning listeners.
  • Spiritual & Family
    • The world of Kid Icarus is loosely founded upon Greek mythology.
    • Mention of “empty souls”
    • Similar to Metroid & Zelda in that a battle is being waged against monsters, sometimes humans are involved, such as in one of the early battles. There is however, no gore or impact effects.
  • Gameplay
    • A widespread complaint from left-handed users has been prevalent in discussions of the game and its criticisms. However, being left-handed myself, I find no problem with gameplay, except for a slight takeaway. The left hand controls the circle pad and L-button, while the right hand makes simple movements on the touch screen. Up, down, side-to-side – as this game does not require handwriting, and so long as one may move their hand in the proper direction, there shouldn’t be too much of a problem, only discomfort.

Full-Length Review Coming Soon…

Tech Update: Nintendo Releases New 3DS Update

Today Nintendo released a new update for the Nintendo 3DS which includes 3D-video recording

We certainly do... if you own a 3DS, that is.

capability for the Nintendo 3DS camera application (in AVI video format, which should mean easy uploading), Nintendo Zone (think of it as a much larger and expanded Download Play), and Mii Plaza updates (a Find Mii sequel, achievements section, and more).

The new video capability for the 3DS is a most intriguing aspect for me, and the feature certainly works well enough, with a decent resolution and evident depth, such as in the 3DS videos displayed on the Nintendo Show 3D.

It certainly marks one of Nintendo’s best updates!

Nintendo’s Never-ending Freebies?

Nintendo seems to be on a roll as they release their second freebie (excluding the Ambassador Program’s 20 free games) to anyone with a Nintendo 3DS system and a Wi-Fi hotspot or Wireless Internet connection.

This time around its The Legend of Zelda™: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, originally the 2003 installment of the Zelda series – this one is definitely worth downloading if you have found such titles as Mega Man [Battle Network, Star Force, Zero, etc.], Mario [Land, Party, etc.], or other such “classics.” With plenty of gear to mess around with and bonus levels to achieve, Four Swords is a fun game to play in your spare time, requiring little commitment as gameplay works on a level-by-level basis.

Check out all the official details on Nintendo’s Official Site.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, we have two comedic images, made using the Face Raiders game on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Pomegranate… in 3-D!

Everything seems to be in 3-D nowadays, so why not a pomegranate?


3-D Photograph of Pomegranate - 3DS or 3D Monitor Required for Proper Viewing (Kinks being worked out).

The question is, why a pomegranate?

After having eaten pomegranate at a family gathering, I’ve had a bit of a craving for this most elusive fruit… and tonight I finally had the chance to enjoy a reunion!


A normal, 2-D photograph of a pomegranate... looks much better actually.

Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program: Claim your Games!

On Monday, September 1st, Nintendo made available the first ten NES games in the 3DS Ambassador Program.

The titles include:

  • Ambassador Certificate (an introductory video)
  • Ice Climber
  • Zelda II
  • Yoshi
  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Metroid
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Super Mario Bros.
To claim these titles, simply follow the instruction below:
  • Before you begin, you’ll need to be within reach of a Wi-Fi hotspot or Wireless Internet (such as produced by Netgear appliances) signal.
  1. Tap on Nintendo eShop and wait for it to load.
  2. Once loaded, navigate to the far left corner of your options, until you reach Settings / Other.
  3. Select Settings / Other.
  4. Scroll down until you spot “Your Downloads,” tap it.
  5. Scroll down until you see the titles listed above, tap “Redownload” on a title of your choice.
  6. Repeat this process until you have downloaded all the available titles. The titles will be transferred to your 3DS main menu where you may access them at any time.
Each of these titles were produced before the year 2000, and may easily be considered “classic games.” There is little instructions for new players, and you are expected to figure out things on your own – such is the way of the classics.
To receive continual updates regarding the Ambassador Program, be sure to download the Ambassador’s Certificate and activate SpotPass.

3-D Photography

DISCLAIMER: 3D images may only be viewed on compatible 3D-viewing devices.

The 3DS’ Shocking Price Drop

In an e-mail to Nintendo DS News subscribers today, Nintendo announced that it would be lowering the new Nintendo 3DS system’s retail price from a hefty $249.99 to


Nintendo 3DS Logo displayed on 3DS System

an unforeseen $169.99, closer to that of the DSi’s $149.99. Although this is great news for potential buyers of the 3DS, it presents a potential aggregation to current owners which have already paid the originally immemse sum. To this, however, Nintendo has an answer.

The Ambassadors Program, in effect September 1st, will be open to all current 3DS owners that visit the Nintendo eShop at least once on their 3DS systems before midnight (EST) on August 11th (day of the price drop is Aug. 12th). This program will provide ambassadors with twenty (20) free Nintendo eShop games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, both before and after they are released to the public. The remaining ten games, Nintendo states,

…will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public [outside of the program] on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

These titles include Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™.

At the end of the announcement, Nintendo adds,

More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Which will provide for some great anticipation as to the other unnamed titles.

You can read the full article posted by Nintendo here.

As a member of the ambassador program, I’ll provide details and reviews on these releases as they happen in the month of September.

Nintendo, Netflix, and Transformers 3

As mentioned before, Nintendo has joined up with Netflix to provide a video streaming service program, free of charge, on the Nintendo eShop. Once downloaded however, a Netflix unlimited membership ID will be require, so if you aren’t already paying for a membership then the service is of no use.

In other news, tomorrow I’ll likely be posting my review of Transformers 3! An interesting movie to be sure… had mixed impressions before entering the theater and left with a totally contrary impression of the film.