Kid Icarus Uprising hails the return of one of Nintendo’s forgotten franchises 25 years later. Pit, Captain of Goddess Palutena’s Light Forces, is on a quest to stop Medusa who, along with other nostalgic villains, have resurrected. I won’t spoil anything, but let’s just say there’s more to the game then just Medusa and it gets pretty crazy. And good or bad, the characters never shut up, though they’re well acted. The game is overflowing with charm and a light sense of cheesy humor reminiscent of classic Saturday morning cartoons.
The gameplay is split in KIU. First, you’ll control Pit in the air, much like an on-rails shooter. You’ll also control him on the ground much like any 3D action game. Both sections are extremely fast paced, bombastic, and a hell of a lot of fun. Unfortunately the controls take a long time to get used to and I frequently had to take breaks due to hand cramps more so for the ground than air. Pit can equip various weapons, abilities, and items that will sort of balance the control difficulty at times like an auto aim. And speaking of difficulty, you can set each level from super easy to 3DS smashing hard in order to gain better bonuses. Wonky controls aside, they at least try and balance it out.
Though Kid Icarus has been dormant for years, his return shines as brilliantly as its gorgeous visuals. The colorful environments, characters, and monsters are all beautifully rendered; making the 3D one of the best experiences I’ve had on the system. The music was also some of the best I heard with everything from rock to full orchestrated pieces. The main campaign will take you about eight hours, but there’s tons of un-lockable goodies to uncover from replaying including character models, trophies, weapons and more! There’s even multiplayer that’s okay for a few bouts, but nothing to immerse yourself in.
I love Kid Icarus Uprising. LOVE! Everything pulls you into the experiences from the amazing music, visuals, and oddball characters. After playing it, I immediately wanted more. If it weren’t for those pesky controls this game would be a contender for game of the year. All in all, it’s an outstanding game that shouldn’t be missed that’ll give you hours of rich entertainment…and perhaps a few hand sores.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on August 1, 2012 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.