'Kid Icarus: Uprising' Pushed Into 2012


Last night, Nintendo held a pre-Tokyo Game Show conference about the 3DS. Well, it was billed as "3DS Conference 2011," but much of the event didn't exactly feel like a 3DS conference at all. Almost the first half of the event actually focused on Wii titles, and regardless of the platform, the entire affair felt extremely directed towards a Japanese audience; not a stretch considering it was a Japanese-geared presentation. Still, there were a few surprises – not all of which were delightful news.

Less exciting than an announcement of a "Culdcept" title for 3DS, "Kid Icarus: Uprising" has found itself pushed into sometime in 2012.

"Uprising" is a 3D action-game that builds off the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System game. The game's protagonist, Pit, will receive more than a 3D environment when "Uprising" premiers. The developer, Project Sora, have previously mentioned that Pit will receive a ton of new weapons and attacks. So much so, in fact, that he reportedly feels like a "new character." The purported large amount of weapons in the game should open new gameplay possibilities.

Nintendo gave no definite date within 2012, but here's hoping the delay just means we'll get a higher quality title. A year ago, the developers mentioned that "Uprising" could feature an online multiplayer component. Pit's last outing was in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl."

Nintendo also announced that "Kid Icarus" animation videos are under production with "critically acclaimed Japanese anime houses." The videos will eventually be available for free download from the 3DS Nintendo Video channel. Personally, I wish they would just let whoever made all those Gatchaman "Monster Hunter 3G" commercials shown after the conference last night make everything from now on. I mean everything.