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Nintendo Unveils Kid Icarus: Uprising Pre-Order Details

by Alex Culafi - January 19, 2012, 1:42 pm PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Press Release

3DS owners can receive 3D Classics: Kid Icarus at select retailers, game will come with 3DS stand. 

Pre-ordering Kid Icarus: Uprsing at GameStop, Best Buy, or Amazon will earn North American customers a download code for 3D Classics: Kid Icarus, a remastered version of the NES original. The remake, though faithful to the original, contains new backgrounds and 3D graphics. 

Download codes for 3D Classics: Kid Icarus were previously given away in Europe as part of a Club Nintendo promotion.

Nintendo has also revealed that a new difficulty scale called "Fiend's Cauldron" will be included in the game. The scale allows the player to adjust the "intensity" of the experience from 0.0 to 9.0. High difficulty will reward the player with more hearts and better weapon drops from defeated enemies can be collected. Nintendo states that the "standard" difficulty is 2.0, and notes that the scale can be changed in incriments of 0.1. 

Nintendo of America has also confirmed that customers in North America will, like those in Japan, will receive a stand for the 3DS with the purchase of Kid Icarus: Uprising. The stand is designed to free both of the player's hands to control the game.

Kid Icarus: Uprising launches March 23 in North America.

New Story and Single-Player Mode Details Revealed for Kid Icarus: Uprising

Sliding Difficulty, Vehicles Confirmed for Kid Icarus

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo has revealed new details about the storyline and single-player game play in Kid Icarus™: Uprising, which will launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ system on March 23. More than 25 years after the launch of the original Kid Icarus game for NES™, Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to new heights.

Introduction: The game’s story begins with the return of the dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army. With the help of Palutena, goddess of light and guardian of the human race, the heroic angel Pit must combat the forces of darkness as he battles Medusa and her minions by air and by land.

Fiend’s Cauldron: The Fiend’s Cauldron is an incredible new system that allows players to customize their play experience by adjusting the intensity level. Intensity ranges from 0.0 – 9.0 for each individual Chapter. As the intensity increases, players will be able to earn more Hearts and more powerful weapon drops from defeated enemies. Hearts also can be used to purchase new weapons. The standard intensity setting is 2.0, but players can precisely adjust it by increments of 0.1. In order to increase the intensity, players must bet by placing an increasing number of Hearts into the Fiend’s Cauldron. If the player is defeated during the Chapter, some Hearts will be lost and the intensity will be lowered.

Weapons: A wide variety of collectible weapons offers an extraordinary amount of replay value. With nine different categories of weapons, ranging from Bows to Claws, players can learn the unique characteristics of each weapon and determine which is best suited for each battle and their style of play.

Vehicles: During certain parts of his adventure, Pit will have access to special vehicles such as the Exo Tank. Pit can use the tank’s powerful drift ability to boost over jumps or defeat enemies with the tank’s ramming horn.

Stand: Kid Icarus: Uprising uses a control scheme designed to fit the game’s unique blend of flight, shooting and melee combat, and offers tremendous precision and depth for dedicated players. The left hand uses the Circle Pad while the right hand uses the stylus. Every copy of the game will come with a free stand that holds the Nintendo 3DS at an angle above any flat surface, providing players with a new kind of gaming experience.

Circle Pad Pro: Kid Icarus: Uprising is compatible with the Circle Pad Pro accessory, offering an alternate control scheme for left-handed players. With the Circle Pad Pro, players hold the stylus in their left hand and use the Circle Pad with their right hand.

Additionally, consumers who pre-order at select retailers will receive a bonus download code for the 3D Classics: Kid Icarus™ game, a re-mastered 3D version of the NES original. The download code will be delivered with the purchase of Kid Icarus: Uprising. A deposit may be required for pre-order. Kid Icarus: Uprising will carry a suggested retail price of $39.99 in the United States.


vamp21January 19, 2012

Looks like I will be pre-ordering this.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJanuary 19, 2012

Kid Icarus was hard enough, who wants it even harder? Still glad to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

NintendoFanboyJanuary 19, 2012

HUMMM, i want the stand and download code, but i have enough games and
the stand i'm sure will be on ebay by summer, so i think i'll spend the money
on more urgent things, like that new phone i need, but if extra money comes my way, i'll get it.

joshnickersonJanuary 19, 2012

Hmm, this might make it a day one pick up for me...

Just a side note... has anyone else noticed that the stuff that released in Europe first (and everyone bitched about how much NoA hates gamers) is slowly starting to appear here in the states?

MataataJanuary 19, 2012

Neato. I have to say that I'm going to pre-order this now. Thanks, Nintendo!

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 19, 2012

LameStop, Worst Buy and Amazoff?  Come on, Nintendo... what about us loyal Walmart shoppers? :(

I preordered the game on Amazon as soon as I saw this, though I most likely would have done so at some point between now and launch even without it. Free release day delivery because of Amazon Prime plus the bonus.

bhurakJanuary 20, 2012

I did the same - Amazon pre-order immediately after seeing this news.  I didn't see in the press release where they added "fun" to the original, but I love playing retro games on the 3DS.

Chozo GhostJanuary 20, 2012

I would preorder it, but I don't even have a 3DS yet (still waiting on the revision).

Fatty The HuttJanuary 20, 2012

I've been lukewarm on this game, not sure if I'll dig the controls.
Then Ninty pushes me over the edge with a free stand (read: band-aid for the dumb control scheme) and a free downoad code for a 3D Classic (a $5 or $6 value!) And all for MSRP of $39.99, which I can certainly live with.

Damn, it's like Nintendo is READING MY MIND!!!!!!

NinSageJanuary 20, 2012

I was going to pre-order anyway and this is a fine bonus.

I've played the original KI and it wasn't really any fun.  Largely because I do recall it was overly difficult.  Perhaps the ability to dial down the difficulty will make things bearable.

Regardless, it's the 3DS game itself that I'm really psyched about =)

SarailJanuary 22, 2012

So, when is Nintendo going to start handing out the redeem codes? I'd like to preorder, but are codes going out as soon as you preorder?

Mop it upJanuary 22, 2012

I would imagine that you won't get the code until after you get the game, so that you can't use the code and then cancel your pre-order, essentially getting the code for free.

SarailJanuary 22, 2012

Ah, true. Haha, I didn't even think of that. Not that I would have. I'm really psyched for Kid Icarus: Uprising.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 22, 2012

...which is silly, when you think about it - if I just bought a $40 3DS title that's supposed to be really awesome, why would I want to spend time playing an old NES game?

I'm not sure the best way to do it, but it'd sure be swell to be able to play/re-play the original KI before the new one comes out...

To be fair, the NES game and the 3DS game have essentially nothing in common beyond the name and story conceits. That's like saying why would you want to spend time with two completely different games at the same time.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 22, 2012

That may be the case - but they're offering it as a pre-order exclusive for the new KI game - obviously, they're trying to tie the two together.

It just seems there should be *some* way to offer it to pre-ordering folks to play before they pick up their copy of the game.  Perhaps they could put it up for purchase and include a code inside the cartridge release that either downloads it for you *or*, if you've already bought it, credits your account for the cost of the game?  I dunno...

Fatty The HuttFebruary 17, 2012

I have been checking the pre-order pages at Gamestop, Best Buy and Amazon (Canada versions for all) and have seen nothing yet regarding the stand or the 3D Classics download code. Gamestop and Best Buy have just put up a pre-order bonus notice for AR cards, but that's it. It's driving me nuts. Are we sure the stand and code are confirmed for North America?

Edit: I see Amazon.com (U.S. site) has info on the code and the photo gallery has the stand (though there's no text stating that the game ships with a stand).
Maybe the Canadian sites are just slow, or Canada isn't getting these things?

KDR_11kFebruary 17, 2012

Quote from: Caterkiller

Kid Icarus was hard enough, who wants it even harder? Still glad to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

The difficulty selector is for Uprising, not the 3D Classic.

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