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Apparently, much has changed about "Uprising," since I posted last. The 3DS game will finally be available in North America by 3/22/2012. Nintendo's official site confirms the release date (and looking rather snazzy or spiffy).

Link: http://kidicarus.nintendo.com/uprising/

As a bonus link, the Kid Icarus Wiki has a good rundown about the content, as of this writing:

Link: http://kidicarus.wikia.com/wiki/Kid_Icarus:_Uprising

Unfortunately, I can't post as much as I used, these days, but I'll try to do what I can in the weeks ahead. Either way, the wait is almost over.
 
 
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07 July 2011 @ 05:56 pm
For those unfamiliar, TV Tropes.org is a fascinating timesuck website that explores the many tropes and writing devices in any given series. More importantly, it delves into the applications, inversions, subversion and aversions of said tropes and writing devices. At long last, there is an entry for Kid Icarus and its game troika. It is a sizable reading, which, hopefully, will expand in the future. Click the link and read on.

Link: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KidIcarus

On a closing note, I'll copy/paste their Red Shirt Army heading, vis-a-vis, the Centurians:

Turned into stone by Medusa, you spend half your time in the dungeons saving them with Hammers(?!) only to have them drop like flies when they attempt to fight the bosses, who aren't that tough anyway. Lampshaded in Brawl.
 
 
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Besides explaining well "Uprising"'s AR cards in the previous entry, Silicon-era.com also has a good tutorial/explanation about the game's multiplayer mode. It offers a crucial tidbit, especially for left-handed players:

If you’ve played first-person shooters on the Nintendo DS, you’ll be familiar with how Kid Icarus: Uprising controls. The analog pad is used to move Pit. The L button fires ranged weapons and is also used for melee attacks. The touchscreen is used to look around and aim. This may not work as nicely for left-handed players. Nintendo say they’re preparing a special control option for southpaws.
Link: http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/07/kid-icarus-uprisings-multiplayer-and-ar-features-special-controls-for-southpaws/

In addition, the link has some new, interesting screencaps. In fact, one of which will be the subject of the next entry. (I'll post on it, tomorrow or so.) Special thanks to the Uprisen blog.
 
 
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Silicon-era.com has a great tutorial/explanation about the AR cards, a new feature in "Kid Icarus: Uprising." If anyone is interested, it probably is the best source of information that is currently available. Special thanks to the Uprisen blog.

Link: http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/08/take-a-look-at-kid-icarus-uprisings-augmented-reality-in-play/

Speaking of which, the ones distributed at E3 2011 are now popping up on eBay. If anyone wants to bid on them, work quickly. A list link of the auctions can be found within the cut below. Happy bidding. Again, special thanks to Uprisen.

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Current Music: "It Takes A Thief"'s opening theme
 
 
10 June 2011 @ 06:45 pm
As something that resembles a proper update, here is a YouTube video that features new "Uprising" gameplay footage. Unfortunately, the background noises within overwhelm any game sounds, so the viewer is best to have it all mute. The link below explains a tad about the AR (or Augmented Reality) cards and the online multiplayer format described in the previous entry. Meanwhile, the Nota bene below deals with the release date, or the lack thereof. Enjoy the video, and special thanks to the Uprisen blog.



Link: http://www.mcvuk.com/news/44752/NINTENDO-Kid-Icarus-gets-AR-battles#after_ad

Nota bene: The entry is a good opportunity as any to explain about the current release date issue. It was originally slated/rumored to be debut in Summer 2011, except the latest rumor has it pushed back to Fall/Winter. The latter makes sense, as per the lack of any proper real time announcement. (After all, if it were to debut within the month, wouldn't Nintendo say so?)

The MCV UK link offers this, which, as of this writing, is the closest thing to confirmation:

The platform holder didn't confirm a release date either, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that it would be available on shelves before the end of the year.
If and when the release date is announced, I'll certainly update. As for the underlying issue of Nintendo's inability to confirm or deny such matters, I'll address it in a future entry. (Nevertheless, if someone else wishes to do so, feel free.)
 
 
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08 June 2011 @ 11:21 pm
Nintendo has revealed a new "Uprising" trailer, as part of E3 2011. The most remarkable aspects would be the multi-player mode and a showcase for Pit's "Uprising" voice actor. (For the Medusa fans, she appears at 1:19.) There is also a new feature called "AR cards," shown at the trailer's conclusion. No doubt, the concept will be further explained in the future. Enjoy the trailer. Special thanks to the Uprisen blog.

 
 
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As per the Subject line, today's "Pearls Before Swine" comic strip has some interesting Medusa-themed humor.* For fans of the Kid Icarus version of the mythical character and her impending return, it may appeal to you, as it did with me. (If the incoming reader has a fondness of lawyers, then skip the entry.) Enjoy the off-topic ness, and have a good holiday weekend.

Link: http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2011-05-28/

Exit question: Apply the same question to the Kid Icarus' Medusa: would she be more terrifying with snakes or laywers in her hair? Personally speaking, I'm rather mixed. Heh.

*For those interested in learning more of "Pearls Before Swine":

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearls_Before_Swine_(comic_strip)
 
 
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Nintendo of Japan has launched their official "Kid Icarus: Uprising" website. Since I am not fluent in Japanese, there is little to say on my end other than enjoy the still neat (and dated) videos within.

Link: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/akdj/index.html

However, Andriasang.com translated the pages available and offered several interesting tidbits for English readers:

The site currently has a set of movies, all old. You'll find the game's E3 2010 debut trailer, the tutorial video producer Masahiro Sakurai made for January's Nintendo World event, and a video of Sakurai's Nintendo World stage event.

Also at the site are details on a unique promotion that Sakurai first announced at Nintendo world. Nintendo is recruiting Miis to build a float that will appear in Goshogawara's Tachineputa festival this August. The float will contain the Miis, main character Pit, and the goddess Partena.

For participation instructions, see this page. The procedure basically involves going into Mii Studio and saving your Mii portrait to SD, then sending it to a form that's accessible at the page.

The Kida Icarus official site lists the general 2011 release time period we've known all along. But with the site now open, perhaps the release won't be too far off.
Link: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/05/20/kid_icarus_site/

Hopefully, the English version will appear before too long. Whenever Nintendo of America does so, I'll update. Special thanks to the Uprisen blog and ZeldaInformer.com for the two links.
 
 
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Floating around somewhere online, there is a new, unofficial list of Nintendo 3DS game release dates. Apparently, it states that "Kid Icarus: Uprising" will be released on 5/6/2011. As far as I can discern, everything is still on for June, and Nintendo hasn't said otherwise. Of course, plans change all the time, so it's possible.

The Nintendo 3DS blog first broke the news, then carried by the Uprisen blog:

Link: http://nintendo3dsblog.com/that-list-of-nintendo-3ds-release-dates

Link: http://icarusuprising.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/different-release-date-likely-false/

I'm posting in case anyone else has picked up or noted the 5/6/2011 release date. If nothing else, consider the entry as a potential tribute to April Fools' Day.

Until the next entry, have a good weekend in the meantime.
 
 
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"Kid Icarus: Uprising" is listed on 1UP.com's "Top 10 3DS Games for 2011" listing. (Pit is also featured on the main banner within.) For convenience's sake, here is what the text reads:

We kept on asking, and asking, and outright (and incorrectly) predicting or proclaiming the advent of a new Kid Icarus for the Wii. Turns out that Pit is skipping the Wii, and going straight to 3DS for his next adventure. With Masahiro Sakurai, the brain behind Kirby and Super Smash Bros., at its helm, Uprising doesn't look like a typical Kid Icarus. Instead, it features a, "blend of aerial and ground-based shooting built on an elegantly intuitive and streamlined play control" (per Nintendo). Even if it turns out to be a simple rail shooter, a new (and snazzily 3D) Kid Icarus would likely turn out to be a damn fine demo title for this new platform.
Link: http://www.1up.com/features/top-10-3ds-games-2011

While it may not be news, per se, it is nice to know the mainstream video game websites are becoming just as excited. 3DS fans should give the list a reading, and we'll see how correct the OP will be in June. Heh. Anyway, have a good weekend.
 
 
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