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Super Smash Bros. 3DS borrows difficulty system from Kid Icarus: Uprising ⊟

The “Fiend’s Cauldron” was one of the coolest things about Kid Icarus: Uprising (screenshot on the right), a dynamic difficulty system that let you fine tune exactly how tough you wanted each stage to be – with greater rewards for success, and greater losses of in-game currency for failure. The scaling difficulty really worked, and it was exciting. And now it’s back for Smash Bros.’ single-player mode!

This kind of weird stuff is why I love Sakurai games. Nobody else would dare take a whole mechanic directly from his last game – a game that didn’t really perform all that well and didn’t get much attention – and graft it wholesale onto a AAA holiday release.

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Yay, more Kid Icarus stuff in Smash Bros. ⊟

Our affection for Kid Icarus: Uprising's multiplayer mode is well-known, chronicled and glamorized by poets, a love story passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. Or mentioned on this blog time-to-time during the past two years, whatever.

So, we’re pleased as punch to see one of the most fun items from Kid Icarus: Uprising's multiplayer, the Daybreak cannon that blasted away enemies with a juggernaut of a beam, introduced to the new Smash Bros.

"Look at these three radiant pieces… Yup, you guessed it! It’s another combinable item like the Dragoon — the Daybreak. This is what it looks like when all three parts are combined together. How powerful will its beam blast be? FYI, you can fire shooting items while moving backward and forward. Change direction by flicking the Control Stick or Circle Pad toward the back of the fighter.”

If Smash Bros.'s battles manage to match Uprising's fun, perhaps the bards will sing of this game's online multiplayer too.

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Evolution of Smash Bros. menu screens ⊟

Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai presented this first look at the upcoming 3DS game’s main menu, noting, “The icons are even animated. The design concept may look similar if you’ve played other games I’ve worked on.”

With that comment and all these screenshots conveniently provided in this NeoGAF thread, it seemed like a fine time to compare the menu screens for (from top to bottom) Super Smash Bros., Melee, Brawl, and the 3DS game. I also threw in Kid Icarus: Uprising, Meteos, and Kirby Air Ride — all titles Sakurai also directed.

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Kid Icarus: Uprising's two lost AR Idols ⊟

You’re not going to see the Medusa (Rare) and Pit (Victory) idols in your copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising unless, I guess, you’ve hacked it – but you can see their animations and read their profiles in this video by chuggaaconroy.

And now I’m NOT going to look on ebay for more Kid Icarus cards, and I’m very carefully avoiding thinking about filling out my collection. I’m just going to post this video, and think about how much I enjoyed looking at all the cards I have, and walk away. Walk away.

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Here’s how to get a stand with your eShop Kid Icarus: Uprising ⊟
Nintendo is now selling the 3DS/banana stand originally packaged with Kid Icarus: Uprising, on its online store for $5. It even comes with the 6 AR Idol Cards that come in the retail box!
If you just want the stand, it’s $4. I definitely recommend picking one up –  I know I said it wasn’t necessary for Kid Icarus, but for $5 it’s nice for things like Professor Layton or RPGs that you could leave sitting on a table while you play. Or I guess watching Nintendo Video or Netflix.
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Here’s how to get a stand with your eShop Kid Icarus: Uprising ⊟

Nintendo is now selling the 3DS/banana stand originally packaged with Kid Icarus: Uprising, on its online store for $5. It even comes with the 6 AR Idol Cards that come in the retail box!

If you just want the stand, it’s $4. I definitely recommend picking one up – I know I said it wasn’t necessary for Kid Icarus, but for $5 it’s nice for things like Professor Layton or RPGs that you could leave sitting on a table while you play. Or I guess watching Nintendo Video or Netflix.

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Kid Icarus Uprising on eShop today ⊟
Like Rhythm Thief before it, we have (finally) summoned Kid Icarus: Uprising to eShop today, simply by talking about it on the TinyCast! We have real power, it turns out. We can make things happen.
No idea on pricing as of yet, but this is great, great news -– anything that increases the availability of one of the best first-party games on 3DS, and probably the best multiplayer game on 3DS -– is awesome.
Okay, so this doesn’t come with the stand! You don’t need it! Don’t worry about it! Image via Powerpellets.
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Kid Icarus Uprising on eShop today ⊟

Like Rhythm Thief before it, we have (finally) summoned Kid Icarus: Uprising to eShop today, simply by talking about it on the TinyCast! We have real power, it turns out. We can make things happen.

No idea on pricing as of yet, but this is great, great news -– anything that increases the availability of one of the best first-party games on 3DS, and probably the best multiplayer game on 3DS -– is awesome.

Okay, so this doesn’t come with the stand! You don’t need it! Don’t worry about it! Image via Powerpellets.

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Some kind of new Kid Icarus: Uprising content hitting Nintendo Zone ⊟
I don’t know what it is, but there’s SOME kind of Kid Icarus stuff coming to the Nintendo Zone public download stations in North America this October and November, as announced in this morning’s Nintendo Direct. “Additional content for Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Mario 3D Land, as well as special Gold Pants Mii character distributions, will become available later this year,” Nintendo’s follow-up press release notes.
If this is more, like, actual game content for these games, I’m going to scream. In either case, I think our elite Kid Icarus guild, Garfield & Friends, is due to reunite and reassert our dominance over all other would-be Kids Icarus.
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Some kind of new Kid Icarus: Uprising content hitting Nintendo Zone ⊟

I don’t know what it is, but there’s SOME kind of Kid Icarus stuff coming to the Nintendo Zone public download stations in North America this October and November, as announced in this morning’s Nintendo Direct. “Additional content for Mario Kart 7Kid Icarus: UprisingSuper Mario 3D Land, as well as special Gold Pants Mii character distributions, will become available later this year,” Nintendo’s follow-up press release notes.

If this is more, like, actual game content for these games, I’m going to scream. In either case, I think our elite Kid Icarus guild, Garfield & Friends, is due to reunite and reassert our dominance over all other would-be Kids Icarus.

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Wonderful Kid Icarus: Uprising art by Gigi D.G. She drew this to commemorate her favorite game of 2012, which also happens to be our favorite game of 2012! At least, that’s according to the official documentation we filed yesterday.
If you’re not reading Gigi’s comic Cucumber Quest, then that’s the first change you need to make in 2013. Resolve to be a person with a Cucumber Quest habit.
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Wonderful Kid Icarus: Uprising art by Gigi D.G. She drew this to commemorate her favorite game of 2012, which also happens to be our favorite game of 2012! At least, that’s according to the official documentation we filed yesterday.

If you’re not reading Gigi’s comic Cucumber Quest, then that’s the first change you need to make in 2013. Resolve to be a person with a Cucumber Quest habit.

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Pre-order Figma Pit and Dark Pit

Pre-orders for the amazing Figma Kid Icarus: Uprising figures are now up at import toy retailers, including AmiAmi, which I’ve linked here. Both Pit and Pittoo sell for ¥2,910 ($35) and come with … oh no … an exclusive AR card in their first editions.

Both will be released in late April.

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Figma Pit and Pittoo figures, with weapons, interchangeable faces, and Monoeye accessories. Masahiro Sakurai tweeted these pics, clearly proud of how they came out. There’s no date yet, but … man, am I going to buy two Kid Icarus figurines? I kind of want to send the message that I’ll pay for more Kid Icarus, and, uh, I want these. 

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It’s marked as “temporarily out of stock,” but Amazon is still taking orders of Kid Icarus: Uprising for $19.99. Be sure to click on the “More Buying Choices” to find it from Amazon. It’s a Cyber Monday deal (along with Star Fox 64 3D and Ocarina of Time) at Best Buy as well.

Having just spent a bit of time playing multiplayer last night, after scanning about 100 AR Cards, I can confirm this is still a good time.

See also: More Kid Icarus media

Club Nintendo is giving away a “Core AR Card Set” for Kid Icarus: Uprising, including “over 400” of the cards, which is way more than I have. 

All you have to do to enter (in the US or Canada) is buy the game, register it on Club Nintendo, and then opt into the contest on the same site. You have until January 6 to enter. Cards! More cards!

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See also: More Kid Icarus media