Tiny Cartridge 3DS

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.

PREORDER Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, upcoming releases
  • Source neogaf.com

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.

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming games
  • Source gonintendo.com
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.
BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming games

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.

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming games
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.
BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming games

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.

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming games
  • Source powerpellets
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.
BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming releases

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.

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising, upcoming releases
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.
BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising

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.

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Source gigidigi

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.

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Source amiami.com

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. 

BUY Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Source twitter.com

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!

Buy: Kid Icarus: Uprising
See also: More Kid Icarus media
536 Kirby fans set a world record at PAX, by blowing bubble gum bubbles simultaneously.
Okay that’s great, but LOOK AT THOSE KIRBY SHIRTS. Nintendo handed pink Kirby face shirts out to some of the attendees, and I wasn’t one of them because I’m at home.
Also among things I didn’t get from Nintendo: sets of over 400 Kid Icarus AR cards, given to winners of an Uprising tournament at the event.

Daaaang.
Preorder: Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition
See also: More Kirby, mostly looking angry

536 Kirby fans set a world record at PAX, by blowing bubble gum bubbles simultaneously.

Okay that’s great, but LOOK AT THOSE KIRBY SHIRTS. Nintendo handed pink Kirby face shirts out to some of the attendees, and I wasn’t one of them because I’m at home.

Also among things I didn’t get from Nintendo: sets of over 400 Kid Icarus AR cards, given to winners of an Uprising tournament at the event.

Daaaang.

Preorder: Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition
See also: More Kirby, mostly looking angry

Kid Icarus sword props by ThePropShop. These are “made from wood, pink insulation foam, pvc and leather. Can be used as two swords as well as a bow.” I’m pretty sure the “use” implied here is display rather than fighting. I mean, you could try to fight somebody with these, but you’d be out $170.

Speaking of Pit swords, I thought PikminLink did a pretty dang great job on the ones she had at PAX East.

Buy: Kid Icarus: Uprising
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more 
See also: More Kid Icarus media