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  1. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Fantastic game that was unfairly bashed by critics for its controls. Listen, you can change the controls to ANYTHING you want them to be. It takes 10 minutes to find the perfect setting for you and after that it's nothing but awesome gameplay, music, graphics, and endless collectables and online play. Don't listen to the biased Nintendo haters that rate every game a 0 because they'reFantastic game that was unfairly bashed by critics for its controls. Listen, you can change the controls to ANYTHING you want them to be. It takes 10 minutes to find the perfect setting for you and after that it's nothing but awesome gameplay, music, graphics, and endless collectables and online play. Don't listen to the biased Nintendo haters that rate every game a 0 because they're jealous - BUY THIS GAME. Support Nintendo for its original, fresh ideas like this. If this flops, it's YOUR fault if Nintendo doesn't take chances on new franchises (or reviving fan-favorite franchises) again. I guarantee this is better than the crap you buy like Call of Duty every year. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2012
    10
    This game was made for the Nintendo 3DS XL. I just (grudgingly) upgraded for the bigger screen. Makes all the difference with this game (surprised by how much, actually.) Sure, it's nice to have a big screen for Mario and such. But you don't really need it. But this game, huge difference. First, while the control system is unconventional and takes some getting used to, the XL makesThis game was made for the Nintendo 3DS XL. I just (grudgingly) upgraded for the bigger screen. Makes all the difference with this game (surprised by how much, actually.) Sure, it's nice to have a big screen for Mario and such. But you don't really need it. But this game, huge difference. First, while the control system is unconventional and takes some getting used to, the XL makes it a lot easier to adjust to thanks to it being a lot more comfortable to hold. And the XL's bigger screen makes all the difference too. This is a game where, especially on the higher difficulty levels, dodging incoming fire is essential. And the big screen is a godsend for that. If you've got a new 3DS XL, you owe it to yourself to check out this game. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    I am not sure if most people are either really lazy and broody, or the critics didn't get a full featured game. MOST of the problems people have with the controls can be fixed in the options menu. There are multiple control schemes, and the sensitivity can be adjusted on the X Axis when you're on the ground. (95% of "control" issues.) Then you're off to an excellent game. It doesI am not sure if most people are either really lazy and broody, or the critics didn't get a full featured game. MOST of the problems people have with the controls can be fixed in the options menu. There are multiple control schemes, and the sensitivity can be adjusted on the X Axis when you're on the ground. (95% of "control" issues.) Then you're off to an excellent game. It does take getting used to, but it's not really all that bad. People just love to complain. It's a great game, don't let all the negative sentiment about the controls bother you. If you have a 3DS, get it. Expand
  4. muu
    Mar 27, 2012
    10
    The controls bashing has been a stellar example of why I no longer trust game 'journalists.' If, playing through the game, you can't see the fact that this game is too fast for dual analog controls (unless they just blasted through at 2.0 intensity to fill their review quota, which would be equally horrid), you don't deserve to be writing for a games magazine. Maybe a corner in TIME orThe controls bashing has been a stellar example of why I no longer trust game 'journalists.' If, playing through the game, you can't see the fact that this game is too fast for dual analog controls (unless they just blasted through at 2.0 intensity to fill their review quota, which would be equally horrid), you don't deserve to be writing for a games magazine. Maybe a corner in TIME or something major like that, but not if you proclaim yourself as any sort of gamer. It's sad that these guys always go on a roll about games needing INNOVATION, and when it comes knocking on their door they take every measure possible to make sure it scores 20% lower than the next Call of Duty or GTA release.

    Having said that: controls took me a bit of time to get used to, but that was that. Not much more jarring than the first time I had to use dual analogs in place of a KB+M. Waiting for me was a game with incredible SP, excellent dialogue (what I thought would be Saturday Morning Cartoon-quality turned out more like the better battle sequences in a Disney flick), and a balanced MP that offers limitless playability with the huge number of weapons available.

    New experiences in life often require learning new things (think back to when you first drove a car, rode a bike, operated a power plant, etc). Sakurai refused to conform the game to existing controls, and playing the game it should make it obvious that the reward is more than worth the small learning curve.
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  5. May 10, 2012
    10
    Finally, a truly original game for the 3DS. I absolutely loved Mario 3D land and Mario Kart , but it was a tried and true formula. Kid Icarus is something new from Nintendo. Half of it is an on rail shooter and the other half is a third person action game. Both parts are equally fun to me. First off, the graphics are satisfying. As Pit flies through the sky and battles monster, it looksFinally, a truly original game for the 3DS. I absolutely loved Mario 3D land and Mario Kart , but it was a tried and true formula. Kid Icarus is something new from Nintendo. Half of it is an on rail shooter and the other half is a third person action game. Both parts are equally fun to me. First off, the graphics are satisfying. As Pit flies through the sky and battles monster, it looks great the whole time. The story mode is extremely satisfying and really epic and funny at times. I absolutely love the weapons in this game. You can buy them and fuse them to make even more powerful weapons. It's absolutely genius. I would say the biggest problem with the game is the controls, but you get used to it fast and can change them to best fit your style. The multiplayer is what's going to keep you coming back. It's really hectic and really fun. I highly recommend this to any 3DS owner and is another huge reason to own a 3DS. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2012
    10
    Playing Uprising feels like taking a breath of fresh air after being in a cave for a long time; it's cool and refreshing. While the control scheme may take a few minutes to get used to, it works beautifully when you get used to it. The graphics are console-quality, but a tiny bit of bad textures get in the way sometimes. The story is gripping, and it keeps it at a light-hearted tone due toPlaying Uprising feels like taking a breath of fresh air after being in a cave for a long time; it's cool and refreshing. While the control scheme may take a few minutes to get used to, it works beautifully when you get used to it. The graphics are console-quality, but a tiny bit of bad textures get in the way sometimes. The story is gripping, and it keeps it at a light-hearted tone due to the silly chatting between characters on the bottom screen (complete with solid voice-acting). If you don't at least chuckle at the frequent Nintendo game references and the awesomely bad puns, than you obviously have no soul. With a crap-ton of achievements, idols (think trophies from Super Smash Bros. Brawl), and weapons, Kid Icarus: Uprising is definitely worth the price and your time. Expand
  7. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    this is almost perfect game only controls are little annoying. i cant understand who can hate this game.this game is too cool for 3ds thats why sucks controls
  8. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    I finally finished the game and I have to say my final verdict is that this is the best 3DS game to date. I'll start with controls since that's what most people complained about. The truth is that the controls are not bad at all, they are just different than any game that's out there right now and it takes time to get used to. Once you overcome the challenge of the learning curve, youI finally finished the game and I have to say my final verdict is that this is the best 3DS game to date. I'll start with controls since that's what most people complained about. The truth is that the controls are not bad at all, they are just different than any game that's out there right now and it takes time to get used to. Once you overcome the challenge of the learning curve, you will find that you can control pit perfectly fine. The hand cramp issue exists with any fast paced stylus controlled game, you just have to learn to play in smaller 1-2 hour spurts. The music is some of the best I've ever heard in a game in a long time. The story is fun, well paced, dynamic, and carefully integrated into the game so that it doesn't feel like story and play time are completely separated. There are a lot of fun, memorable characters that were introduced. The game's weapon fusing, buying, selling, testing, and even gem swapping add a nice touch to the games complexity. The weapons are all very different and can have different stats depending on what you fuse. There are a TON of unlockables, secrets, and extra challenges that wait for those looking for a game to last them a while. The story mode should take you about 12-15 hours, but you still have a lot to do once you beat it. You can play against others online or locally any time, you can go back to levels and play on higher difficulties to get even better weapons or get higher scores. You can go through the achievement treasure hunts to unlock even more stuff. The artwork and visuals looked very high quality and the design was very unique. The 3D effects in the game do actually work very well, I found my self turning it on and off depending on the intensity of the game.

    All in all, this is game was very refreshing and very satisfying. It is great for both novice and veteran gamers alike. If you are looking to break away from the repetitive game designs that plague the industry today, then I strongly recommend this title.
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  9. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    A shining example of a game shining despite its flaws, Kid Icarus Uprising's witty dialogue, fantastic visuals and wealth of content manage to make it great despite difficult controls. A must buy.
  10. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    A handheld game that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

    This long-awaited sequel not only does the original game and its Game Boy counterpart justice, but delivers one of the finest crafted handheld gaming experiences in history. With as much to offer, if not more, than Masahiro Sakurai's past games, including Kirby Air Ride and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kid Icarus: Uprising is
    A handheld game that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

    This long-awaited sequel not only does the original game and its Game Boy counterpart justice, but delivers one of the finest crafted handheld gaming experiences in history. With as much to offer, if not more, than Masahiro Sakurai's past games, including Kirby Air Ride and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kid Icarus: Uprising is jam-packed with content that assures longevity. The single-player never has a dull moment and the multiplayer is as intense, unpredictable, and deep as you would expect from the Smash Bros. man.

    The most common complaint I have seen in reviews is that Kid Icarus Uprising's controls are uncomfortable and bad. I can assure you that this is definitely not the case. I have twenty hours logged at the time of writing this (and I played through the single-player campaign all in one sitting), and I have not had any cramping yet. I don't even play with the included 3DS stand. Controls for this game are intuitive, original, and get the job done in a way that just feels natural after learning. I think what some reviewers fail to realize is that Sakurai thinks of satisfying and effective controls first and, even if they might take some getting used to, devises a control scheme that is the best it can possibly be for the game in question. Some might recall that Kirby Air Ride scored low amongst many reviewers, and it may just be for this same reason. Kid Icarus Uprising's controls are perfect in my opinion, and I wouldn't change them from the default for the world. That said, you CAN change the controls from the default, so if, for whatever reason, you DO experience cramping, it's not hard to find a reasonable work-around.

    Overall, this is a must-own for every 3DS owner and classic Nintendo fan. This is the game that should sell systems, as it definitely did for myself. Never before have I ever played a handheld game so robust and rich as this, and it will likely be the top contender for my personal game of the year. This is an experience you do not want to miss, and once you pick it up, you will never forget (if you ever put it down that is).

    Pit is back and better than ever. It's been a long time coming, but rest assured: it was absolutely worth the wait.
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  11. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    A fantastic game with plenty of longevity. If you enjoy fast-paced and challenging multiplayer modes and single player campaigns with decent length, a healthy dose of challenge, and a few laughs, then this is the game for you.
  12. Apr 18, 2012
    10
    Truly epic game. People complaining about the controls clearly have never played a FPS with a trackball before, because the controls are almost exactly like that. Really it takes only a short time to get used to, and you get far more control than a comparable title for example Metroid Hunters. The number of levels, number of difficulty levels, number of weapons and fusion combinations,Truly epic game. People complaining about the controls clearly have never played a FPS with a trackball before, because the controls are almost exactly like that. Really it takes only a short time to get used to, and you get far more control than a comparable title for example Metroid Hunters. The number of levels, number of difficulty levels, number of weapons and fusion combinations, number of power-ups, funny dialogue and huge number of secrets to find and unlock make this game far more than value for money. Expand
  13. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    At first was really worried about controls...hand cramped after first level and they were just really difficult. However, after 1-2 hours of playing everything felt fine. I am currently using the stand which I thought would be useless, but is actually awesome and very useful. So seriously controls are not a problem if you can just put an hour or two of gameplay into it. The main reason IAt first was really worried about controls...hand cramped after first level and they were just really difficult. However, after 1-2 hours of playing everything felt fine. I am currently using the stand which I thought would be useless, but is actually awesome and very useful. So seriously controls are not a problem if you can just put an hour or two of gameplay into it. The main reason I bought it was for the PvP/Online - and its freaking awesome. Best game on 3DS so far - 10/10. Expand
  14. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    A great ne title for the nintendo 3ds, Kid icarus is a ton of fun to play solo, or in together mode. Solo mode has new enemies the entire way through, and exciting bosses to fight at the end of each of the 25 chapters. The game also includes 360 achievements to keep you busy, and a very complex weapon system which allows for endless combinations. I like that you can use the weapons thatA great ne title for the nintendo 3ds, Kid icarus is a ton of fun to play solo, or in together mode. Solo mode has new enemies the entire way through, and exciting bosses to fight at the end of each of the 25 chapters. The game also includes 360 achievements to keep you busy, and a very complex weapon system which allows for endless combinations. I like that you can use the weapons that you earn/ fuse in single player mode can be used online. I also love the difficulty system which rewards players with better weapons, powers, and more hearts for playing on harder difficulties (1-9). The soundtrack is simply amazing, original music all the way through the game. Props to nintendo for another instant classic!!! Expand
  15. May 29, 2012
    10
    The reviews you see on this website of this game that have low scores only have those low scores because people complain about the controls. They complain because it's something entirely new and different, and they don't like that. The only reason they complain is because there not good at the game, but you don't necessarily have to be good at the game to have fun, but there letting thatThe reviews you see on this website of this game that have low scores only have those low scores because people complain about the controls. They complain because it's something entirely new and different, and they don't like that. The only reason they complain is because there not good at the game, but you don't necessarily have to be good at the game to have fun, but there letting that get in the way. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and in my opinion this is the best game on Nintendo's knew handheld so far. You would be making a wise choice buying this game, but I warn you, not everyone will be as good at the game at the start as other people. Everyone learns in different ways, so it WILL take some more time than other to master the controls. My advice, experiment. Experiment holding the 3DS in different positions; you could lie it flat on a surface and work from there; hold the console with one hand and use the stylus with the other; using the stand that comes free with the game (my favourite). As Sakurai said himself that when Smash Bros. first came out, people found it really hard to grasp the controls, and look at the series now! It really will just take time. But most importantly, have fun! Expand
  16. Mar 26, 2012
    10
    DIS GAAAAME!
    It's so weird. It's so good. It's so... unusual.
    You fight as an angel in one part on-rails shooter and the second half on ground third person shooter. During your fights the Angel will have nonsensical conversation with his goddess, Palutena, to keep you entertained as he jokes about Nintendogs, too much handholding in games, the economy and all kinds of things. I think the
    DIS GAAAAME!
    It's so weird. It's so good. It's so... unusual.
    You fight as an angel in one part on-rails shooter and the second half on ground third person shooter. During your fights the Angel will have nonsensical conversation with his goddess, Palutena, to keep you entertained as he jokes about Nintendogs, too much handholding in games, the economy and all kinds of things.
    I think the fact that there is a way to "bet" on your difficulty and make the game harder for yourself while being rewarded is what gives the game a proper 10/10. The only real solution to the casual vs. hardcore debate. (If you want a simple distraction keep the difficulty at 2. If you want hand-aches and the best weapons put it at 10 and see what happens ;) )
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  17. Nov 8, 2012
    10
    I'll begin with a simple fact: It's the best game I have ever played. And I played a lot of Mario, some Call of Duty, Borderlands 2 (This one is awesome too), The Legend of Zelda, etc. What I'm trying to say is that you should at least give this awesome game a try. It has lots of content (From weapons to powers, from stages to characters), a lot of charisma, and it's unique. I never playedI'll begin with a simple fact: It's the best game I have ever played. And I played a lot of Mario, some Call of Duty, Borderlands 2 (This one is awesome too), The Legend of Zelda, etc. What I'm trying to say is that you should at least give this awesome game a try. It has lots of content (From weapons to powers, from stages to characters), a lot of charisma, and it's unique. I never played a game like this one: If you want, you can only melee. But, if you want, you can only shoot. Or you can do both. ... And use a "Super laser" too.
    Accept the "Sorry to keep you waiting"!
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  18. Mar 31, 2012
    10
    This game is absolutely fantastic. Yes, the controls on ground are a bit difficult, but, unlike a lot of critics claim, they aren't uncontrollable. And, once you get a hold of them, it's a hell of fun. The story is fantastic, gameplay never slows down, 3D or not, 3D is magnificent, and graphics are even better than anything seen on the Wii.
  19. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    Just to clear a few things up, the control is not very good if you are left handed, maybe you might have some trouble as a right handed person but for me (right handed) it is not really a problem, just takes some more flicks to turn the camera around but this game is more linear and straight forward so enemies won't really appear directly behind you, i will talk more about this game laterJust to clear a few things up, the control is not very good if you are left handed, maybe you might have some trouble as a right handed person but for me (right handed) it is not really a problem, just takes some more flicks to turn the camera around but this game is more linear and straight forward so enemies won't really appear directly behind you, i will talk more about this game later but right now it is something worth checking out, get it from a place with a full refund policy. Expand
  20. May 27, 2012
    10
    This game is a true experience of a revival that sits right next to Super Mario 64 in 3Dizing. The Gameplay is the only challenge that isnt that hard to follow. On Flight, the game uses the circle pad to fly,L to shoot, and the stylus to aim, its pretty straight forward and easy to get used to. Now here's where things get awkward, the controls are the same on ground battle. You move pitThis game is a true experience of a revival that sits right next to Super Mario 64 in 3Dizing. The Gameplay is the only challenge that isnt that hard to follow. On Flight, the game uses the circle pad to fly,L to shoot, and the stylus to aim, its pretty straight forward and easy to get used to. Now here's where things get awkward, the controls are the same on ground battle. You move pit with the circle pad, L to shoot and the stylus to aim AND move the camera. It basically works on the mechanics of a globe, you move the aiming around and then slide to rotate the view. It seems awkward, but its not broken and can easily be get used to once you be friendly, however if your like me and you just cant, there are other options. This game offer's costumizable controls to see your fit, like changing the camera controls to the Face Buttons (ABXY), i personally found this much easier and i got used to it in a matter of 2 levels. After that, there's nothing left, the dialog and story are just fantastic and is overral brilliant, the voice acting deserves 5 stars especially with the jokes. The Story doesnt back down either, it follows up nicely and throwns many unexpected things into the mix that really change your perspective on this game. Follow that up with a massive amount of different weapons that range from 9 different classes,and before playing a level you have a difficulty gambling mechanic which is REALLY unique. You bet your Money(hearts) to raise the difficulty, where its much harder and to get more hearts and better treasures, and if you die, you lose some of hearts you bet and the difficulty gets lower, its really unique mechanic that can be adjusted for any gamer. But it doesnt stop there, theres so much content to unlock like trophies(idols),Music, and the lasting appeal, the treasure hunt, which is basically the ingame achievements that are more than 300, Yes 300! Pair it with the massive content, AND the suprisingly smooth and FUN Multiplayer that suprisingly works very well in both gameplay and connection, and your looking at a AAA 3DS title. Kid Icarus's rebirthed masterfully and is a huge recommendation to all. Expand
  21. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    10/10 pour contrer les notes style 0/10 qui on juste pour but , de démonter la moyenne du jeu , sinon j'aurais mis un gros bon 9/10 ! Il est vraiment excellent , très complet , un très bon scénario , un humour décapant , le gameplay posera des soucis a certains a d'autres non , moi j'ai trouvé sa parfait !10/10 pour contrer les notes style 0/10 qui on juste pour but , de démonter la moyenne du jeu , sinon j'aurais mis un gros bon 9/10 ! Il est vraiment excellent , très complet , un très bon scénario , un humour décapant , le gameplay posera des soucis a certains a d'autres non , moi j'ai trouvé sa parfait ! Clairement le meilleur jeu de la 3DS a ce jour ! Bravo Expand
  22. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    The main complaint about this game everyone seems to have is the controls. Personally, I have absolutely no problem with them! I would take the stylus to aim over an analog anyday, and I didn't find holding the 3ds to be tiring (if you do, there is a stand.) Disclaimer: I have played Metroid Prime Hunters before, which has the exact same control scheme, however it only took me an hour orThe main complaint about this game everyone seems to have is the controls. Personally, I have absolutely no problem with them! I would take the stylus to aim over an analog anyday, and I didn't find holding the 3ds to be tiring (if you do, there is a stand.) Disclaimer: I have played Metroid Prime Hunters before, which has the exact same control scheme, however it only took me an hour or two to adjust to that, and when I played with my friends they got used to it in an hour or two as well. In reality, I think this control thing is blown out of proportion. These days, critics and gamers alike are more critical since there is so much more to compare with. But if you just look at the game, play it without reading the reviews and all the preconceptions you will form from them, you will enjoy games a lot more! This is a prime example. Don't let the controls get to your head, they don't take long to adjust to and the rest of the game is fantastic. The soundtrack is exquisite, it has the best voice acting and script I've ever had the pleasure to listen to, and the graphics are some of the best on 3DS. The customization system creates lots if replay, and the multiplayer mode only magnifies it more. It's really a stellar game, and anybody who owns a 3ds should at least give it a try. Expand
  23. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    This game is the start of a new high standard Nintendo First part game. Amazing story, humor, voice acting, combat, collectables, and multiplayer. The game has many hardcore parts and cinematics that you would not expect from a Nintendo game. The multiplayer is balanced and extremely fun. This has been the best Nintendo game in forever and I cannot wait to see more games in the series.This game is the start of a new high standard Nintendo First part game. Amazing story, humor, voice acting, combat, collectables, and multiplayer. The game has many hardcore parts and cinematics that you would not expect from a Nintendo game. The multiplayer is balanced and extremely fun. This has been the best Nintendo game in forever and I cannot wait to see more games in the series. Welcome back Pit, you are here to stay! Expand
  24. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    The game is very fun and challenging in some areas. While the controls might take some getting used to, they didn't bother me too much. What was really surprising was how good it looked. I don't care what others say, it does look good, especially for a handheld. The funny and nicely done dialogue also adds to the game.The story mode is very fun and has good gameplay. The online isThe game is very fun and challenging in some areas. While the controls might take some getting used to, they didn't bother me too much. What was really surprising was how good it looked. I don't care what others say, it does look good, especially for a handheld. The funny and nicely done dialogue also adds to the game.The story mode is very fun and has good gameplay. The online is also pretty fun. Overall, this is an amazing game. Expand
  25. May 6, 2012
    10
    Wanna make this short and sweet this is great game and you should own it.

    it has wealth of options and online play!!

    yea controls are fiddly to get the hang of but like all good gamers. We learn and become better at it. there's so much to unlock and its a game that has more surprises then meets the eye!

    Don't take my word for it! just try it yourself:P
  26. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    I hardly consider a game to be perfect, I take into account every little aspect that could dent that view, story, gameplay, context, and so on, but Kid Icarus : Uprising was undoubtedly one of those games to cherish forever. At first the controls somehow made me feel reluctant towards the game, like many have felt, but the big disadvantage quickly turned in one of it's most appealingI hardly consider a game to be perfect, I take into account every little aspect that could dent that view, story, gameplay, context, and so on, but Kid Icarus : Uprising was undoubtedly one of those games to cherish forever. At first the controls somehow made me feel reluctant towards the game, like many have felt, but the big disadvantage quickly turned in one of it's most appealing things gameplay related, once you get a hold on the quite original control scheme, you feel it's natural flow, now I can't imagine the game without that type of controls, a perfect blend between analog, trigger and touch screen, that aren't really tiresome except of course you are not willing to play the game for more than 5 minutes in which case I really pity you so much as a gamer.
    The graphics were sublime without disregarding the first two entries in the series; the level design, the memorable boss fights and the replay value that the fiend's cauldron gives you (you can get back to any level, adjust the intensity, and never feel the same experience as before, it truly makes it very challenging and fun), it's what really makes Uprising one of the best titles on the handheld, if not the best one out there, it was a day-one buy for me, and I'm absolutely pleased with every penny I spent on it, props to mr. Sakurai for this masterpiece.
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  27. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    This game is a gem. I already received it two days ago and am about 3/4 through the campaign, which is an arcade shooter at large. The story is great and the presentation even better, lots of snarky und back handed comments about everything. The graphic is more cartoony, but in terms of quality right up there with Resident Evil: Revelations. The controls need some practice time and theThis game is a gem. I already received it two days ago and am about 3/4 through the campaign, which is an arcade shooter at large. The story is great and the presentation even better, lots of snarky und back handed comments about everything. The graphic is more cartoony, but in terms of quality right up there with Resident Evil: Revelations. The controls need some practice time and the use of the stand is heavily advised, but when you get over that initial frustrating bump the controls are the most precise you could wish for for a shooter on a handheld. The campaign has tons of replayability due to the highly customizable difficulty setting. The game truly challenges you to master it and unlock better and better gear. So today I went to try some Multiplayer and boy, this is amazing. I played together with some friends on skype and I honestly can't remember the last time I had that much fun playing online. Multiplayer is squad based 3on3 with some twists. The weapons are all very unique and everyone has a well defined role. Overall this game is amazing. If you like Metroid Prime Hunters and Smash Brothers, this game is your destiny. Go get this game. Do it....do it. Expand
  28. Apr 3, 2012
    10
    LOVE THIS GAME! The controls are a little hard to understand at first but in under 5 minutes you'll get the picture. This game is INCREDIBLY fast-paced...which is awesome. The Dialogue in the game is also funny as a naked bunny. BEST $40.00 EVER...
  29. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    One of the most entertaining games I have ever played.
    The dialog is part Starfox 64 part Adventure Time and rivals Portal 2 (surpasses it IMO) in terms of silliness. The OST is easily the best Nintendo has ever made (Xenoblade and Brawl are the only ones that come close).
    The flying sections are fun and while I wish there were more, the ones that are there are great. The land sections
    One of the most entertaining games I have ever played.
    The dialog is part Starfox 64 part Adventure Time and rivals Portal 2 (surpasses it IMO) in terms of silliness. The OST is easily the best Nintendo has ever made (Xenoblade and Brawl are the only ones that come close).
    The flying sections are fun and while I wish there were more, the ones that are there are great.
    The land sections are tons of fun once you get used to the controls. Same with the multiplayer, its tons of fun.
    This visuals are great and the 3D effects make them even better.
    A must buy if you own a 3DS.
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  30. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    Starting off with the glaring issue everyone's talking about - The controls. The default control scheme consisting of the circle pad, touch screen and L button works perfectly. The accuracy and level of control that comes with it makes gameplay incredibly fun. I have had little issue with this set up, and resting the console on your right leg can help support it. You've always got theStarting off with the glaring issue everyone's talking about - The controls. The default control scheme consisting of the circle pad, touch screen and L button works perfectly. The accuracy and level of control that comes with it makes gameplay incredibly fun. I have had little issue with this set up, and resting the console on your right leg can help support it. You've always got the stand that comes with every copy of the game to support the 3DS on a desk. You can use the circle pad, ABXY or the circle pad pro to move pit. You can then select either the Circle pad (if you aren't already using this to move), ABXY or the touch screen to aim and move the camera. Gameplay - 10 Sakurai have gone all out on this game. There are several modes. The story mode which consists of chapters that start off with a flying "starfox-esque" shoot out travel to your destination, the land part of the level involves you fighting your way through wave after wave or room to room until you get to your destination. Then comes the boss fight at the end of a level forcing you to adapt to the situation and find the enemy's achilles' heel. The multiplayer is mentioned further down. Augmented reality is available in this game. You get 6 AR cards with your copy of the game, plus booster packs are/will be available. You can have these battle in a One-on-one scenario by facing one card towards another.

    Audio - The soundtrack is deep and nostalgia-filled. It features many throwbacks to the original two Kid Icarus games including some nice 8-bit sound effects. There are some remastered renderings of the old soundtracks and some new ones, all fully orchestrated.
    The dialogue is bit of a marmite situation. I personally love the banter that goes on between Pit and Palutena is engaging, humourous and witty. This is where the nostalgia really comes flooding back, as many of the conversations feature "Remember _enemy name_ from the old games"? (Yes, the characters break the fourth wall and refer to the old games quite a lot.) Some may find the dialogue too cheesy however.

    Graphics 10 - The deep, rich and impressive environments in this game are some of the best on the console. There really is never a dull moment, and the visuals are partly the reason. Some of the levels will have you just staring at the backdrop as you fly over cities, ravines, fields, sea, the cosmos and practically anywhere you can imagine. Don't take too long to stare though, or the enemies will end you quickly.

    Enemies and difficulty 10 - There are a huge amount of different enemies in the single player game. Some native to a single level, some are common in virtually every level. Similarly to bosses, certain enemies require a certain kind of punishment before they die. Melee to deflect back projectiles is a common curveball.
    The difficulty in this game, unlike the NES classic, progresses from "easy" to "not so easy". There is a Difficulty-o-meter which allows you to select how difficult you think you can handle the upcoming level. Sliding all the way to the right will set the enemies on kill-on sight mode and Pit will only survive a handful of hits before dying. You can slide all the way to the left and Pit will be invincible, allowing the player to gape at all the backdrops in the game. There is a betting system meaning you wager hearts. Setting the difficulty higher wagers more hearts, but the rewards if you succeed will be greater. If you die in the level, you lose any wagered hearts. The game will automatically set the difficulty to what it thinks you can handle, based on the last level you played.

    Together mode (Multiplayer) - There are several multiplayer game modes available to you in Kid Icarus Uprising. First of all you have your Local battles: Light Vs. Dark or Free for all with anyone else with the game around you or just your friends. The game automatically fills any empty spots with CPU characters, which are customisable in level of difficulty just like in Super Smash Bros. You can even play alone with up to 5 other CPU characters. Then you have your online multiplayer. The same deal as local, but with anyone else in the worlds. You can play with your friends on your roster if you have added them and them you, or just anyone in the world. In Light vs. Dark, players battle it out to gain the upper hand over the opposing team. After your team's life gauge has been depleted, their hero will appear, Pit or Dark Pit, who must then be defeated for a win. FFA is every angel for themselves to get the most kills and become the victor. You get hearts after each battle, and sometimes you may be awarded an item or weapon. There is an enormous roster of weapons and powers available to your character. Weapons can be bought, won, fused or exchanged via streetpass.

    In short, this game has easily become my favourite 3DS title with twice as much content as any other I've experienced. This has all the depth, length and scope of a title you could ask for.
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  31. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    Not to waste your time, I will sum this game up into one word: EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! The gameplay is smooth and I was able to "get use to them right away" This game will last you a long time and continue to have faith in nintendo.
  32. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Great game, controls take some getting used to but work beautifully once mastered. The difficulty is adjustable from easy, clear up to impossible almost. Great artwork, clever story, and dialog. Truly another masterpiece title from Nintendo.
  33. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    I have not finished playing the game through, but I can say that the critic reviews bashing the controls were exaggerating. The controls are perfectly adaptable and take a relatively short amount of time to get used to. Mastering them may take some time, but it actually adds to the game to make it more competitive. I tried out the single player and surprisingly I wasn't actuallyI have not finished playing the game through, but I can say that the critic reviews bashing the controls were exaggerating. The controls are perfectly adaptable and take a relatively short amount of time to get used to. Mastering them may take some time, but it actually adds to the game to make it more competitive. I tried out the single player and surprisingly I wasn't actually bothered that much by the voice acting, and the humor isn't all lame. I had a few chuckles at the dialogue. After the first two chapters, I decided to try out the multiplayer, and it was pretty epic. I highly recommend this game, because it plays a lot like Super Smash Bros. utilizing an innovative and very fun system of controls and rules. Expand
  34. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    Epic. Controls are the best part the gamers who complain about them just want a easy button smashing game. Graphics are awesome unlike most nintendo games. Single player is endless and awesome, multiplayer is great. A console game in a portable reminds me why smartphone games are vastly inferior.
  35. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    This game is truly epic. Not only are the graphics and gameplay excellent, the scope of this game is simply mind blowing. Don't listen to what you hear about the controls. Yes, they are different and yes, they require some practice. However, once you get past the slight learning curve, the experience is incredibly rewarding. Speaking of rewarding, the gameplay is masterfully balanced andThis game is truly epic. Not only are the graphics and gameplay excellent, the scope of this game is simply mind blowing. Don't listen to what you hear about the controls. Yes, they are different and yes, they require some practice. However, once you get past the slight learning curve, the experience is incredibly rewarding. Speaking of rewarding, the gameplay is masterfully balanced and the risk vs. reward concept keeps you coming back to it time and time again. Also, the characters and voice acting is really quite good. There are some really funny moments that keep the shoot 'em up style gameplay fresh. I really can't think of anything negative to say about Kid Icarus: Uprising, although I would be curious to see how it would play on a dual analog stick device. Honestly though, this game completely breaks through the "portable" sphere and into some brand new territory. Exciting stuff. Expand
  36. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    Honestly I picked this game up initially to utilize my Circle Pad Pro from my purchase of Resident Evil: Revelations. I have to say this game is amazing, it feels like a healthy mix of Monster Hunter with Smash Bros. Pick this one up, there is a lot going on in this one, a true Nintendo title that you'll mention years from now.

    As for the issue everyone seems to have with the controls, I
    Honestly I picked this game up initially to utilize my Circle Pad Pro from my purchase of Resident Evil: Revelations. I have to say this game is amazing, it feels like a healthy mix of Monster Hunter with Smash Bros. Pick this one up, there is a lot going on in this one, a true Nintendo title that you'll mention years from now.

    As for the issue everyone seems to have with the controls, I love it. The feeling is like a keyboard and mouse. The responsiveness is similar and gives you amazing accuracy and speed that propels the game play beyond what you would expect on a handheld. As for people saying the controls are awkward or too hard, the game comes with a free stand! Use it! Pop it on the stand, and go to town! Lastly there are a million things I could toss in here but a huge selling point (for me at least) the PVP is A-Mazing. Tons of fun, rewards, Weapons, fast paced, good balance between weapons (No Machine gun wins the day here)
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  37. Mar 26, 2012
    10
    This game is really fantastic and deserves a much higher combined critic score. It's unfortunate that most of these scored are lowered because of the negative criticism regarding the controls, which I feel is completely unwarranted. Yea, they do take some getting used to, but this game's quality is worth the practice. 10/10
  38. Apr 1, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Once you adjust the controls options to suit you best and get used to them ,you will never put it down.
    You need some time to get used the conrtols, and then you will find the control scheme is wonderful.
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  39. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    Brilliant game. The controls are perfectly fine for me and I'm left handed! If the controls are comfortable there are quite a variety of different control schemes you can choose from. Solo mode is very fun. The dialogue is absolutely hilarious at times. Fiend's cauldron is a great idea and the varying level of difficulty really shows. Online has been very entertaining. Prefer Free-For-AllBrilliant game. The controls are perfectly fine for me and I'm left handed! If the controls are comfortable there are quite a variety of different control schemes you can choose from. Solo mode is very fun. The dialogue is absolutely hilarious at times. Fiend's cauldron is a great idea and the varying level of difficulty really shows. Online has been very entertaining. Prefer Free-For-All to Light vs Dark but both are very enjoyable. There is plenty to unlock and the weapon variations keep players of different styles happy. The little retro touches are a good nod to players of the original. Once again, amazing game. Expand
  40. Jan 25, 2013
    10
    For a sequel to a game that hadn't seen light in almost 20 years Uprising really was a surprising gem. Fast, customizable combat, full on voice acting, a fun story, beautiful visuals, and amazing online make this one of the best titles on 3DS still even to this day. While many have complain about uncomfortable controls I have yet to ever have a problem with them.
  41. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    A wonderful fresh look on an old franchise, there's a butt-ton of content to this game, and an almost as large amount of plot twists. The controls are a little bit funky at first, but after you give them a little bit of time you find a very engaging experience to be had.
  42. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    At first, I was very hesitant about the controls in this game. It looked awkward, I couldn't understand how I could possible maintain the 3D, and some reviews cited that it destroyed the entire game. To put it short: they were horribly wrong.
    The first time I hit the ground, I could almost understand why in the world people were criticizing the controls. The problem was, I was trying to
    At first, I was very hesitant about the controls in this game. It looked awkward, I couldn't understand how I could possible maintain the 3D, and some reviews cited that it destroyed the entire game. To put it short: they were horribly wrong.
    The first time I hit the ground, I could almost understand why in the world people were criticizing the controls. The problem was, I was trying to support the 3DS with one hand. Don't do that. I'd recommend holding the 3DS with both hands, while using the thumb, pointer, and middle finger to grip the stylus.
    Once I figured that out, I was completely captivated. The graphics and the 3D are beautifully crafted, making it easily one of the top 5 most beautiful games on the 3DS. The weapon system is incredibly deep, allowing you to fuse two weapons for more powerful ones. There are 12 different weapon categories, each with their own amazing unique traits. Within those 12 categories each are eight weapons with their own abilities and traits, resulting in over 100 weapons and even more combinations. At first, the story seems to just be a modernized version of the original NES game. Things take a huge twist later on, though, and the story completely takes another direction. Some people seem to be criticizing the voice acting, claiming it gets in the way of the game. I personally love the banter that goes on between the characters, although being cheesy sometimes, it's brung a smile to my face more times than I can count. After beating the main story, there is a ton of replay value from both the fiend's cauldron (allowing you to up the intensity of the game in turn for better weapons and powers), and the online multiplayer. I find myself constantly replaying levels on a harder difficulty so I can finally get that one weapon I wanted. In short: The graphics are among the most beautiful of all 3DS games, the gameplay is deep and captivating, and the controls (although initially awkward) are perfectly suited for this type of game. Honestly, I'd pick this control scheme over dual analogue any day. This game is among my all time favorites of any console, easily beating SM3DL and even Mario kart 7. This is the perfect showcase of the 3DS's potential to anyone who's skeptical of it (providing that they are open minded enough for the controls and are willing to get used to them for more than ten minutes). It also has a great replay value, with no lag online and intense matches. All in all, I'd buy this game for twice it's price if I had to, it'd still be more than worth it.
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  43. Apr 3, 2012
    10
    This game sucks, the controls are bad, the graphics are bad, the plot is lame, I couldn´t enjoy it, it is without a doubt the worst video game nintendo ever dared to create
  44. Apr 4, 2012
    10
    Controls are not broken, just take getting used to like when dual analog was first introduced. Superb game in nearly every aspect. The production, innovation, graphics, online, longevity, even controls make this my favorite 3DS game to date. I'm glad I took a chance on this game.
  45. Apr 4, 2012
    10
    This is one of the finest Nintendo made games in the last few years. And that says something, as it's among high company such as Skyward Sword and the Mario Galaxies. Fantastic graphics and 3D, amazing gameplay, dialog, and references to Kid Icarus 1 and 2, and huge surprises await!
  46. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    A 10/10 may seem a bit high at first, but this game earned it and some people refuse to acknowledge it, because of the controls. To be honest, I have no idea what they're talking about. The controls work perfect, even without using the stand. If you don't like the controls, which I can understand too, you can change it in the options menu. If you just take the time to find out what yourA 10/10 may seem a bit high at first, but this game earned it and some people refuse to acknowledge it, because of the controls. To be honest, I have no idea what they're talking about. The controls work perfect, even without using the stand. If you don't like the controls, which I can understand too, you can change it in the options menu. If you just take the time to find out what your favorite settings are, there shouldn't be a problem.

    On to gameplay. I was afraid I wouldn't like the on-rail part of each level, but Sora made sure it was as action packed as a Starfox game. The ground parts seem a bit boring in the first levels, but they get better quickly. The boss battles are fun, original and exciting.

    The story has it's own way of telling it. The cutscenes aren't long and boring and end with unanswered questions most of the time, leaving some mystery for you to find out. The rest of the story gets told when you are fighting monsters. On the bottom screen lady Palutena will have a dialogue with one of the other characters. It has a few plot twists which keeps the story fresh.

    Another thing that's great about this game are the aesthetics. Don't expect everything to have some medieval/roman theme. You'll be fighting through space and different dimensions. One thing I particularly enjoyed was Pandora's Fortress. The level design has a few surprises in this level, that I'm not going to spoil for you. Luckily the 3D works perfect in this game and turns everything into eye -candy.

    The best thing about this game is probably the soundtrack. It's been a long time since I enjoyed background music so much, but Sora pretty much nailed it.

    If you have a 3DS, get this game.
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  47. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    Kid Icarus: Uprising could quite possibly be the best handheld game of all time. I bought this game skeptical of what would be in store, but it definitely did not disappoint. To get this out of the way before dwelling deeper into this review, I want to state that the controls are NOT game breaking. They simply take a decent amount of time and practice to properly maneuver and actually addKid Icarus: Uprising could quite possibly be the best handheld game of all time. I bought this game skeptical of what would be in store, but it definitely did not disappoint. To get this out of the way before dwelling deeper into this review, I want to state that the controls are NOT game breaking. They simply take a decent amount of time and practice to properly maneuver and actually add depth / challenge to the game. But most importantly, it gives insight on a new control theme that has never been implemented before. After a while, I was having so much fun pinpointing my stylus on Pit's enemies in both the air and the ground that I completely forgot how difficult it initially was for me to learn. It takes precise and short movements of the stylus to angle the camera correctly, but it feels extremely rewarding when you are able to take down whatever enemy you want with ease after mastering it. Gameplay is extremely fast paced and reminds me of a insanely advanced mix of Star Fox 64 and Galaga while in the air, and a game of it's own on the ground. The transition from the air to the ground in each chapter keeps things fresh and upbeat because you aren't always doing the same exact thing the entire time. The dialogue, voice acting, and character development literally make this game. You get a really special feeling hearing the multiple gods converse between each other while fighting in game and towards Pit too. Due to this, all the missions feel as though they are your own. Chatter never ceases in this game, jokes are made, insults are thrown, and oddly enough.. it never gets annoying. Pit is an extremely lovable character from the start, and Palutena keeps him in line every now and then so that he doesn't seem too care-free. On top of this, the villains each have a boastful personality of their own and they constantly remind you of it. Everything in the game is so light hearted and ecstatic that it just compels you to keep on playing. Level designs are incredible and range from colorful and lush skies / forests to dark and menacing caves or storms. Each chapter you are excited to see what new villain or boss lies ahead and how they will affect Pit on his journey. The graphics are likely the best on the system, and the 3DS adds even more depth to the gameplay as is. Sakurai has always been a strong advocate in content on his games, and this one does not disappoint in the slightest. Imagine everything Super Smash Bros. Brawl had to offer, add about 2x more content, and then throw in the fact that all of it is done correctly. Trophies are there, achievements are present, difficulty levels are set, currency is available, online mode is great, powers are unlockable, various weapons are obtainable, and the list goes on and on. If you can recall the sticker function in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, you may have noticed that no one ever got around to them or used them to their full potential.. because quite frankly.. they didn't have any. In Uprising, Sakurai recognizes this mistake and fixes it to appeal to both a hardcore and casual audience with powers which work incredibly and all have their own distinct use. Weapons can be bought, fused, and each have their own special attributes depending on your knowledge of the game, and a bit of luck. And this isn't even one fourth of it. There is literally so many things to do in this game and so much content, that it can't even fit in this five thousand character review. As an avid music admirer, I can vouch for Kid Icarus Uprising likely having one of the best soundtracks of the last decade. Battles feel vigorous with steady drum beats wailing in the background, and your rivals have both attitude and flare with spanish guitars strumming to the rhythm of your movement when appropriate. Speaking of rivals, there is a mass amount of them.. and they all have an insane amount of variety. Each enemy is like a puzzle and requires different methods to defeat it. For instance, one of them turns red and green. If it's red, you must attack from far away, if green.. you must attack with melee. This is just one simple example of probably the fifty plus different enemies there are in the game and they introduce them at different points in the game so they never get old. Kid Icarus has brought something truly special to Nintendo's table by reviving a game that was created twenty five years ago and truly putting their own voice into each and every character. For example, not only does the game reference it's previous installments, but it also cracks jokes and hints at other events in various other staple franchises that Nintendo fans will recognize with ease and asks the player to embrace it. What makes this game such a landmark among the rest is it's reminder of what games are truly made for; to pass time by having fun. Kid Icarus is a masterpiece and without a doubt in my mind will be recognized as an iconic Nintendo staple in the years to come. 10/10 Expand
  48. May 10, 2012
    10
    I'm not one to readily give out top marks, but if ever there was a game deserving a 10/10, this is it. It is just pure fun. It's fast paced and crazy, and at higher difficulty levels requires complete attention and perfect timing. The difficulty system is innovative and works wonderfully - you gamble hearts in order to increase the difficulty from 1.0 to 9.0 (in 0.1 increments) - but atI'm not one to readily give out top marks, but if ever there was a game deserving a 10/10, this is it. It is just pure fun. It's fast paced and crazy, and at higher difficulty levels requires complete attention and perfect timing. The difficulty system is innovative and works wonderfully - you gamble hearts in order to increase the difficulty from 1.0 to 9.0 (in 0.1 increments) - but at higher difficulties, the rewards are much greater too. And as you progress in the game, you will not only accumulate the weapons and powers to tackle the higher intensities, you will be constantly improving too. This is one of those games that you constantly get better at, and when things go well and you dodge those attacks perfectly, it feels wonderful.

    The amount of content is insane. Apart from a fairly long story mode that should take 10-ish hours to complete, you can obviously replay each chapter at higher intensities to collect better reward, and complete over 100 different challenges. There's a boss mode in 3 difficulties, about 400 idols to collect, an egg-launching minigame, and to top it all off, a REALLY fun multiplayer mode which includes a Free For All and Team-Based game mode. You take in your own weapons and powers, and the game uses a clever system to balance out strong and weak weapons, so you really need to think about whether you want to bring in your strongest weapon into the fray. At the moment, the multiplayer is still well populated, I haven't once had any difficulty finding a match to join.

    The story is delivered mostly in-game through dialogue happening during the action - it makes things faster and more fluid. The voice acting is brilliant, and the writing hilarious. There are plenty of random conversations that fill occasional silences, and they vary between levels, weapons you have equipped etc. The jokes might not be for everyone (they're a little on the cheesy side, you may groan occasionally) but the entire game is so light-hearted, and especially Pit so infectiously optimistic and cheerful, that it seems impossible to not have a smile on your face while playing this.

    The soundtrack is also fantastic, with tracks ranging from dramatic orchestral sounds, to funky jazz tunes, even to metal in one level. Many of the pieces could have been taken straight from a Disney movie, and not rarely I find myself humming one or another tune from the game - good thing that all the game's tracks are unlockable to listen to individually.

    Of course, it would be impossible not to address the elephant in the room, the controls. For some reason, reviewers seem to be incapable of playing this game, yet somehow, everyone I know who actually bought this game and gave it a chance, loved it. If you're not used to DS/3DS controls, it will probably feel awkward for a while. Even if you've owned a DS for many, many years, you may still need some time to get used to them. But that's just it: You will get used to them. When at home (and yes, this game is so good that I tend to sit at my powerhouse of a PC and play on my handheld), I use the convenient stand that is included for free. When I'm out and about, I hold the system in my hands, which while less comfortable, is still perfectly fine, at least for a few hours at a time.

    So, controls - you can get used to them. The game - fun, fast and furious. The atmosphere - light hearted and funny, even when things get serious. Plus, many, MANY more hours of content than most PC/home console games these days (I recently passed the 100 hours mark). Overall, it is quite simply a 10/10. There certainly aren't many games this good out there.
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  49. Apr 26, 2012
    10
    This game is absolutely amazing. My favorite. It has amazing voice acting, which rarely gets old, and a diffuclty scale that lets you play at your own difficulty. All the boss battles are truly engaging, and the control scheme is brilliant once you get the hang of it!
  50. Apr 29, 2012
    10
    best handheld game i have ever played, i play lvd with my friends all the time the campaign was very good and pretty long. ive heard alot of people talking garbage about the controls and really i think they are great you really have to aim and the dodging in super fun i really cant say a game is better then this one thats out right now
  51. Apr 29, 2012
    10
    Kid Icarus Uprising is an absolute blast to play, has a fantastic soundtrack, and has wonderful graphics and art design, with gameplay that is simple but at the same time very complex and challenging if you want it to be. The difficulty is perfectly scalable to your skill level and the variety of fun and exiting weapons is just plain awesome, and managing your weapons and fusing oldKid Icarus Uprising is an absolute blast to play, has a fantastic soundtrack, and has wonderful graphics and art design, with gameplay that is simple but at the same time very complex and challenging if you want it to be. The difficulty is perfectly scalable to your skill level and the variety of fun and exiting weapons is just plain awesome, and managing your weapons and fusing old weapons to create new and exiting ones is very intriguing. Although the surprisingly long and highly replayable single player is the main bulk of the package the multiplayer is really exiting as well, and works exactly how it should. If you enjoy this game like I have, you will be playing it for months, if not years because of just how much fun it is and how much content is packed in here. But if I'm talking about Kid Icarus Uprising, then I can't help to mention the controls, and the truth is, they work very well. For anyone used to dual analog control it may be difficult to get used to the controls at first, but once you do you'll realize that the controls deliver an accuracy that dual analog cannot. One thing about the controls however that I believe I should mention is the fact that after prolonged periods of gaming, say one and a half to two hours, your hand may start to cramp, however because of the relatively short levels for the most part in the game and the nature of the gamepay which is best enjoyed in short controlled bursts, it shouldn't be a problem, unless of course if you're having such a blast you simply cannot put your 3ds down. I have played this game for a total of 26 hours now and I'm still regularly coming back for more. Another thing I should mention is that even though a lot of the gameplay aspects are different than the original kid icarus, it still maintains a lot of the feel of the original, and still feels like a kid icarus game. Oh, and the voice acting is great too, which is great because otherwise the non-stop dialogue would be a little tedious. Overall this game is absolutely fantastic and anyone with a 3ds needs to play it. It is one of the best reasons, if not the VERY best reason (beside super mario 3d land) to own a 3ds. You will not be dissapointed. Expand
  52. May 25, 2015
    10
    This game has everything I want. I love it's graphics, the 3D effects, it has my favorite soundtrack of all time, the gameplay is perfect, it has plenty of content, the weapon system is very deep, the multiplayer is fun any time, the plot was great, the dialogue is great, and the controls were amazing. I don't think this game would work with any other type of controls and I feel bad forThis game has everything I want. I love it's graphics, the 3D effects, it has my favorite soundtrack of all time, the gameplay is perfect, it has plenty of content, the weapon system is very deep, the multiplayer is fun any time, the plot was great, the dialogue is great, and the controls were amazing. I don't think this game would work with any other type of controls and I feel bad for people who couldn't adjust to them so that they could enjoy them for what they were. I think this is the best 3DS game still as of May 2015 and it was definitely my game of the year for 2012. This game will forever go down as one of my favorite games of all time and I hope it's never forgotten by others. It deserves the highest praise possible. I love this game. Expand
  53. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    Graphics, gameplay, Bosses. Replay value, depth... Kid Icarus Uprising has it all. Sure the controls are a bit weird at first but within a few hours you will feel comfortable with them and after a week or so you will not be able to imagine playing it any other way.
    The stand that comes with the game is fine but I preferred to not use it. The best method I found was to balance the 3ds on
    Graphics, gameplay, Bosses. Replay value, depth... Kid Icarus Uprising has it all. Sure the controls are a bit weird at first but within a few hours you will feel comfortable with them and after a week or so you will not be able to imagine playing it any other way.
    The stand that comes with the game is fine but I preferred to not use it. The best method I found was to balance the 3ds on my right pinkie and hold the stylus between the right thumb and index finger. The left hand is business as usual in that thumb controls stick and index fires button.

    This game is just an all round wonderful experience and perhaps the most brilliant gaming experience I've had with the 3ds since Fire Emblem and Resident Evil Revelations.

    This ones a masterpiece people and Nintendo have once again shown the competition how it's done.
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  54. Jul 4, 2012
    10
    kid Icarus Uprising is definetly a MUST HAVE. The nice graphics,practical jokes, nice music,lot of content, multiplayer. There is pretty much nothing wrong with this game! The controls are a bit bad but, that's why you can customize them. That is also why you got a stand use it! Great game! You have to get this game if you are a hardcore gamer!
  55. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    For me, this game was amazing. The Treasure hunt has really expanded my love of the game, because I have worked so hard on it. Some of the things are super hard, which just challenges me, giving me one more thing I have to do. I still have not finished the story, even though I have played it for almost 40 hours! The multi-player is just amazing, especially since I can train against bots,For me, this game was amazing. The Treasure hunt has really expanded my love of the game, because I have worked so hard on it. Some of the things are super hard, which just challenges me, giving me one more thing I have to do. I still have not finished the story, even though I have played it for almost 40 hours! The multi-player is just amazing, especially since I can train against bots, then attack real people. The way that Nintendo balanced the team multi-player is Ingenious! I hate playing online and getting beat because other people have better equipment than me, but that does not matter in this game. Also, you have to limit your powers to a small box, which has been fun, finding the perfect combination for both Single and Multi-Player modes. The controls to move and shoot are smooth for me, but the touch screen can be somewhat sluggish at times, Nintendo added an option to speed up how fast the camera moves when you flick the stylus. I think that Nintendo really gave Pit a good 25th anniversiary game. I love it, and play it all day long, sometimes. I really don't get many streetpass tags, because I have no friends with a 3DS, so I really haven't been able to fully experience that feature, but it adds to the experience. The weapon fusing is so perfect, because I hate playing a game and getting a weapon that I know that I will NEVER use, but with fusion, I can change it to a different weapon, usually better than both and a weapon that I will use. This game is one of my favorites and has been the only game in my slot for a while. Expand
  56. Jul 25, 2012
    10
    Kid Icarus made me glad I bought a 3DS. The only game and system combo I've been amazed with like this was Halo & Xbox. It truly is jaw dropping in content and graphics compared to other 3DS titles.
  57. Aug 19, 2012
    10
    This is one of the best games I've ever played, along with Zelda OoT and SS, Portal, and the highly under-rated Super Mario Sunshine. Packed with contend ( Over 140 weapons), great graphics with amazing 3D, and controls that should get more credit. The story is great for fans of Greek mythology, but if you prefer online mode like CoD you are in for a big treat. This game has the bestThis is one of the best games I've ever played, along with Zelda OoT and SS, Portal, and the highly under-rated Super Mario Sunshine. Packed with contend ( Over 140 weapons), great graphics with amazing 3D, and controls that should get more credit. The story is great for fans of Greek mythology, but if you prefer online mode like CoD you are in for a big treat. This game has the best online mode I have played since Mario Kart Wii. All the complaints I see are explaining that you have to use the circle pad and the stylus - wrong. You can purchase the amazing circle pad pro for only 20 bucks! I highly recommend you buy this. Great job on another amazing title! Expand
  58. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    -very good game this is the game i want so i gave it a perfect 10.
    -very challenging .
    -more unlockable weapons and powers. -the lasting appeal of this game is excellent i already play this game like 450hrs. -if you are a fan of weapon farming this is the game you want. -together mode is very enjoyable nearby or online. -1 thing i hate about this game when your playing light vs dark
    -very good game this is the game i want so i gave it a perfect 10.
    -very challenging .
    -more unlockable weapons and powers.
    -the lasting appeal of this game is excellent i already play this game like 450hrs.
    -if you are a fan of weapon farming this is the game you want.
    -together mode is very enjoyable nearby or online.
    -1 thing i hate about this game when your playing light vs dark or free for all when a daybreak part has appear it blocks the screen the rest is fine. -about the controls it's fine with me since i played metroid prime hunters on the ds
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  59. Sep 7, 2012
    10
    The controls are hard to get used to, but they work adequately. The game is beautiful, has a quirky sense of humor and it packs a TON of content and replay value. Multiplayer works well and can be a lot fun. Heavily recommended.
  60. Sep 18, 2012
    10
    This is one of the best games i\\\'ve ever played in my life. It has an incredible story that is told through dialogues (among the best to ever be writen to a game), an amazing soundtrack, maybe the best nintendo has ever made and a new control scheme. It is reason enough to buy a 3ds.
  61. Nov 4, 2012
    10
    I love this game, as a lefty I struggled with the first level, but after that it let me toggle my controls in the options setting, if you are struggling with the controls then you were either too stupid or too lazy to check the settings and edit them yourself. If you really want to use the circle pad then get the circle pad pro. Gosh people!
  62. Feb 6, 2013
    10
    Kid Icarus Uprising was a much needed reboot for the Kid Icarus Franchise. The control scheme is nowhere near as bad as people say it is. The default controls are used mostly with the L Button and the Touch Screen. The controls can be changed to your liking, however. The story is a step up from the previous installments, but I won't spoil it. Let's just say the game lasts longer after yuKid Icarus Uprising was a much needed reboot for the Kid Icarus Franchise. The control scheme is nowhere near as bad as people say it is. The default controls are used mostly with the L Button and the Touch Screen. The controls can be changed to your liking, however. The story is a step up from the previous installments, but I won't spoil it. Let's just say the game lasts longer after yu face off against Medusa. The dialog between the characters is amusing and almost never gets old... almost. The music is great, however it is hard to hear considering the characters tend to talk throughout the entire game. Beating the game, however, will allow you to turn the talking off, so you can pay more attention to the music. The gameplay is amazing, albeit cheap at some points with certain enemies and bosses. Their is a grand total of 108 different weapons in this game, and too many enhancements that can go along with them its hard to count, but some examples are adding burning statuses to enemies, becoming more durable or giving you a longer range. Along with weapons are Powers. These are, in a nutshell, spells you can activate in this game. There is a 6x6 grid that you fit Powers in, and each Power has 4 different strength levels. This game all around is impressive and a great reintroduction to a long forgotten franchise. Any issue with this game is always backed up with something that makes you forget about said flaw. Welcome back Pit. Expand
  63. Feb 7, 2013
    10
    All I can say is "wow". Before I played this game, I would have thought considering it my favorite game of 2012 to be laughable at best. I couldn't have been more wrong! I was almost turned off by the quirky dialogue and upbeat anime artwork, only to realize the full potential of witty remarks and one liner exchanges in the latter chapters. There's one point in which pit tells HadesAll I can say is "wow". Before I played this game, I would have thought considering it my favorite game of 2012 to be laughable at best. I couldn't have been more wrong! I was almost turned off by the quirky dialogue and upbeat anime artwork, only to realize the full potential of witty remarks and one liner exchanges in the latter chapters. There's one point in which pit tells Hades "Just go home", in such a way that you know exactly what he means. Hades is the god of the underworld for those rusty on their Greek mythology. The character models and level designs differ from cutesy anime styles to intense psychedelic trips at breakneck speeds, remaining purely eye-candy in every style explored. Another EXCELLENT aspect of this game is the weapons system. With over 100 different weapons (each with their own abilities and different assets) from bows, clubs, claws, palms, orbitars, arms, staffs, blades and the ability to fuse two weapons to create a new and more powerful one, the replay value thrives and provides a mind blowing amount of depth. There's a difficulty level (0-9) with 9 requiring a well crafted weapon to complete the missions, along with rewarding rarer weapons/stats for further weapon modification. Once you think your arsenals worthwhile, take it online to prove it! The online multiplayer mode is a fast paced, lag free smashfest that still has me addicted to the game and provides continuity to the replay value of the weapon system. THE ONLY NEGATIVE issue I see with the game is the learning curve involved for the controls. Notice how I didn't say "the controls" specifically? As with anything new (riding a bicycle, driving a car, getting deflowered, etc) there's a slight learning curve. Once mastered, however, the feeling of smashing something (especially people online) feels so solid and purely awesome, it'll keep you coming back for more. Let's bear in mind this game was developed by the same creative genius that brought us Super Smash Bros. To sum it up, this game is worth every penny spent and I feel should be a must own for every 3ds owner. I've played many games on many different systems in 2012, and I've gotta say this is BY FAR my favorite game of 2012. In a year defined by sequels, first person shooters, and sequels to first person shooters, it's good to see some fresh gameplay surface. I give it 10 out of 10 plasticEGO Expand
  64. Feb 16, 2013
    10
    I love this game. It is a worthy title for any 3ds owner. The voice acting is great, the controls are different, but they work tremendously well. I always found myself laughing with the different personalities of the bosses. I love the main antagonist. It was really developed. Overall, this game is a masterpiece, and i recommend buying it now.
  65. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    I think this is the most underrated game for the 3DS. It's really great and close to be perfect. I am a fan of Hack n' Slash games and this one is one of my personal favourite.So many complaints about the control, but it took me short time to get used to it. This is a must for any 3DS owners
  66. Mar 23, 2013
    10
    First off, I must say I came into Kid Icarus: Uprising not having played the original NES game from over 20 years ago, and was introduced to pit through Super Smash Bros Brawl. But once I picked this game up and finished it, I wanted more, of everything. Certainly this game is not perfect, no game is, but that doesn't mean it's not worthy of my score of 10. Kid Icarus Uprising isFirst off, I must say I came into Kid Icarus: Uprising not having played the original NES game from over 20 years ago, and was introduced to pit through Super Smash Bros Brawl. But once I picked this game up and finished it, I wanted more, of everything. Certainly this game is not perfect, no game is, but that doesn't mean it's not worthy of my score of 10. Kid Icarus Uprising is immersive, enticing, exciting, and most of all FUN. The game is great in all aspects. Gameplay:
    There are two main segments of gameplay, flying segments and ground segments. Each segment for a chapter is 5 minutes, not too long, not too short, and it strikes a great balance for a pick up and play travel game or a sit at home and play game. It took me quite a while to wrap my head around the controls, and find a comfy way to hold my DS without cramping up may hands. Once I realized i liked putting it in my lap while holding it and using the stylus in the other hand, I was set. The game has dialogue that all-though isn't SUPER compelling, it sure is witty and charming, and definitely had me giggling more than it had me cringing. All levels have a difficulty meter that you can pick where you want the difficulty to be, the harder it is the more rewards you will reap. It has a great balance of difficulty that will suit almost all gamers as they can change it to make it just the right amount of challenge, not to mention replay ability later on, where you can crank up the difficulty for a better challenge and cooler weapons. All the levels have various scenery and segments that keep it fresh all the way through, and the game truly doesn't drag along at any point, in fact, I was afraid it was going to end too soon, but then the plot was extended and it satiated my need for more and ended at a perfect time. Along with all this the game has a great weapon system with tons of weapons that can be fused and traded and sold, and tons of collectibles, adding another great level to the game. Another layer on top of that, is a great multiplayer the game has. Online works well and is fun and challenging, and changes the pace of Kid Icarus while staying with the main mechanics you learn in the story mode.

    Presentation: Although graphics are certainly not that important for a game, this game for the 3ds had great graphics. The colors and textures looked great, and all the animations were clean and smooth. The voice acting was also wonderful, and the sound effects and music were also up to par, no complaints here. Control: The games controls, contrary to popular belief are not bad, they are different, and as we know, many people hate change. However, once the controls are gotten used to, I wouldn't want to play any other way. I wish more games would be as inventive with their control schemes. Overall this game is GREAT. It has been my favorite 3ds title so far. If you have a 3ds this is a must buy, and although the controls take a little time to get used to, the experience is well worth it.
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  67. Mar 23, 2013
    10
    Simply put: this is an incredible, beautiful AAA game. The controls work perfectly once you put a bit of time in, and YOU WILL put time into this game, because its so great. A wealth of content, amazing levels, amazing loot system, and tons of detail and polish. My personal favorite game on the 3ds; gIve it a shot, you won't regret it.
  68. Apr 6, 2013
    10
    Boy, where do I start with this one. By far my favorite 3DS title. The controls, although being slightly painful for extended periods of time, are extremely fluid, the many different weapons which I'm still unlocking, the huge amount of trophies and other extras, and a fully built multiplayer that is extremely addicting. And that's just the start. The story is decently long, and prettyBoy, where do I start with this one. By far my favorite 3DS title. The controls, although being slightly painful for extended periods of time, are extremely fluid, the many different weapons which I'm still unlocking, the huge amount of trophies and other extras, and a fully built multiplayer that is extremely addicting. And that's just the start. The story is decently long, and pretty good, with interesting characters that are all beautifully voice acted. Pit can strike some as annoying but i found him to be charming and funny. Items with awesome effects appear at opportune moments, and building the powers you take with is almost a puzzle in and of itself. Long story short, i could list the pros of this game for hours, and the controls are the only con i can find. Unless you count the extremely frustrating difficulty system. Very. Very. Frustrating. But if you can handle a little wrist pain, this is a truly amazing game. Expand
  69. May 3, 2013
    10
    After reading a lot about this game, I still had my doubts. It seemed to me a crazy game, with a questionable control scheme and a strange sense of humor. Graphics didn't look well in pictures or videos either. But I took the risk and bought it.

    Well, first of all, this is one of the most spectacular games I ever played. And I'm not talking about polygons and textures, it's just the way
    After reading a lot about this game, I still had my doubts. It seemed to me a crazy game, with a questionable control scheme and a strange sense of humor. Graphics didn't look well in pictures or videos either. But I took the risk and bought it.

    Well, first of all, this is one of the most spectacular games I ever played. And I'm not talking about polygons and textures, it's just the way it is designed. There are lots of things going on while you play, specially in the flying sections, and action is constantly changing, so one minute you are running away from a big monster, the next you are defeating hordes of enemies and the next you are inside a labyrinth. There is a lot of content, so no worries about how long it is.

    The story is surprisingly good too, at least for a game like this. There are not video sequences like many other games, just the dialogs while you are playing (that can certainly be a little annoying sometimes), and it works really well. Don't expect the classic "good vs. evil" here, it's something more complex and interesting.

    But, what about the controls? At first I had trouble with the control scheme. It is not as intuitive as in other Nintendo games, and you need some time to get used to it. But when you do, you start enjoying the fast pacing action. It does not work so well when Pit is on the ground, but is not as bad as I thought. Just be ready to mistreat the touch screen.

    I highly recommend this game, specially if you liked Star Fox 64.
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  70. Aug 29, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is awesome. I played it for 160+ hours, and still do. It's single player is great (25 chapters, air AND land battles, voice acting, funny dialogue), but i usually play multiplayer. With 360 achievements, 100+ kinds of weapons that can also be fused together to make them different, a really fun and action-paced multiplayer mode, 406 collectable caracter models, lots of powers with different shapes and levels, it has lots of content. About people who don't like the controls, i don't understand why. Maybe they cant aim on the touch screen, or don't use their right palm to hold the system. I got used to it in the first 15 minutes. Anyway, fantastic game. 10/10 Expand
  71. May 4, 2013
    10
    Unfortunately, the high rating I'm awarding this game means that it will be buried in over a hundred others expressing adoration for this game despite its controls. This has been the one point where even they agree with the detractors, with varied metaphors about how the game will give you carpal tunnel. I'm here to argue with all of them.

    Surviving Kid Icarus' control scheme takes a
    Unfortunately, the high rating I'm awarding this game means that it will be buried in over a hundred others expressing adoration for this game despite its controls. This has been the one point where even they agree with the detractors, with varied metaphors about how the game will give you carpal tunnel. I'm here to argue with all of them.

    Surviving Kid Icarus' control scheme takes a skill gleaned from other great 3/DS titles like Kingdom Hearts: using your thumb for the touchscreen camera, rather than the stylus. This simple adaptation rescues you from the hell of holding the system one-handed while awkwardly trying to push buttons with the pinky of your stylus-hand, and makes the game just as comfortable as any other you've ever played.

    The other reparable complaint I have with the control scheme is the way powers are mapped by default to the D-pad. No matter where they are assigned, you can control them with the touchscreen, but this sacrifices a moment's aiming; if you use the D-pad, you have to take your thumb off the control pad, which renders you immobile. If you go into options and say you want to control your reticle with the D-pad, this will move the powers to the ABXY buttons, where the leftmost button will scroll your powers left...and the rightmost will be a replacement attack button. This is a baffling control option that makes zero sense and I have no idea why they made it that way.

    However, the solution is to opt to control the reticle with the touchscreen. After selecting this option, you will be taken to a screen where you can freely drag the proper inventory-management options from the D-pad and map them to the face buttons. Yes, I realize how roundabout this is, but it makes the game work like magic.

    The only legitimate sticking point I have with the game after my admittedly minor modifications is that, rather than turning the field of view by degrees like in Metroid Prime Hunters, you have to flick the screen "like spinning a globe," Pit adds to turn around.

    This is counter-intuitive nonsense at the start, but adapting to the bizarre design choice is possible, and opens you up to the wealth of content available in the game: obsessively-customizable weapons (I'm partial to the flamethrower that I've modified to freeze people solid whenever it's not creating massive damage-over-time burns), spells that supplement your firepower with lasers or add status-effects to your attacks or simply make you more mobile, a thriving online component with astonishingly low latency, and a functional if repetitive single-player campaign.

    I would add more, but I'm only nine chapters in; I can't stop playing multiplayer and using my winnings to further mod my favorite guns.
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  72. Jul 24, 2013
    10
    This game is the best possible title on the 3DS: best soundtrack, best effects, most extensive content, by far best controls, and the very best replay value of the entire 3DS library. From learning the controls to increasing difficulty, unlocking the goodies and going through the story, this title keeps you coming back. The first few sessions as a beginner are rough because you willThis game is the best possible title on the 3DS: best soundtrack, best effects, most extensive content, by far best controls, and the very best replay value of the entire 3DS library. From learning the controls to increasing difficulty, unlocking the goodies and going through the story, this title keeps you coming back. The first few sessions as a beginner are rough because you will inevitably need to adapt to the controls before you're fully submerged into game play... but once that's over and done with it feels just as powerful as keyboard and mouse. Then you can increase difficulty and really get your senses going. Rarely does a game require every single gamer skill to be at 100% without getting too frustrating. They hit a perfect balance. Expand
  73. Sep 1, 2013
    10
    Best shooter game ever! Gameplay is great,story line is great and so is everything else. The controls are pretty basic,too. Some of the chapters are really difficult though,like chapters 9,22 and 25. 10/10.
  74. Jul 13, 2013
    10
    A great game with a ton of replayability. The number one complaint is that the controls are hard and that you need to use a stand. I would say this is bullcrap. The controls are different and you need to learn them that's all, and you certainly don't need a stand. I played the first few levels on difficulty 2. Then by level 5 I was on difficulty 6, and by level 8 I was happy playing on 9A great game with a ton of replayability. The number one complaint is that the controls are hard and that you need to use a stand. I would say this is bullcrap. The controls are different and you need to learn them that's all, and you certainly don't need a stand. I played the first few levels on difficulty 2. Then by level 5 I was on difficulty 6, and by level 8 I was happy playing on 9 heart difficulty. So even though the controls are different, they are actually quite easy to master if you didn't just play the game for 5 minutes for the sake of a review. I also can quite easily hold my XL with my tiny girly hands and still not need to use a stand. The only thing that would make it difficult to play is if you were left handed. There is so much to unlock, weapons to create, great music, great characters, and fantastic online fun. Expand
  75. Aug 4, 2013
    10
    This might be the best 3DS game released so far.

    A totally original shooter with amazingly humorous dialogue that you never get tired of. An endless level of customization when it comes to weaponry and items. Some people have complained about the controls. I personally believe its because they havent figured out the technique yet, because I haven't had a single problem. Even when
    This might be the best 3DS game released so far.

    A totally original shooter with amazingly humorous dialogue that you never get tired of.
    An endless level of customization when it comes to weaponry and items.

    Some people have complained about the controls. I personally believe its because they havent figured out the technique yet, because I haven't had a single problem. Even when playing on the go its no problem as you can hold the system in one hand and steer with the stylus in the other one.

    The online is really good, but I wish it could have been better still. I wish it could let you save opponents and create hubs, and just generally have more customization and stats.
    This game already has tons of lasting appeal, but that would certainly make it endless for real.

    A MUST HAVE for 3DS owners though!

    10 out of 10!
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  76. Aug 19, 2013
    10
    This has to be one of the best handheld games ever made. Great story, great gameplay, great music, great laughs, and even great multiplayer; it's unfortunate that this game doesn't have a higher average rating. I don't really see how the controls could be a problem. Some people say they make your hands hurt. I guess if you have really small hands or something, that might be the case, but IThis has to be one of the best handheld games ever made. Great story, great gameplay, great music, great laughs, and even great multiplayer; it's unfortunate that this game doesn't have a higher average rating. I don't really see how the controls could be a problem. Some people say they make your hands hurt. I guess if you have really small hands or something, that might be the case, but I played this game for sittings much longer than I'd like to admit, and never had an issue. If you have a 3DS, this is a must have. Expand
  77. Oct 8, 2013
    10
    I haven't been this impressed by a game since Super Smash Bros Melee.

    Part of each level plays like Star Fox, while the bulk of it plays like a 3rd person arcade shooter hack-em-up depending on your play style. The menus are just like the ones in Super Smash Bros Brawl, and the multiplayer is like a 3D version of what we all wished the SSBB online multiplayer had been. The controls
    I haven't been this impressed by a game since Super Smash Bros Melee.

    Part of each level plays like Star Fox, while the bulk of it plays like a 3rd person arcade shooter hack-em-up depending on your play style. The menus are just like the ones in Super Smash Bros Brawl, and the multiplayer is like a 3D version of what we all wished the SSBB online multiplayer had been.

    The controls seemed clunky at first, but not hard to get used to.

    There are tons of things to unlock, and in depth customization for both single and multiplayer.

    The story is very entertaining. No spoilers, just play it.

    There is almost constant chatting between characters during gameplay. It's very helpful and interesting the first time through, but can get old fast (especially Pit's occasional jokes). Turn the "Voices" volume to 0 in the options menu if you don't like it.

    The difficulty and deaths system is the most balanced one I've ever seen. Ever.

    The graphics are beautiful. I showed it to some relatives and the reaction was "If they can do that on this little screen, why can't they make 3D TVs look this good?"

    The music is great. I don't pay that much attention to it in most games but there's certainly nothing to complain about here.

    The online multiplayer is the best Nintendo has achieved to date. It's pretty addictive.
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  78. Mar 17, 2014
    10
    This game is wonderful! The controls are a bit strange and I get tired from holding my 3DS with one hand, but the story is full of surprises, the characters are funny and very memorable/lovable, levels can be easy yet challenging, decent multiplayer, overall a very good game.
  79. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Anyone complaining about the controls didn't even remotely spend any time with the game.
    This is a masterpiece, the greatest game ever made on a handheld.
    Sakurai created Super Smash bros, Sakurai created Kirby Super Star, and Sakurai created this masterpiece. You need to play this game.
  80. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    This is a really good game. Lots of people have complained about the controls, but I think that they work well, and that if you're not an idiot, you'll do fine. The story was good, and it had a great plot twist I didn't see coming. One of my favorites on the 3ds so far.
  81. May 2, 2014
    10
    Please do not overlook this game. This is competing for the best game i've played on 3ds and i've played most. The music is amazing, the game structure is fantastic and the level of content is frankly unbelievable. The only disappointing thing about this game is the number of streetpasses i get off other people, shame on you 3DS players! I've put this game to one side as i have so manyPlease do not overlook this game. This is competing for the best game i've played on 3ds and i've played most. The music is amazing, the game structure is fantastic and the level of content is frankly unbelievable. The only disappointing thing about this game is the number of streetpasses i get off other people, shame on you 3DS players! I've put this game to one side as i have so many others i want to complete but it's still calling me back. If you're short on cash and want one game that will last you a year, this could very well be it.... Expand
  82. May 18, 2014
    10
    Though technically 25 years old, the Icarus franchise hasn't had a new installment in more than 20 years. Its lead character, the angelic Pit, is actually best known for his part in the thrilling chaos that was Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Uprising represents a new start for a forgotten hero from an era long past, and marks yet another significant milestone in the life of the 3DS. Yet again,Though technically 25 years old, the Icarus franchise hasn't had a new installment in more than 20 years. Its lead character, the angelic Pit, is actually best known for his part in the thrilling chaos that was Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Uprising represents a new start for a forgotten hero from an era long past, and marks yet another significant milestone in the life of the 3DS. Yet again, Nintendo proves to its fans and critics that its new portable is capable of hosting some of the best handheld content anywhere. Though not without some significant flaws, Uprising is a fantastic adventure, one that forges a powerful new world for a franchise many never expected to see again. Expand
  83. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    best ds game tots in top 5 get like
    #3 Zelda and Pokemon top give it chance awesome game play twists and story line hidden chambers and weapons and idols and treasure hunt so filler for days and multiplayer
  84. Aug 14, 2014
    10
    yes i know.. the controls may take a little time to master.
    but hey, this could be one of the most addictive games for any 3DS owner
    Gameplay: 9.5 (i took 0.5 out cause of the length of some levels) Graphics: 10 (probably the best I've seen on the 3DS) Soundtracks: 10 (one of the greatest in the history of video games) + a LOT of extras and unlockable weapons and portraits and the
    yes i know.. the controls may take a little time to master.
    but hey, this could be one of the most addictive games for any 3DS owner

    Gameplay: 9.5 (i took 0.5 out cause of the length of some levels)
    Graphics: 10 (probably the best I've seen on the 3DS)
    Soundtracks: 10 (one of the greatest in the history of video games)
    + a LOT of extras and unlockable weapons and portraits and the use of game coins.... etc.
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  85. Nov 15, 2014
    10
    gr8 game m8, I r8 8/8
    This game is awsome!

    Yeah, that's all the review.

    Where you expecting more detail? Welp, that's too bad, this game can only be descrived as glorious.

    Go buy it.

    Now.
  86. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    This game is without a doubt the best portable game I've ever played. The graphics, music, level design, gameplay, story, voice acting, multiplayer, and characters are all flawless. The only major problem I can think of are the controls (which stop being a problem when you get used to them). Any other flaws I can think of are just nit-picks. If you've got a 3DS, get this game!
  87. Feb 6, 2015
    10
    This game is sadly underrated. Which is impressive, as an 83 Metacritic score still solid... but this game should be mid to high 90s. It has everything! A great single player campaign, very well laid out difficulty levels (that really do challenge even the best players), a very wide range of weapons that completely change the game experience across multiple play throughs, a greatThis game is sadly underrated. Which is impressive, as an 83 Metacritic score still solid... but this game should be mid to high 90s. It has everything! A great single player campaign, very well laid out difficulty levels (that really do challenge even the best players), a very wide range of weapons that completely change the game experience across multiple play throughs, a great weapon/gear rewards system that keeps you playing for more, and a fantastic online multiplayer. The one beef everyone has is with the control scheme.... but this is what makes the game great! I am completely sympathetic to people who get hand cramps from playing, but they are in the minority... and it is unfair to dock a game for this when dual analogue would 100% NOT be viable in this game. The current control scheme allows for ridiculously fast and precise movements that would simply not be possible with dual analogue. I have put 150+ hours into this game, and cramping has never been an issue. Anyways, this... for me... is THE BEST game on the 3ds. Do yourself a favour and try it out! Expand
  88. Apr 1, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I never had this much fun with the 3DS in my life! Kid Icarus: Uprising has everything a gamer would want! To start off, the controls are really good and I didn't my hands cramped at all. The bosses are great and challenging too. There are soooo many weapons to choose from and each weapon you pick up will have extra stats and buffs, making the replay value LIMITLESS! The overall gameplay is blood-pumping and will always keep you on your toes when in singleplayer or multiplayer. Speaking of that, it's really good and I never encountered any lag. The best parts about this game are easily the characters and dialogue. All the cast members are more unique than the last and always put up a good laugh. This ESPECIALLY goes for Hades! I would say that this game is near perfect and one of my all-time favorites. And if they release a sequel on the Wii U, I would buy it in a heartbeat! Expand
  89. Mar 13, 2015
    10
    I feel bad for the people who can't adjust to the ground control. Everything thing about this game is so much fun. The flying levels give you that sense of speed and intensity, the boss battles are challenging and creative without being unfair, the level design is top notch. The game gives you enough variety to constantly keep you coming back to it. On top of that there is an extremelyI feel bad for the people who can't adjust to the ground control. Everything thing about this game is so much fun. The flying levels give you that sense of speed and intensity, the boss battles are challenging and creative without being unfair, the level design is top notch. The game gives you enough variety to constantly keep you coming back to it. On top of that there is an extremely deep weapon system and a very fun multiplayer. Oh yeah and the music is some of the best I've ever heard. Must own title on the 3ds. One of the very few games I aspire to complete 100%. (Buy it on the virtual console though it's pretty cheap compared to ebay and amazon) Expand
  90. Mar 23, 2012
    9
    Amazing game. Even after just a few hours in I can safely say that this is the most ambitious and best 3DS game to date and easily better than Super Mario 3D Land. Visually, it looks stunning and makes excellent use of the 3D effect. I would say Mario 3D Land looks slightly better overall, but Uprising just feels so much more vast and impressive even in the on rails air sections.Amazing game. Even after just a few hours in I can safely say that this is the most ambitious and best 3DS game to date and easily better than Super Mario 3D Land. Visually, it looks stunning and makes excellent use of the 3D effect. I would say Mario 3D Land looks slightly better overall, but Uprising just feels so much more vast and impressive even in the on rails air sections. Speaking of the air sections are a blast to play. Think something along the lines of Sin and Punishment 2 for the Wii, but offer a greater choice of weaponry and as a result give a slightly more varied experience. The controls for these sections are pretty fluid and it feels really fast paced and action packed. The other main gameplay style of the game are the ground sections. These offer full control over Pit as you defeat Medusa's troops to progress forward. These sections are varied with different kinds of cool and unconventional platforming elements are seldom feel stale. The only criticism is with how these control. Not the responsiveness of it since everything feels tight and responsive but more how cramped it can feel. However, one can quickly adjust and as a result properly enjoy all the amazing things Kid Icarus has to offer in terms of gameplay and content. In typical Sakurai fashion, this game has loads of content. More so than any game on the 3DS so far and it makes Mario 3D Land looks absolutely minuscule by comparison. Various multiplayer modes, weapon collection and customisation, numerous difficulty settings. This game has so much to offer. All this coupled with pleasant and light-hearted story, amazing soundtrack, great level of overall challenge and accessibility and excellent presentation, Kid Icarus Uprising is easily the best game on the 3DS. Expand
  91. Feb 20, 2013
    9
    I really enjoyed this game however I had one issue... I'm left handed and found the game completely unplayable without the circle pad. However once I used the circle pad I have to say that this is one of the deepest, most re-playable games made for the 3DS. Graphics are stunning if a little overbearing at times. The length of the game surprised me, 25 chapters in total but not once did II really enjoyed this game however I had one issue... I'm left handed and found the game completely unplayable without the circle pad. However once I used the circle pad I have to say that this is one of the deepest, most re-playable games made for the 3DS. Graphics are stunning if a little overbearing at times. The length of the game surprised me, 25 chapters in total but not once did I find myself bored. The storyline is well written as are the characters with very cheesy dialogue. Gameplay is great especially the flying segments but I do agree that the on foot segments could be improved, that does not take away from the fact this is one of the longest console worthy handheld games ever. All in all a great game and definitely recommended as I don't think there will be another game with Pit for a long time unfortunately. Expand
  92. Mar 25, 2012
    9
    Kid Icarus Uprising is the 3DS's flagship game of 2012, and it's a great one. This game is very fun, packed full of amazing content, and is addicting to the point where you'll keep coming back for more. This game was developed by Nintendo's very own Project Sora, the team responsible for the fantastic Super Smash Bros. series, and although this may not be the best game they've made, it'sKid Icarus Uprising is the 3DS's flagship game of 2012, and it's a great one. This game is very fun, packed full of amazing content, and is addicting to the point where you'll keep coming back for more. This game was developed by Nintendo's very own Project Sora, the team responsible for the fantastic Super Smash Bros. series, and although this may not be the best game they've made, it's still one that deserves plenty of attention. It's a great example of what the 3DS is capable of, and will likely serve as a template for 3DS games to come. Basically, Uprising is a shooter that has two play modes. Single player campaign, and of course, multiplayer. In the campaign, you play as the angelic Pit, who fights the forces of the underworld for the goddess of light, Palutena. Each level begins with a flying sequence, and later goes into a land battle. Flying sequences play very similarly to StarFox. Pit flies on rails, controlled by Palutena, and you're job is to fly Pit around the screen while shooting underworld forces that attack you, while Palutena guides you towards your objective. It's addicting, and the opening flying sequences alone can keep you playing for hours, but there's also the land sequence, which you'll be spending most of your play time doing. Land battles aren't as fun as the flying sequences, and suffer from the games awkward controls (we'll get to that in a minute). Still, the land sequences are fun, and can prove to be really challenging and intense. Basically, land battles are sequences of getting from point A to point B while destroying any enemies that are thrown at you along the way as well as collecting treasure that can be used later, until finally you reach the boss at the end. Defeat the boss, and you'll beat the level, and earn rewards. Weapons, powers, hearts, and even achievements. Hearts, however, are very important, as you need them to buy new gear, fuse gems that you get from StreetPass tags, as well as bet on each level you play. The difficulty of the level you play determines how many hearts you'll earn in your fight. The harder the difficulty, the more hearts you'll earn, and vice-versa. But if you die, you lose the hearts you bet, and difficulty will automatically go down as your penalty, so be careful how much you bet. Betting can be bad for you after all. Once you've started earning weapons, however, you can begin fusing them to create better gear. This game is literally packed full of a ton of content, meaning there are more than a fair amount of weapons to choose from. From claws, to bows, to blade, to staves, to many others. You'll have plenty a variety to choose from once you progress, so get ready to experiment from up to 100 different weapons. Then there's multiplayer, where you can play either Light vs Dark (Team Deathmatch) 3 vs 3, or Free for All. You can play online, or locally, and any gear you obtain in the single player campaign can be used online. And of course, you can invite your online friends to play with you. Each team has a health bar, and when you die, the health bar decreases. The first team to lose all their health is the loser. Eventually, though, once the teams health bar reaches a certain point, the last player to die will become that teams Pit, or Dark Pit if you're on the Dark Team. That player then becomes the last resort, and if he dies, the team loses. So once the opposing Pit appears, the goal is to defeat him. However, the person who becomes Pit or Dark Pit gets enhanced abilities and health, so don't think you can kill him as easily as the others. The game is fantastic, and of course 3D looks great. Dialog in the campaign is corky and entertaining, and will give you a few laughs. There's just one problem with this game that prevents it from being a 10, and I'm sure people already know where this is going. I'm talking, of course, about the controls. Uprising is controlled by moving Pit around with the circle pad, while aiming with the stylus-touchscreen combo, and shooting/melee with the L button. And believe me, this takes getting used to. I'm actually pretty shocked that Sora didn't include a dual analog option with the Circle Pad Pro, but I think they were trying to go with the more accurate route of stylus since this alternative really is much more accurate for a shooter this intense. Still, It would've been nice to have the option for players who aren't as daring. But the good news is, though the controls sound awkward, it really doesn't take long to get used to. And once you've figured out the controls, you'll have a blast with this game. But if you're stil grieving for dual analog, then get yourself a thumb stylus, or a DS Wrist Strap. That'll solve your problem. But overall, Uprising is a fantastic 3D shooter adventure that's well worth the money. Kid Icarus Uprising gets a 9/10 from me. :) Expand
  93. Apr 2, 2012
    9
    This has the best multilayer i have ever experienced on a handheld system. The solo campaign is great too. Also, I did not find the controls as frustrating or hard to master as some reviewers did.
  94. Apr 18, 2012
    9
    Controls are awkward, and can actually hurt after playing for a bit. I have small hands so I can't imagine what it's like for people with average/big hands.

    Other than that this game is absolutely stellar. The game is basically made for a portable with short levels, so you can always just play 1-2 levels at a time to avoid hand cramping. Not ideal, but I believe the game is worth it.
    Controls are awkward, and can actually hurt after playing for a bit. I have small hands so I can't imagine what it's like for people with average/big hands.

    Other than that this game is absolutely stellar. The game is basically made for a portable with short levels, so you can always just play 1-2 levels at a time to avoid hand cramping. Not ideal, but I believe the game is worth it.

    I'd have given it a 10 if it wasn't such a pain(literally) to play.
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  95. Apr 6, 2012
    9
    I like this game a lot. The air battles are a lot of fun, and making them a maximum of five minutes long lets you get to ground battles sooner. The ground battlles, which I expected to be complicated and difficult to grasp, were actually easy and fluid. Over all, I love this game! I only have 2 reasons for giving this game a 9 rather than a 10. First, the weapons, despite their uniqueness,I like this game a lot. The air battles are a lot of fun, and making them a maximum of five minutes long lets you get to ground battles sooner. The ground battlles, which I expected to be complicated and difficult to grasp, were actually easy and fluid. Over all, I love this game! I only have 2 reasons for giving this game a 9 rather than a 10. First, the weapons, despite their uniqueness, are hard to differ. There are only two ways to find out how they are different from one another (within the same catagory): obtain its idol and use it. Long story short, the games needs an "info" button when selecting it. Second, when you play "light vs. dark" in together mode, if you become the angel, the game gives you a random weapon. Despite those two minor flaws, I loved the game! Expand
  96. Mar 31, 2012
    9
    I don't understand all these issues with the control scheme. People have just never used the stylus like that before because everyone is so used to the typical two joystick configuration. Typical Westerners complaining about something that requires effort to get used to... If you wanna play the game, you're gonna have to learn how to make the controls work. Afterward, the game plays fine.I don't understand all these issues with the control scheme. People have just never used the stylus like that before because everyone is so used to the typical two joystick configuration. Typical Westerners complaining about something that requires effort to get used to... If you wanna play the game, you're gonna have to learn how to make the controls work. Afterward, the game plays fine. The only thing that really bugged me in the game was the occasional cheesy dialogue: "G-FORCE IN MY FAAAAaAAaAaAaaAAAAaAaAAaAAAAAAaaaAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!" and the fact that there was too much dialogue. Otherwise, everything about this game is beautiful. The music (OMG the music), the 3D (Which makes me play better for some reason), etc etc. Expand
  97. Mar 25, 2012
    9
    I have one main thing to say...THIS GAME IS FUN! It is a rail shooter like the Sin and Punishment games (which are awesome btw). The controls are initialy wierd, but now they are fine to me. The PvP/Online play were great also. I ran into no lag, felt balenced, and challenging.

    I would highly recommend this game.
  98. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    First of all Pit is Back after 20 plus years of goin M.I.A and this game is amazing. The only problem that I got with it is the controls but People!!! U GOT OPTIONAL CONTROLS SO U DON'T HAVE TO USE THE STYLUS!!! The story mode is fun but I like the multiplayer mode the best!!! This game has tons of replay value and I play this game hours at a time. I like the power UPS u can get and alsoFirst of all Pit is Back after 20 plus years of goin M.I.A and this game is amazing. The only problem that I got with it is the controls but People!!! U GOT OPTIONAL CONTROLS SO U DON'T HAVE TO USE THE STYLUS!!! The story mode is fun but I like the multiplayer mode the best!!! This game has tons of replay value and I play this game hours at a time. I like the power UPS u can get and also fusing the weapons too. The graphics on this game are amazing and not ps2 like some Sony fan boys like to this diss on here!!! Gameplay is very good and if anybody has a 3ds then this game is a must have!!! Expand
  99. Feb 16, 2015
    9
    What a wonderful surprise this game was. I guess the "hardest" part would be the controls, but honestly, I got used to them fairly quick. I have large hands and it wasn't a problem on my 3DS XL. Oh, and I should mention I'm left-handed, too. Really, I was able to get used to it really fast...

    But the game itself is awesome. Beautiful visuals. A TON of customization and re-playability.
    What a wonderful surprise this game was. I guess the "hardest" part would be the controls, but honestly, I got used to them fairly quick. I have large hands and it wasn't a problem on my 3DS XL. Oh, and I should mention I'm left-handed, too. Really, I was able to get used to it really fast...

    But the game itself is awesome. Beautiful visuals. A TON of customization and re-playability. Solid online play. Hell, even the quirky voice acting is top notch. At first I thought it would get annoying, but its deprecating nature and tendency to break the fourth wall actually make for a very charming and dare I say sometimes hilarious experience.

    Kid Icarus is one of those games that is simply satisfying to play, while staying challenging the whole time. This is one of the best games in my 3DS collection. Highly highly recommended!
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  100. Mar 23, 2012
    9
    This game shows exceptional polish in a lot of spaces but the controls may be on the frustrating side for gamers that aren't used to this sort of configuration. With that said, the stand that comes packaged with it helps a great deal. Music is phenomenal in that it is high quality, emotive and sets a good tone. the story itself i can't claim to know all of it as i have only played throughThis game shows exceptional polish in a lot of spaces but the controls may be on the frustrating side for gamers that aren't used to this sort of configuration. With that said, the stand that comes packaged with it helps a great deal. Music is phenomenal in that it is high quality, emotive and sets a good tone. the story itself i can't claim to know all of it as i have only played through about 4 missions so far... and from what i can tell it seems as if they're trying to lay the groundwork for an experience that seems like it's poised to go deeper. It had an enormous amount of hype leading up to release so naturally there is a sort of "high" for a lot of users (and i can't claim to be immune either) but from what i can tell, it's a solid game with a lot of extras as well as the difficulty scale which can be adjusted to suit your gaming experience. do you want to be challenged and have a brutally tough gaming experience? you can have that. do you want to coast through the game, you can have that as well.

    all in all, it's a solid 9. it gets points taken from the controls (which will feel clunky to people new to this sort of configuration until they learn to adapt to it) but otherwise a solid title that feels poised to re-launch the KI franchise with a good success.
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  101. Mar 24, 2012
    0
    Okay boys, here's the real lowdown on Kid Icarus: it sucks!

    The controls are atrocious, the dialog is corny, the 3d is impressive but graphics look like dated PS2 (nowhere close to as impressive as Resident Evil: Revelations, or even Ocarina of Time), and the game is just plain shallow in terms of gameplay. Now considering I don't want to write a full review that maybe only a handful of
    Okay boys, here's the real lowdown on Kid Icarus: it sucks!

    The controls are atrocious, the dialog is corny, the 3d is impressive but graphics look like dated PS2 (nowhere close to as impressive as Resident Evil: Revelations, or even Ocarina of Time), and the game is just plain shallow in terms of gameplay.

    Now considering I don't want to write a full review that maybe only a handful of people will read, but I do very much enjoy sharing my opinion, I'll just tell you why the gameplay department is lacking severely:
    Firstly, stages are very linear and consist of really stupid looking enemies that all basically require you to do the same thing: dodge and fire at the weak spot; which wouldn't be such a bad thing if the controls weren't so awkward to use.
    Secondly, animations look cheap and stages are not very interactive at all.
    And lastly, now this on is just a mater of opinion, the game just feels like one of those cheap beat'em ups that you'd randomly decide to pick up for $4.99 on the used games shelf that provides no real sense of interaction or quality; just with a lot of content.

    Sure, everyone will argue that "There's so much content",
    "There's a bunch of different weapons",
    "The air combat is too fast for circle pad pro use",
    "The controls only take getting used too."
    Well you can put all the content in the world into a game if you want to, but if you can't experience all that content in an enjoyable way that doesn't basically force you to use a stupid stand to play it comfortably, then there's not really any point for all that content, is there?
    Also, if the air portions are too fast for circle pad use, then make the air portions stylus controlled, and the land based ones with the circle pad. and give us the option of being able to use either one. This would also make the game seem much more challenging and in-depth, and really provide an overall deeper experience. I also doubt people would complain about discomfort if they only needed to use the stylus for the air portions, and didn't have any need of the stand.
    And since when is it acceptable, especially in the year 2012, for controls to take getting used to? Sure, Resident Evil may take getting used to if someone hadn't played it before, but they are easy to learn, manageable, and always on point, regardless of what area you're at in the game; and they don't force you to use two separate peripherals, either - although it does give you the option of using one that vastly improves on already good controls. Also, I must mention that for anyone reading this review wondering why this game is getting a lot of positive feedback elsewhere, the answer is: advertising.
    People have already got it in their heads that this would be a good game, and they refuse to believe otherwise, even going as far as to sluff off difficult controls and not-so-impressive visuals as an afterthought. There's a reason that so much money goes into advertising, and it's not just exposure.

    Kid Icarus is a truly terrible game. Not-so-impressive visuals, corny gameplay, terrible control choices and the inclusion of a stand instead of circle pad pro support make this a embarrassment to Sakurai's name, and leave me worrying about the next smash brothers and Nintendo as a gaming company, for letting this game be published in their name.
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Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 75
  2. Negative: 1 out of 75
  1. Jun 27, 2012
    90
    No doubt in my mind, 3DS owners should have Kid Icarus: Uprising in their library of games, especially if action games are a favorite.
  2. May 14, 2012
    90
    Nintendo magic strikes again, if you can adapt to the controls. [June 2012, p.68]
  3. May 11, 2012
    83
    Kid Icarus: Uprising is an underdog tale: how an action game can be thoroughly enjoyable even when it suffers from some severe control problems. [May 2012]