“Kid Icarus: Uprising” is the
first Nintendo release to bear the Kid Icarus moniker in more than
two decades and its blend of humor, mythological references, dynamic
visuals and old-school sensibilities are almost enough to make the
title one of the great ones.
The only really big problem – and it is
a big one – is the game’s control scheme. The unfortunate fact is
that although the Nintendo 3DS handles Kid Icarus: Uprising’s visuals
just about perfectly, the game’s controls are about as unwieldy as
can be. It’s telling that Nintendo included a special stand with the
game so players could set the game on a table instead of twisting
their wrists into an unnatural position in order to handle the 3DS’
buttons, circle pad and stylus at the same time.
It’s a shame the control scheme mars
Kid Icarus: Uprising’s gameplay, because this could be an ideal game
for anybody who grew up on the Nintendo Entertainment System and
still appreciates Nintendo’s zany approach to game design. Kid
Icarus: Uprising has enough wacky dialogue and flashing lights to
entertain just about anyone who doesn’t need all of their video games
to be grimdark and ever so “mature.”
The new trailer for the long-awaited “Kid Icarus: Uprising” shows what could be a very fun game that lets players fight a bunch of monsters while somehow manages to include at least one robot-like device in a world that’s inspired by Greek mythology.
It also features some of the cheesiest writing in gaming history. At first I wondered if the writing was just bad, then I realized it was intentionally bad.
Or maybe this is just Nintendo’s way of tying to convince people to stop asking for voice acting in Zelda games.
Here are just a few lines:
- “I don’t want to be an eggplant again.”
- “If he deep fries you, keep your distance. One bite, and you’ll be finished.”
- “It was bad enough when the dark forces were contained in the underworld.”
- “Get ready for a display of raw angel power.”
Pushmo, the downloadable puzzle title for the Nintendo 3DS, is a clever game that should appeal to most players looking for a little brain exercise.
Like any good puzzle game, Pushmo is challenging enough to allow players feel smart without being hard enough to make them feel dumb. For the most part, at least. I have to admit that I got stuck in a few parts, but for most of the early puzzles can be solved in a minute or less and the game does a good job of teaching the core mechanics before real difficulty starts to set in.
Sonic Generations is an amazing gut punch to the malaise that the Blue Bomber’s career has been in lately. Not quite a knockout blow, but longtime fans might not care as they race through two decades of Hedgehog history.
As promised, Nintendo has released 10 free Game Boy Advance games as downloadable releases for “Ambassadors,” AKA the 3DS early adopters who bought the handheld before this past summer’s price drop
As of now, the games are only available for people who attained Ambassador status by linking their 3DS to the Internet before the price drop took effect. Ambassador status does not carry diplomatic immunity, but it does allow access to the following GBA games:
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Wario Land 4
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Metroid Fusion
- Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Microgames
- KIrby & The Amazing Mirror
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
To get the games, players can access the eShop from their 3DS, go to “Settings/Other” and access “Your Downloads.” The games appear as being available for “Redownload” on a list of any other titles a player has downloaded.
The releases follow an earlier batch of ten NES games,which included Super Mario Bros., Metroid, the Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link.
Star Fox 64 3D is a decent remake that like Nintendo’s remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, offers cleaner graphics and few tweaked controls to a popular Nintendo 64 title.
In the case of Star Fox 64, the new Nintendo 3DS version features gyroscopic controls that let players control their star fighter by moving their 3DS handheld itself instead of using traditional controls. Otherwise, the game is basically the same as the original version, and ace pilot Star Fox is still teamed up with a rabbit, falcon and toad who fly at his side in an interplanetary war.
And yes, Slippy Toad will still advise Fox to “do a barrel roll.” The Internet is eternally grateful for that line.
Mario Kart 7 may not be the most essential release of the year, but it’s a fun diversion that carries on the ridiculous traditions of the Mario Kart franchise to the Nintendo 3DS handheld.
For anyone who has somehow avoided the first six games in the Mario Kart franchise, the game places characters in the role of Super Mario characters (I like Donkey Kong) who race against each other in absurdly cute vehicles on silly tracks inspired by levels in various Mario games as well as other Nintendo games.
And, of course, everybody cheats. Mario Kart has always combined cuteness with anarchy, as competition means attacking your opponents with turtle shells, fireballs, ink-shooting squids and more weapons. The arsenal still includes the notorious blue shell, an advanced Mario Kart weapon that targets and hits whoever is in first place. Is it fair? Of course not, but what is?