Kid Icarus: Uprising

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Kid Icarus: Uprising

I never played the original Kid Icarus on NES, but I do know of it’s notable legacy. I did play the sequel on  the Nintendo Gameboy called Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and was rather unimpressed. Like many others, I did like the “new” Pit (the hero of Kid Icarus) in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii. I guess it’s no wonder that Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai was asked to make a sequel for the modern generation of video games.

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The game features a single and multiplayer mode. The story sets off with Pit being asked by the goddess Palutena to protect the Earth from the revival of the evil Medusa. Most of the levels start with flying missions (similar to StarFox) but due to Pit’s limited flight powers, the later part of levels finish while you travel on-foot.

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 The non-flight sections are almost like Zelda meets Metroid Prime. Pit can travel around dungeons and castles with plenty of secrets. At the same time defeating enemies and bosses with different strategies and weak-points. The online-multiplayer features two modes with a versus mode and battle royale though while they are fun the better part of the game is the story mode.
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Overall Kid Icarus: Uprising will most likely leave you unimpressed at first, but after the first ten levels it will get remarkably better and frankly pretty awesome. I also thought the voice-acting was superb and the dialogue and story between Pit’s friends and foes was hilarious and brilliant. I would give it a better recommendation but the only thing really holding it back is an uncomfortable control scheme similar to Metroid Prime Hunters on DS. I really do think the Wii or WiiU would have been a better platform for the game, but maybe a sequel one day.

Oracle of Seasons

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The great thing about playing on the 3DS is that you can save anywhere and load back instantly. This will help you in some instances where you have to perform a few tasks to get an item or power-up. ~J.A. Laraque

Oracle of Seasons

As someone who loved the top down versions of the Zelda world getting a chance to play Oracle of Seasons on my 3DS was a real treat since I never got to play the Gameboy Color version. Now Oracle of Ages, which I will discuss in a follow-up article deals more so with the puzzle elements of classic Zelda games you would find on the NES, SNES and Gameboy. Seasons deals with the action element and much like, A Link to the Past, the game tosses you right into it. In fact, I would say that if you never played any of the top down Zelda adventures before it may seem a bit tough at first, but the learning curve is not hard at all and soon you are slashing down enemies and defeating dungeons.

Oracle of Seasons

Now as far as the story you kind of have to think of this as Link’s Adventures as it is not about saving Zelda or the Triforce except for the fact that it is the Triforce the directs you to the town of Holodrum. Once you arrive you meet Din and soon she is kidnapped by the evil Onox because she is the Oracle of Seasons. Because of this the lands weather is thrown into chaos which does add a cool element to the game since the weather changes periodically and that can decide where you can and cannot go and what items you will need to advance.

Oracle of Seasons

Most of what you need to do is told to you by the Maku Tree, but if you are used to the top down Zelda games the point is to get specific items that allow you to advance to even more places and defeat enemies in and out of dungeons. The great thing about playing on the 3DS is that you can save anywhere and load back instantly. This will help you in some instances where you have to perform a few tasks to get an item or power-up. For instance, in one area you have to dance to get an item. Now the dance is not hard, but if you are struggling then you can do a move correctly, save and then continue and if you mess up you can start from where you saved not having to begin the dance all over.

Oracle of Seasons

Now let’s pause for a moment to say that you should get both Oracle of Ages and Seasons as you can link them and when you beat one game you get a code that can be entered in the other game. I played Seasons first, but went back and played Ages and then Season and when you do you change the story a bit. I won’t spoil anything, but some of the changes are small and others are huge like a different final boss fight.

Oracle of Seasons

Now the zones in the game are pretty interesting. Remember going to the dark world in Link to the Past, well, while the changes are not that drastic there are four different versions of every screen you are on when in the outside world. This is because of the four seasons. As I said, the seasons changing can help you get somewhere you could not normally. For instance, a lake in the summer is frozen so you can walk over it in the winter.

Oracle of Seasons

In the game you will receive the Rod of Seasons which you will need to power up in the underground town of Subrosia. With the rod you can change the weather on command which is key to get to certain places. You will not get all the seasons at once, you start off with winter and eventually get them all.

Oracle of Seasons

Besides the rod you get many of the normal items you would expect including the boomerang, torch and bombs. You can select one of the items and assign it to your secondary button with your primary being your sword attack. You can also collect rings which add different abilities or augments existing ones. It is important to upgrade your items and weapons as the boss fights are harder than you might remember from previous Zelda games. The final fight with Onox is especially hard if you do not upgrade. Now if you are a Zelda vet you can do it, but then again if you are a Zelda vet then you want to explore, collect and upgrade via side quests.

Overall, Oracle of Seasons is a great addition to the portable Zelda series. The game is more action oriented than some of the other Zelda games, but that is not a bad thing.  The story is good enough and the graphics and changing seasons are a nice touch. I would recommend however, getting Oracle of Ages to go along with Seasons and if you do play Ages first.

Sonic 1 Coming to the 3DS

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Sonic 1 Coming to the 3DS

Hey, if you haven’t gotten your Sonic 1 fix on every other platform coming in about a week you will be able to get the classic game on your 3DS. Now this is considered a remake, but for the most part everything will stay the same except changes in the games background thanks to the features of the 3DS. If this isn’t enough Sonic news, Christian “The Taxman” Whitehead and Stealth are working on a Sonic 1 remake for Sega. Those of you who played Sonic CD on your smart phone should know about that team. Either way, soon there will be no place you cannot find a Sonic game to play.

Three reasons to love New Super Mario Bros 2

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Since it arrived on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL earlier this year, New Super Mario Bros 2 has stayed firmly in the top half of the UK top ten. But what is it about this latest entry in the Mario franchise that makes it the next evolution in the series? Here are three things we love about the game.

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More Coins

When it was announced that New Super Mario Bros 2 would offer gamers the chance to collect one million coins, it was an incredibly exciting idea. Of course, the reality is that this is damned difficult and you would need to truly master the game to achieve it – but the fact that it’s an option gives us something to aim for!

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More team-ups

Though there have been Mario games throughout the ages that have challenged gamers to either pit their skills against each other or team up, the co-operative gameplay of New Super Mario Bros 2 is some of the best we’ve seen to date. As you can both play to save coins in the same account, it also means making that magical million even more of a possibility!

More Content

There is plenty of longevity in New Super Mario Bros. 2 itself that will keep you entertained, but the fact that Nintendo has also made even more course packs available to download gives it an extra level of value for money that is difficult to ignore. These are designed to build on the coin target challenges of the title and can be played again and again until you have truly mastered them.

It’s been a busy year not only for Nintendo but for Mario himself. Not only has the platform legend popped up in a new adventure on Nintendo 3Ds and Nintendo 3DS XL, but he’ll also be helping to launch the upcoming Wii U in New Super Mario Bros. U. Let’s hope he’s up to the challenge!

Classic download of the Week: Kid Icarus – Of Myths and Monsters

 

Kid Icarus - Of Myths and Monsters

Kid Icarus – Of Myths and Monsters

Available today on the Nintendo eShop is the classic Gameboy game, Kid Icarus – Of Myths and Monsters. Released by Nintendo in 1991 this Kid Icarus games features the classic platformer gameplay we all loved from the classic NES title.

Here is the official statement on the release.

A lighthearted adventure with mythical challenges.

The “8-bit Summer” series continues with this classic action game from 1991. Angel Land is up to its halos in woes as mythical monsters are running rampant. Pit, the original Kid Icarus, must save the realm again. Armed with his trusty bow, he’ll zap the bad guys and find the Three Sacred Treasures hidden by Palutena. Only after this grueling training will he be strong enough to take on the dark forces behind Angel Land’s troubles.

Pit will encounter old friends and new enemies – from helpful Centurions to the dreaded Eggplant Wizard – as he journeys from the depths of the underworld to the towers of the sky palace. Find hammers to shatter special walls and reveal helpful items. Collect hearts by fighting off Pit’s foes. Train hard and battle harder. Pit’s challenges make the labors of Hercules look like a walk in the park.

To enjoy the 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS software, you must experience it from the system itself. All screenshots and videos on this website have been captured in 2D mode.
Use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.

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You can pick up Kid Icarus – Of Myths and Monsters for $3.99 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo Download Highlights: Vol 23

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop 

The legend of zelda

The Legend of Zelda™ – Celebrate the Nintendo eShop “8-bit Summer” series with this smash-hit adventure, originally released on the NES™ console in 1987. Help Link™ restore the Triforce, rescue the princess and thwart Ganon’s evil plans. (For Nintendo 3DS™)

NES Open

NES Open Tournament Golf™ – This classic NES game from 1991 – now available for Nintendo 3DS as part of the Nintendo eShop “8-bit Summer” series – lets you challenge another player in Stroke, Match and Tournament modes. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Heroes of Ruin

Heroes of Ruin™  (demo version) – Enter the Elder Forest using a customized character from one of two classes – Vindicator or Gunslinger. Discover fierce villains, optional side quests and the ability to link up with friends through local or worldwide multiplayer. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Family Tennis 3D

Family Tennis 3D – This casual tennis game features eight playable characters and six different courts, all packed with variety. Start with the Tournament mode to unlock everything in the gallery, then try the minigames. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Game of the Weekend

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The “Game of the Weekend” program is featuring   Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™. For a limited time this precision sword-fighting game is available at a special price of $4.99. Offer is valid from 9 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, July 6, through 9 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, July 8. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:
•  Akari by Nikoli (Nintendo eShop)
•  Topoloco (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare™)
•  3, 2, 1… WordsUp! (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
•  Let’s Create! Pottery (WiiWare™)
•  2020 SUPER BASEBALL (Virtual Console™ for Wii™)

Sonic Blast on the Nintendo 3DS

From the Euro Desk:

Sonic Blast

Sonic Blast on the Nintendo 3DS

UK fans rejoice soon you will be able to play the Sega classic Sonic Blast on your Nintendo 3DS. The retro Game Gear title will be available via the Nintendo eShop  this Thursday for about  €5.

In Sonic Blast you can play as Sonic or Knuckles in this classic title which comes complete with 14 classic levels. The game is full of power-ups, special advantages like Sonic’s new Boost Blast, allowing you to reach hidden areas and Knuckles super climbing skills to help you gain extra points, and even hidden levels.

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P.S. Don’t worry U.S. fans, it’s coming soon to us as well.

Revisiting Link To The Past

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Revisiting Link To The Past

It looks as if Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Zelda is interested in revisiting A Link to the Past. What does revisiting mean? Well, in the past Miyamoto has said he wanted to release a remake for the 3DS, but recently he remarked that he would like to see something new created.

“I think I’d be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past,” Miyamoto told Edge Magazine. “I think it’s important to bring some really new software.”

While it does not look as if Miyamoto will have time to oversee any project of that type himself he said there are other game directors who could handle the task. It also seems there are some “lesser” directors who could work on a remake.

In the end, the word is still a maybe, meaning we are most likely to see a remake for the 3DS, but a whole new game based on A Link to the Past is still just a possibility.

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Thanks to Edge for the feed.

Bionic Commando: This week’s Classic Download

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Fans of the classic GameBoy version of Bionic Commando will be able to purchase this classic on the 3DS, Virtual Console and Nintendo eShop. The Game Boy version of the NES classic BIONIC COMMANDO arrives on Nintendo eShop to take you on a daring action-packed mission. As Rad Spencer, use your high-tech grapple hook and assault rifle to infiltrate the enemy’s stronghold in order to rescue Super Joe. You can be the difference between war and peace. Are you ready for the challenge?

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Nintendo 3DS – First Look

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Nintendo 3DS logo

Right away when walking into E3 we saw the line for the Nintendo booth stretching all the way to the door and though we knew there were a ton of games coming out most were interested in getting their hands on the 3DS. The 3DS will offer autostereoscopic viewing which means 3D without the need for glasses and a 3D camera so you can take your very own 3D pictures.

Now when we got our hands on it we were able to see how some of the games worked and most of them looked pretty good in 3D. There is a slider on the 3DS that allows you to adjust the level of 3D so when viewing it you get the best experience. There is also a switch to change between 2D and 3D.

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However, one of the coolest things was the cameras. The 3DS offers one inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution. The two cameras, which take binocular images, are important because that is what creates the 3D effect. For example if you take a picture of someone standing with their arm extended you would see the body of the person in the background and the arm and hand of the person in the foreground giving you the 3D effect, pretty cool.

Let’s get down to some stats. The 3DS is approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall and weighs 8 ounces. Its top screen is a 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing). The touch screen is a 3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen. The 3DS game card will be 2GB max at launch.

E3 2010 Nintendo 3DS

As for wireless communication the 3DS can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others and will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.

For controls you have the Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor. You will receive stereo sound from speakers on the left and right of the top screen.

E3 2010 Nintendo 3DS

In addition you have the 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended. As for input/output you have a port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.

All in all you have a system that will not only play the new 3DS titles but titles from other DS systems as well and add in the cool 3D camera and it looks as if Nintendo has yet another winner on its hands. Now let’s talk games. We were able to get a list of upcoming titles for the 3DS broken down by the publisher. Keep in mind this is not the final list and of course is subject to change.

Publisher Game
Activision Publishing, Inc. DJ Hero® 3D
AQ INTERACTIVE cubic ninja
ATLUS Etrian Odyssey
Shin Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Capcom RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS
SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final)
Electronic Arts FIFA Soccer
Madden NFL
The Sims™ 3
Gameloft Asphalt GT
Harmonix Music game
HUDSON SOFT Bomberman franchise
DECA SPORTS franchise
KORORINPA franchise
 

 

KONAMI

Baseball franchise
Contra franchise
Frogger franchise
HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample”
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER franchise /WINNING ELEVEN franchise
LEVEL-5 Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
Majesco Entertainment BloodRayne: The Shroud
A Boy and His Blob
Face Racers: Photo Finish
Lion’s Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
Martha Stewart
WonderWorld Amusement Park
Marvelous Entertainment BOKUJYOUMONOGATARI 3D (name not final)
NAMCO BANDAI Games Dragon Ball® franchise (name not final)
Gundam® franchise (name not final)
PAC-MAN& GALAGA™ (name not final)
RIDGE RACER® (name not final)
Super Robot franchise (name not final)
Nintendo Animal Crossing™
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart™
nintendogs+ cats
Paper Mario™
PilotWings Resort™
Star Fox 64™ 3D
Steel Diver™
ROCKET Crash-City GP
VS-robo
SEGA Sonic (name not final)
Super Monkey Ball (name not final)
 

 

SQUARE ENIX

 

 

CODENAME: Chocobo Racing® 3D

DRAGON QUEST® franchise
FINAL FANTASY® franchise
KINGDOM HEARTS franchise
Take-Two Interactive Carnival Games® franchise
TECMO KOEI GAMES DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final)
DYNASTY WARRIORS® (name not final)
NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final)
SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D (name not final)
TOMY LOVELY LISA 3D
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN ACTION
THQ de Blob 2
Kung Fu Panda Kaboom of Doom
Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet
The Penguins of Madagascar
Puss N Boots
Saints Row: Drive-By
Ubisoft Assassin’s CreedLost Legacy
Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike
Driver® Renegade
Hollywood 61 (name not final)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory™
Warner Bros Batman franchise
LEGO franchise

Got a question on the 3DS or any of the titles? Send us an e-mail from our contact us page and we’ll get you the answer. As more information becomes available we will bring it to you. For now check out this video from E3 with Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma.