Kid Icarus: Uprising – Pre-Order Bonus, 3DS ‘Stand’ Info and More

Nintendo had recently announced that, in Japan, a stand would launch with Kid Icarus: Uprising, but now it appears that they’ll (thankfully) grace the west with it as well. The stand helps players to comfortably play Kid Icarus: Uprising, since it can become quite uncomfortable to hold a portable system in one hand and use the stylus with the other. However, there’s one key piece of information that we’re missing: will this new stand be able to work with the Circle Pad Pro (which is what left-handed players will need to play the game more naturally)? We’re contacting Nintendo at the moment for their response to this.

::Update:: Nintendo did get back to us, and apparently the Circle Pad Pro and 3DS stand cannot be used together. So, I guess left-handed people are just going to have to choose the lesser of two evils: play right-handed and comfortably, or play left-handed and uncomfortably. It’s your call.

Those who pre-order Kid Icarus at select retailers (they haven’t said yet) will receive the 3D version of the original Kid Icarus to play on their 3DS! As an old-school gamer, this kind of move gives me a warm feeling deep down in my thumbs.

The press release wasn’t too clear on this, but it implies that there are a lot of weapons to collect from nine different categories (claws, bows etc.). I assume they mean that there will be many within each category, which should give gamers more reasons to go back to the game.

Here are a few other bits of information from the press release:

Introduction: The game’s story begins with the return of the dark goddess Medusa and her Underworld Army. With the help of Palutena, goddess of light and guardian of the human race, the heroic angel Pit must combat the forces of darkness as he battles Medusa and her minions by air and by land.

Fiend’s Cauldron:
The Fiend’s Cauldron is an incredible new system that allows players to customize their play experience by adjusting the intensity level. Intensity ranges from 0.0 – 9.0 for each individual Chapter. As the intensity increases, players will be able to earn more Hearts and more powerful weapon drops from defeated enemies. Hearts also can be used to purchase new weapons. The standard intensity setting is 2.0, but players can precisely adjust it by increments of 0.1. In order to increase the intensity, players must bet by placing an increasing number of Hearts into the Fiend’s Cauldron. If the player is defeated during the Chapter, some Hearts will be lost and the intensity will be lowered.

Vehicles:
During certain parts of his adventure, Pit will have access to special vehicles such as the Exo Tank. Pit can use the tank’s powerful drift ability to boost over jumps or defeat enemies with the tank’s ramming horn.

Kid Icarus: Uprising will be released on March 23rd for $39.99 on 3DS.

Check out one of the latest trailers for the game:

Ryan Southard

Ryan Southard is a video game enthusiast, dissecting games down to their tiniest details. Whether it’s new or it’s old, as long as it’s awesome, he’ll play it. Follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Southard

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