Kid Icarus is a franchise with a short but interesting history. The original game of the series, Kid Icarus, released way back in 1986. It’s a largely forgotten classic that didn’t leave much of an impression at the time, releasing in the same year as heavy hitters such as the original Metroid, Zelda, and Castlevania games. Then Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters released in 1991 for the GameBoy, releasing only in the west and selling roughly eight copies.
In 2008 the developer of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Masahiro Sakurai, added Pit as a surprise playable character, and while he was totally bland in that game, Sakurai managed to rectify that when he went on to develop the series’ third installment, Kid Icarus: Uprising, which released in 2012.
After the franchise’s history of being overlooked(owing mainly to only having two not-so-great titles), I wasn’t expecting much out of Uprising. When I had originally purchased the game it was merely on a whim; I had forty bucks to spend and I was going to get Star Fox 64 3D, but I decided to give Uprising a shot instead. Truly one of the greatest decisions made in the history of mankind.
Kid Icarus: Uprising is just flat-out the best game on the 3DS. While that is technically just my opinion, it’s also objectively the closest a subjective statement can get to being a fact. Uprising just blows everything out of the water. The gameplay is incredibly fun: while the ground segments are notably weaker than the air segments, both are a blast and, like Pit’s wings, I suspect I would get burnt out on too much time in the air segments, so the balance works. The soundtrack is easily the strongest of any 3DS game and is definitely home console caliber. The story is surprisingly in-depth for a Nintendo game and the game has a plethora of content, including an online mode that manages to be fun and is just begging for expansion on a home console release. And, of course, the constant banter that goes on between the characters in the main game is what makes the game stand out the most: the voice acting and writing are both phenomenal, providing for a lot of laughs and only a handful of cringe. The only negative are the controls which can be a bit wonky, but it’s not enough to keep the game from being an easy 9.5. I could take an in-depth look at the game, but this isn’t a review. Just know this: I absolutely adore this game, and I’m not the only one considering how it sold well and got positive reviews. Taking the game’s massive quality and warm reception into account, I was eagerly looking forward to a sequel. I was certain that such an amazing title just had to get a sequel, with or without Team Sora(which disbanded for unknown reasons shortly after the game’s release) around to develop it.
Well, that was nearly six years ago. Nintendo has, for whatever reason, seemed to be willing to let the series lay dormant. At the end of Uprising it’s joked by the game’s villain that he’ll be back for the sequel in twenty-five years. I didn’t take that at face value at the time, but now that it’s been so long with no word of a follow-up it’s starting to look like that throwaway line may have been accurate.
And it’s a complete waste of potential if it is. Uprising was such a fresh experience; with Nintendo’s recent focus on new IPs and ambitious new entries into seasoned franchises, developing another Kid Icarus game that’s even bigger and better than Uprising would seem to be a good move. Especially if the game is granted expanded online functionality, as that’s another point Nintendo has been pushing with its move to paid online. Given these circumstances an Uprising sequel or hell, even a port to get people reacquainted with the IP, just seems like such a no-brainer! Despite that, though, I don’t see a whole lot of fan demand for another entry in the Kid Icarus series on forums and other places where Nintendo fans gather. I really wish we could generate some more fan demand so that we might actually get to see this franchise get the support it deserves, because it’s a well of untapped potential that I think could soar to great heights and reach the level of Nintendo’s other A-list franchises. And wouldn’t it be nice to get the franchise to the point where it actually deserves all the series representation it got in Smash 4?
Also Kid Icarus Warriors needs to happen.