The Kid Icarus series didn’t see the light of day for twenty years till Kid Icarus Uprising came out in 2012. Now it’s 2016 and Nintendo hasn’t done anything since besides including Dark Pit and Palutena as new playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS which released in 2014. While Kid Icarus Uprising wasn’t perfect, I think it’s one of the best 3DS games. Pit would be great to include in the initial lineup of titles for the “NX” when it arrives for many reasons.
The biggest one I believe is the fact that people loved the cast and their dialogue so much. Their conversations were one of the highlights for me in Uprising because it’s different. What they said was often funny but also charming. It all felt believable according to each person’s character and realistic along with what was happening. Palutena and Pit are so awesome, for example, due to their dynamic relationship and long history together. Everything just felt natural and right.
Second, the gameplay is so much fun. Nintendo did a great job turning Kid Icarus into a third-person shooter. One thing they definitely did right was the wide selection of weapons and fusion; you can really change the way you play by choosing what you equip. The only main complaint I have is the painful controls, but otherwise many want to have more time up in the air… which would be interesting considering some of the best chapters had large spectacles.
And last but not least, Kid Icarus has a lot of potential, especially in storytelling. While it is mostly based on Greek mythology, they could easily explore others like the popular Norse and Roman mythologies and fit them into the universe. The main tale has been mostly about defeating the Underworld and saving mankind, but the sequel could be about several other things.
Perhaps a new god or goddess can grant Pit’s wish to be able to fly by himself, but in return he would have to go behind Palutena’s back and do something he would otherwise never do, which would cause numerous problems for both their relationship and the fate of the world. Wanting to get him back, Palutena may either have to take matters into her own hands or rely on Dark Pit while acting as a guide again… this is an idea I just had now.
Nintendo is known infamously among fans for not using a lot of their intellectual properties (IPs) with most of their focus on Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon. Star Fox recently got a chance to come back in Star Fox Zero, but unfortunately the game flopped mostly due to the “gimmicky” controls from what I’ve heard. Metroid needs some love, especially after Other M, and the hatred from most towards Metroid Prime: Federation Force doesn’t help. The nearly dead Fire Emblem series was saved by Awakening and now it’s actually getting the attention it deserves. I think it’s time for Nintendo to further revive Kid Icarus by releasing another game on the “NX” that is similar to Uprising.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Kid Icarus Uprising? Do you want a sequel? Please let me know in the comments below!