“Sorry To Keep You Waiting!”

March 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

Stand my ground, I won’t give in
No more denying, I’ve got to face it
Won’t close my eyes and hide the truth inside
If I don’t make it, someone else will
Stand my ground

The situation is not as dire as the Within Temptation song implies, but I found it a fitting introduction to Uprisen’s return. What’s interesting, however, is that in line with the song, fellow Uprising news site 3DS Kid Icarus announced only yesterday that they are resigning. It was one of the key websites that even I went to for information concerning the game. It is sheer coincidence that this happened the day before Uprisen rises up again, and I will do my best to carry on and bringing you the latest Kid Icarus: Uprising news, just as 3DS Kid Icarus did before.

So here we are, finally back. For those who don’t know, Uprisen is a website started by Reuben Horst in January of 2011, designed to bring its readers the latest news of the still-upcoming game, Kid Icarus: Uprising, for the Nintendo 3DS. Starting with an audience of zero, it over time gathered a small group of returning readers, and gained some recognition from a couple other websites. In May, Reuben, in representing the site, was approached by David Hu, and allowed pre-launch access to Raptr, a social networking site for gamers. Things were getting better and better, but unfortunately, in a decision he would always regret, Reuben took a break from writing for the site in June, and that led to the indefinite downtime for Uprisen that was announced in July.

And here I am, back again after eight months or so. I promised to return before the game’s release, and though I wish I would have done it sooner, Uprisen is now ready to press on, on the first of the final month before the game’s release on March 23.

So what happened? What caused the inexcusable downtime and the dread of coming back? Truth be told, I do not know myself, at least not in specifics. I have some sort of disorder or malfunction that frequently makes me feel exhausted, depressed, unable to focus, and unable to motivate myself to do anything. We’re in the process of overcoming and fixing it, but it’s a true hindrance in everything I do. Around the time of Uprisen’s transfer into stasis, I also failed to update my personal blog, though I am truly thankful that I overcame that obstacle. For Uprisen itself, however, that was unfortunately not to happen.

Now, some of you may not even know anything at all about Kid Icarus: Uprising, and that’s why I’ve come back.

Kid Icarus: Uprising was one of very first games in development for the Nintendo 3DS, being announced alongside the system at E3 2010. It is the third game in the Kid Icarus series, and the first to be released in twenty years. The protagonist, Pit, is a popular fighter in the 2008 game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. Uprising is a third-person shooter, and it is being released on March 23 in North America. It will be bundled with a 3DS stand (for easier gameplay) and six AR cards (though you can get many more in other ways). In addition, Uprising is compatible with the Circle Pad Pro, which will allow for left-handed gameplay. The game is available for pre-order, and if you pre-order from Amazon, GameStop or Best Buy, you will receive a free code to download 3D Classics: Kid Icarus on your 3DS.

Gameplay in Kid Icarus: Uprising has two basic stages: air combat and ground combat. Both involve blasting a lot of enemies, and both involve some amazing experiences. “In Air Battle the action unfolds like a dynamic guided shooter. When Pit is facing enemies in Land Battle, the game play handles more like a third-person shooter.”

The Controls are pretty simple, the basics involving the circle pad, the stylus, and the L button. Here is a demonstrative video about the controls.

One of game’s coolest features is the Multiplayer Battle mode. You can play with up to six players, either locally or online via WiFi. Numerous game modes and locations will keep your interest for a long, long time. If online communities are a feature in the game, Uprisen is definitely starting a community.

Though the composer of Uprising‘s Soundtrack has not been announced, it has been confirmed to be one of the composers who worked on Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This link was provided to let the speculators to do their speculating (English version here). Judging from trailers and leaked tracks, however, you shouldn’t care who the composer is, because the soundtrack is phenomenal anyway.

Uprising is Rated E10+ by the ESRB for comic mischief, fantasy violence and mild suggestive themes.

Many Game Demos have been made available for free on the 3DS eShop, including Resident Evil: RevelationsMario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. It is not beyond reason to assume that before too long a demo of Kid Icarus: Uprising will make its way there.

Due to time constraints, complications and focusing issues, not all features could be summarized, but here are a few videos that will explain even more:
Intensity Trailer (difficulty)
Weapons Trailer
Multiplayer Preview
Presentation from Uprising‘s Head Developer

Thank you for reading the return article for Uprisen. It is in no way complete, and many, many, many details were skipped, but that is what future entries are for: new and missed news. If you want to support this site, leave a comment now and then to let us know that you care that we continue on.

If you find any way to contribute, send an email over to uprisen3ds@live.com. I will be posting updates on my Twitter account, but I use that for many other purposes as well, so for new game updates and posts from this site I will use the tags #Uprisen and #KidIcarusUprising. The former is unused except for this site, but the latter is frequently used by whoever mentions the game. You can also follow LittleAngelKid, who also posts a lot of the latest and greatest Uprising news.

Uprisen updates will also be posted on the site’s Facebook page, in addition to my Raptr account, once I fix a few things. If you know of anyone who would be interested in Uprisen or updates for Kid Icarus: Uprising, send ’em right over. Any promoting of this site is much appreciated.

For more of the stuff I didn’t cover, you can check out 3DS Kid Icarus and Nintendo3DSBlog.com. Here is also a link to the official Uprising YouTube playlist.

And of course, here is the link to the official Kid Icarus: Uprising website.

Thank you once again, and I hope to see you returning for tomorrow’s updates!

Reuben Horst
Creator of Uprisen

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