Kid Icarus: Uprising, insider Nintendo: “Remaster for Switch in 2023”

Kid Icarus: Uprising, insider Nintendo: “Remaster for  Switch in 2023”

By julianapardogonzalez

After many rumors of the possible remaster coming to Nintendo Switch, appears a title seen in its last chapter 10 years ago on 3DS. We are talking about Kid Icarus: Uprising!, a 3D shooter that was quite successful on the small-handled console, although the very first chapter for NES still remains the best-known one of the saga.  


This video game is set in the mythology of classical Greece, also is a saga with 3 deliveries. The first one on 1986 for the console NES, was developed for Nintendo R&D1 for this reason Nintendo Power magazine commented “Jump as Mario Bros, recollect items as Link and shoot the enemy as Samus”.


The second delivery was in 1991 called Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for the Game Boy in charge of the same developer group. And the last one was called Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 almost 21 years later of the last delivery! Even when the followers f this saga consider the first delivery as the best one, Kid Icarus: Uprising was nominated as “Best trailer in E3” and also got a calcification of 91% by Official Nintendo Magazine and 40/40 by Famitsu.


According to an informant Zippo’s post on his blog, Nintendo is developing a remastered version for Switch of the 3DS title, with the project entrusted to Bandai Namco, which is expected to update the game controls making them much more accessible, as well as improved graphics and new visual effects. Based on Zippo, the remaster is expected to be released in 2023 at an unspecified time.


Such noise is contrary to what Masahiro Sakurai, director of the 3DS version realized in 2012, said.  As a matter of fact, in 2018, Sakurai gave an interview in which he said that developing Kid Icarus: Uprising for 3DS was more difficult than expected, both because of the team he was working with and because of the consoles’ hardware. He concluded the interview with a sentence that left little room for hope.


More recently, Sakurai has been engaged in a far more ambitious project, being the director of Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch, which has been a great success.


Let’s keep our hopes high! And let’s hope that this is more than a rumor so that we can enjoy again this wonderful saga. On the other hand, we have to give the younger generation the opportunity to get to know the game so that the fans grow and have faith that Nintendo manages to captivate a new niche to make it possible to have more installments in the future. See you in a future article! 

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