News: Kid Icarus AR Cards On Sale Now

As you will all know by now, Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS comes bundled with a packet of collectible Augmented Reality cards, despite the only way of actually collecting them being through spending your hard-earned Club Nintendo stars on packets.

Panini has now come to the rescue for those eager to collect all 404 cards, as the company’s teamed up with Nintendo to distribute packets of the cards and storage binders in the UK, with the first of the bunch going on sale today.

Panini are proud to announce the launch of their awesome new trading card game; Kid Icarus Uprising. Over 40 million people in Europe have played the Nintendo Game and over 100,000 games have already been sold, making it one of the most popular game out in the market today. There are 1.4 million members on Club Nintendo and 12,000 Kid Icarus card packets sold out on the Club Nintendo site in just one day!

There are 404 cards to collect which include special codes. Collectors can kick start their collection with a starter pack that includes a binder and 3 trading card packets.

Prices are as follows:

Starter Pack: £5.99
Trading Card Packet: £1.50

Shall you start collecting now you can buy the cards with real money, or have you lost interest in the cards in the months since the 3DS game’s release?

Source: PaniniOnline

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News: No Sequel for Kid Icarus: Uprising ‘in 25 Years’

In a recent interview with IGN, Sakurai of Project Sora confirmed that he would not be making a sequel to the long-awaited return to the Kid Icarus franchise – neither now, or in twenty-five years.

IGN: Has Project Sora created a rich, lasting universe so that it could easily be returned to in future projects?
Sakurai: If by ‘lasting universe’ you mean to ask if there’s a sequel, the answer is no, because we pushed a lot into the game in order to let people have this short yet deep experience, but the novelty of that would likely grow thin in the next game. For now, my thought is that perhaps we’ll see someone else besides me make another Kid Icarus in another 25 years.

Would you like to see Sakurai work on another Kid Icarus game, perhaps on Wii U with dual-stick controls after his current project, Super Smash Bros.?

News: Kid Icarus: Uprising Anime Clips Returning to Nintendo Video

For those of you up-to-date with your weekly Nintendo Video SpotPass updates, you’ll be familiar with the recent three-part anime clips based on Nintendo’s own Kid Icarus: Uprising from “three of Japan’s renowned anime studios” – Production I.G, Studio 4°c and Shaft Inc. For those of you who aren’t familiar, however, the exclusive-to-3DS episodes are indeed returning to Nintendo Video for, once again, a limited time only!

If you’ve got your 3DS connected to the Internet and have downloaded the Nintendo Video application from the Nintendo eShop, your system will automatically download the episodes as they become available. You can read more about the studios behind the episodes here.

News: Argos Offers Free 24-Pack of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards

If you still haven’t bought Kid Icarus: Uprising, you may wish to do so between 24th April and 31st May as, according to a tweet from @NintendoUK, Argos are offering a free 24-pack of AR cards during this period of time.

However, the game is £34.99 in Argos, whereas it only costs £24.95 from Amazon.co.uk. With the announcement during last Saturday’s Nintendo Direct presentation that Nintendo are teaming up with Panini to sell these AR cards in stores, it would probably be wise to save the £10 and purchase extra packs when they become available.

Here’s the tweet from Nintendo UK:

“Yet to get #KidIcarus? Buy it from Argos between the 24th April and 31st May and get a free 24 pack of Kid Icarus AR Cards.”

Would you consider taking Argos up on their offer?

News: Nintendo Direct 21/04/12 (Europe) – Round-Up, Including Various Confirmed Release Dates

As promised earlier this morning, here’s our summary of the second Nintendo Direct presentation of the day, and the first to be specifically catered to us European gamers.

  • Hi Iwata!
  • Hi Shibata. Got your letter yesterday, thanks.
  • Mario Tennis Open, release on May 25th.
  • Mario Tennis Open features sixteen Mario characters, and Miis, which are customisable.
  • Up to four-player Download Play support for Mario Tennis Open; regional leaderboards confirmed.
  • Online multiplayer, which Shibata will be playing once the game launches across Europe for Mario Tennis Open.
  • Around 200 items available for Mii customisation.
  • More Kid Icarus: Uprising talk. ‘Short’ video offering tips on how to “beat your friends at multiplayer.”
  • Spoilers! Some of us haven’t even played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet!
  • Nintendo and Panini teaming up to distribute Kid Icarus AR cards.
  • Heroes of Ruin multiplayer gameplay trailer! Auto-adjusts difficulty depending on drop-in characters.
  • Up to three other players can drop into your game; friends or strangers.
  • Voice chat with friends and strangers, if your parental settings allow it.
  • Free daily DLC every day for a year for Heroes of Ruin! If that’s not generous, we don’t know what is!
  • June 15th release for Heroes of Ruin.
  • Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released this Autumn in Europe.
  • Pokémon AR Searcher: requires you to catch Pokémon in the real life world. Available from the eShop later this year.
  • Pokédex 3D Pro announced. Details every Pokémon ever, rather than just Black and White’s.
  • Also “for sale” later this year.
  • Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is a unique, standalone game set in Wasteland.
  • Offers all-new, side-scrolling gameplay; includes paint and thinner ‘gimmicks’ from previous game.
  • Built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS’s dual-screen and 3D capabilities.
  • Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion – this Autumn!
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance trailer! Looking pretty darn lovely.
  • … Releasing July 20th!
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy features rhythm gameplay from each main series Final Fantasy game.
  • Features over 70 pieces of familiar music from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Theatrhythm releasing this Summer!
  • Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise releasing on July 6th! Includes songs from the Japanese game! Hype!
  • “The final part of today’s presentation.” :(
  • April 25th for the next 3DS firmware update! The one which allows you to create folders!
  • Up to sixty games per folder!
  • Mid-May patch for Mario Kart 7 which removes “unfair shortcuts.” Shibata sorry for “frustrating experiences.”
  • The Louvre’s exclusive 3DS audio-guide is being shown off.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2! In full development; a completely new game.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 for worldwide release in August!
  • Aiming for new standards in 2D Mario games.
  • And there we go! I’m sure we will enjoy the rest of our day, thanks Mr. Shibata!

Did you watch the European conference? What’s your most anticipated release from the games that were shown off? Are you pleased about the other announcements such as the 3DS firmware update, or the Mario Kart 7 patch?

News: Nintendo Direct 21/04/12 (Japan) – Round-Up, Including New Super Mario Bros. 2 and a New 3DS Firmware Update

At 4am this morning Nintendo hosted another of their Nintendo Direct streams, in which they revealed New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS, showed off more gameplay footage of other Nintendo DS and 3DS titles, and told Japanese gamers how to adjust their controls in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

We were (somehow) wide awake, live-tweeting the event as it happened; so for all you sensible people out there, here’s a summary of our tweets from when the event was happening:

  • Good morning, world! How many of you are crazy enough to be awake at 4am?
  • Here we go! Introduction from Iwata himself. No subtitles, though.
  • Kirby 20th Anniversary logo revealed; mentions a 3D Classics Kirby game. Not sure which.
  • Six Just Dance boxes shown off.
  • Four-player Just Dance gameplay…
  • Pokémon Black & White 2 gameplay footage! This is more like it!
  • Mentions 3DS in the same sentence as Pokémon Black and White 2
  • Pokémon AR shooting game coming to the Nintendo eShop.
  • Another Pokémon app for the Nintendo eShop… seems to connect to Black & White 2?
  • ‘Pokémon *insert Japanese name here* Pro.’
  • Guild 01 from Level 5 for the Nintendo 3DS footage is being shown.
  • Dragon Quest 3DS gameplay footage is looking pretty impressive. Uses Mii characters.
  • A 3D ‘Dungeon RPG’ from Atlus with gameplay. It all looks very… Japanese. [Etrian Odyssey IV]
  • Another Level 5 game…
  • A rhythm game from Namco Bandai! Looks very Rhythm Paradise-y. Also, very Japanese.
  • Rune Factory 4 is being shown off. Finally, a game with a title we can read!
  • Sega, Namco and Capcom’s game, Project X Zone gets its first trailer showing off characters from each of the three companies.
  • Mario Tennis Open gameplay is looking very impressive… for a tennis game. Customisation looks pretty in-depth.
  • A turn-based strategy game with Download Play being its main feature…?
  • More collectible AR cards in the style of Kid Icarus: Uprising for said strategy game.
  • Wow, Download Play, AR cards and… Twitter integration!?
  • Cartoony football game for 3DS that we’ve seen before looks… the same as before.
  • … Seems to emphasise three-player versus.
  • New Nintendo 3DS firmware update adds folders!
  • Now we can finally sort our NES Ambassador games from our GBA Ambassador games!
  • Is he talking about Mario Kart 7 DLC? He seemed to say ‘Mario Kart 7,’ then ‘Nintendo eShop.’ [It was actually a patch for the Wuhu Island track glitch!]
  • What’s this!? A Kid Icarus: Uprising… sequel? DLC? What is this!? [Turns out it was the first of two rather long videos teaching you how to adjust the controls in Uprising.]
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising CD available for either 400 or 250… somethings. Club Nintendo points?
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s graphics are looking very nice indeed.
  • Monster Hunter Tri G menu screen. [Possibly showing DLC quests?]
  • And now, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy gameplay.
  • Animal Crossing 3DS screens – a confirmed 2012 release for the game in Japan.
  • 2D Super Mario game for Nintendo 3DS screens shown!! Called New Super Mario Bros. 2!
  • Another Etrian Odyssey IV trailer now.
  • Etrian Odyssey IV has ‘Casual’ difficulty mode, for you n00bs out there.
  • Is this a Wii U game? What’s that tablet this presenter woman’s using?
  • Not a Wii U controller, it seems.
  • More Kid Icarus gameplay? Um, Nintendo, you released this game already.
  • It seems to be focusing on the controls a lot, and they did mention the eShop earlier. Are they releasing a patch? [No, they were telling us in more detail how to adjust the controls.]
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 releasing in August in America! Might we get the game earlier?! We hope so!
  • Aaand, that’s it?

That was indeed ‘it’. What do you make of the announcements? More importantly, did you wake up at 4am to watch?

Of course, this was the Japanese Nintendo Direct stream; Nintendo of Europe shall be hosting their own at mid-day today. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with that, follow our Twitter account as we’ll be doing yet another live tweet-along. Until then, back to sleep!

News: Earn a Free Download of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus from Club Nintendo

As part of Nintendo’s new ‘Nintendo 3DS Games Registration Reward’ programme, you could earn yourself a free download of the re-mastered NES game, Kid Icarus by purchasing and registering two of fifteen eligible Nintendo 3DS titles on the Club Nintendo website.

Limited Edition 3DSes

Get your hands on one of these, too.

For those not content with a free, re-made NES game, over-18s will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw in which they can win one of 3,000 limited edition, Mario-styled Nintendo 3DS consoles.

To redeem your free download of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus, simply register two of the following games to your Club Nintendo account before January 31st, 2012:

Resident Evil: Revelations
Mario Kart 7
Super Pokémon Rumble
Super Mario 3D Land
Tetris
Star Fox 64 3D
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Steel Diver
Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever and New Friends
Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog and New Friends
Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle and New Friends
Pilotwings Resort
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

 

News: Sakurai Can Improve on Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Masahiro Sakurai, the lead developer behind the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Kid Icarus: Uprising, believes that he can improve on Super Smash Bros. Brawl, arguably his greatest game to date; despite the comments made in the Official Nintendo Magazine’s review back in 2008:

Our only other concern is where the series goes from here. Brawl isn’t so much a continuation of the franchise as a culmination and it’s hard to see what improvements can be made… You simply have to buy this game, if only for the fact that you’ll probably never have to buy another iteration of it ever again.

Three years later, however, and the developer has spoken up about how Brawl can be improved upon and  how the quality of the Wii U iteration of Super Smash Bros. can be determined pre-release by Kid Icarus: Uprising:

There are many things that can be improved upon even in Brawl. Also, I think you can base your expectations of the new Smash Bros. once you see how well-made Kid Icarus is. The director of each game is the same, but because I regularly change my team around after projects, we will be able to see how good the team is then.

He then went on to mention the character roster and how it is currently undecided. Unsurprising, considering development of the game is yet to begin.

That [character roster] is completely undecided, but it is true that Nintendo has not created many new characters lately.