As you may have noticed from the trailers and screenshots, Nintendo have added in all new detailed backgrounds to the 3DS version of Kid Icarus (the NES version) that’s now available on the eShop. But what’s more interesting about this isn’t just about this one game, but the questions it raises about the classic games Nintendo is rereleasing. Will they too be edited?
And while it’s not exactly a big change to add these backgrounds, since none of the sprite or foreground graphics themselves seem to have been changed, it could open up the possibility of lots more minor changes being made to rereleased games. Indeed, I’d say to some degree a lot of NES and Game Boy games would be vastly improved by this kind of thing.
Take early Game Boy Color games for instance. If they could just edit the palettes for them to make them less eye searing it’d be a real improvement, don’t you think? Wario Land II was one of the worst games hit here, since it decided to make one whole world bright pink and purple to the point some people’s eyes likely bled after looking at the screen too long. It wouldn’t take much effort, but if they could just tastefully tone down Syrup Castle’s colour scheme, as seen in the video, I’d definitely thank them for it:
A new trailer for 3D Classics Kid Icarus, released by Nintendo just today. I have to admit, the new backgrounds they added to the game do look pretty nice (even if they do clash with the NES era foregrounds quite a bit), and the game itself look as good as it ever was.
Watch the trailer below:
Still, what do you think of this game?
According to Edge (the magazine), it might be true. They say that the release date for the game in Europe is Q3, or the third quarter of the current fiscal year. Now admittedly, that’s kind of vague, there are many months in each fiscal year quarter, but it does imply the game will be out within a year from the current date.
Unfortunately for those in the US though, they didn’t even give a release date for them, with the US release information being labelled as ‘TBA’. Sorry, you might be waiting a bit longer if you ever get the game at all.
So, is this information from Edge accurate?
This one seems to give a good indication to the game’s story too. As it generally says in the trailer:
The underworld armies are invading and the humans are taking a beating! They need our (presumably referring to Pit and the centurions) help!
That’s what plays out in this trailer. First you see Medusa’s return, then the armies of darkness attacking and destroying pretty much everything in the setting, as well as Pit valiantly trying to fight them back.
There’s also reference to the ‘three sacred treasures’ from the original, which for whatever reason are now found on the space pirate ship shown in earlier videos and screenshots. Presumably these are needed to defeat Medusa, like in the NES game.
Cameos and throwbacks seem to be all over the place too, with the characters practically saying out loud how long it’s been since the last adventure and the villain saying that her and Pit have finally met again. Not to mention the footage from the NES game sprinkled throughout the video such as when the sacred treasures are first mentioned. It definitely seems to be aimed at the people who played the original game as much as those who’re new to the series.
We also hear of an underwater palace, presumably another level in the game. All in all, it’s a really nice trailer and one that gets me very excited for Kid Icarus Uprising’s release. What do you think of it?
Yes, it’s up for the video game BAFTAS in the UK for one thing. Here are the relevant awards where 3DS games like Super Mario 3D Land have been nominated:
Batman: Arkham City
Super Mario 3D Land
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
Best Family Game
Dance Central 2
Kinect Sports 2
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Mario Kart 7
Mobile & Handheld
Dead Space iOS
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
Super Mario 3D Land
It’s not particularly much unfortunately, but hey, you should definitely vote Mario Kart 7 for best family game. And Super Mario 3D Land for best mobile game, although to be perfectly honest, Mario Kart 7 should have been the one nominated for that instead. But that’s just my thoughts.