One Concern with Kid Icarus Uprising; How is the game going to be balanced?

Because let’s face it, Nintendo’s never been a company that’s been very good at balance in competitive games, and Mario Kart, Smash Bros and Pokemon have ended up so broken as to be nearly ridiculous. And with Kid Icarus Uprising seemingly aiming to be a Super Smash Bros level free for all fighting/shooting/online multiplayer focused game, I have to wonder how it’s going to avoid these two problems:

1. One weapon/item/character being so overpowered as to be near enough impossible to counter

With the hundreds of the possible weapon combinations due to being able to unlock different types, plus the many ways you can fuse them, I have to wonder how Nintendo plans to make sure no one combination is overpowered to the point of making all others redundant.

Pokemon fell straight into this problem (see Garchomp in Diamond and Peal, Wobbuffet in earlier gens and dream world abilities in Black and White), and Super Smash Bros Brawl’s tier list is well known (and what do you know, Meta Knight turned out to be so good he ended up in his own tier and banned from some tournaments).

I just really worry that we’ll see someone find some ‘best’ combination of weapons to fuse together and end up with everyone using the same stuff, limiting the variety of the game.  Like how in Mario Kart Wii, it ended up being more like ‘Funky Bowser Bike Wii’ given how little variety there was online.

2. The game falling prey to tons of glitches due to all the weird things the items can do

Anyone who’s played Mario Kart online or ever checked out Metroid Prime Hunters should know exactly what I mean by this.  Complicated games with a ton of content and game mechanics are practically impossible to thoroughly playtest prior to the game’s release, and all the titles mentioned have near enough been rendered unplayable due to glitch abuse.

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Kid Icarus Uprising Videos from Nintendo Direct plus other information

Well, there were enough of them that I think they deserved their own post to be honest, along with some analysis of the game’s various features.  First of all, here’s the original Japanese trailer/footage of the game:

Next, the English trailers.  Bizarrely, it seems Nintendo of Europe/America/whoever split the above footage in multiple videos, so we’ve got one with the interview, one about the weapons and one about the multiplayer:

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Seems like an awkward way to distribute Kid Icarus Uprising AR Cards Nintendo

Remember how a lot of hype has made about the AR cards you can get for Kid Icarus Uprising to have the game’s characters battle each other on your desk through augumented reality?  Or how supposedly, you’re supposed to get these cards through purchases or events?

Well, Nintendo has come up with a rather novel way of distributing them in Europe.  And by novel, I mean a way that’s pretty much annoying as hell.

You get 6 free with the game.  If you pre order it, you get another 24.  But if you want more?

You’ll also be able to get hold of exclusive Kid Icarus AR Cards through Club Nintendo. For 250 Stars you’ll be able to get 2 packs containing 6 AR cards each. Some packs will also include extremely rare cards.

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New Legend of Zelda Game coming to 3DS soon?

It’s not exactly confirmed, but a recent SwapNote sent to buyers of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D by Eiji Aonuma certainly implies a new Zelda game is in the works for 3DS.

It obviously says ‘I hope you’re looking forward to new Legend of Zelda games’, with the various eight bit sprites saying ‘yes’.    Now, it may sound a bit crazy, but I think that’s pretty good evidence new Zelda games on 3DS are being considered, or even released in the nearish future.

Then again, the odd capitalisation worries me a bit.  Note the capital ‘N’.  Does that mean ‘New Legend of Zelda’ as in ‘New Super Mario Bros’?  Because that would be an interesting thing to, and a plausible type of game to make after Skyward Sword.  You could even, if you were very, very cynical read it as Aonuma saying ‘I hope you’re looking forward to these kinds of Zelda games because I don’t want to make them’.

But let’s be positive and assume the best… what kind of Zelda game could possibly be in the pipeline for the 3DS in the future?

Nintendo Direct; The Trailers for Fire Emblem, the Rolling Western and More

Recorded directly from the Nintendo Direct live stream, here are some videos of various important games.  First up, the trailer for Fire Emblem Awakening:

Next, we’ve got one for The Rolling Western:

As well as another one for Mario Tennis Open.  Note that these may have Iwata himself speaking in the background, that’s unavoidable due to where I got the videos.

There’s also one for Etrian Oddysey IV.  It’s the first footage we’ve ever gotten of the game as far as I know, and why it’s not the best first trailer in the world, it should be interesting regardless.

Culdcept is another game which got a new trailer, and while it’s not exactly a game I’m interested in (seems to be about battling with cards in a sort of virtual tabletop game type set up), the trailer looks okay:

As well as a new trailer for Rune Factory 4.  Nice trailer, although the music is obnoxiously loud and completely non understandable to anyone who can’t speak Japanese:

On another note, while it’s not from Nintendo Direct, there’s also this second Rolling Western trailer someone on Youtube has uploaded.  Looks nice:

There are also some nifty release dates:

  • The Rolling Western: Today, aka February 22nd, right after Nintendo Direct
  • Game Gear games on 3DS Virtual Console: March
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Sometime on 2012
  • Mario Tennis: 25th May 2012
  • Fire Emblem Awakening: 2012
  • Kid Icarus Uprising: March 23rd 2012

Those are the known European release dates for the 3DS games shown.  Any not mention haven’t got a confirmed release date yet.

Oh, and Nintendo of America’s presentation?  That can be found below, and formally announces Xenoblade’s US release:

What do you think?  I’ll edit this when the Kid Icarus Uprising video is uploaded.