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Platform 3DS Publisher Nintendo Developer Project Sora Release Date 03/23/2012

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Kid Icarus: Uprising review: On the wings of love

Kid Icarus: Uprising effectively achieves a task that, in all my years of playing video games, I didn't know could be executed: It manages to make something from nothing. You may hold a soft spot in your heart for the NES original. I encourage you to go back and play it. Consider its lack of character depth and its unbelievably punishing difficulty levels. Then envision how you'd develop a sequel 26 years and five gaming console generations later. The developer, Project Sora, has picked through the bones of the experience that the original game presented, and fortified every concept with a level of thoughtfulness and charm that few other developers are able to wield. If Kid Icarus was a rough draft, then Uprising is an inspired revision. Kid Icarus: Uprising doesn't waste any...

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Kid Icarus: Uprising Releases
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  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 03/23/2012
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Project Sora
    • Score 9
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