Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer Details Revealed

It seems like that E3 2010 announcement of the return of Kid Icarus was an absolute eternity away, which is why we’ve flagged somewhat in our enthusiasm for the release, slated for 23rd March this year. Still, it has been 25 years since the winged one has made an appearance, so we’ve hung in there and kept an eye on any passing news, and the latest from Ninty are details on the various multiplayer modes  and other features included in the game:

Light vs. Dark – Two teams of three are pitted against one another, with their ultimate goal being to empty the opposing team’s health meter, which transforms the last defeated team member into an angel. The team who defeats the opposing team’s angel wins.

Free-for-All – Up to six players (including CPU players) combat each other in a winner-takes-all match. Winners are determined by high score, heavily influenced by both the number of kills and the number of deaths.

Match Set-up – Both Light vs. Dark and Free-for-All multiplayer modes are playable through local wireless play or online for those with broadband Internet access. CPU players will fill out the roster if there are fewer than six players in a match. Duration of the match, CPU difficulty, weapons and team handicaps are all customisable prior to beginning a battle.

Weapons and Weapon Fusion – The wide variety of weapons a player has collected in single-player mode can be used during multiplayer matches. Players can also earn additional weapons as rewards in multiplayer play. Players can choose set combinations of weapons and powers before entering into a match, and can also fuse weapons together at the Arms Altar. Fusing two weapons will result in a single, more powerful weapon that retains some of the key benefits of each, giving players the ability to customise weapons to match their play style. Fused weapons can also be used in multiplayer matches.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a 3DS title if it didnt utilise the StreetPass functionality and in Kid Icarus, it gives players the chance to share one of their weapons with other KI:U gamers.  The weapon is turned into a ‘Weapon Gem’ which, when shared, can be converted into a  real weapon by paying hearts.  Not only that, but more powerful weapons can be created by fusing several Weapon Gems together.  Nice.

Kid Icarus: Uprising launches on 23rd March.

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