Sunday, March 25, 2012

Last Stand Standing

Kid Icarus Uprising, the long-awaited(?) revival of the dormant Nintendo franchise has finally arrived! This new 3DS installment comes courtesy of Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai and it shows. Everything from the plot to the gameplay to the amount of content to even the menus is on a level of craziness rivaled only by, well, Smash Bros. I haven't finished it yet but I'm really enjoying it so far. It's a great example of how to bring back a forgotten series, specifically a Nintendo one. I'm hoping Ice Climbers is next.

But this is not a review of that game. This is a review of the revolutionary new accessory it comes bundled with: The Nintendo 3DS Stand (pictured above). Now the circle pad pro, which I also own, from a few months ago may have added some important functionality, what with its second analog stick. However this stand may have it beat. It makes an entire game playable. Without the stand, the controls of Kid Icarus are awkward and hand-cramping but with it they are just awkward. This is only an issue early on though. With enough practice the game plays fine with or without a stupid stand. However, just as one needs to crawl before they can walk, so too does this stand play a vital role in one's gaming development.

Plus it's pretty neat how it folds up.

3 stars

More ironic reviews. I'm sorry. Luckily Spring Break is over meaning this should theoretically be the last one of these for a while.

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