Conclusion: Kid Icarus: Uprising is, for the most part, a well-built game. It looks great, it's wonderful to listen to, the weapons are fun to play with, and there are plenty of extras to keep you engaged for ages. Unfortunately, the awkward controls will undoubtedly bring some players down, especially as the game's on-foot action sequences drag on. Don't give up, though. With a little work, you'll hopefully find a way to play Kid Icarus: Uprising that's comfortable for you.
Summary: The Mario Sports games are known for being larger than life and filled with color, bombast, and hyper-unrealistic movesets. Mario Tennis Open eschews much of this, following in the footsteps of some of Nintendo's earlier tennis games in an attempt to become a purer, more focused tennis experience. It doesn't quite hit the mark, falling somewhere between the two styles.
Pros: Fun with a few friends
Cons: The tennis never hits its stride, Far too easy until an 11th-hour difficulty spike, Convoluted control schemes
Summary: Kid Icarus: Uprising has been a long time coming. It has been 21 years since the last original entry in the series and, understandably, fans of angelic hero Pit have been calling for a new game for quite some time. Despite a thoroughly modern makeover, Uprising is a pure celebration of the 1987 original. There's an initial hurdle in the form of the game's controls, but once you master that learning curve Uprising provides a deep, satisfying experience.
Pros: A deep shooter with tons of customization options, Visually stunning, with excellent use of 3D, Laugh-out-loud funny dialogue, Colourful, fun art direction
Cons: Controls require getting used to, Fiddly platforming segments
Conclusion: Whilst there is nothing really new about Mario Open Tennis, it must be said that at its core it's a very solid game. The 3D graphics are a real selling point, but more importantly the gaming experience is one that really stands out. The new control features offer something new and different. Activating the 3DS's vertical gyro sensors allows you to switch between perspectives, from a more action orientated view to an overhead perspective.
Kid Icarus Uprising review: Daring reinvention is 3DS's most exciting game yet
23 March 2012
Summary: Love hurts. No pain no gain. Can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. Why so many ways of saying 'take the bad with the good'? Probably because of the vast number of good things with bad bits. Sustaining third-degree burns from a delicious McDonald's apple pie. Laughing at the Muppets Movie while feeling sexually confused about Miss Piggy. Lining Rupert Murdoch's pockets as you enjoy Game Of Thrones on Sky Atlantic. Now we can add Kid Icarus to the list.
Conclusion: But it's games that are the main attraction of the DS. Owners of Game Advance/SP will be pleased to know that their games will run on the DS, but the real progression is in the DS-only games that take full advantage of the dual screen. Titles expected to launch in the UK includ Project Rub - where players talk into the in-built mic - and Wario Ware. Both are innovative, making full use of the touch screen.