Kid Icarus and Kirby's Adventure getting 3D Classics

The 3D Classics section of the Nintendo eShop hasn't really lived up to its potential. At first, it seemed as though Nintendo would be releasing classic 3D remakes on a regular basis - something which, obviously, helped us justify picking up the 3DS early on. It looked as though that might be the case after the eShop kicked it off with a free download of Excitebike, but since then, Nintendo hasn't really given it too much love. Instead of games like Zelda and Mario, Nintendo has been releasing games like Xevious, Twinbee and, Urban Champion. Yeah.

Thankfully, that may finally be changing. Nintendo has revealed that two beloved NES games that are getting the 3D Classic treatments: Kid Icarus and Kirby's Adventure. Too bad neither is confirmed for a US release.

Above: Kirby (left) and Kid Icarus (right) will look like this, except more 3D.

Kid Icarus was revealed during a Japanese press conference last night, which explains why it wasn't confirmed for a US release. It's going to be free in Japan to everyone who enters the "Chotto Mario na Nintendo 3DS Campaign," which will reward 3,000 lucky gamers with awesome, limited-edition 3DS consoles. There's no release date for that just yet (or word on if we'll be able to win said awesome handhelds), but odds are Nintendo will try and make it available before Kid Icarus: Uprising comes out next year for the 3DS.

Kirby's Adventure has us excited as well, even if it isn't officially coming to America either. There's an excuse for that as well: it was announced in a European press release. Kirby's last NES outing will be bumped to 3D and released on November 17, and wee've a feeling a US release can't be far behind, especially with the impending release of Kirby's Return to Dreamland for the Wii next week.

We've reached out to Nintendo for confirmation that either of these games is US-bound, and we'll be sure to keep you updated. It's so good to actually care about 3D Classics again, isn't it?

Oct 21, 2011


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  • Ravenbom - October 22, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    I would buy the sh!t out of those games.
  • Nintendophile - October 22, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    I swear I read this article's title three times, and each time I read "Classics" as "Glasses".
  • shawksta - October 21, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Its awesome,2 awesome classics, and no doubt they will come to america. they also announced more 3DS games exclusive for the Eshop, some that were already in japan coming to the US,like Hiku Osu, and some so far for japan, but one of interest is a very old FIRST PARTY Nintendo game that appeared on the Famicom disk back at 1986, which is getting reborn for the Eshop, its been called the "The Mystery of Muraame Castle", Im excited as this was an old-School Nintendo favorite waiting to be reborn, much like sin and punishment, it makes you realize just how big of a first party Nintendo got.
  • losthero15 - October 21, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    I can't see either of these games not coming to the US. Especially Kid Icarus, seems like a great way to hype uprising
  • badgraphix1 - October 21, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    That explains why Kid Icarus wasn't an ambassador game, but why make it a 3D classic? All it has is a black background and it seems like a waste.
  • shawksta - October 21, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    Its called, "Nintendo Magic", they always think of something magical no matter the odds, like how they are the only ones who could use the wii's true potential hardware.
  • codystovall - October 21, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    speaking of kirby and 3ds, I wish theyd remake cystal shards like ocarina and star fox. Hell just remake all the best character title from n64 and gamecube and Ill be happy.

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