Kid Icarus doesn't run very well on 3DS

Don't worry, the game itself looks to 'run' just fine. But the same can't be said for its protagonist, Pitt. Who gave the go-ahead for this running animation? Or rather, both these running animations. Kid Icarus runs like a... well, giraffe is the kind word, but we had some more colourful alternatives in our meeting this morning. It's like a child pretending to be a horse. And even the sprint makes his legs look about twice as long as they should be. Observe:

Perhaps the Project Sora team are fans of Eddie Izzard (skip to 1:14 if you must)...

Fortunately, the game itself is looking stunning. In fact, we'd say it looks like a modern-day Space Harrier - complete with a multi-headed dragon (at which point it even goes a bit Shadow of the Colossus). Ratchet-style grind rails, Panzer Dragoon-style lock-ons... and even though the running itself is poor, it's good to see some on-foot sections that aren't just on-rails shooting. See it all in these further gameplay videos for you to ogle:

Utterly magical, I'm sure you'll agree. Despite being given plenty of showreel time at the 3DS' unveiling, Kid Icarus: Uprising is not down as a 3DS launch title for Japan next month. But we're happy to wait a little longer - this looks like being be a rare instance of actual gaming magic and we want it to be perfect.

Even if he does run like a... (snip!)

10 Jan, 2010

Source: CVG


  • monsterhunter3rox - January 14, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    he also runs like that in Brawl. ReCAPTCHA: Icarus!!! whoa.
  • AWBrawler - January 12, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    Well, actually I have been waiting for a new Pit since N64 ever since it skipped SNES
  • jmcgrotty - January 11, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    When are you guys going to post the "stunning looking" videos of this game? I didn't expect the system to be as much of a failure as this appears to be, but this is not looking good. So now for the 3DS, we have the 3D gimmick, which is not enough to keep the system alive and is a fad already passed, along with graphics that aren't worth putting on a TI-85. Is it too late for Nintendo to scrap this projecet?
  • ChuckB - January 11, 2011 4:14 a.m.

    He's carrying a big gun; you want to him to carry it like a COD NPC?
  • laurenhiya21 - January 11, 2011 3:49 a.m.

    his running looks a bit odd.... but it isn't THAT bad the game is way too awesome for me to care about that anyway
  • Eliath - January 11, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Justin, You have linked Eddie Izzard with videogames. You sir, are genius. Also... the animation does look funny.
  • EnigmaSpirit - January 10, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    I don't really mind it... Watching those gameplay videos I got smacked in the face from the awesome.
  • Nap1400 - January 10, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    @Lionzest7 Stop trolling. The internet would be a better place without people that purposely enrage other users
  • Aletheon - January 10, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    The running is cool. Stop being babies.
  • CandiedJester - January 10, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    Haha, he does look like he runs like a horse. How silly. I don't know if I'll buy this when I get my 3ds, though. Doesn't look like my type of game.
  • Lionzest7 - January 10, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    looks like typical kid icarus, a platformer no one cared or played before smash brothers melee. Then overrated highly by a crowd that didn't know it existed until the melee trophy, all culminating in his introduction to brawl. All because some silly average platformer had a melee appearence.
  • CharlieFockstrot - January 10, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Skipping like an 5 year old girl is going to be a big trend for 2011, we'll all be doin' it, just wait and see.
  • Xifihas - January 10, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    I was going to dismiss this game as an over-rated piece of crap like the last two games (take off your nostalgia goggles people, they were badly designed, poorly executed and loaded with fake difficulty) but now that I've seen some actual gameplay footage of the game I'm willing to consider it. Exchanging the crappy bow with the 5cm range for a machine-gun sword is a big improvement in my book. The game still probably won't be a day-one purchase but it's actually on my radar now.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - January 10, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Eddie Izzard is an amazing comedian, and his comedy can be universally appreciated as long as you're willing to keep your brain awake for his lightning-quick wit.
  • Hamburgers - January 10, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    A misleading title on Gamesradar played off as a joke? What a suprise...
  • Felixthecat - January 10, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Yeah, don't care. At all. The game looks absolutely brilliant at the minute. I'm too drawn in by the fantastic looking gameplay rather than a running animation.
  • Robusken - January 10, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    It does look a bit odd but I guess it makes sense considering he flys and stuff. Those graphics...and is that a rifle gun thing that hes using? Hype is building for me @.@
  • RonnyLive19881 - January 10, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    You ever watch our guys walk on the moon? The gravity made them so light they had to skip to get anywhere. Pit has wings and well, was very light weight in Brawl so maybe that was what Nintendo is going for. He is so light on his feet skipping is his best resort to full on flying...
  • TruckThunders - January 10, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    While I don't have an interest in Kid Icarus, I had to comment just because of the Eddie Izzard reference.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - January 10, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    I agree the gallop is a bit strange looking but it's not a deal breaker for me or anything

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