Kid Icarus: Uprising to be first Nintendo game to use 3DS’s Circle Pad Pro

The controversial Circle Pad Pro is already out in Japan, and will be shipping in the UK at the end of this month and in the US February 7, both alongside the first internationally released title to use the attachment, Resident Evil: Revelations. So far all the games that we knew were compatible with the second thumb pad were third party: RE: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Monster Hunter 3G. Now comes word that at least one Nintendo game will use the attachment, and the Kid Icarus reboot will be using it for a good reason.


As explained to Official Nintendo Magazine, Smash Bros mastermind and Kid Icarus: Uprising’s director Masahiro Sakurai explained why his upcoming game would use the add-on. Unlike other titles, it won’t be for camera control, instead helping left-handed players. As we noticed during previous demos of the game, Uprising controls using the left Circle Pad, L trigger and touch screen felt strange enough to a right handed person, but could be real difficult for lefties. The new set-up should allow players to control movement with the right pad and move the shooting reticle with the touch screen, which just might feel the same as the game does for righties.

So there’s at least one of the big complaints with the upcoming game dealt with. The game hits US shelves March 23.

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  • talleyXIV - January 10, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Bundle for $50? That would be nice.
  • BladedFalcon - January 10, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    Oh Gawd, that voice acting is awful... Otherwise, this game looks pretty cool. And heh, yet another nintendo property with an evil clone... Late to the party for this week's top 7 XD
  • Poggs - January 10, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    I remember this being a problem when I played Mario Hoops 3 on 3. The world is so cruel to us lefties...
  • GuildedBlood - January 10, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    I just noticed that Kid Icarus and I guess Fire Emblem to an extent are the only series of games by Nintendo that uses voice acting. Strange.
  • shawksta - January 10, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    There were other certain games with it aswell, like Other M.
  • shawksta - January 10, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Sakurai thinks fast, that is good for lefties. Also, stop whinning, the game was made for Stylus control, thats the damn point of the DS/3DS. The circle pad pro came while they were already farther developing it, they dont HAVE to use it, they made good use of it without Changing gameplay. Stylus control is better off than Pad control, its not COD, the aiming is Different afterall.
  • TheKey - January 10, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Argh, I was so excited when I saw the title and instantly thought "Well now the camera won't be a problem." Only to learn that it wouldn't be used for the camera. It would be so easy, too! What's the benefit of using the stylus?
  • trackstar007 - January 10, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    im hoping using it for camera control is at least an option. why in god's name would i cramp my hands using a stylus to aim when i have a perfectly good second analog stick sitting right there
  • shawksta - January 10, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    Cause its not your usual FPS aiming thats why. This kind of aiming is made better for Stylus and motion.
  • comaqi - January 10, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    Can Nintendo please just quit living?
  • Cyberninja - January 10, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    its a company not a person and no Nintendo will be around to the end of video games
  • TrAnMu - January 10, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    I ask that you do the same.

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