No more arrows, no more saving goddesses, no more Kid Icarus on Nintendo DSes. Kid Icarus: Uprising, released in March for Nintendo 3DS, was the first brand new game to star winged hero Pit to his a Nintendo console in 25 years. It’s quite a good game, despite its frustrating touch screen controls. If anything, it was an imperfect foundation on which to build a new series for Nintendo, another spoke in its wheel of franchises that keeps the company rolling. Now its creator Masahiro Sakurai says that a sequel is unlikely.
Speaking with IGN on Wednesday, Sakurai was asked if he and his Kid Icarus team Project Sora had built a “rich, lasting universe so that it could be easily returned to.” He put the kibosh on that right quick: “If by ‘lasting universe’ you mean to ask if there’s a sequel, the answer is no.”
“We pushed a lot into the game in order to let people have this short yet deep experience, but the novelty of that would likely grow thin in the next game,” said Sakurai, “For now, my thought is that perhaps we’ll see someone else besides me make another Kid Icarus in another 25 years.”
You are a mean person, Mr. Sakurai. First you build an incredibly fun game that physically harms the people playing it with hand cramps and then tell them they’re playing it wrong. Then you dash their hopes, telling them they’ll have to wait another quarter century for a follow up with more gracious controls. Why do you hate us so much? Is it because we said Super Smash Bros. Melee was better than Super Smash Bros. Brawl?
While Sakurai’s statements might seem like a second death for the obsessives that have carried a torch for Kid Icarus all these years, take a deep breath and then a swig of calming, delicious water. Sakurai said that he and Project Sora won’t make another Kid Icarus game and that he thinks he’s made a definitive statement that doesn’t need revision. He’s wrong of course. Kid Icarus: Uprising needs better controls, no questions asked. He’s also wrong that there won’t be another Kid Icarus for 25 years. If Uprising sells, Nintendo will make another Kid Icarus. It may very well farm out the project to one of the Western studios it’s come to rely on for quality games. It was rumored for years actually that Metroid Prime creators Retro Studios were working on a Kid Icarus reboot. Maybe they’ll get the next crack.
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