Monday, December 05, 2011

Whoa, 3D Classics: Kid Icarus looks ... weird

The first footage of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus has been released and, well, it's kind of weird. Before I share any more of my opinions on this future eShop title, though, maybe you should watch the footage in question:

So, what do you think? Personally, I'm not a fan of the new high-resolution backgrounds, which give the game a "high-quality ROM hack" sort of feel that doesn't sit all that well with me at the moment.

The good news, especially for grouches like me who aren't exactly enamored with the backdrops, is that it's likely the game will be given to many 3DS owners for free. That's already the case in Europe and Japan, actually--folks who live in those regions and register two 3DS games by a certain date get a free copy of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus plus earn a chance to win one of three special Mario-branded 3DS systems--and I have a feeling Nintendo of America will announce a similar promotion for our neck of the woods sooner rather than later.



Viewtiful_Justin said...

I don't hate it. I'll be interested to see if we get it for free over here. I'm game for that.

kidicarus222 said...

Yay/boo. I'm with you on this. Great that more people will get a chance to play this game, but I'm not sure why they wouldn't have just given it an all-over remake a la Super Mario All-Stars.

But it should also be said that I want every game to get a Super Mario All-Stars-style remake.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Justin: If NOA doesn't offer NA gamers the same deal NOE and NOJ have offered their region's gamers, I'm going to be royally pissed. I want to get a free copy of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus and a shot at that Princess Peach 3DS, dammit!

Other than that, I respect your non-hatred of the new backdrops in this version of the game. I understand why they did it -- it would be hard for them to make the game appear 3D with those black backgrounds -- bit still, I'm not a fan. Thankfully, I have two copies of the NES original (one for GBA, one for Wii), so I'm not exactly clamoring for another.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Drew: Oh, I understand why they didn't give it an all-over remake -- they wanted to save time and money!

BTW, you'll likely think I'm crazy for saying this, but I'm not a fan of Super Mario All-Stars. Oh, I love having all four games on one cart, but I don't much like the graphical overhaul the games received.

That said, I wish more games would be remade in such a way. I really wanted those same games to be remade using the New SMB Wii engine, for instance. Also, I really want the first Zelda to be remade in some modern way.

Anyway, which games in particular would you like to receive an All-Stars-esque remake -- if you're willing to share?

famicomfreak said...

With all honesty, I do like the backgrounds they have added. I have played this game and failed miserable so many times. When this game comes out, I will give it one last go and make sure I finish it! I can't wait to take it on!

Bryan Ochalla said...

There's nothing wrong with liking the new backgrounds, Famicom Freak -- especially if they get you to give the game another try. I've always loved this game myself, and I think it's too bad that so many people seem to hate it these days. Yes, it's difficult, and even kind of "cheap," but it's unique and features some pretty great graphics and music, especially for the time, and it deserves a bit more love that it usually gets, in my opinion.

Retr0gamer said...

Kid Icarus really isn't that tough to beat. It starts off outrageously tough but once you beat the first boss it's a breeze. You spend so much time in the first dungeon farming hearts so you can get the items you need and replenishing your health that when you beat the boss and level up for the first time you'll be close to fully levelled. Then it's a walk in the park. Just getting to that point is tough.

Not a fan of the game though, it hasn't aged that well but it is interesting.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I agree for the most part, Retr)gamer. In my experience, at least, Kid Icarus starts off *really* tough, but once you get a hang of things, and once you level up a bit, it becomes much easier. That said, I wouldn't say it ever becomes a cake walk -- at least not for me!

Also, although I really like Kid Icarus myself, I can understand not being a fan of the game, as there are many things about it that can be off-putting.

Retr0gamer said...

I still think it's worth a play,even if it is just for curiosity and to see all the ideas that were so original at the time. The RPG elements in a platformer were very forward thinking, it's a pity it wasn't implimented as well as it could. I bet most people didn't get far enough to realise they were present :)

There's also the great soundtrack!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yes, I agree, Retr0gamer. I especially think people who didn't play it as youngsters, or people who played it briefly but didn't give it a fair shake, should give it a go, if only to experience the interesting level layouts and RPG-ish elements -- and, like you said, to hear the wonderful soundtrack (one of my favorites from the era).

kidicarus222 said...

If they could remake anything? Mother. And Mother 3. In English.

Was that cheating?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, I'd definitely like a Mother remake, Drew. Mother 3, I'm not so sure about. It's graphics are perfect as is, if you ask me, although it would be nice to get an official localization for it.