Kid Icarus: Uprising's Surprise Use of Circle Pad Pro

Posted by patrickklepek (6012 posts) -
Kid Icarus: Uprising was one of the first games announced for 3DS, and soon it'll finally be here.

Left-handed players can now look forward to playing Kid Icarus: Uprising properly, as The Official Nintendo Magazine UK reports the game will leverage Circle Pad Pro to aid the left-handed.

Circle Pad Pro add-on hasn’t launched outside of Japan yet, but the general use for the accessory, which gives 3DS two analog sticks, has been to more organically map camera or aiming controls.

Nintendo had not shown much interest in throwing its own weight behind Circle Pad Pro, suggesting it was a bone thrown towards third-parties. That Circle Pad Pro won’t be sold anywhere but Nintendo.com and GameStop lends more credence to the theory.

Kid Icarus: Uprising director Masahiro Sakurai claims he didn’t know about Circle Pad Pro until its announcement, which is why its use is limited. Even with more time, that might not have changed.

“[That] would end up being just the same as controls on other platforms and I think the quick aiming possible with the touch panel suits the game best,” said Sakurai.

Circle Pad Pro launches over here on February 7, aka my birthday, and Kid Icarus: Uprising hits March 23.

#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6012 posts) -
Kid Icarus: Uprising was one of the first games announced for 3DS, and soon it'll finally be here.

Left-handed players can now look forward to playing Kid Icarus: Uprising properly, as The Official Nintendo Magazine UK reports the game will leverage Circle Pad Pro to aid the left-handed.

Circle Pad Pro add-on hasn’t launched outside of Japan yet, but the general use for the accessory, which gives 3DS two analog sticks, has been to more organically map camera or aiming controls.

Nintendo had not shown much interest in throwing its own weight behind Circle Pad Pro, suggesting it was a bone thrown towards third-parties. That Circle Pad Pro won’t be sold anywhere but Nintendo.com and GameStop lends more credence to the theory.

Kid Icarus: Uprising director Masahiro Sakurai claims he didn’t know about Circle Pad Pro until its announcement, which is why its use is limited. Even with more time, that might not have changed.

“[That] would end up being just the same as controls on other platforms and I think the quick aiming possible with the touch panel suits the game best,” said Sakurai.

Circle Pad Pro launches over here on February 7, aka my birthday, and Kid Icarus: Uprising hits March 23.

#2 Edited by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

#3 Posted by JoeyRavn (5005 posts) -

This is like Nintendo admitted they kinda fucked up with just one analogue stick, right? I'm waiting for the inevitable 3DS revision with both incorporated into the console.

#4 Posted by carlfoster91 (101 posts) -

I don't think I'll like this game but I need something for my 3DS

#5 Posted by BloodEmblem (19 posts) -

@Grissefar: Congrats, your e-peen just got bigger by 1 inch.

#6 Posted by Carlos1408 (1536 posts) -

Coolio. Hope the game turns out to be good. I only found out about it today when I went to a Game store and saw you could pre-order it.

#7 Posted by Maitimo (204 posts) -

I hope this thing doesn't become too integral to the 3DS. I don't particularly want to invest in one.

Online
#8 Posted by Alex_Carrillo (282 posts) -

@JoeyRavn: By allowing a peripheral to be used as an option to help aid left handed players and absolutely nothing else? And selling that peripheral to exactly one retailer?

Enjoy waiting forever.

#9 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

They said at PAX that they were working on a solution for left-handed play, so this doesn't surprise me in the least. That being said, I'll be buying the accessory because hey, I'm a lefty.

#10 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

#11 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1064 posts) -

two analog sticks or not, this game will suck. Literally every preview - and everyone whose touched the game at GDC and E3 in the past - have complained about the awkward, finger killing analog slider/touch screen controls (yeah, because that worked SOOOO well on all the world class, super successful DS First Person Shooters in the past...yeesh). Not to mention the awkward, limited "arena combat" style on-ground gameplay. None of that is very "Kid Icarus-like", which was ultimately just a Metroid style game with some flight/gliding mechanics. Why can't this reboot be a Metroidvania game with gliding/flying mechanics? This is a terrible game, with terrible controls, regardless of if you're right- or left-handed.

#12 Posted by Bismark (7 posts) -

Huh, thats a pretty clever use, i never thought about that. I remember a mode on one of the DS advance wars games that i tried to play and found nearly impossible due to needing to use the D-Pad and Stylus to move and shoot in real time. I eventually settled for just holding the entire device upside down which kinda worked. Of course using the main analogue with my right thumb will have its own issues after years of using it with my left but its a step up from using a stylus with my right hand.

#13 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

@MysteriousBob said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

Sorry if my post got you mad there, Mr. Serious Internet Stranger.

#14 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

I still think that circle pad pro looks like garbage, but I guess they gotta implement it into as many games as possible to someone will actually buy it.

#15 Posted by Brendan (8020 posts) -

@Grissefar said:

@MysteriousBob said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

Sorry if my post got you mad there, Mr. Serious Internet Stranger.

No no, be sorry for yourself. Nobodies mad, everyone just thinks you're incredibly lame. Which is true.

#16 Posted by DXmagma (317 posts) -

@Maitimo said:

I hope this thing doesn't become too integral to the 3DS. I don't particularly want to invest in one.

Chances are it'll come packaged with at least 1 game you'd want to buy.

#17 Posted by carlfoster91 (101 posts) -

@Brendan: Why do you people care so much about what he finds exciting. Its lame that you try to put him down for something that really doesn't affect you.

#18 Posted by KaneRobot (1786 posts) -

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Posting "first" when you get first post on an article here is like going up to make an acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, and then just shitting your pants instead. At least I had a witty comment prepared to ctrl+v when I got my "first."

#19 Posted by EightBitShik (1342 posts) -

@Grissefar: If you were going for the quest you didn't get it because you can't say "first" because it just makes you look stupid. So if you were going for the quest you failed and look stupid if you weren't going for the quest you just look stupid.

#20 Posted by ch3burashka (5178 posts) -

If ever there was evidence that the 3DS was a rush job, this is it (until the 3DS Lite comes out this year). Many a preview mentioned the game's absolute unplayability for left-handed people, and Nintendo's reaction of "Whuh...?" was atrocious. This whole situation is so laughably infuriating, in the way that makes you mad but you don't really care anymore. I just simply cannot imagine how either the hardware or the game made it past prototyping without saying, "Hey guys, what about the 11% percent of the population that is left-handed?" Now that I actually typed it out, I can see how they missed it, but now that we're here, the oversight is dramatic, or stupid at the very least.

#21 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

@Brendan said:

@Grissefar said:

@MysteriousBob said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

Sorry if my post got you mad there, Mr. Serious Internet Stranger.

No no, be sorry for yourself. Nobodies mad, everyone just thinks you're incredibly lame. Which is true.

Can't argue against that.

@KaneRobot said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Posting "first" when you get first post on an article here is like going up to make an acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, and then just shitting your pants instead. At least I had a witty comment prepared to ctrl+v when I got my "first."

Hehe. I guess I should have done one of my usual first puns, which people seem to like. It is pretty funny though, that since I edited it, it didn't get deleted.

#22 Posted by BjornTheUnicorn (358 posts) -

As a lefty who played the demo at E3, I kinda predicted this once the Circle Pad was announced.

#23 Posted by Synthballs (2193 posts) -

@KaneRobot said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Posting "first" when you get first post on an article here is like going up to make an acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, and then just shitting your pants instead. At least I had a witty comment prepared to ctrl+v when I got my "first."

Until I ninja edited my first comment it was "egftfgdrs" or something like that.

#24 Posted by supermonkey122 (857 posts) -

@vinsanityv22 said:

two analog sticks or not, this game will suck. Literally every preview - and everyone whose touched the game at GDC and E3 in the past - have complained about the awkward, finger killing analog slider/touch screen controls (yeah, because that worked SOOOO well on all the world class, super successful DS First Person Shooters in the past...yeesh). Not to mention the awkward, limited "arena combat" style on-ground gameplay. None of that is very "Kid Icarus-like", which was ultimately just a Metroid style game with some flight/gliding mechanics. Why can't this reboot be a Metroidvania game with gliding/flying mechanics? This is a terrible game, with terrible controls, regardless of if you're right- or left-handed.

#25 Posted by Sunjammer (924 posts) -

Can someone explain to me the "thing" here? Because i've played games with crazy non standard use of thumb sticks for years, and I don't recall the Dreamcast being a horrendous tragedy for left handed gamers. I'm just not sold on the severity of the problem. I can play wiimote/nunchuck games with "hands inverted" just fine, and I'm right handed. Maybe people have to start sucking it up and practise something they're uncomfortable with for the grander sake of everything?

Is it really so that all these left handed gamers out there disregarded the DC or GameCube because the sticks weren't the "right way" around?

#26 Posted by Nefhril (74 posts) -

Looks like Resident Evil: Revelations will jump on the Circle Pad train as well :P

http://www.zavvi.com/10580591.html <- Resident Evil: Revelations with Circle Pad Pro Bundle

#27 Edited by ProfessorEss (7469 posts) -

I still think the biggest surprise about Kid Icarus is that people actually still care about Kid Icarus. 
 
@Sunjammer said:

Is it really so that all these left handed gamers out there disregarded the DC or GameCube because the sticks weren't the "right way" around?

I don't know any southpaws (myself included) that play games left handed.
#28 Posted by Bismark (7 posts) -

@Sunjammer: You're forgetting about the stylus of the 3DS. Most left handed people struggle with a pen in their right hand and the stylus is no different. Its not about the buttons, if you have a stylus in your left hand you cant use the joystick.

#29 Posted by Gordo789 (359 posts) -

We never stopped!

@ProfessorEss said:

I still think the biggest surprise about Kid Icarus is that people actually still care about Kid Icarus.
#30 Posted by jjnen (661 posts) -

@Grissefar: I'm with you. Someone must've peed in their coffee or something to get so angry about something this trivial. Wait not trivial... It's a quest so it's srsbsns.

#31 Posted by kennybaese (679 posts) -

Stuff like this is why I'm waiting for inevitable refresh that has the second circle pad built in. If I still care enough to actually buy one that is

#32 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

Circle Pad Pro? That is what that thing is called? I've been un-ironically calling it the "Franken-stick" for months now! Curse you 8-4play!
 
I mean, I knew it wasn't the name but I didn't actually know the name and for some reason was content to not find out.

#33 Posted by jasondesante (604 posts) -

maybe im a fanboy but if they show off a dual circle pad dual shoulder button new 3ds that has special 1:1 capability with the wii u (2 circle pads, d pad and abxy make it like the tablet), I'm buying that mofo day one

#34 Posted by kalmis (1559 posts) -

@walkingcarpet said:

Stuff like this is why I'm waiting for inevitable refresh that has the second circle pad built in. If I still care enough to actually buy one that is

My thoughts excatly

#35 Posted by MiniPato (2747 posts) -

Let's admit it. Every game that would work better and more sensibly with two analog sticks will be using the circle pad pro.

#36 Posted by MiniPato (2747 posts) -

@Brendan said:

@Grissefar said:

@MysteriousBob said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

Sorry if my post got you mad there, Mr. Serious Internet Stranger.

No no, be sorry for yourself. Nobodies mad, everyone just thinks you're incredibly lame. Which is true.

Getting irritated over first posts is so 2010. Get with the times old man!

#37 Posted by BisonHero (6802 posts) -

@ProfessorEss said:

I still think the biggest surprise about Kid Icarus is that people actually still care about Kid Icarus.

I'm convinced that it has to be a bunch of 12-year-olds who saw the trailers for Smash Bros. Brawl and went "Oh man, they're putting Pit in this one? I FUCKING LOVE PIT!!", despite having never heard of him or the Kid Icarus series before. And since then, they've been clamouring for a new Kid Icarus game, presumably.

I mean, Smash Bros. Melee is pretty much 100% responsible for Fire Emblem games suddenly being localized and released in non-Japan territories, because everybody lost their shit over how cool Marth and Roy were. The difference is that Fire Emblem is a pretty rad series, while Kid Icarus had been dead for over 15 years and wasn't worth bringing back.

#38 Posted by sgt_waffles (75 posts) -

@MiniPato said:

@Brendan said:

@Grissefar said:

@MysteriousBob said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

Sorry if my post got you mad there, Mr. Serious Internet Stranger.

No no, be sorry for yourself. Nobodies mad, everyone just thinks you're incredibly lame. Which is true.

Getting irritated over first posts is so 2010. Get with the times old man!

Boom.

#39 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

@sgt_waffles said:

@MiniPato said:

@Brendan said:

@Grissefar said:

@MysteriousBob said:

@Grissefar said:

first

edit: Yeah, finally got a first in a Patrick Klepek article. I am really excited about that, at least until some angry mod comes by. Ha! Ha!

Your life must be fucking awful if posting a comment on a video game website before anyone else is a major accomplishment. I pity you.

Sorry if my post got you mad there, Mr. Serious Internet Stranger.

No no, be sorry for yourself. Nobodies mad, everyone just thinks you're incredibly lame. Which is true.

Getting irritated over first posts is so 2010. Get with the times old man!

Boom.

Sick burn.

#40 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2501 posts) -

Nintendo supporting this thing first party just seems like more of an indication of a hardware revision coming that will add a 2nd analog nub.

Should be an interesting year.

#41 Posted by Blubba (527 posts) -

This game hasn't looked good from anything I saw.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.