The Seeds of Conflict, Reaped
One of the more sinister chapters of Kid Icarus: Uprising featured every clan of humans fighting a bloody war over the Wish Seed, a lie devised by the devilishly handsome Hades. It appears as though that very battlefield has been chosen as the backdrop for a Kid Icarus: Uprising stage on the 3DS version of Smash Bros.
From just that one screenshot there’s a few interesting details to look over. First, the background reminds me of another angle of the Fire Emblem flavored Castle Siege stage in Smash Bros. Brawl. There’s a large scale conflict in the background and you’re fighting your own battle in this crumbling construct. The tone and mood are a bit grim, and while I think something brighter may better suit Kid Icarus: Uprising‘s representation, I myself was looking for the Grim Reaper Fortress, so I really can’t complain.
The most interesting aspect of this stage, to me, is the shape we get of it. From just this segment we see two main platforms, and what appear to be 3 ascending pass-through platforms with a strange layout, considering the general lay out of Smash Bros. stages. If you took the left edge of each platform and drew a line to connect them, the line would move in the pattern of an exponential growth. The further right you go, the more narrow it is from the previous platform!
Part of me wonders if this is a vertical-scrolling stage that takes us above the conflict as (Spoiler alert!) Viridii drops the Reset Bomb, marking one of the darkest moments in a Nintendo game not called Mother. Even without the scrolling, I have to imagine that plays a part at -some- point, right? Even if the foreground is safe from the blast radius, or perhaps not being in front of a wall gets you blown out of the stage as a hazard. Who knows!
One of Kid Icarus: Uprising‘s greatest assets was the writing and voice acting, and I really hope that makes it into this stage, if not an Assist Trophy. But a conversation between Palutena, Hades, Viridi, and maybe even Pit just -has- to happen. It’s too good to let up! It could trigger like an Snake or Fox/Falco/Wolf’s Easter Eggs where you hit down on the taunt pad just quick enough to trigger a special conversation during the fight.
Symphony of the Goddess Palutena
Kid Icarus may not have been a perfect game, and honestly it wasn’t, but in terms of production value and cohesive vision, it’s hard to argue that any game on the 3DS, and in many cases, on console, has done better. From a brilliantly written and read script (thanks to the localization department, of course!) to system-pushing graphics, and all the way up the pleasure center of your brain with a fully-orchestrated, out-of-this-world soundtrack. It’s with that gushing praise in mind that I say choosing a setlist for one Kid Icarus: Uprising themed stage was a nightmare. I imagine the Wii U version of the game will have it’s own stage representing Pit’s homeworld, but without any foreknowledge I just wanted to go ahead and get all my Kid Icarus music loving done now. So here it goes!
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Opening
The song that sort of kicks off the whole thing. This song reminds you that you’re playing Kid Icarus, but let’s you know that it’s not the same game by adding the new Uprising theme into the mix. Admittedly not the perfect song for the dark and gloomy stage it’s set to, but a great piece none the less.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: The Return of Palutena
“It’s been too long, Lady Palutena!”
Another Kid Icarus classic rendition. Again, a bit too peppy, but too good of a piece to leave out.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: First Boss Fight
Something a little more suited for the battleground taking place in the back, this boss theme almost sounds like it came from Brawl. Sakurai is creative, I think, but he does have a bit of a recurring set of trends. Nothing bad, mind you! More like a signature!
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Magnus and The Dark Lord
I think this might be my favorite track in all of Kid Icarus: Uprising. I just love that openning minute or so, followed by the chaotic whirlwind. It’s a gorgeous orchestral piece that just screams of high-daring adventure.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: The Reaper’s Line of Sight
There’s a subtle beauty to the fact that the Reaper fortress is guarded by straight-firing laser beams. The Reapers in the original Kid Icarus were only berserk as long as you were in their line of sight. Who would have thought that their biggest weakness would be object permanence? Them having that kind of direct line-of-sight just suits them so gorgeously. As does this dark dirge featuring their chaotic theme!
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Dark Pit’s Theme
Where’d the Spanish guitar come from? Who cares, it sounds great! Dark Pit as a character would probably be a tad too… redundant, to say the least. I think we can all agree that a palette-swap Pit is all we need to cover that base. But that still doesn’t seem entirely fair to the nebulously aligned reflection, so let’s give his theme song a home, shall we?
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Medusa’s Final Battle
I’m not going to go into any story bits, let’s just focus on how dramatic this number is. It’s like a fine pageant of power and vocals. Understated, at first, but building into a brilliant crescendo, partially thanks to the snippet of Dark Pit’s theme, and then Pit’s triumphant overture.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Underworld Gatekeeper
One of the things that started to happen more in the latter half of the Kid was a mixture of orchestral and synthetic music. Much like Mass Effect, this created a unique, and engaging soundtrack. This piece is heavier on the synth than any other, but that’s why I chose it. It’s a great little combat piece with some up-tempo synth and a strong, consistent beat.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: Viridi, Goddess of Nature
The setting this Smash Bros. stage pulls from prooobably should use it’s own theme, don’t you think? And that’s okay because it is an intense, high octane, synth-laced beauty of a track.
Kid Icarus: Uprising: The Three Trials
This song does a fine job of visiting the retro-side of things, and I think is the kind of throw-back track you really need in there. I’d be fine letting “Opening” or “Return of Palutena” take it, but I personally still vote for this track.
My word that is a lot of music! But that was hard to cut from the list of over 70 gorgeous tracks. What think you, my less-than-70 gorgeous readers? Did I miss your favorite track? Do you prefer the classic music in there? Is this your first time hearing the music? And if so, which is your favorite? Or whatever you wanna talk about, I’m
lonely cool to talk about!