Kid Icarus is not the strongest series in the Nintendo catalog. There have only been three games so far: the 1986 original on the NES, the 1991 follow-up Of Myths and Monsters on the Game Boy, and 2012’s Uprising on the 3DS. Fans have been asking for a port of Uprising for some time now, and it looks like director Masahiro Sakurai wants one as well. In fact, he literally nodded in a recent video.
The respected director, who also helmed the Super Smash Bros. series, launched a game development channel on YouTube earlier this year. the last video focuses on The Fiend’s Cauldron, the fancy name given to the difficulty levels in Kid Icarus: Uprising. It is logical that it concludes with a nod from the director himself. “It would be great to play Kid Icarus: Uprising on a home console,” says Sakurai with a smile. “I wonder if anyone out there will ever carry it.”
Sakurai’s words and facial expression already feel like pretty big clues on their own, but when combined with some news from earlier this year, they lend more credibility to the idea of a Uprising relaunch. In April, Bandai Namco job offers for a remake/remaster of a 3D action game, under contract from Nintendo. There were already suspicions at the time that it was a Kid Icarus project, and when you combine Sakurai’s latest video, the theory starts to sound more believable.
Of course, we’ll have to wait for official word from the source, and it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll get another Nintendo Direct stream before the end of the year. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to release in 2023, but there’s no reason Nintendo would make that its only big release next year.
This is one of several reveals that have been made through Sakurai’s YouTube channel. Recently, she showed off never-before-seen footage of Dragon King, the prototype that became the original Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64.