Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai might have just hinted that 3DS cult classic Kid Icarus: Uprising will be getting some kind of remaster for the Switch in the future.
Since taking a break from game development following the release of the final DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai has been creating videos for his YouTube channel, Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games, which details the development process behind some of the games that he's created.
Sakurai's latest video is focused on The Fiend's Cauldron, a game mechanic from Kid Icarus: Uprising. For those who don't know, Sakurai directed Uprising in between Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Smash 4. Although Uprising never became a mainstream hit like the rest of Nintendo's main games, it quickly became a cult classic thanks to its tongue-in-cheek meta humour and loveable characters.
Since then, fans have been begging for a port or remaster of Uprising, as one of the main complaints that many have had with it is that it's a bit difficult to play on the 3DS thanks to its focus on 3D movement and combat. Sakurai has previously acknowledged requests for a remaster of Kid Icarus: Uprising, but he seems to have just teased that it might be a real thing in his latest Kid-Icarus-focused YouTube video.
Towards the end of the Fiend's Cauldron discussion, Sakurai signs off from his video by saying, "It sure would be nice to play Kid Icarus: Uprising on a home console. I wonder if someone out there will ever port it?", all with a knowing smile. It's worth noting that Sakurai is seemingly still on a break from game development, so it's not clear if he'd be involved in a remaster of Uprising, but he'd certainly know about it.
Although Sakurai's comments could just be taken as a tongue-in-cheek reference to how much fans of the game want it to be ported, it does seem like more than a tease this time around. As pointed out by Twitter user Stealth40k, earlier this year Bandai Namco posted job listings for a remaster of a 3D action game that's licensed by Nintendo.
There are some games out there that fit the bill of a "3D action game" from Nintendo that needs remastering, but the one that most closely matches that description is unarguably Kid Icarus: Uprising. Combining that with Sakurai's little smile and rhetorical question in the Fiend's Cauldron video, and it certainly seems like something Kid-Icarus-related is in the works at Bandai Namco.
Interestingly, as pointed out by Nintendo Life, the last time that Sakurai mentioned a remaster of Kid Icarus: Uprising (which was back in 2021), he said that he'd heard the requests but that it would be "difficult", presumably because of the unique ways that Uprising uses the 3DS. It'll be interesting to see if Bandai Namco has managed to integrate those features in the remaster, if it ever happens.
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