Fans of the original 8-bit Kid Icarus had to wait almost 25 years in order to get a fully fledged sequel to the side-scrolling classic, and despite glowing reviews and strong sales, it seems like fans of the new 3DS Kid Icarus might have to wait just as long to see another adventure starring Pitt and Palutena.
In an interview with IGN, Kid Icarus: Uprising’s director Masahiro Sakurai (also known for directing the Kirby and Smash Bros. games,) stated the following when asked about the possibility of seeing more games starring Pit and crew: “If by ‘lasting universe’ you mean to ask if there’s a sequel, the answer is no.”
Sakurai elaborated, stating “because we pushed a lot into the game in order to let people have this short yet deep experience, but the novelty of that would likely grow thin in the next game. For now, my thought is that perhaps we’ll see someone else besides me make another Kid Icarus in another 25 years.”
Provided you can acclimate yourself to the game’s slightly awkward control scheme, there’s no denying that Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the best games available for the 3DS, so it’s a little surprising and sad to hear that neither Sakurai nor Nintendo have any plans to create a sequel anytime soon. Then again, Sakurai and his team have already started work on the next Super Smash Bros. game for Wii-U and 3DS, and I guess that’s enough to keep them busy for the next year or two.
You can read more from Sakurai’s interview with IGN, including his thoughts on the game’s English localization and how he went about adapting an 8-bit game for the modern age, in the source link below.