May 12, 2012

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Sakurai Says No To Kid Icarus Uprising Sequel

Sakurai Says No To Kid Icarus Uprising Sequel

Masahiro Sakurai, the brains behind both the Kirby and  Smash Bros. series, is looking to close the book on a Kid Icarus Uprising sequel. In an interview with IGN, Sakurai expressed his unwillingness to continue the series and, instead, opted for another to take the reins.

When asked if he and his Project Sora team had created such a rich, lasting universe so that it could easily be returned to in future projects, Sakurai said, “If by ‘lasting universe’ you mean to ask if there’s a sequel, the answer is no.” Sakurai went on to explain that the reason is “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.”

He went on to talk about how it’s vital to pay homage to original titles when creating sequels.

“No matter how much you change a game’s genre and whatnot for the times, I think it’s vital you never lose your respect for the original game,” he said. “With the first Kid Icarus, it’s not a serious adventure – it has a more humorous bent to it, one you don’t see in the original Legend of Zelda and Metroid that came out that generation. To embody a modern style, we made efforts not to have it seem like a run-of-the-mill battle – the story flow is really daring and unfolds in crazy ways that don’t pay too much attention to the setting.”

Kid Icarus Uprising received a 83 critical aggregate on Metacritic and has been selling well since its release.

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[Source: IGN]