Kid Icarus: Uprising is out later this month, and that means it's time for Nintendo to release those animated shorts we heard about so long ago. (6 months is a few decades in Internet time.) Animated by three different studios, the shorts will be released for free on Nintendo's 3DS video service. Here's what you can expect:
Production I.G.'s short is done in CG and depicts a fight between Pit and Thanatos, a minion of the antagonist Medusa. The short by Studio 4°C focuses on Medusa and her rivalry with Palutena, delving into the distant past. Shaft's short is the most light-hearted, telling the story of Palutena trying to deal with a "great catastrophe" to Skyworld, but is actually a cooking challenge.
I'm always a little surprised to ever see Nintendo handing over their closely-guarded IPs to other studios, even for projects that would help their bottom line. I like this idea though and will be checking out the shorts when Nintendo releases them soon. I don't know if Studio 4°C and Shaft's shorts will benefit much from the 3D display, but they'll be cool little bonuses nonetheless.
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