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Nintendo has announced a second round of AR cards for Kid Icarus: Uprising in North America, but they’re not selling them in stores. This is my reaction to that news.
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For those of you that missed out on the first run of the exclusive Club Nintendo AR Cards for Kid Icarus: Uprising and were jealous that European fans were getting booster packs of the cards, fear not! A customer service rep for Club Nintendo has confirmed that North American fans will be able to get the cards through Club Nintendo.
“Thank you for your feedback on the Club Nintendo services. I have forwarded your message to theappropriate department.
It is already our plan to release the cards on the Club Nintendo Rewards Program. When they well be available is still undecided but we are indeed working on it! “
I’ve got my three exclusive Club Nintendo cards, the Game Informer card and the April issue of Nintendo Power’s three cards. I’m glad I’ve saved up some of my Club Nintendo coins because I’ll be ordering these as soon as they’re available. No details on when they’ll be available or how many coins it will cost. 250 coins wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.
As if I wasn’t already excited enough about Kid Icarus: Uprising releasing this week, (Yea the game is almost out and I’ll shut up about it soon.), Sakurai took to Twitter to post this image you see here. It’s a booster pack of AR cards for the game, and it has a little bit of wording there at the bottom, “Pre-order special pack, 24 cards”. This is coming from a Twitter account that has his name, but is also labeled as Nintendo of Europe. Could this just be a pre-order bonus that Europeans will get, or does this possibly signal a pre-order bonus that will be waiting for us as well when we pick up the game on Friday?
Oh, how I hope that’s the case. I’ll only have four AR Cards and there is some pretty cool stuff that the game uses them for. Some of the early buzz is that these cards will also help unlock new weapons in the game. You can get them through playing, or if you scan these cards the information will show up in your Kid Icarus Weapon Pokedex (my own term) in the game.
If you’re looking for ways to get your hands on some AR cards for Kid Icarus: Uprising then I’ve got a deal for you. Nintendo is giving away three free cards through Club Nintendo. I know it’s not as exciting as the 12 cards that Europe gets, but we get ours for free. You just need to go to the official Kid Icarus page on Nintendo’s website and redeem them. It’s that simple. If you don’t have a Club Nintendo account now would be the perfect time to sign up for one.
And yes, I redeemed mine about five minutes after I find out about the offer.
One of the most exciting announcements from E3 wasn’t anything touted by Nintendo. It was attached to the end of the Kid Icarus: Uprising Trailer. This was the announcement of the AR fights that use a new deck of AR cards created specifically for the game. It looked like Nintendo was laying some groundwork for a new Trading Card style game that would really take advantage of the AR features of the 3DS. Apparently those fights aren’t going to be as exciting as previously announced.
According to Silicon Era they asked a Nintendo rep about these battles because they were seeing the same results every time they tried a battle. The rep confirmed that these battles aren’t random and that they are pre-determined so the outcome will be the same every time you set up a fight.
I was really hoping that you were going to be able to level up these characters and maybe use them to not only have the AR battles with the cards, but potentially use them to participate in StreetPass battles. These cards are really cool looking so I’ll probably own them, but if this is true I’m a little less excited about them overall.
The latest trailer for Kid Icarus: Uprising showed off a lot of new details about the game. Biggest of those was the new 3 v 3 multiplayer mode and the AR battles. These AR battles will use unique cards designed with characters from the game. All you need to do is place two cards next to each other and it looks like they automatically initiate combat. That’s a bit more complex than the characters and cards that came bundled with the system and really shows off some potential for what the AR feature could hold in the future. Here are a large group of 20 of the new AR cards.
I haven’t heard if if these will come bundled with the game, how many there will be or if there will be more available for purchase. I’ll keep you updated as I hear more info.
I like AR Cards. I like seeing the creative things that people have done with them. This is one thing you should never, EVER do. You will regret it.
Here are some screenshots of the Nintendo 3DS and it’s built in software. You can see some shots of the Mii Creator, the Sound Editor, the Face Shooting game and some of the AR cards and the game you can play with those.