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It wasn't easy whittling down a game so crammed full of secrets as Kid Icarus: Uprising down to just 25 moments, but that's exactly what Nintendo Gamer has done. Without further ado...
1. TWO MORE HEROES
No More Heroes voice talent reappears in Uprising
With a smart-mouthed protagonist, a gleefully iconoclastic streak of humour and a twisted, twisting plot, Kid Icarus is like a PG-rated No More Heroes. But it shares more than just a few DNA strands with the anarchic slice-em-up. Listen carefully and you'll recognise a pair of familiar voices: Fred Tatasciore (who played Dr Shake in the Wii game), lends his vocal talents to both Magnus and Poseidon, and you may remember the voice of Gaol, Kari Wahlgren, as the equally troubled Jeane, Travis Touchdown's half-sister.
2. HEAD COUNT
How not to get ahead in life
The order you shoot off Hewdraw's heads in chapter three dictates which noggin becomes the chapter boss. In a brillianttouch, each brings their own personality to the party. The left head thanks Pit for freeing him from his brothers, the right head parts in an enigmatic manner and the central head... turns out to be a really nice bloke. It's almost a shame tovanquish him.
3. DODGY CUSTOMER
For those of you not born slippy
While Uprising's dodge mechanic makes for balletic play, you'd need atriple jointed thumb to survive higher intensity onslaughts. Alas, we have to rely on dodge tokens instead. The power-up gives Pit his own 15-man wirework team to turn him into Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. With not so much as a prod he scoots around projectiles with the ease of socks on a marble floor.
4. MAKING A DRAMA OUT OF A CRISIS
The smart way to defeat a boss in Crisis mode
Pit jokingly rates the underworld areas of the NES original among his trickiest tests to date ("yeah, the difficulty level was brutal"), but if anything, Uprising's fiercest challenges are even tougher. Of all the objectives in Palutena's Treasure Hunt, beating bosses in Crisis mode (in other words when Pit's energy bar has visibly drained) are the ultimate tests of concentration and nerve. Or you can take the easy way out: allow the boss to smack you about a bit on minimum intensity and a couple of shots should be enough to nab the reward. Sneaky.
5. THE PHOENIX WRIGHT CONNECTION
Ace Attorney composer goes from courtrooms to cloudscapes
Sakurai pulled together an astonishing team of composers for Super Smash Bros Brawl, so it's no surprise that he repeats the trick for Uprising, nabbing five of Japan's finest musos for stave- scribbling duties. Particularly welcome is Ace Attorney scorer Noriyuki Iwadare, whose best contribution here is the bold Space Pirate theme. It's a lively number that happily reverberates around the ship's interiors while sounding like it would be equally at home in a courtroom, accompanied by plenty of finger-pointing and shouts of "OBJECTION!"