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Kid Icarus: Uprising sequel unlikely, says director

Reborn series gets its wings clipped.

The creator of 3DS shooter Kid Icarus: Uprising has said he's unlikely to develop a sequel.

Masahiro Sakurai was responsible for reigniting Nintendo's long-dormant Kid Icarus series. But he has now explained that Uprising's universe was not designed to spawn sequels.

"If by 'lasting universe' you mean to ask if there's a sequel, the answer is no," Sakurai flatly told IGN. "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."

Sakurai explained that he was happy with how Uprising turned out, praising how the game's light-hearted nature matched the series' traditions.

"No matter how much you change a game's genre and whatnot for the times, it's vital you never lose your respect for the original game," Sakurai 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 that in 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."

Eurogamer's Simon Parkin saw fit to crown the game with a 9/10 score in Eurogamer's Kid Icarus: Uprising review.

Sakurai has since moved on to develop the upcoming Wii U and 3DS incarnations of Super Smash Bros., a series he has helmed since its N64 inception.

Sakurai shows off Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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