The plot of Kid Icarus: Uprising follows the angelic protagonist, Pit, as he battles with the forces of a reborn Medusa who seeks to destroy mankind. Pit will also utilize the ability of flight granted by Palutena called the “Miracle of Flight” to aid him in flying to different worlds so he could fight massive monsters.
The E3 2010 trailer of the game showed a mixture of both air and ground combat, featuring Pit battling monsters, including Twinbellows and Hewdraw, bosses from the first game, in his quest to stop Medusa. Nintendo described the game as “a fast-paced and action-packed blend of aerial and ground-based shooting built on elegantly intuitive and streamlined play control. Boasting game play that is easy to pick up, but incredibly deep, the game is sure to satisfy novice gamers as well as fans who have been clamoring for a new installment in the franchise.”
Pit will have multiple different weapons to choose from. A blade, claws, and Orbiting Options have already been confirmed, with several others currently unnamed. Weapons are chosen for use in a level that is divided into three parts. The first is a flying section that requires Pit to fire at oncoming enemies while reaching his destination. The second is a ground part where Pit fights groups of ground enemies and advances to the area where the boss lies, and the third area is the boss battle that wraps up the level. The levels in the game will be called chapters. Like Nintendo’s Star Fox series, there will be voice acting with Pit, Palutena, Medusa, and other characters speaking to each other during gameplay at cutscenes.
There will also be a health bar on the upper left side of the top screen that shows Pit’s endurance. It will go down each time Pit is damaged until it becomes empty and he dies. Various kinds of food is scattered throughout the level and replenishes Pit’s health if he touches it, not unlike in Super Smash Bros..
The E3 2011 trailer depicted up to 6 players competing in either a Team Deathmatch or Free For All style multiplayer game. Weapons identical to the ones seen in singleplayer can be used against opponents in order to frag the opponent in order to win a match.