THE BUZZ: Nintendo has released a new trailer for Kid Icarus: Uprising, which details the game’s Intensity feature.

The mechanic works by earning hearts from a level and then betting those hearts on the next level, the more you bet the higher the intensity (difficulty) and completing levels with a higher intensity offers better rewards and prizes.

EGM’s TAKE: It’s a neat little mechanic that will actually reward players for taking on a harder difficultly, similar to how achievements and trophies do. Right now, few handheld games offer a reason to up the difficulty other than personal challenge. However we like how Kid Icarus: Uprising rewards you for upping the difficult, giving +you access to better armor, weapons and items.

What do you think of the feature? Leave a comment below.


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