1up has conducted an interview with Kid Icarus Uprising project leader Masahiro Sakurai. The interview contains plenty of details about the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS game, but the most interesting thing is that the game wasn’t originally meant to star Kid Icarus but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata thought Pit would be a great match for the game.
“I developed a concept for a hybrid between an aerial shooter and a ground-based third-person shooter. Exploring that and talking with [Nintendo president Satoru] Iwata, we realized that Pit would be a good match for this. Not only Pit’s abilities and personality as a character, but also the entire world of Kid Icarus would fit well, too. So, from the very first day of development, we had the intent of this being a Kid Icarus game.”