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Kid Icarus

by Nintendo of America
Nintendo NES


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  • Platform:   Nintendo NES
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game For It's Time April 20 2008
By S. Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
With the release of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, I was curious as to where exactly Pit came from. With how many games I've played, I was amazed that I'd never actually even heard of Kid Icarus. Especially because it was a very successful and popular video game in the NES days, where I began my gaming. It may be late, but I'm glad I went back and played the original Kid Icarus. Also, if anyone is interested, it has been released on the Wii's virtual console and it should only cost you 500 Wii Points to download.

Kid Icarus is about Pit. He's on a quest to save the world from the evil demon Medusa who is plotting to kill all the mortals. Just like every NES game, the story is simple and straight forward. Kid Icarus has a lot of great gameplay elements to it as well. Imagine if Mario and Zelda were combined to make the perfect game and that's pretty much what Kid Icarus is. The levels are side scrolling levels very much like Mario, but you can also go into doors and purchase items like in Zelda.

There are four worlds in Kid Icarus. You'll go through the basic levels in Mario fashion. Starting with level 1-1. You'll then have to explore a labyrinth to get to the world's final boss. Each labyrinth is a maze of sorts and at the end you'll fight a boss.

The levels themselves are fairly well designed, most of them looking as though they should've been in Metroid to begin with. You'll have enemies coming at you left and right ready to take you on and all you'll be able to do is blast them with arrows. There are shops scattered throughout the levels as well where you'll be able to purchase upgrades and other items for Pit.

Kid Icarus may be short but it is most certainly not easy. Games on the original Nintendo, particularly in the 80's had a reputation for being incredibly hard. Games like Contra, Metroid and the original Mega Man were games you used to test just how good you were. Kid Icarus is much like those games. It's an incredibly hard game for a number of reasons. The first being that the levels are very long. Especially for an NES game. It's to no consolation that there aren't really any checkpoints either. Another aspect that makes the game very difficult is that you can't go back, and in the first three levels especially, all you're doing is going up. If the screen scrolls too far up, you can't fall and hope to land on a platform you already passed. You'll have to accept your fate and die. This isn't all. While there are shops, most of them have items that in the beginning you can't afford, and you'll also only be able to visit a room once. These areas, however, are few and far between.

The biggest challenge with Kid Icarus, however, is actually that the levels are populated with a ton of enemies. You'll be able to deal with not being able to backtrack, but many of the enemies themselves appear in droves and are often hard to get by. Just the same, however, you're encouraged to kill them to make Pit stronger.

There's no save system present either. However, there is a password system, and Nintendo obviously knew they made a pretty hard game, as you can also access numerous cheats through the password system. But you'll have to keep a pen and paper handy, you'll fall prey to your enemies several times.

It's a rewarding game to be sure, it's just another classic game on the NES that's unforgiving in its challenge. Those who began playing video games after the NES era will be in for a rude awakening.

In terms of graphics, Kid Icarus looks marvelous for the time it was released. There are a few graphics that come from Metroid and you'll even spot a few familiar monsters. On the whole, though, it's very colorful. The game also has some catchy tunes. Many of which will probably get stuck in your head. They're simple melodies.

Kid Icarus is a great game, but also a very difficult one. If you're not frustrated with games too easily, then Kid Icarus is great. It'll take a long time to get through some of the games levels, but at least it's a very enjoyable game.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original classic Oct. 18 2001
By Jeff Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
You are Icarus and have been sent to the pits of Hades... What now??? You must work your way back from Hades to the Heavens to defeat Madusa! This is an original concept featuring great mythological enemies some nice gameplay, secrets and a big challenge. You are equiped with a bow and several other items you pick up along the way to destroy Harpies, Cenetaurs and other enemies. There are four worlds, each containing two or three levels then a huge labrynth to go through.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! Jan. 16 2004
By J. Andrade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Kid Icarus is one of the best Nintendo games ever created. Even though it's horribly old, it's still a challenge and has a gaming strategy that was virtually non-existent in most other NES games.
I highly recommend this game to anyone who has never played it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of many classic game of the NES 80's era!! June 2 2012
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The game that started it all for the Kid Icarus series and probably not as hard as many people would say (most reviewers come from kids these days), although the 3rd dungeon is probably the most difficult in the game, but if your old school like myself, you'll enjoy the challenge, fun and entertainment of Kid Icarus.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some serious 8-bit weirdness Jan. 22 2012
By Abram J. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is like no other in-house Nintendo game on the NES . . . or any other NES game, period. Each major world phases from vertical scroller to horizontal scroller to fortress maze. It's a demanding platformer with lots of deadly pitfalls, but it also requires you to rack up the EXP for health and weapon upgrades, and the fortress levels are about as esoteric as something in a puzzle game. To conquer the fortresses, you have to free lots of little winged centurions whilst avoiding wizards who try to turn you into a walking eggplant, and finally, you and the airborne warriors you rescued must band together to slay the fortress boss. The ultimate level of the game, inexplicably, is a horizontal SHMUP.

It's a little hard at first, but very rewarding (and quite a bit easier) once you get past the first few levels. It's got good variety and a fair amount of challenge, not to mention a ton of weirdness. Too bad they never made a sequel till now, and too bad they had to make it 3DS only!

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