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Kid Icarus

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  • Platform: Nintendo NES
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Game For It's Time April 20 2008
By S. Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game Fun:   
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Still flying high after nearly 30 years... Jan. 29 2015
By jdealy999 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game
When the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in late 1985 to much critical acclaim, Kid Icarus was one of the first games to grace everyone's homes. Your hero, Pit, is responsible for taking down the evil Medusa. But in order to do so, he must progress through 4 worlds: the Underworld, the Overworld, the Skyworld, and the Palace In The Sky. Each world is divided into 4 sections (with the exception of the Palace In The Sky).

As you begin the game in the vertical-scrolling Underworld, Pit will need to explore every open door with the many surprises that await him. There's the Enemy Room, the Treasure Room (you can earn a credit card if you shoot all of the treasure bags that don't contain the Reaper), the Training Room (this allows Pit to acquire 3 special weapons: the Fire Arrow, the Holly Bow, and the duo Protective Crystals), 2 different Shopkeeper's Rooms (you can purchase the Hammer, Water Of Life, Barrel, Glass Of Wine, or Angel Wing), the God's Room (he'll upgrade your Arrow if you've killed enough enemies), and the Hot Springs room (which can refill Pit's Life Meter). Furthermore, the more points that you rack up at the end of every level, the sooner that Pit's life bar will expand (to a maximum of 5).

By the time that you reach Stage 1-4, you will encounter many moore booby traps, and you will need to acquire the Check Sheet (or Map), Pencil and Torch to make it through to the boss. But watch out for the Eggplant Wizard -- he'll turn Pit into an eggplant, and he'll need the Hospital's help to become normal again! After you defeat a particular boss, Pit will acquire one of the three Sacred Treasures.

As you further progress through the horizontal-scrolling Overworld and the vertical-scrolling Skyworld, the challenge will become easier because Pit will be able to use his 3 special weapons. After clearing the third boss in Stage 3-4, Pit will also be able to use all 3 of the Sacred Treasures: the Pegasus Wing, Mirror Shield, and Light Arrow!

In the final stage (Palace In The Sky), Pit will progress through an auto-horizontal side-scroller before finally reaching Medusa. She, herself, isn't very difficult to defeat. All you have to do is station Pit at the left middle side of the screen while she fires in a downward angle. But watch out for her snakes! Kid Icarus has some of the best graphics and very deep soundtrack in the action genre, alongside Super Mario Bros., Metroid and The Legend Of Zelda. So if you haven't downloaded the 3D version of this title onto your Nintendo 3DS, well then you'd better stop reading this already and start playing! :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Way better than Chubby Cherub! Jan. 27 2010
By Joey Pimkowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Kid Icarus is an interesting take on the scrolling platformer. Many levels have you progressing upward and you have the ability to leave one side of the screen and pop up at the other. It's a bit jarring at first but thankfully the controls are spot on.
The gameplay has you traversing from hell to the clouds as a trapped angel named pit, armed with a bow and arrow you have to work your way up. Each section of the game is broken up into a few stages capped off with a dungeon and a boss at the end of it. My only real complaint is that the game begins throwing everything at you from the get go, most games slowly step up the difficulty but not here. In fact the game plays a bit like an action rpg where as you progress, you get stronger, therefore making the game much easier in the later stages. I suppose there's nothing wrong with that, it's just really odd.

Kid Icarus is a truly classic nes game and it's shameful Pit still isn't featured in a new title besides Smash bros. This game comes with my full recommendation especially if you're the type that can tough through the steep difficulty in the beginning. Believe me, all the hard work pays off in the end. Seriously, the last level is a shooter stage and the game has like three different endings.