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Kid Icarus

by Nintendo
Nintendo NES
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00005AV86
  • Item Weight: 0.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,690 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game For It's Time April 20, 2008
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original classic October 18, 2001
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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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! January 16, 2004
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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.
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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
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some serious 8-bit weirdness January 22, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than Chubby Cherub! January 27, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars go kid go
What Kid Icarus does very well is take the classic style of the original arcade Donkey Kong with planet exploration-style Metroid and delivers a pretty good and revolutionary game... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey kids - tell your parents its a religious game. Worked for me!
Hahaha - just kidding! My parents didn't care what I did! They were too busy making money to support a family that burned thru more cash than Bush did looking for weapons of mass... Read more
Published 6 months ago by OhNoMyTurn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite platformers
Kid Icarus is a classic. Pure and simple.

The controls are elemental: jump and shoot. Enemies come at you in defined patterns from all over the screen; you dodge and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cynthia K. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This is one of my all time favorites, the game came in EXCELLENT condition and booted right up with no blinking screens on my NES system. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ryan Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Creative, vast, and difficult
Kid Icarus became available in its original form with enhanced 3D graphics for the 3DS via download from the Nintendo eShop about a couple of years ago, and I immediately... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marcos
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift recipient is very happy with the game.
The Gift recipient is very happy with the game. The Gift recipient is very happy with the game. The Gift recipient is very happy with the game.
Published 20 months ago by Fozzetti
5.0 out of 5 stars oh the 8 bit days
great game. i would recommend it to anyone. brings back some good ol memories. love it love it love it
Published 21 months ago by booman311
4.0 out of 5 stars A good NES game... BUT BRUTAL!
Kid Icarus is what you get when you combine Mario's hops with Metroid's engine with Zelda's RPG elements. Read more
Published 23 months ago by tdl
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Icarus: One Bad Ass Boy wearing a tunic
Where can one begin to express their feelings when it comes to something so legendary. Kid Icarus has stood in the front runner of classic warriors that Nintendo could conjure up,... Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by Booze Fighter
5.0 out of 5 stars What a challenge
This is one of the original games for the NES. This game is tough!!! If you're up for a challenge then this is your game. I just LOVE NES games.
Published on January 11, 2010 by Crystal Wiener
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