Kid Icarus

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Kid Icarus
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) 1986
Genre Platform game
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) n/a
Platform(s) Famicom Disk System/NES
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Kid Icarus gameplay

Kid Icarus (derived from the Greek myth of Icarus) is a console game for the Famicom Disk System in Japan, where it is known as Hikari shinwa: Parthena no kagami (光神話 パルテナの鏡 Hikari shinwa parutena no kagami), or Myth of Light: Parthena's Mirror. In other markets, it was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Kid Icarus was designed by Gunpei Yokoi, famous for creating the Game Boy and Metroid, among other things.

The main character in Kid Icarus was a small boy with wings named Pit, on a quest to rescue his goddess Palutena and free Angel Land from the grasp of Medusa. The game was based on the Metroid engine and contained both side and vertical scrolling action sequences. The music was composed by Hirokazu 'Hip' Tanaka. In fact, both were included in some sort of double package. However, Metroid caught on better than Kid Icarus. Metroid went on to be one of the more major Nintendo series while Kid Icarus was left aside.



The game did spawn a Game Boy sequel entitled Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, but apart from long-forgotten rumors of a Super Famicom/Super NES follow-up that never came to be, no words of a new game in the series have been mentioned. In 2004 the game was re-released for the Game Boy Advance in Japan as part of the Famicom Minis Series (Classic NES Series). In 2005, information was announced that a Kid Icarus sequel may be released for the Nintendo Revolution, nearly 20 years after the original Kid Icarus was released on the NES.


Pit was also one of the starring characters in the 1989 - 1991 Nintendo-inspired cartoon series Captain N: The Game Master, where he was erroneously named Kid Icarus. He had a tendency to end sentences with '-icus', e.g. "Thanks a loticus!".


Pit has also made several in-game cameo-appearances:


  • The Kid Icarus Coliseum. In-game Credits ( Retrieved Jan. 27, 2005.

See also

External links

  • The Kid Icarus Coliseum ( - a fansite dedicated to the original Kid Icarus
  • Kid Icarus Shrine ( - another fansite dedicated to the original Kid Icarus

ja:光神話 パルテナの鏡


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