I told myself that I wouldn’t write about video games on here for the next few days, but then Nintendo decided to release Kid Icarus on the Virtual Console, and I feel compelled to write about it.
Kid Icarus, is without a doubt, one of my all time favorite video games. I have already played the game to death on the NES, and it’s one of the few I still pop into the machine from time to time. Even though I already know the game inside and out, it doesn’t make me any less excited about it’s new re-release on Nintendo’s retro service. Needless to say, this is going to be one of the few games I already own that I’m buying again.
For those who don’t know, Kid Icarus is unlike many games you have played before. Yeah, it’s a 2D platformer, and yeah, you shoot stuff with arrows, but there is much more to it than that. First off, the overall design of the game is genius. The whole point of the game is to go from hell, to the heavens. The first “world” has you, as Pit, trying to escape from the depths of hell. In true Greek mythology fashion, hell is under the earth, so you spend the first few stages literally climbing out of it. Once you worm your way out of there, you travel the earth for a bit, and eventually climb your way up into the clouds. For an old NES game, it’s really awesome to see the care and thought that went into the layout of the entire quest.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is also the first game I can think of that requires some stealth on your part, even before Metal Gear. See, there is this awesome Grim Reaper litered throughout the game. He slowly walks back and forth “looking” for Pit. Your best bet would be to leave him alone and sneak past him when he has his back turned. If you’re snagged, he flips out and calls his little cronies to come and attack. Being caught is probably one of my most memorable video game moments (as you can see, I used the caught situation as the graphic for 8-Bit Music Trivia on the podcast). It’s hilarious to watch and hear the Grim Reaper running around, and the music that plays is awesome.