#35: Kid Icarus

Released In: 1987
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

      Medusa, the Goddess of Darkness, has imprisoned Palutena, the Goddess of Light and seized control of Angel Land. You are Pit, an angel trapped in the underworld. Using the last of strength, Palutena has sent you a magic bow and charged you with special quest. You must escape from the underworld and seek out the Three Sacred Treasures that will give you the strength to defeat Medusa: the Mirror Shield, the Arrow of Light, and the Pegasus Wings. It won't be easy; Medusa has sent her strongest minions to guard these treasures. But if you are brave enough, you just might recover the treasures and rescue Palutena.

Syd Lexia: If you were to take Metroid, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, and roll them into one game, you'd get Kid Icarus. Now that Metroid's been revived and Fire Emblem has come stateside, Kid Icarus and Earthbound are the last of the old Nintendo franchises in desperate need of resuscitation. Come on, Iwata. Make it happen.

Dr. Jeebus: When I was about 12 years old, I awoke late one summer night looking for a midnight snack. In the refrigerator, I found what I assumed was veal parmesan. I took one bite and confirmed what Kid Icarus had taught me years before: EGGPLANT SUCKS.

DarkMaze: Most of my memories of Pit are, sadly, from the Captain N cartoon. The game itself is a classic, though, and a great deal of fun, with wacky wrapping levels and colorful enemies including... Death. Boy, he sure makes it around.

Additionally, the game is rather Metroidesque in a number of ways. One of those ways MIGHT be the baby Metroids that Pit fights... but, y'know, you could also ignore that. I think the dead giveaway is that password screen. Yeah... It also might be that it uses the same engine as Metroid a fact which I just discovered about 30 seconds ago.


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44: Gradius

43: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

42: Little Nemo: The Dream Master

41: Pirates!

40: Dragon Warrior

39: Blaster Master

38: A Boy And His Blob: Trouble On Blobolonia

37: Willow

36: Paperboy

35: Kid Icarus

34: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

33: Excitebike

32: IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II

31: Dr. Mario

30: Bionic Commando

29: Dragon Warrior III

28: DuckTales

27: Base Wars

26: Shadowgate

25: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link





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