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Kid Icarus

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Kid Icarus
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Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Satoru Okada
Released Flag of Japan December 18, 1986
Flag of the United States July, 1987
Flag of Europe February 15, 1987
Genre(s) Platformer
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Family Computer Disk System
Game Boy Advance
Virtual Console
Kid Icarus (光神話 パルテナの鏡, Hikari Shinwa: Parutena no Kagami, Myth of Light: The Mirror of Palutena) is a platforming video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and published by Nintendo for the Famicom Disk System in 1986 and the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. It is the first game in the Kid Icarus series, the second being Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, released on the Game Boy. Another sequel for the SNES, Kid Icarus 2, was never released. The game world is loosely based on Greek mythology, with Icarus and Medusa being drawn from myth.

Kid Icarus has been re-released four times, the first re-release being for the Game Boy Advance as part of the Famicom Mini Series on August 10, 2004 in Japan only. It was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console on January 23, 2007 in Japan, on February 12, 2007 in North America, and on February 23, 2007 in PAL regions. It was again released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop as part of the 3D Classics line on January 18, 2012 in Japan, on February 2, 2012 in Europe, on April 12, 2012 in Australia, and on April 19, 2012 in North America. Finally, it was released on the Wii U's Virtual Console on August 14, 2013 in Japan, on July 11, 2013 in PAL regions, and on July 25, 2013 in North America.

Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pit appears as a collectable trophy. The description includes "Will Pit ever fight again?", a possible hint that Pit could appear in a later game.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pit is a playable character. His character design within the game is said to be a "huge leap forward in his evolution," designed by the same character designer of Twilight Princess. Kid Icarus also appears as one of the Masterpieces available to demo. Here, the player has one minute and thirty seconds to play through the first level of the game. The game is also embodied in a stage; Angel Land itself appears in Skyworld and is featured prominently in the Subspace Emissary. As all the other fighters, Pit has his own trophy in Brawl, as does his Final Smash, Palutena's Army. Palutena and the Centurions, the warriors Pit must free from stone in the fortress levels of Kid Icarus, make an appearance as part of Pit's Final Smash, and Palutena is given her own trophy. Palutena's Bow also is given its own trophy. Several stickers from Kid Icarus appear, such as Pit, the Grim Reaper, and the Eggplant Wizard.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Pit returns as a playable fighter, and Palutena is playable as well. The Skyworld stage returns in the Wii U version, and the Three Sacred Treasures Pit collects in Kid Icarus appear as his Final Smash. In addition, many of the enemies from the game appear as foes in Smash Run. Kid Icarus also returns as a masterpiece in the Wii U version.

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