Kid Icarus on the original Nintendo was one of my favorite games growing up and with his 25th anniversary coming up, I was thrilled to write a retrospective for gamedynamo.com. I’m calling it my ‘videogaming journalism epic,’ LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever devoted so much time and thought into an essay like this one. Hope this brings back some old memories to those who played it way back when!
Before God of War, we had Kid Icarus. Some have described the game as an amalgamation of the game mechanics from Super Mario, Zelda, and Metroid. While that may be true, it’s a testament to Kid Icarus that it felt like none of them. Of course, hints of the other titles permeated the gameplay, but Icarus blended a Roman and Greek-inspired fantasy world to weave its own unique identity.