Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kid Icarus Data

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Kid Icarus was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in July 1987.
Kid Icarus was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console on February 12, 2007.  The game is available for download for 500 Wii Points.

The data shown below is approximately 3 years, 4 months, 10 days of data, since Kid Icarus released on the Virtual Console.

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Kid Icarus has 65,818 players reporting their play-time data.

"Total" Game-Play Hours Reported:
Kid Icarus has 186,961 Total Hours reported, since it was released on February 12, 2007. Review Score Average:
Kid Icarus' Virtual Console review score average is 51.00%, based off of just one review.

You can read the review HERE.
The review was written by GameSpot, and surprisingly it is the only review counted towards Kid Icarus' Virtual Console review score average.

I do not recall playing and beating the original Kid Icarus.  I think a friend had it, and I was able to play it, just not complete it all the way through to the end.

Nintendo announced Kid Icarus: Uprising at E3 last week, for the new Nintendo 3DS; and I know many gamers were happy to see Pit returning.
Being that it has been probably two decades since I played the original, I don't remember a lot about it; and I don't know how much Kid Icarus: Uprising looks to be pulling from the original's story.

The data showing on the Nintendo Channel, I think shows that Kid Icarus has a following; but if Nintendo Channel data can be used as a gauge for possible future sales, Kid Icarus: Uprising being a launch title on the 3DS is probably the best place for Pit's return.

Have you played the Virtual Console version and NES version of Kid Icarus?  If so, do you think one version is better than the other; like the GameSpot review says?

Also, are you planning on getting a Nintendo 3DS because of Kid Icarus: Uprising?

If you have not seen the trailer for Kid Icarus: Uprising, here's the one Nintendo showed last week during their E3 press conference:


  1. I played the original on the NES and liked it a lot. I recently downloaded it on VC, still can't beat it! I wouldn't buy a 3ds just for Kid Icarus, but it would be a major factor.

  2. I was pretty excited to see this game announced. I played and beat this game way back on my NES - haven't tried it again since, but I was probably a better gamer back then - at least platforming games. The 3ds technology looks interesting and seeing Kid Icarus only made me more interested.

  3. @Anonymous from June 24, 2010 @ 1:47AM:
    It does seem like the older games on the NES were difficult.

    For me right now, I'm not interested in Kid Icarus on the 3DS, as I didn't own the original game; but I will say that I'm interested in other games on the 3DS like Star Fox.

    The 3DS technology is definitely interesting, and it opens up new ways for developers to experiment and create new game-play methods I think.

    I'm watching the price, as that will be a HUGE factor for me initially.

    Thank you both for the comments!

    Anybody else play the original Kid Icarus or the Virtual Console version?

  4. The game is brutally hard when you first start, but something about it kept me going, whether it was the great music, the quirky characters, or the changes in gameplay.

    The more power-ups you get, the easier the game gets, but there are still "cheap" enemies like the Pluton Flies and the Eggplant Wizards.

    Oddly, I'm really happy to see the Wizards make a comeback in this new game.

  5. @The Dread Pirate Guy:
    I played through Call of Duty World at War on Veteran difficulty, so perhaps I would enjoy Kid Icarus.

    BTW, did you play the original or the Virtual Console version?

  6. Funny, I actually sent a follow-up comment, but it doesn't seem to be here. I own both the cartridge and VC version, as well as the Game Boy sequel (Of Myths and Monsters). I've been a huge fan of Kid Icarus for (Aging myself here) 23 years now.

    I can't wait for the sequel, and as I had mentioned in my previous post the "new" shooter elements were actually in the original game in the last world. But it's hard to get there to know that.

  7. Such a classic, really. I played the original extensively when it came out and have also purchased it on VC. So far my feeble platforming skills and short attention span hasn't helped with this game, but I'll get back to it soon. (too bad they took out the cool password cheats in VC. Now I have to go see if they did the same to metroid. :whew: they left them intact)

    It is an odd, quirky game that is brutally difficult at first, but has some great music and gameplay once you get over that initial hump. As another odd twist for Nintendo it even includes some pixelated adult-esque content at the end.

    Sorry to bring this post up from the dead. I'm working on a blog article that includes Kid Icarus and in my google searches saw this post in the results. :)


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