Kid Icarus: Angel Land Story (NES)

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Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1986
Developer: Nintendo R&D1
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Kid Icarus: Angel Land Story was the sister game of Metroid (NES); they were both released near the same time, they both were platformers that used password systems, they both had a nice fictional feel about them. However, Metroid became one of the biggest game franchises for Nintendo, while Kid Icarus fell by the wayside. There are a few reasons for this, the player controls weren't very good, many of the monsters were dull and uninspired, and the overall difficulty of the game was too great for the average NES player. That aside, Kid Icarus has a lot of interesting elements.

You play a budding angel who must save Palutena from the dreaded clutches of Medusa (and many other mythical beasts). Using your bow and arrow you must make your way through several different stages to include both horizontal and vertical scrolling levels, but also room based, and even a shooter style level. There is a lot to the game, but few people have the patience to figure it all out.

While the game was developed by Nintendo, TOSE also worked on the game.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Early on in stage 1.

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The reaper is a very annoying enemy.

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Fighting Specknoses in the enemy's lair.

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The first labyrinth.

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Checking my inventory.

Music

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Kid Icarus's music was still early on the NES system, so not much can be expected from it. However, what exists from it is fitting to the game. The music is flighty and light, which is just perfect for a game about angels. The Japanese version released for the Famicom Disk System uses the Disk System's expansion sound channel, adding a slightly higher fidelity to the music.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title BGM Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:16
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02 Stage 1 (The Underworld) Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:33
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03 Stage 2 (The Overworld) Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 2:18
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04 Stage 3 (The Sky World) Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:56
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05 Labyrinth Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:39
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06 Boss Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:37
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07 Stage Clear Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:02
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08 Stage 4 (The Palace In the Sky) Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:39
Download
09 Last Boss Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:35
Download
10 Death God Theme Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:16
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11 Game Over Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:03
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12 Ending Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:44
Download

Credits

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Albums

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
Kid Icarus - FDS - Japan.jpg
Title: 光神話 パルテナの鏡 (Light Myth: Palutena's Mirror)
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Released: 1986-12-19
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
Kid Icarus - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Kid Icarus
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-07-??
Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc.
  France.svg   France
Kid Icarus - NES - France.jpg
Title: Kid Icarus
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-0?-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Spain.svg   Spain
Kid Icarus - NES - Spain.jpg
Title: Kid Icarus
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-0?-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  China.svg   China
Kid Icarus - NES - China.jpg
Title: Kid Icarus
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.

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