i’ve been out of town on vacation, which has been an opportunity to set aside the gamecube game i’m currently working my way through and instead pick up some handheld games i’ve had lying around. the first one i finished was kid icarus: of myths and monsters, a game boy game from 1991. i’m def. one of those nintendo fanboys who dreams about the day we get a new kid icarus game and like them i’m completely psyched about pit’s appearance in the upcoming smash bros. so i was def. looking forward to playing through this one.
a lot of people, including myself, have great nostalgia for the original NES kid icarus. i’ve played it through somewhat recently, and the game is def. enjoyable with its colorful protagonist, setting, items, and characters, which includes the infamous eggplant wizard. as a sequel this game doesn’t add much at all, which is rather disappointing, but as a game boy conversion there’s a lot to enjoy. the game includes some notable differences from the original, in particular the ability to backtrack to any part of the level. this eliminates the need for the original game’s feather item and also makes the game much easier, as previously death by falling was by far the most prominent method of losing lives.
some may think it’s unfair to give low marks to a game because it’s a sequel that lacks originality and is easier than the original, but in the final analysis the game’s charms just didn’t keep me engaged to the end. i got bored encountering enemies that blurred together and/or didn’t even fight back, and there were too many rooms (shops, training rooms, etc.) to visit, much more than the original. the last level def. beats the original’s hands down, though, with its balloon fight-like control and its much more challenging and entertaining final boss fight.
anyway, overall this wasn’t the most ideal sequel, and i’m sure there are many others like me who are glad that this wasn’t the last word on our favorite @$$-kickin’ angel. here’s hoping that pit’s appearance in smash bros. is just the harbinger of even greater things to come.
– kid icarus shrine: a nice fansite that has some info on the game boy game, including scans of the instruction booklet and related nintendo power articles and mp3s and MIDIs
– text of the instruction book
– pretty good walkthrough at ign.com
– article at wikipedia.org