Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date


  • US 1st Jul 1987
  • EU 15th Feb 1987

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 12th Feb 2007, 500 points
  • EU 23rd Feb 2007, 500 points
  • JP 23rd Jan 2007, 500 points

Wii U eShop

  • EU 11th Jul 2013, £3.49
  • US 25th Jul 2013, $4.99

Wii U (Wii U eShop)

  • JP 14th Aug 2013, ¥500

Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)

  • Available Now
Controller Support


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    A demonic angel

    The popularity of Pit, even before his triumphant return in Kid Icarus: Uprising, was focused around nostalgia for his first two appearances on NES and Game Boy, with the home console original setting the tone with catchy music, quirky mythological enemies and lashings of creativity. This was impressive in the days of the early 8-bit...

  • Review Kid Icarus (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    Is Pit a hit?

    Kid Icarus is one of those games that makes you think 'they sure don't make them like they used to'. Graphically it's very basic - this is from 1986 after all - but the charm simply shines through regardless. This is a game from an era where developers had to really make an effort and use what simple technology they had available to...

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About The Game

In 1986, a new Nintendo hero was born: Pit; otherwise known as Kid Icarus. Armed with a magical bow, the angelic warrior is the only hope for Angel Land after it falls into the hands of the Goddess of Darkness, Medusa.

An adventure in the Metroid mould, Kid Icarus blends platforming with action elements as you shoot arrows, collect items and explore dungeons to seek out three sacred treasures. Only then will you have the power to take on Medusa!

After Kid Icarus, Pit appeared only once more, on the Game Boy in 1992, but he’s set to make a comeback as a new combatant in Super Smash Bros. Brawl – coming soon to Wii!