Kid Icarus

Alternative title(s)
Antiquity gameCAG
ReleaseDec 19, 1986
DeveloperNintendo R&D1, TOSE
Platform(s)Famicom; NES (EU & NA, 1987); Game Boy Advance (2004); Wii Virtual Console (2007); 3DS (JP: 2011/2012; EU, AU, NA: 2012); Wii U Virtual Console (2013)
GenreAction-adventure game; platformer; role-playing game; hero-based
SettingA mythological storyworld (Angel Land) based on Greek mythology
Notable charactersBMedusa, Pegasus, Pandora, Uranos, Daphne, Erinus


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Rollinger, C. (2020). ‘An Archaeology of Ancient Historical Video Games’ in C. Rollinger (ed.), Classical Antiquity in Video Games. New York: Bloomsbury, 19-43.

Macías Villalobos, C. (2020). ‘The Videogame Hero in His Labyrinth. The Hero in Electronic Gaming’ in R. López Gregoris & C. Macías Villalobos (ed.), The Hero Reloaded: The reinvention of the classical hero in contemporary mass media. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 73-102.

Serrano Lozano, D. (2020). ‘Ludus (Not) Over. Video Games and the Popular Perception of Ancient Past Reshaping’ in C. Rollinger (ed.), Classical Antiquity in Video Games. New York: Bloomsbury, 48-61.

Wolff, N. (2018). ‘Kid Icarus : un héros antique qui peine à prendre son envol ? Du rétrogaming au retour en fanfare dans les années 2000-2010‘ in F. Bièvre-Perrin (ed.), Antiquipop. Lyon: online.

Additional keywords

myth, hero, monsters

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