Nintendo Would "Happily" Make Kid Icarus Wii

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Yoshio Sakamoto, one of the creators behind popular Nintendo platformer Kid Icarus, says Nintendo hasn't ruled out bringing a new title in the series to the Wii, they just haven't yet figured out how to.

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"I don't know personally about any project underway regarding Kid Icarus, but if so many of those people are interested in it and really want to see it on the Wii they should really speak up," Sakamoto told Kotaku in an interview today.

Another key to bringing the game to the Wii would be figuring out the best way to implement a new version of the game that would best make use of the Wii's strengths.

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"If we can find some sort of way to bring it to the Wii, a way to make the game for the Wii that makes sense, we would happily do so," he said. "But just keep in mind it may not be me making the game."

The original Kid Icarus hit the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, slightly overshadowed by the release of Metroid, which Sakamoto also worked on. Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters hit the Gameboy in 1991.

The original game is currently available on the Wii's virtual console.

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I'm still convinced that 99% of the people clamouring for a Wii Kid Icarus had never heard of the series (if you can call 2 games a "series") prior to Pit being announced as playable in Brawl.

Furthermore, I am convinced that these people still didn't go and play either of the games.

It really seems like everybody getting excited about the possibility of this game is just a 12-year-old boy who wants to see some kind of kickass action game where you're a cool combat angel.

Do you really need the Kid Icarus brand for that? Are there not already a few games out there that fit this "Badass Fighting Angels" archetype?

I make that "it must be about badass angels" assumption because I can't fathom any other reason that people want a new Kid Icarus game.

The gameplay of Kid Icarus has enough overlap with that of the Metroid series that it seems like it would be redundant to suddenly revive the franchise, when the Metroid series has been continually developed and refined over the past 20+ years.

I'm not trying to say they couldn't put out a stellar new Kid Icarus game, but I just don't see the point when the series died long ago, and wasn't particularly exceptional in the first place.