Kid Icarus' Pit: Who Is This Guy?
Younger fans, take note. There's more to Nintendo's winged hero than Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Most gamers know who Mario and Link are because Nintendo constantly promotes these characters in different video games on a regular basis.
Pit doesn't have that luxury. His last leading role was in 1991's Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters on the original Game Boy 21 years ago.
Think about that. A generation of players grew up with very little knowledge of who he is. Some, we'd bet, have yet to play his games.
Yes, he's made cameos in previous Nintendo hits, like the NES version of Tetris, F-1 Race for Game Boy, the WarioWare series, the old animated TV show Captain N: The Game Master and more famously in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii as a playable character. At the same time, we don't want the newer generation to recognize him as "that guy from Brawl."
That said, we felt it was necessary to provide a brief history of one of Nintendo's most beloved and neglected characters, in preparation for his latest adventure, Kid Icarus: Uprising, launching on 3DS March 23.
Take one look at Pit, and it's obvious Nintendo was inspired by Greek mythology, most notably the characters Icarus (son of Daedalus) and Eros (the god of love), both of which used wings to get around; Icarus flew too close to the sun, his wings melted and he fell to his death. On top of that, Pit wears a toga and sandals, the necessary attire to attend various frat parties on college campuses across the U.S. He also carries a bow with unlimited arrows.
To that end, Pit is in fact an angel and the devoted servant of Palutena, Goddess of Light/ruler of Angel Land, and captain of Palutena's Army, a group of powerful centurions.
He first appeared in the 1986 NES adventure, Kid Icarus, a challenging game where Pit battles out of the Underworld and defeats Medusa using the Three Sacred Treasures; Pegasus Wings, Mirror Shield and Light Arrows. If you never played this classic side scroller, no worries, as Nintendo plans to give away a free download of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus if you pre-order Uprising at participating retailers; we also expect it to appear on the eShop as a paid download.
Five years later, Pit was at it again in the aforementioned Of Myths and Monsters, where Palutena puts him through training to defeat the demon Orcos. Unfortunately, and similar to Icarus, Pit flies too close to the sun and loses his wings.
It's important to note that in both games, Pit had a more cherub like appearance, similar to Cupid. This would change in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as Nintendo made him more human like, with a teenage/adult body; his blue eyes were first revealed in Of Myths and Monsters' box art.
As for his personality, Pit is a fearless warrior that has no qualms taking on gigantic monsters, cracking jokes before, during and after battles. Of course, we expect this fearless nature from a guy that commands an army of centurions.
So there you have it, Pit in five minutes or less. He's without question one of Nintendo's best creations. We just haven't seen much of him over the years, but that'll definitely change with Uprising. Cross your fingers that the big N decides to make its death defying hero a permanent fixture in its future lineup.