Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Video Game Character of the Month - April 2015 - Pit - Kid Icarus

Video Game Character of the Month
April 2015
Kid Icarus

Ah, Pit, will you ever fight again? Apparently so as he's now a staple of the Super Smash Bros. Series. It's just like with buses - you wait for 25 years and then three come at once (although, if you're waiting 25 years I would recommend learning how to drive or teleport or something). Anyways, I think a better question would have been - will Pit ever make it into the Games Apps and Reviews Video Game Character of the Month Hall of Fame? Not as catchy, maybe, but still...
Now for a bit of information on Pit: 

He is a mixture of Icarus, Eros (Cupid) and Perseus from Greek mythology
He is an angel
He has wings but cannot fly by himself
He has a doppelganger - Dark Pit or Pittoo 
He has a vast knowledge of Nintendo video games and video game characters
He is illiterate 
He likes to break the Fourth Wall
He has fought the Underworld Army, the Forces of Nature and the Subspace Army as well as the Aurum and the demon - Orcus
He serves Palutena, the Goddess of Light, and, occasionally, the Goddess of Nature, Viridi
He is the Captain of Palutena's Guard 
He loves hot springs
He is about 13 years old when converted to the human body but is, actually, older than 28 years old
His soul has been contained in a ring
He keeps searching for the Three Sacred Treasures
He is cocky and comedic but falters when Palutena is not around
He is also quite gullible 
Pit doesn't like vegetables very much and prefers burgers, pies and cakes
He may own a computer of some sort
He uses many different types of weapons
He resides in Angel Land/Skyworld
Unlike many Nintendo mascots, Pit can speak *gasp*

Origin of Pit:
Pit's development actually begins with the creation of Mario, Link and Samus. The reason for this is that Pit's character takes elements from these three Nintendo legends: Mario's jumping power, Link's ability enhancing objects and Samus' shooting ability. He was created by Toru Osawa in 1986 for the NES game - Kid Icarus. In the original game, Pit was known as Kid Icarus (hence the title) in his first game. He is apparently a combination of Eros/(in fact much of the icongraphy is related to Cupid, including the hearts which act as the currency of the games) and Icarus (with some personality/story traits of Perseus) rather than an actual angel due to the lack of angels in Greek mythology. In the original game, Pit is a young angel trapped in the Underworld who Palutena, after giving him a magical bow, sets off to reclaim the Three Sacred Treasures and restore peace to the Overworld by defeating Medusa and the Underworld Army.

Evolution of Pit:
In his second game, Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Pit, yet again, has to retrieve the Three Sacred Treasures in order to defeat the demon Orcus. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pit's trophy has the description 'Will Pit ever fight again' which foreshadowed his eventual inclusion in Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he gains a 3D model rather than 2D sprite like in his first two games as well as the ability to use his bow as two short swords. He also takes part in the Subspace Emissary. His 3D model is then used in his first game in 25 years - Kid Icarus: Uprising where he develops the ability to use many different types of weapons, encounters more Greek gods and goddesses as well as a clone - Dark Pit - who has an opposing personality to Pit. Finally, he shows up again in SSB4 with some of his weapons from Uprising.

Kid Icarus: released (Japan) on December 19, 1986 on the Famicom/(Europe) on February 15, 1987/(North America) in July, 1987 on the NES/(Japan) on August 10, 2004 on the Game Boy Advance/(Japan) on January 23, 2007/(North America) on February 12, 2007/(PAL) on February 23, 2007 on Wii/(Japan) on December 19, 2011/(Europe) on January 5, 2012/(Australia) in January, 2012/(North America) on March 23, 2012 on Nintendo 3DS - Promotion -/(Japan) on January 18, 2012/(Europe) on February 2, 2012/(Australia) on April 12, 2012/(North America) on April 19, 2012 on Nintendo 3DS on Nintendo 3DS - Purchase -/(Japan) on August 14, 2013/(North America) on July 25, 2013/(PAL) on July 11, 2013 on Wii U
Kid Icarus: released (North America) on November 5, 1991/(Europe) on May 21, 1992 on Game Boy/(Japan) on February 8, 2012/(North America) on July 19, 2012/(Europe) on March 8, 2012 on Nintendo 3DS
Kid Icarus: Uprising: released (Japan) on March 22, 2012/(North America/Europe) on March 23, 2012/(Australia) on March 29, 2012 on Nintendo 3DS - Retail -/(Japan) on October 31, 2013/(North America) on November 7, 2013/(Europe) on April 9, 2014 on Nintendo 3DS - eShop
Tetris: released (Japan) on December 22, 1988/(North America) in November, 1989/(Europe) on February 23, 1990 on the Famicom/NES
F1 Race: released (Japan) on November 2, 1984 on the Famicom/(Japan) on November 9, 1990/(North America) on February 3, 1991/(Europe) on October 10, 1991 on the Game Boy
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves: released (Japan) on December 2, 2006/(Europe) on January 12, 2007/(North America) on January 15, 2007/(Australia) on January 25, 2007 on the Wii
Super Smash Bros. Melee: released (Japan) on November 21, 2001/ (North America) on December 3, 2001/ (Europe) on May 24, 2002/ (Australia) on May 31, 2002 on Nintendo GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: released (Japan) on January 31, 2008/ (North America) on March 9, 2008/ (Australia) on June 26, 2008/ (Europe) on June 27, 2008 on Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS:  released (Japan) on September 13, 2014/ (North America/Europe) on October 3, 2014/ (Australia) on October 4, 2014 
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: released (North America) on November 21, 2014/(Europe) on November 28, 2014/(Australia) on November 29, 2014/(Japan) on December 6, 2014

That's all on Pit but, as always, if you know any more or you find that I've made a mistake or if you can think of another video game character that should win the award in a future month then please don't hesitate to comment!

Goodbye for now, Harry

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