Alex Kidd (アレックス・キッド Arekkusu Kiddo) is a video game character whose popularity peaked during the late 1980s and who was the protagonist of both a series of video games released by Sega and their fictional universe, as well as in numerous spin-offs such as novelizations and comics.
Alex Kidd is the protagonist of several video games, spanning various platforms, and appeared in the arcade and on the Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis home consoles. Alex Kidd's popularity was at a peak with the release of the first game in the series, Alex Kidd in Miracle World in 1986. However, Sega wished to have a mascot to rival Nintendo's flagship character Mario, a task which Alex Kidd was not considered up to. In 1991, Sega introduced Sonic the Hedgehog. After this, Alex Kidd fell into obscurity as the development of new games in the series had stopped. Despite that, he has made cameo appearances in other games. A remake of the first game was released on June 22, 2021, making it the first main appearance of the character since 1990’s Alex Kidd in Shinobi World.
Why He Rocks, Paper, Scissors, Shoe!
- Just like Mario and his successor Sonic, he used to be one of the most iconic video game characters, and was the mascot of Sega before the introduction of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Alex Kidd does have an interesting backstory explained in the first installment
- Selflessness, Unlike Mario who has to just rescue the princess, Alex Kidd has to rescue his brother and sister-in-law and help them retrieve the throne, he didn't do any of that for himself, unlike Mario, Also, after learning that his father might be in danger, Alex Kidd goes to rescue his father, This shows how selfless Alex Kidd can be.
- Unlike Sonic, He does have the ability to swim
- he is really good at Ninjitsu, as shown in Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
- He also does rock, and paper scissors really well.
- His design looks like a little boy in a Red Jumpsuit, It's kinda cute if you think about it.
- In the remake of the first game, Alex Kidd actually had an interesting personality, that can be applied to interesting stories
- His physical strength is at the max, He can kill enemies in One Punch, (the Saitama of the 1980s)
- His Peticopter, Motorcycle, and Pogostick skills are also really good.
- His relationship with Stella in Alex Kidd's The Lost Stars is on par with that of Sonic & Tails having a heroic friendship.
- HE did once visit an arcade and was curious to explore it.
- Alex Kidd never really had a distinct personality in the Mater System and Genesis games
- Unlike Mario and Sonic, He can only die in one hit (The coins can never really save his life)
- Just like Sonic, He did have a few mediocre to bad games on his hand, including High-Tech World, BMX Trial, and Enchanted Castle.
- He didn't have as much personality as Sonic
- He didn't have the most appealing design in the Sega All-Star Racing series
- Unfortunately for Alex Kidd, despite his success in Europe, and because his games were underperforming in Japan and North America because the NES was crushing the Master System in sales in those regions, he was deemed not worthy enough to be Sega's mascot for much longer, and in 1991, Sega introduced Sonic, who became a big hit everywhere, and Alex Kidd was put on hold for 30 years.
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