In 1987 I thought Kid Icarus and Metroid were the height of video game excellence. I even bought Kid Icarus as a download on my Wii, you just turn the Wii controller sideways and it resembles the button layout of the old NES controller.
There is even an enemy from Metroid in the game, though it is called Komayto, and its description in the game manual is that it might have come from another planet. Like Metroid's 'secret' ending, Kid Icarus had its own. If you completed it within the time limit, Pit (What kind of name is that?) will become older, a teenager and receive a kiss for his efforts.
I never have obtained this secret ending...yet.