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Alex Kidd Ossale (アレックス・キッド・オサール Arekkusu Kiddo Osāru),[1] Alex (アレク Areku, "Alec" in Japan) for short, is a video game character created by Kotaro Hayashida whose popularity peaked during the late 1980s and who was the protagonist of both a series of video games released by Sega in their fictional universe, as well as in numerous spin-off merchandise. For a time he was an unofficial mascot of Sega, taking the title from Opa-Opa, before becoming overshadowed by the immensely popular Sonic the Hedgehog.

Appearance[]

Alex Kidd is a short boy of the Arian race with fair skin and vast, thick, crusty, widely protruding and comically oversized ears, covering up over 1/3th of his head and brown sideburns trying to cover them, and ever so slight monkey-like features. He wears a trademark red and yellow jumpsuit, and has oversized hands when punching. Sometimes he appeared as a teenager, although the only time his exact age has been stated, he was stated to be 14 years old. [citation needed] The manual from Alex Kidd in Miracle World states that his story happened centuries ago. At a glance its easy to see that the character of Alex Kidd may have been inspired chiefly by Bruce Lee (evident in the jump suit) and the character Sun Wukong, the Monkey King (Alex being originally planned to use the Ruyi Jingu Bang instead of punches[2]).

History[]

Alex Kidd in Miracle World[]

Initially, in the original game, he is an orphan who lives alone on Mt. Eternal, on the planet Aries, where he has trained in the ancient Shellcore technique for seven years. This technique enables an Arian to shatter boulders with their bare fists.

After the disappearance of King Thunder, the planet Aries is thrown into chaos. An usurper, Janken the Great, kidnaps the next in line to the throne, Prince Igul, and his fiancée Princess Lora. Many of the citizens are turned to stone through Janken's magic. Alex learns about these events from a dying man and sets out to return peace to Radaxian. After he returning to his master, Saint Nurari, Alex learns that he is in fact a lost member of the Radaxian royal family, son of King Thunder and brother of Prince Igul. Alex sets out to discover the whereabouts of his father, rescue his brother, restore the kingdom, and destroy the monstrous minions of Janken. Numerous magical artifacts and medallions are needed to be discovered to progress in the story.

During the game, Alex can collect Baums, the currency on Aires, which can then be used to purchase extra lives, items, power-ups and vehicles for Alex Kidd from shops at the start of several stages, such as the Sukopako Motorcycle, Suisui Boat and the Pedicopter (a small pedal-powered helicopter).

After he defeats Janken The Great, Alex restores peace to Radaxian, and the people who were turned to stone by Janken are returned to normal. In the city, Igul is crowned King of Radaxian, and Alex Kidd, with his martial arts, takes the position of Defender of the City, although his next goal will be to find his father, King Thunder.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle[]

Some time later, Alex heared a rumor that his long lost father is alive and well on Janken's planet, Paperock. The Planet earned this name as it is inhabited by experts at the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Despite discouragement from his family, Alex travels to the Planet Paperock in hopes of finding his father.

Alex Kidd BMX Trial[]

Alex participates in a BMX trial, passing by several obstacle courses until he reaches Radaxian Castle.

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars[]

In the arcade version, Alex and Stella go after the Miracle Balls.

In the Master System version, Alex realizes that the stars from planet Aries went missing, and goes to Mt. Eternal to see if he could discover why they disappeared. There, he finds an ancient wizard called Daleda reading an old, magical scroll. Daleda tells Alex that, over five thousand years ago, a mysterious evil creature called Ziggurat had stolen the same stars from Aries's sky. A noble prince by the name of Halifax kidd, Alex's ancestor, had journeyed beyond the realm of space and time to defeat Ziggurat and return the stars to the sky. But before Ziggurat fled, it vowed to someday return and finish what it had begun. Ziggurat had once again stolen Aries's stars, and to get them back, Alex would have to follow Halifax's steps into the unknown. Daleda assists him by opening a magic doorway to the stars.

Alex Kidd: High-Tech World[]

After Alex heard about a recently opened arcade called High-Tech World, he tries to find a map to the arcade and reach it before it closes.

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World[]

Alex is spending a lovely afternoon with his girlfriend on planet Shinobi. Suddenly, the sky becomes dark and a shady figure appears and kidnaps his girlfriend. Before he can do anything, another figure appears in front of Alex and explains what happened. The wicked Dark Ninja that he, the White Ninja, had banished ten thousand years ago has returned and kidnapped Alex's girlfriend in hopes of taking control of Miracle World. The White Ninja gave Alex his special ninja power so he can rescue his girlfriend and stop the Dark Ninja.

Other appearances[]

Action Fighter[]

Action Fighter is an Arcade game released by Sega in 1986. After collecting a map piece in the roads, the map piece in their second availability and after will appear some characters from other Sega games. One of them, is Alex Kidd, using his Alex Kidd in Miracle World sprite. His cameo was cut out from the Master System version, as it is more straight-forward.

Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf[]

Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf is an Mega Drive / Genesis game released by Sega in 1989. It's known in Japan as Naomichi Ozaki Super Masters and is a port of the Arcade game Super Masters Golf. The Genesis version adds several cutscenes after playing some golf courses, in many of them, featuring Alex Kidd and Opa-Opa.

Flash Point[]

Flash Point is an Arcade game released by Sega in 1989. It's a sequel to Sega's own version of Tetris, focusing on clearing special flashing Tetris blocks into default positions. Certain characters that can appear before the user solve the puzzle can be Flicky, Opa-Opa, Kasumi from Sega Ninja or Alex Kidd using sprites from Alex Kidd in Miracle World.

Game Gear Micro[]

Alex Kidd (plus Stella) can appear as one of the six low-battery warning screens from Game Gear Micro. Other characters that can appear are Flicky, Opa-Opa, Harrier, Gillius Thunderhead & Kasumi from Sega Ninja.

Kenseiden[]

Alex Kidd's head can be seen in a wall from the third stage.

Project X Zone 2[]

Ulala from Space Channel 5 can summon Alex Kidd to fight against enemies from the game. Other characters that can be summoned are Opa-Opa and the Wolf from Altered Beast.

Segagaga[]

Segagaga is a Dreamcast game where the player gets to take control of Sega to help it win the video game war against a rival company. At one point, the player runs into Alex Kidd, who relates his sob story of how he used to be the mascot of Sega, but was demoted in favor of Sonic the Hedgehog. Instead of starring in video games, he's now forced to work retail at one of Sega's shops. This is a sad yet comical look at Alex Kidd.[3]

Sega Ages[]

Alex Kidd appears in the intro of every Sega Ages game released for Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, Alex Kidd jumps into the title screen if the game is Sega Ages Alex Kidd in Miracle World.

Sega Saturn de Hakken!! Tamagotchi Park[]

Sega Saturn de Hakken!! Tamagotchi Park is an entry on the Tamagotchi series made by Bandai for the Sega Saturn. An Tamagotchi version of Alex Kidd, named Alextchi (あれくっち), appears in this game. Other Sega characters such as Opa-Opa, Sonic, Pengo & Flicky are transformed into Tamagotchis as well.

Sega Superstars Tennis[]

Alex Kidd appears in this game as an unlockable, playable character. This game marks his first playable 3D appearance.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing[]

Alex Kidd is a playable character in the multi-platform racer Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. He rides the Sukopako Motorcycle. For his All-Star move, he hops into the Pedicopter, allowing him to fly and shoot damaging projectiles at opponents.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed[]

Alex Kidd is an unlockable character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, being unlocked automatically when the system's clock reads on, any time after, December 25, 2012. Because they were released after this date, the Steam and 3DS versions have Alex Kidd available from the start. His traditional red and yellow jumpsuit is replaced with a Santa Claus outfit (which consists of a red Santa coat, black boots, white gloves, and brown belt with a golden belt buckle) to reflect his status as a holiday bonus. His All-Star Move involves "Rock, Paper, Scissors" firing two gigantic hands out from the sides of his vehicle, hitting adjacent racers. In addition, his vehicle is covered in small, almost translucent, snowflakes.

Sega 3D Classics Collection[]

Alex Kidd is found in the Power Drift character select screen (where he got on his bicycle and got hit by a blue car bouncing around) and the “Thank You for Playing” scene where he waves his hand in the regular credits (game logo complication-themed). Alex Kidd appears in scenes from the Thunder Blade themed credits, like riding on his Sukopako Motorcycle on the road with the orange car (two times), riding on his Pedicopter to shoot down the helicopter in the sky, a poster of Alex Kidd punching in an apartment building, and the “Thank You for Playing” scene where Alex Kidd is waving his hand.[4]

Other media[]

Worlds Unite[]

Alex Kidd appeared in Worlds Unite, a crossover featuring characters from Sega and Capcom. His world is invaded by Magna Centipede, but Alex and Stella defeat him. Seeing their abilities, Sonic and Break Man recruited them to assist in the battle against Sigma.

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