Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 5 Most Misleading NES Box Art: #2: Ikari III: The Rescue

This is usually what we like to see in NES box art. Action, explosions, colorful legwear that's skin-tight on the legs but puffy where it counts. But when you study it closely, the cracks start to show. Obviously, Red Pants Man and Blue Pants Man are 1P and 2P. So who's the guy comforting the helpless woman in the background? Don't expect to see those characters in the game.

Also, who bodyslams somebody during a knife fight? At first, we thought maybe the knife guy is who is getting rescued... with a gorilla press slam. Because they're clearly not trying to rescue the girl. But given that the other Ikari Warrior is kicking knifeman's twin brother in the face, this seems unlikely.

Let's take a look at some gameplay footage.

As you can see, this game is chock full of melee attacks. You can punch. You can do a spinning roundhouse kick. But you can't front kick. And there is absolutely no picking anyone up and holding them above your head. Especially if they have a knife.


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