Nes contra extra életkód anti aging, Our Fondest Memories
Released 72 An arcade-inspired action run and gun starring sweaty shirtless men charging through tropical jungles and blasting everything in sight with an overhead, birds-eye perspective, Ikari Warriors was the definitive nes contra extra életkód anti aging outlet for bottled-up aggression. This game was macho, manly destructive fun with its simultaneous two-player action, but also ended up playing an important historic role in the industry — it put SNK on the map.
The company got its start with Ikari as its first major hit, and the success of this game fueled the studio to go on and ultimately create classic fighting franchises such as Fatal Fury and King of Fighters on the Neo-Geo, as well as the timeless Metal Slug series. The heroes of Ikari Warriors, Ralf and Clark, even went on to cameo in several of those later games, you can play as them in several King of Fighters sequels, as well as the most recent Metal Slug installments.
Not too bad for a couple of sweaty, shirtless Rambo clones. Our Fondest Memories This was a defining day for my brother and I, though I'm sure neither of us knew it then.
When Ikari Warriors came out I went berserk for it, and having no income of my own I had to beg my brother Matt 12 years older than me to go out and rent it, which he denied time and time again. We'd head to Mr. Movies in Minnesota, I'd see the box art, freak out, and he'd pick up something else.
Finally we rented it, played co-op, and dominated the game, even leaving the NES on overnight during the dreaded "Everyone looks like player 1 and 2" level. I was totally paranoid that I'd come back from school or day care or whatever and the game would be turned off.
Fast forward another 15 years or so and I spend my nights playing Call of Duty 4 while he frequents games like BlazBlue. I guess some things never change, eh Ikari Warriors?