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Basic Information
Video Game
[[Raster resolution: 256×224 (Horizontal)
Palette Colors: 1024]]
Joystick; 2 buttons
Arcade, Sharp X68000, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, NES, Family Computer, Master System, Lynx and Mobile Phone
Virtual Console
Retail Features
Gameplay-Single-player.pngGameplay-Multi-player.png1-2 players alternating
European Union European Release Date(s)
Nintendo Entertainment System
March 301990
Virtual Console
September 112009
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Commodore 64 and Nintendo Entertainment System
Atari Lynx
Virtual Console
October 192009
Japan Japanese Release Date(s)
Sharp X68000
Family Computer
April 141987
Master System
March 251988
Virtual Console
September 82009
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Rygar is an arcade game created by Tecmo in 1986 and originally released in Japan as Argus no Senshi (アルゴスの戦士 Arugosu no Senshi?, lit. "Warrior of Argus"). It is a scrolling platform game where the player assumes the role as the "Legendary Warrior", battling through a hostile landscape. Only with the attack and movements mastered would the player stand a chance of progressing through later stages.

The main feature of gameplay is using a weapon called the "Diskarmor", a shield with a long chain attached to it.

Ports[edit | edit source]

The game was ported to the Sharp X68000, Commodore 64, Sega Master System (Japan only; as Argos No Jūjiken), Spectrum 48K, Amstrad 6128 and the Atari Lynx. It was also included in a compilation of game called Tecmo Classic Arcade for the Xbox. The arcade version has also been re-released on the Wii Virtual Console.

Atari Lynx Version[edit | edit source]

The Atari Lynx version closely followed the arcade version. However, the layout of some rounds was different, and there were only 23 rounds.

NES Version[edit | edit source]

The NES game Rygar is entirely different from the arcade game of the same name.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The arcade game begins with the following introduction:

4.5 billion years have passed since Earth's creation. Many dominators have ruled in all their glory, but time was their greatest enemy and it defeated their reign. And now a new dominator's reign begins...

Information gleaned from console manuals reveals that the evil being Ligar has taken over the land of Argool, and Rygar, a dead warrior who has risen from his grave, must use his Diskarmor, along with a variety of other weapons, to stop him. In console versions clues and limited dialogue are given in the form of large, sage like men encountered in stone green temples throughout the game.

In the Japanese original, references to "Ligar" and "Rygar" are one and the same because the Roman syllables "Li" and "Ry" come from the same Japanese character. In this version, the hero is only referred to as "The Legendary Warrior", while both "Rygar" and "Ligar" refer to the main villain.

PlayStation 2 game[edit | edit source]

Rygar was updated and released for the PlayStation 2 in November 2002. It features a transition to 3-D graphics and portions of the environment are destructible. It was released to generally positive reviews.

Wii game[edit | edit source]

On May 11, 2007, a new Rygar title for the Wii was announced at Tecmo's "Nite Out 07" event. [1]

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