10.10.2016

rygar


Originally a Tecmo arcade game, Rygar was revamped with an exploratory open world and released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. Perhaps most famous for its diskarmor weapon, the game features a dead warrior risen from the grave to do battle with an evil being 4.5 billion years after Earth's creation. Like many NES titles, this is not particularly evident in the actual game.

Rygar was a puzzling enigma to me as a child. I rented it constantly but never got very far, and I can only assume that not even the sacred Game Genie provided very helpful cheats. I would forget the title in the years that followed, though it became etched in my brain as the 'forgotten' game of my youth. I decided to hunt it down once bootlegged Nintendo systems appeared in the early 2000s and was quite relieved at the reunion. From that point on, while I never before made a concrete 'favorite video games' list, I always assumed it would be in the mix.

And finally, upon thinking on it, I don't know why. It's not a particularly good game, I was never good at it, and outside of forgetting its title, I don't have treasured memories like other NES games - my family actually owned RBI Baseball and Mega Man 3; Ultima: Quest of the Avatar and Metroid felt like true adventures; Maniac Mansion was wacky and dark; Super Mario Bros. 2 had wonderful platform design; Deja Vu birthed my love of noir. Rygar is more like Faria - a game I faintly remember enjoying but in retrospect is maddeningly hard and un-fun.

Nostalgia can be strange.

Regardless, amidst this crisis of mis-remembrance, a list of my favorite video games:

1. Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
2. Super Mario World (SNES)
3. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
4. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
6. Suikoden II (PSX)
7. Mario Kart 64 (N64)
8. Silent Hill (PSX)
9. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
10. Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (NES)

Honorable mentions: Deja Vu, Maniac Mansion, Mega Man 3, Metroid, RBI Baseball, Super Mario Bros. 2, Ultima: Quest of the Avatar, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XV, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons