Metal Arcade: Stan Stepanic writes:
Okay, so I lied, last time after reviewing Commando for the NES, I stated that next up in our bag of bullets and hand grenades was Ikari Warriors. Can I be forgiven? Actually, to be honest, I was unsure of what to do for a simple reason; I wanted to make sure the focus was on American games. Ikari Warriors was actually developed in Japan before Rambo: First Blood Part II for the Master System, but Rambo was released in the United States before Ikari Warriors. That’s just a simple matter of localization, as well as a bit of history. The arcade version was created prior, in March of 1986, before the Master System was even released in America. And, of course, Sega was moving quick to prepare the SMS prior to Christmas of the same year. Knowing very well the popularity of the then-burgeoning genre of the run-and-gun, they sought to control all the guns in the world. What better character for the job than Rambo?