Happy Friday everyone! I think from now on I will call it Famicom Friday! Has a good ring to it!
Today I’m featuring a really cool Famicom game that you should definitely check out if you have a chance. It’s called Holy Diver, and no it’s not the song by Dio. (I honestly don’t know that song but everyone on twitter kept mentioning it when I brought up this game) ** correction! It is based on that song! So crazy!**
Holy Diver was actually recommended to me by Parodius Duh on the Famicom World website. I’m definitely glad that I listened to him cause this game is pretty awesome!
When I was playing the game, it felt like a mix between Castlevania, Getsu Fuma Den and threw in some Mega Man just for fun. The company with the crazy idea to release a game like this was Irem, the same company that put out Spelunker II, Lot Lot and Kickle Cubicle. Holy Diver hit the shelves in April of 1989, but of course it never saw the light of day in North America.
Story wise there was no manual or anything with my copy so I wasn’t too sure cause you just get tossed right into the action of the game. So I did some online research and found a few different versions of the story. One guy had the manual but couldn’t read Japanese so he made up a story based on seeing 666 in the text. He thought your character was sent to save the world and had to kill the devil. Luckily I soon found a translation of the story right from the manual…
“Resurrected-The Legend of the Holy Magic King’s Justice
It is the 666th year of the world of magic. The Black Slayer, Demon King of the Underground Dark Empire, has extended the world of darkness and weakened the power of King Crimson whose wisdom has guided the world of magic for generations.
The 16th Crimson Emperor Ronnie 4th entrusted his two infant sons, Randy and Zack, to his faithful servant Ozzy. The three escaped the forces from another dimension in the hope to bring light back into the world.
The next 17 years were difficult but Randy, Zack, and Ozzy devoted themselves to the cause of Holy Magic Justice. The Black Slayer had further extended his empire over the countryside and the interdimensional forces were even more powerful. Randy needed to find the Royal Coat Of Arms of the Crimson to battle the demons. He set out alone to carry out the will of his surrogate father Ozzy who had passed away. Thus begins the Legend Of The Holy Magic King’s Justice.”
Hmm wonder if Ozzy is supposed to be Ozzy Osbourne and Zack is like Zakk Wylde It definitely does have catchy music! Anyways so you basically battle demons, that’s enough of a story for me.
This game features unlimited continues, which is nice cause you are going to need them. It’s definitely not the easiest game I’ve ever played, but it’s challenging in a good way. I love how with your magic you have projectiles, just like if you were using the mega buster in Mega Man. If you had to do close combat with punching, this game would be impossible to beat! It definitely tests your reflexes, those enemies are fast!
I’ve recorded myself playing through the first level of the game (this is the first time I’ve ever played). Notice at the end what happens when you beat the level boss.
Here’s the music video Holy Diver by Dio, maybe the game was kind of based on this….