Ikari Warriors is a 1986 arcade game, published in the United States and Europe by Tradewest. Known simply as Ikari in Japan, this was SNK's first major breakthrough US release and became something of a classic. What distinguished Ikari Warriors were rotary joysticks and the two-player mode.
The player takes the role of commando-like warriors named Ralf and Clark, who must try to reach the village of Ikari. Enemy units attempting to kill the player include tanks, enemy soldiers and helicopters. A number of power-ups along the way help the player to achieve victory.
Ikari Warriors was the first popular video game to use rotary joysticks: those which could be rotated in addition to being pushed in eight directions (TNK III, released in 1985, also from SNK, was the first to use such joysticks). The game also featured two buttons, one for the standard gun and another for lobbing grenades. It allowed two players to play cooperatively, side-by-side — one of the few games to do so at the time — and to use vehicles. The game cabinet was a standard upright.
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