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Rygar (NES)

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Title Screen


Also known as: Argos no Senshi (JP)
Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo
Platform: NES
Released in JP: April 17, 1987
Released in US: July 17, 1987
Released in EU: March 30, 1990

EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article
DCIcon.png This game has a Data Crystal page

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Rygar is an early adventure game for the NES that was very loosely based on an arcade game of the same name. It included both sidescrolling and overhead areas to explore.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info

Unused Graphics



Two frames for a butterfly can be found in the ROM, but it's not used in the game. Its purpose is unknown.



The ROM also contains sprites for an unused dragon enemy. It looks as though it would sit in a pit and rise up with its mouth open.

Shadow Monsters

Robot Game Version Robot Revealed
RygarRobotBlack.png RygarRobot.png
Spider Game Version Spider Revealed

The enemies in Ligar's Castle, the game's final area, have a palette applied that makes them one solid color, so they appear only as shadows. One of the enemies is a shadow version of the boss, Dorago, but the other two, a robot and a spider, are unique to this area. Their true forms can be seen by viewing the ROM in a tile viewing program.

Unused Text

A text string "PASSWARD" is the only remnant of a disabled and unused menu item at the title screen of the Japanese version. It doesn't appear that any other references or ways to activate a password were left in the game's ROM.

00019050: 48 13 0F 14 48 50 10 00 50 00 05 10 0D DA DB C8 .......y.y~..STA
00019060: D9 DB 08 10 4F 55 55 00 08 12 0F D7 C8 DA DA DE RT.....y...PASSW
00019070: C8 D9 CB 00 A6 0F E0 03 B0 06 A5 0F C9 1E 90 01 ARDy..Y|)...B..z

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan USA Europe
Argos no Senshi Title JP.png Rygar-Title.png Rygar Title Europe.png

Japanese Differences

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Upload musical differences.

The Japanese version is called Argos no Senshi and has a few different music tracks. Also, the ending text has a different wording.

European Differences

Due to a programming error, the European version only allows Rygar to gain a maximum of 1023 Tone and Last and a maximum of 8 hitpoints as opposed to the other versions where 4095 Tone and Last could be gained along with a maximum of 12 hitpoints. This makes the final areas in the European version extremely difficult.