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Rygar is an adventure video game created by Tecmo and first released in Japan under the name Argus no Senshi (Warrior of Argus). The player assumes the role of the "Legendary Warrior" who travels through a hostile, monster-filled landscape, his only defense the mystical Diskarmor, a shield with a long chain attached to it.
Rygar was first released as an arcade game, later ported to the Sharp X68000, Commodore 64, Sega Master System (Japan only; as Argos No Jūjiken), Spectrum 48K, Amstrad 6128 and the Atari Lynx. It was also included in a compilation of game called Tecmo Classic Arcade for the X Box. Additionally, versions of the game were made for the Atari Lynx (which closely followed the arcade version) and the Nintendo Entertainment System (which was completely different). In November 2002, Rygar was updated and released to the Play Station 2 as Rygar: The Legendary Adventure, and ported to the Wii under the title Rygar: The Battle of Argus.
- Anime Hair / Heroic Albino: Rygar's redesigned look in Battle of Argus.
- Better by a Different Name: Legendary Adventure/Battle for Argus usually gets compared (unfavorably) to the God of War series, despite having beaten that game to market by three years.
- Genre Shift: From straight action side-scroller in the arcade, to 2D Metroidvania for the NES, to 3D Metroidvania for the PS2/Wii.
- Giant Flyer: Epolcons, which drop eggs on the hero's head.
- Giant Spider: Sagila, the boss of Sagila's cave.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Legendary Warrior's diskarmor which is replace in successive playthroughs of The Legendary Adventures with various types of pizza.
- Killer Yoyo: The Diskarmor.
- Narm: Most of the dialogue in Legendary Adventure.
- Nightmare Fuel: The Typhon boss in Legendary Adventure. A multiheaded hydra whose heads are fire-breathing, shrieking baby heads.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The princess in the Play Station 2 game is unmistakably modeled after Britney Spears.
- So Bad It's Good: Legendary Adventure.
- Summon Magic /SmartBomb: Your Limit Breaks in the Play Station 2 game.
- When Trees Attack: The Kinobles.
- Orchestral Version: The Play Station 2 game's soundtrack is scored by the Moscow Philharmonic. This was the first time a game used a complete orchestra for its soundtrack.