Journey to Silius: Terminated Sci-Fi NES Platformer Dude

Journey to Silius on the NES-min

Indeed.Here’s an interesting, if obscure, title from the NES. As with the likes of Ninja Gaiden, it dared to be daring. And it pays off quite well.

Journey to Silius

Nippon-based developer Sunsoft (サンソフト—Sansofuto) was behind it.

And, okay, this is just another NES platformer along the lines of Mega Man 2. But, it did introduce a high concept story idea. And rolling cutscene type… cutscenes.

But it’s pretty obvious James Cameron’s The Terminator was a major inspiration.

Obvious, because it was. It was supposed to be the official game adaptation of the film, but then the license was lost mid-production.

So, it got a graphical overhaul. And went ahead anyway. It was called Rough World (ラフワールド—Rafu Wārudo) in the land of Nippon.

The thing launched back in that there 1990. And it has one banging soundtrack!

Frankly, so many bloody games came out on the NES it’s difficult to understand how to keep track of them. Well over 714—but there were unlicensed illegal games, too.

Well, Journey to Silius was licensed. And the interesting thing is the official The Terminator NES game was a total disaster. Whereas Journey to Silius is pretty decent (more news on that later).

So, we’ve played it a lot. And, in the grand tradition of NES games, it’s the most insanely difficult bastard you can imagine.

Just ridiculous on the standard difficulty scale. We mean, it’s tough to get past level one. But not as bad as Ghosts ‘N Goblins.

The reason this game is on our minds right now is Nintendo put it onto the Nintendo Switch NES backlog library recently.

The Terminator on the NES ended up looking like this.

But it was done by Sunsoft, just in an apparent mess of business contracts. And it’s a total mess the Angry Video Game Nerd ripped to shreds.

Journey to Silius was clearly the far superior game, but the studio had to repackage it.

And then The Terminator NES game was released in 1992 (to coincide with Terminator 2) and was a disaster.

Well, there you go. Another interesting little moment in the history of the NES.

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