released on Dec 31, 1989
by Taito

Rastan Saga II (ラスタンサーガ2?), known in Europe as Nastar and in North America as Nastar Warrior (except for the North American Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version, which was known as Rastan Saga II) is a hack and slash platform arcade game developed and released by Taito in 1988. It is the sequel to Rastan Saga (released simply as Rastan in North America).

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not very good, but in a way that kind of rules? it feels pretty horrible and the level design is monstrous, but there's funny monsters and a suprisingly unique combat system. it has a sprawling and sometimes jazzy soundtrack despite having the aesthetics of a bad power metal album. i dunno, there is something admirable about any moment in history that can birth games that are both basically trash but also surprising and novel. like hell yeah nastar, sure, i dont give a shit about your greased-up beefcake but im glad youre going for it and you've done gone slathered the boy up