Rastan Saga Joins Arcade Archives as Taito Revives The Classic Platformer

Taito is set to release the beloved 1987 platformer “Rastan Saga,” known as “Rastan,” into the Arcade Archives collection this week. Directed, produced, and programmed by Yoshinori Kobayashi, this game takes inspiration from the Conan series, placing players in the role of Rastan, the barbarian protagonist. Originally a hit, “Rastan Saga” was ported to multiple platforms, including the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Master System, MSX2, and ZX Spectrum. Its success spawned two sequels: 1988’sRastan Saga II” (also called “Nastar” or “Nastar Warrior“), and “Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III” in 1991 to complete the trilogy.


Taito revisited the franchise in 2002 with “Barbarian” on PS2 and GameCube, known in Japan as “Warrior Blade: Rastan vs. Barbarian,” although it’s not an official sequel. In another exciting update, Hamster Corporation will mark the 10th anniversary of the Arcade Archives series with the release of a special Namco game on May 15th.




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