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YMMV: Adventure Island
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Super Adventure Island was soundtracked by Yuzo Koshiro. Enough said.
  • Demonic Spiders: The literal spiders (aka Zigmos) can make some of the later levels unwinnable if you lose your weapon. There's also those pesky frogs/Kellos. The literal Goddamned Bats can be particularly demonic when platform jumping. And the jumping swordfish come at you almost-nonstop in the later ocean levels.
  • Goddamned Rocks. Bounce, bounce, bounce, die, throw your controller.
    • And there are also bassers which are bats which often qualify too.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series was very popular in Mexico in the 80s and 90s, partly because the in-game sprite of Master Higgins/Takahashi in the first game looks a lot like the late Mexican comedian Gaspar Henaine aka Capulina, and he's even called as such by Mexican players.
  • Guide Dang It: The success of button-mashing minigames in Adventure Island IV depends on how much food you have in inventory before entering minigame.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Made by the creator of Wonder Boy, and the first games are nearly identical.
  • That One Level: Although the whole world 8 in the first game is very hard, the world 8-3 is especially noteworthy due to a segment which requires pixel-perfect jumps and firing.

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