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Video Game / Journey to Silius

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Journey to Silius is a side-scrolling action game by Sunsoft released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. It was originally slated to be based on the James Cameron film The Terminator, but Sunsoft lost the license before its scheduled release date. Sunsoft decided to continue development rather than canceling their hard work. As it turned out, Journey to Silius became a cult-classic which was given a rerelease on the Nintendo Switch Online service in December of 2019, while later NES games that carried the Terminator license are all but forgotten.

Tropes of this game:

  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: In an inverse example, Jay in the US-release was given a more cartoonish appearance with his face shown.
  • Bookends: The stage 1 theme is also used for the final stage.
  • Boss-Only Level: Played with in the final stage; the final battle is preceded by a relatively brief auto-scrolling segment with no enemies, but plenty of hazards.
  • Excuse Plot: The game has an opening about Jay taking revenge on terrorists for the death of his father in their plans to stop a space colony from being made, but gets no more development beyond that, not even in the manual. With the first stage being a clear leftover of the The Terminator's opening war prologue between the Resistance and Skynet, Jay looking like an Expy of Kyle Reese in a space suit, and all of those "terrorists" being androids and occasionally Contra-looking aliens, it becomes obvious the story was a last-minute addition to cover the loss of the license.
  • Japanese Ranguage: You're most likely supposed to be journeying to Sirius.
  • King Mook: The sub-bosses of Stage 3 and 4 are upgrades of the missile batteries and the "HumpBots", respectively, and the Final Boss is a giant version of the tall Mecha-Mooks from Stage 3.
  • Market-Based Title: Known as Rough World in Japan. Often mistakenly called "Raf World" since "Rough" is spelled rʌf (the middle letter being a turned v). Jay also has a more normally-proportioned head and wears futuristic armor in this version (like he does in the European release).
  • New Game+: A very backhanded example. The only things that carry over are your health and ammo, which remain at whatever levels they were when you defeated the final boss. So if you beat the game with one hit-point left and no firepower, you start over at Level 1 with one hit-point and no firepower.
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  • Nintendo Hard: The game's only five stages long, but has a very steep difficulty curve.
  • Sequential Boss: The final battle consists of two separate bosses to destroy.
  • Stealth Sequel: To Chō Wakusei Senki Metafight, the Japanese version of Blaster Master. Rough World is set in the year 2373 of the space calendar, while Metafight is set in 2052 of the same calendar.