Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Wed, 05 Aug 2009
This is another page of concept art from the design for our 1988 NES game, Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors 2, that we developed for Rare.
This is the earth elemental boss, one of four bosses you were supposed to defeat on your way to fighting the big boss at the end of the game.
It was another ambitious idea for the NES, with he face intended to be a screen sized cliff, with animated eyes and mouth overlaid on top, and was probably drawn as part of the pitch before we even knew what the NES was capable of.
I was hoping to include some of the finished in-game graphics of this boss, but I couldn't find any version of it in my backups, or in a search online for screenshots of the game.
Perhaps we dropped it from the game, and I've forgotten!?