Welcome to Cover Art! A section of the site where we look at a retro video game’s box cover art and briefly discuss it’s gameplay and legacy.
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II, good game, great cover! Released for the NES in 1989, Ironsword was the follow up to the hit Wizards & Warriors. A single player platformer developed by Zippo game and published by Rare; the game was praised for its good graphics, sound, and meticulous gameplay.
What makes the cover art of Ironsword so worthy of the limelight it often receives is: the fact that the model on the front of the box is none other than famed Fabio Lanzoni. You know, the man that adorns the cover of every awful romance novel your mom has ever read. Sure the in game character is clad fully in armor, and sure this box art is cheesy, but in typical eighties fashion it rocks, and it rocks because it has Fabio on the cover.