Reason #666 Why The 80’s Were Cool: There Was A Ronnie James Dio Video Game Called “Holy Diver”

The hardcore metalheads over at Metal Injection just posted about their recent discovery of a Ronnie James Dio video game called “Holy Diver”.  The text that follows comes from the game itself. Strap yourself in kids, because it’s a long strange trip…

It is the 666th year of the world of magic. The Black Slayer, Demon King of the Underground Dark Empire, has extended the world of darkness and weakened the power of King Crimson whose wisdom has guided the world of magic for generations.

The 16th Crimson Emperor Ronnie 4th entrusted his two infant sons, Randy and Zack, to his faithful servant Ozzy. The three escaped the forces from another dimension in the hope to bring light back into the world.

The next 17 years were difficult but Randy, Zack, and Ozzy devoted themselves to the cause of Holy Magic Justice. The Black Slayer had further extended his empire over the countryside and the interdimensional forces were even more powerful. Randy needed to find the Royal Coat Of Arms of the Crimson to battle the demons. He set out alone to carry out the will of his surrogate father Ozzy who had passed away. Thus begins the Legend Of The Holy Magic King’s Justice.

According to Hardcoregaming101, Holy Diver was the brainchild of Japanese company, Irem. The game never made it to America due to Nintendo’s strict “no religious references” policy.  And, as if a video game featuring Ronnie James Dio wasn’t metal enough already, the game also featured Slayer, King Crimson, Ozzy, Randy Rhodes. Very metal mind has been blown!


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