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Revisit Tecmo’s long-forgotten Rygar in a 154-page fan book

A new book digs deep into the classic platformer series

The cover of the Rygar book shows a hero swinging a shield Photo by Matt Leone/Polygon
Matt Leone has written about games for three decades, focusing on behind-the-scenes coverage of the industry, including books on Final Fantasy 7 and Street Fighter 2.

We’re spoiled for great retro game books these days, yet those often fall into two groups. On one side, you have comprehensive catalogs, typically broken down by console or publisher. On the other, anything tied to a big franchise. Every now and then, you stumble onto something so narrow and obscure that there’s no financial reason for it to exist — just a writer who loves a subject so much they can’t help themselves.

That’s The Legend of Argus: The Complete History of Rygar, a 154-page deep dive into Tecmo’s classic shield-swinging platformer series. The book recently came out in a new extended edition with a poster, trading card, and stickers — and a deluxe version of the extended edition, which adds a wax pack of trading cards.

A wax pack of trading cards from the deluxe version of The Legend of Argus: The Complete History of Rygar Photo by Matt Leone/Polygon

It’s the kind of thing you might expect from a book about Mario or Samus, but not so much from one about a semi-forgotten shirtless hero carrying, as foreword author Kurt Kalata calls it, “a gigantic spiked yo-yo.” And it’s fantastic.

Inside the book, you’ll find a rundown of Rygar history, press clippings, port breakdowns, interviews, fan art, sheet music, puzzles, and breakouts on things like action figures and marketing. It’s all bite-sized, with dozens of small sections rather than a longer narrative — which matches the layout, designed to look like an old game magazine, and the small, paperback format.

The Legend of Argus is available now from writer Brian Riggsbee’s website.

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