52. The Guardian Legend

Released: 1989
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Fun Fact: The fast-paced speed of The Guardian Legend was a technical achievement that rivaled what the average home computer was capable of at the time.

The Guardian Legend is another NES game that blended genres. Player took the role of The Guardian, a robot in female form who can transform into flight mode. The Guardian's mission was to destroy an alien planet called Naju, by detonating ten self-destruct charges before Naju crashed into the Earth.

When the Guardian was exploring the surface of Naju the game was played like a top-down adventure game. When the Guardian was exploring the inside of the alien planet, the game was played like a vertical-scrolling shooter.

The Guardian Legend is remembered by fans and critics for pushing the envelope of video game design by the fashion in which it blended genres that did not seem appropriate, and for its high production values.