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Willow is based off the film of the same name. The movie was a pet project of George Lucas that took over a decade to come to fruition (conceived in 1972, released in 1988). While it did make a profit, it failed to meet the high expectations a Lucas film had, and the planned trilogy was finished in book form. The story follows Willow Ufgood who finds a baby, tries to give it back to the big people, and gets caught up in a magical adventure.
From this beginning, two games were created by Capcom. An arcade game with side-scrolling action, and the NES a top-down action-RPG. It may be strange to see an RPG coming from a company best known in the US for the Mega Man series at the time, but their RPG legacy had already begun with Destiny of an Emperor (not yet released in the US), this game, and Sweet Home all in the same year. At the start of the year, Capcom had just merged with another company, and started using small development teams to create multiple games targeted at the NES.
There is a PC game, which we'll just ignore; please pay them no attention (I hear they're dismal). The review at hardcoregaming101 is much more detailed, so check it out if you're interested in knowing more.
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Here's a handy recap of the Willow story from the manual:
It is a time of great turmoil to the world. Bavmorda, a former messenger from the Spirit of the Skies, has turned towards evil. Her plan is to rule the world through her twisted magics. Her force is incredible and her armies are unstoppable. She even dared to transform Fin Raziel, the messenger from the Spirit of the Earth, into a small animal. Bavmorda believes that there is no one that can stop her.
But she had not heard of the tribe of the Nelwyns. There had been a prophecy among these people that one of their tribe would help lead the world out of its darkest hour. The High Aldwyn, the wizard of the Nelwyn tribe, recognized Willow Ufgood as the chosen one. The adventure begins for Willow as he leaves his family and friends and sets out to stop all of the evil that Bavmorda has created.
|Magic? I've never head of this before...|
I don't think there are any games I'm particularly not looking forward to--even some of the bad have an appeal in understanding where they went wrong--so to avoid repeating myself every introduction, I'll say for the last time that I'm really looking forward to playing this game.