I couldn’t believe this tip from that the Unmasked Ninja sent us. In a short e-mail he/she said, “Have you seen the Kid Icarus manual? My friend showed it to me and the Syrn (corrected to Syren) is topless TOPLESS!” It was one of those tips that I had to see to believe so I searched online and found a PDF with the Kid Icarus manual and right on page 38 under the enemy description there was a topless Harpy. After the whole “Hot Coffee” fiasco and motion gravure games it might not seem like a big deal, but this was done by Nintendo, the family friendly video game company next door. Let me rephrase that, this was done by Nintendo in 1987. The same company who wouldn’t let crosses into games, changed dogs to mutant mice in Wolfenstein 3D and asked Midway to change the blood into sweat in Mortal Kombat. While there was no pixilated nudity in the NES version of Kid Icarus I would have guessed that Nintendo would check their manuals more carefully to make sure something like this wouldn’t happen. It’s an obvious oversight by NOA and huge surprise in video game history. Here’s the next question will the Virtual Console manual keep Syren’s topless picture or omit her in the NES Wii game?
Update: Here is a link to the manual stored online in a PDF with the same picture.