Parachuting really was something of a way of life for NES heroes, huh? Not just Capt. Spencer of Bionic Commando and Fox Hound elite agent Solid Snake, but even for ninjas like Ryu Hayabusa. It’s an art that sadly seems to have been lost to time. The last time I saw an interesting parachute jump in a game was Metal Gear Solid 3, and that kind of doesn’t count since it was set 20 years before the NES was even invented.
Rambo, Acclaim, 1988
Look, John Rambo did it. That’s as good an endorsement from the ’80s as you can get.
Rush ‘N Attack, Konami, 1986
Yes, even bad guys liked to get in on the action.
Heck, pretty much everything in Bionic Commando parachuted in, not just the hero.
Even supply drops!
Commando, Capcom, 1986
Which no doubt was a terrible disappointment to Super Joe, who typically went into battle by simply jumping out of a helicopter to the ground below. And here he had to be rescued by some weakling who had to parachute? Pah.
Super Mario World, Nintendo, 1991
Then again, I suppose parachuting went away because next-gen power made it obsolete.