The Ikari Warriors series is a classic run-and-gun video game franchise that emerged in the late 1980s. Developed by SNK, the series is known for its intense arcade-style gameplay and military-themed storyline. The original game, released in 1986, follows two soldiers, Paul and Vince, as they battle through enemy-infested territories, employing a variety of weapons and power-ups. The gameplay features top-down, vertically scrolling levels, allowing cooperative play for two players. The success of the original game led to several sequels and spin-offs, maintaining the core gameplay while incorporating improvements and enhancements. The series has had a significant impact on the arcade gaming scene and has remained a nostalgic favorite for fans of retro gaming.