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Cover Art Theatre

Welcome to Part 2 of the NES Cover Art Bandana Split! In Part 1, we looked at the bandana-losers: games who promised protagonists with bandanas, but whose in-game heroes had nothing.
This week we're looking at the Runners-Up: games with bandana cover-art, where the protagonists have SOME bandanas, but not ALL their representation are suitably attired.
So, let's continue: PART 2: RUNNERS-UP
P.O.W. - Prisoners of War
Pew Pew Pew! Run! Boot to the Face! Whew, beating up an entire enemy army looks tiring. No wonder they need sweatbands!
In-game, the bandanas are there. But...in the pseudo-cutscene blinky thing at the beginning? WHO KNOWS!
Isolated Warrior
His future's so isolated, he's got to wear bandanas!
His cutscenes might as well take place at the Copa-Bandana!
But in-Game? His flowing locks are locked away under bland Space Armor.
Ikari Warriors
Two red-and-blue dudes, color-bandana-coordinated like they were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
if the turtles were slab-chested shirtless guys, some of whom have mustaches.
In game, they're just as bandana-color-coordinated as the cover art...but no cutscenes!
(Ok, it's a technicality, but I'm not letting Ikari Warriors in to the winner's circle because, well...it sucks).
Heavy Barrel
Hey, these fellows look pretty similar to the Ikari Warriors.
...down to the red guy being the only mustachioed guy! Oh, and I guess they decided to put some body armor on, so there's that too.
But still, in game there's that vital lack of cutscene. But they're still at the top of the "runners-up" heap, just like the Ikaris!
Well, that's it for now.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of these goofy machine-gunning fashion plates; tune in next week for the Bandana Split finale, as we take on our final mission:
DESTROY ENEMY'S UNDERGROUND ARTILLERY BASE
Oh well, close enough I guess.
— carlmarksguy, 2016-02-09
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Steve
You weren't a hardened warrior in the 80s unless you had a bandana!
2
You're never fully dressed without a smile...or, wait, without a Tough Combat Grimace and a bandana!
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