Holy Diver is a platforming game software developed and published by Irem on April 28, 1989 for the Famicom. The game was scheduled for a North American release in the same year, and even received a brief write-up in EGM. However, for unknown reasons, the game was never released outside of Japan.
Similarities to other games
Although Irem designed the game, its plot and setting is designed in the same vein as Konami's Castlevania and Getsu Fuma. In fact, one of stages has sprites and graphics similar to those found in Konami's other game, Contra (the final boss is also very similar to Contra's). The HUD is like the one used in Nintendo's Zelda II: adventures of link.