Here is a rad and underrated Capcom side scroller in the likes of Ninja Gaiden. It’s from some point in March of 1986. If you have a site to snag roms or if you see it on the thrift shelves I highly suggest you play.
“The world is ruled by a vicious warlord named Achilles and his henchmen. You are Ryu, the master of martial arts and sword-fighting, who has decided that a confrontation with Achilles is in order to bring peace and order back to the world. Your character is equipped with both a sword (for offense) and a shield (for defense). You will go through six stages starting at a ruined city, each with two boss characters (in the middle and at the end). Some enemies are so powerful that you will die the instant you fail to block. You also have to race against time as well, which makes the game that much more difficult.”
Pick up your own copy here and don’t forget to check “Sold Items” before hitting up an auction.