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Different weapons are often suited to different enemies, but these games seldom keep track of ammunition.
As such, players tend to fire indiscriminately, and their weapons only damage legitimate targets.
Shoot 'em ups such as SNK's Ikari Warriors (1986) featuring characters on foot, rather than spacecraft, became popular in the mid-1980s in the wake of action movies such as Rambo: First Blood Part II.
In 1986, Arsys Software released Wi BArm, a shooter that switched between a 2D side-scrolling view in outdoor areas to a fully 3D polygonal third-person perspective inside buildings, while bosses were fought in an arena-style 2D battle, with the game featuring a variety of weapons and equipment.
It was lavished with critical acclaim for its refined design, though it was not released outside Japan and remains a much sought after collectors' item.Also in 1987, Konami created Contra as an coin-op arcade game that was particularly acclaimed for its multi-directional aiming and two player cooperative gameplay.