i believe some of the earlier Shinobi games regularly went right to left.
while however it is indeed usual to go right in games (marrio Mega man,
double dragon, golden axe, altered beast etc), it's not manditory.
The final level of streets of rage for instance was a constant left, and the
cave stage of double dragon had a lot of small ledges you climbed to, some
going left some right.
My favourite games of course, Like Turrican and Metroid, and even many of
the later mega man levels, as exploration games had no really fixed
direction indeed, it all just depended upon where you were going (for
instance in metroid the first game item, the morph ball was located to the
left behind you as you started, and you couldn't progress without it).
Therefore, I personally don't mind what direction jim goes, though perhaps
making some sort of obvious barrier such as a waterfall or gorge behind
you, ----- or maybe just a plane old wall would reduce at least a litle of
the confusion for those who aren't absolutely clear on going left.
Beware the grue!
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