The worldwide popularity of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the mid-'80s can be attributed to how well the games translated from their origin in Japan to the West. Very few NES video games were ever intended to solely be designed and released in North America and Europe only. StarTropics was one of those games.
Despite being featured on the cover of Nintendo Power magazine and even ranking in the Top 100 games in 1997, the action-adventure game never quite took off on the heels of similar games like The Legend of Zelda. It did receive a sequel in 1994 titled Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II.
One of my favorite YouTube channels, The Gaming Historian, recently presented the unique history behind StarTropics: