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Golden Axe III

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Golden Axe III
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam, iOS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 G-4093
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? G-4093
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM8087JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



iOS
JP
¥350[1] ?
iOS
US
$2.99[2] ?
iOS
EU
€1.59[2] ?
iOS
UK
£1.99[2] ?
iOS
AU
$2.99[2] ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Golden Axe III (ゴールデンアックスIII) is a Sega Mega Drive exclusive sequel to Golden Axe II. Its original Mega Drive release never showed up in the west, only being available in Japan, Asia and South Korea.


Gameplay

The game is similar to previous entries in the series, but includes new characters, an expanded moveset and forks within levels where you can choose which path to take. The ability to determine magic strength by charging the attack, added in Golden Axe II, has been removed

Unlike previous entries, the game features an optional boss fight and a true ending, based on your performance in the game.

By changing RAM values while the game is running, it is possible to play as any standard enemy within the game (though many will cause the game to crash when their special move is activated, or will have glitched graphics/collision values when played).

Character Roster

  • Chronos Lait (a humanoid Panther)
  • Broude Kragger (a male Giant)
  • Sarah Barn (taking the role of Tyris Flare)
  • Kain Grinder (taking the role of Ax Battler)
  • Eve (this Bird Warrior is actually a boss character, only available in VS mode)

Development

Golden Axe III was at one point planned for a Western release, with Sega commissioning Boris Vallejo to create packaging artwork. While the piece was finished, the Western version of the game was never released, however the Japanese version's artwork is "inspired" by Vallejo's work.

Versions

It has since been brought to the Wii's Virtual Console service, was part of the Sega Mega Drive Collection and Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection and has been made available for more regions of the world. iOS and Steam versions were also released in 2011 and 2012, although the iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[4]

Version history

System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 5.6MB 201211292012-11-29 [5]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 4.7MB 201105112011-05-11 [6]

Gallery

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Golden Axe III/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
62 №142, p54/55[7]
81
70 №23, p116[8]
79 №12, p53
55 №21, p66/67
76 №6/93, p12/13[9]
34 №46, p50/51[10]
57 №23, p83
Sega Mega Drive
64
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
GoldenAxe3 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxeIII MD JP CartTop.jpg
GoldenAxeIII MD JP Cart back.jpgGoldenAxe3 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Goldenaxe3 md jp manual.pdf
Manual
MD JP EpilepsyWarning.jpg
Epilepsy Warning
Mega Drive, KR

GoldenAxeIII MD KR cartback.jpgGoldenAxeIII MD KR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, Asia
GoldenAxe3 MD Asia Box.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxeIII MD JP CartTop.jpg
GoldenAxeIII MD AS Cart back.jpgGoldenAxe3 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Goldenaxe3 md jp manual.pdf
Manual
MD AS EpilepsyWarning.pdf
Epilepsy Warning

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c7862ea3
MD5 7d9f963c9c2e22b542516edd03ada6f6
SHA-1 cd9ecc1df4e01d69af9bebcf45bbd944f1b17f9f
1MB 1993-05 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 1d90dc83
MD5 932a2ffb998e59d6bf9292566dfc2a63
SHA-1 13816eb064fe74be42f74ba7e5077832fdf40d42
1MB 1993-06 Wii Virtual Console PAL version

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20110512066/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://blogs.sega.com/2011/10/25/prices-so-low-theyre-scary/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://blogs.sega.com/2011/05/12/golden-axe-3-streets-of-rage-3-now-on-itunes/
  4. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play
  5. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/golden-axe-3/id434998986?mt=8 (archived: 2014-10-25 09:37)
  6. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/golden-axe-3/id434998986?mt=8 (archived: 2011-05-22 11:32)
  7. File:CVG UK 142.pdf, page 54
  8. File:Joypad FR 023.pdf, page 116
  9. File:SegaForce SE 1993 06.pdf, page 12
  10. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 50


Golden Axe series of games
Arcade
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (1992) | Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) | Golden Axe (slot machine) (2010)
Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe II (1991) | Golden Axe III (1993)
Sega Master System
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Windows PC
Golden Axe (1990)
LCD handheld game
Electronic Golden Axe (1990)
Sega Game Gear
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1991)
Sega Saturn
Golden Axe: The Duel (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe (2003)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
Golden Axe related media
Music
Golden Axe The Music (2008) | Golden Axe I & II (2016)
Book
Tatsujin & Golden Axe Attack Manual Book (1990) | Golden Axe (1992) | Golden Axe: Beast Rider Official Strategy Guide (2008) | The Art of Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)