Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole

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Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam
Genre: RPG

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,700 G-5517
Sega Mega Drive
$69.99[1] 1353
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
DM 129,95[5]
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 046140
Sega Mega Drive
? G-5517-11
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM1668JG

Wii Virtual Console
700 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?

$2.99 ?
€1.99 ? ?

Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole, called Landstalker: Koutei no Zaihou (ランドストーカー 皇帝の財宝) in Japan, is a role-playing action-adventure game by Climax Entertainment released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992 in Japan and in 1993 in the US and Europe, where it was also translated to French (Landstalker: Le Tresor du Roi Nole) and German (Landstalker: Die Schätze von König Nolo).


Nigel (Ryle in Japan and Niels in Germany) is a treasure hunter working for pay. While receiving payment for a recent hunt, the wood nymph Friday flies in, asking for help, as she is being chased by thieves who know she knows something about the treasure of King Nole, a forgotten king who escaped his subjects's wrath and became lost with his treasure. Nigel sets out to find the treasure with Friday as a guide in the hopes of becoming richer than his wildest dreams.


The game takes an isometric projection where the player can only go in a diagonal (that is, only face the corners of the screen) by pressing the appropriate combination of D-pad buttons (UpLeft, UpRight, DownLeft, DownRight). Up or Left alone will move towards the top of the screen; Down or Right alone will move towards the bottom.

A and C swings your sword. B jumps. When near a person or sign, A and C talks to him/her/reads it. When near an object that can be picked up, such as a book (explained later) or crate, A and C once picks it up and again throws it (it cannot merely be dropped, but Nigel can jump while holding something). Some villages have a church where the priest asks the player to bring some books on a nearby shelf to him:

  • Awakening Book: cures hallucinations
  • AntiCurse Book: cures curses
  • Detox Book: cures poisoning
  • Record Book: saves the game's progress (this is the only way to save)

Pressing Start opens a menu where the player may either use items picked up or equip different weapons collected.

Production credits

  • Chief Map Designer: Kenji Orimo
  • Chief CG Designer: Hidehiro Yoshida
  • CG Data Control Director: Hidehiro Yoshida
  • Chief Programmer: Kan Naitō
  • Sound Effect Programmer: Dōgen Shibuya
  • Original Story: Yoshitaka Tamaki, Kenji Orimo, Kouhei Nomura
  • Scenario: Shinya Nishigaki
  • Music Composer: Motoaki Takenouchi
  • Character Design: Yoshitaka Tamaki
  • Creative Director: Kenji Orimo
  • Executive Director: Kan Naitō
  • Monster/Trap Constructor: Yasuhiro Ōhori



  • 1992 GameFan Megawards[6]
    • Best Import Game
  • 1993 GameFan Megawards[7]
    • Winner:
      • Best Action/RPG (Overall)
      • Best Action/RPG (Sega)
      • Most Innovative New Game (Sega)
    • Nominee:
      • Game of the Year
      • Best Music (Genesis)
  • Mega[8]
    • Top Mega Drive Games of All Time (#5)

Magazine articles

Main article: Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Video Games (DE) #11/93 (1993-10-27)

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №24, p121/122
83 №203
100 Vol.1, №3, p30/31[9]
99 Vol.1, №3, p11[10]
80 №52, p252[2]
84 №12, p106
98 №15, p86-88[11]
97 №34, p231[12]
96 №12, p16-19
92 №14, p32/33
85 №8, p10/11
94 №22, p82-85[13]
91 №2/94, p42-44[14]
93 №23, p76-78
94 №12, p102-105[15]
91 №36, p114/115[16]
91 №6/93
89 №48, p52/53
84 №16, p24-26
№18, p66
85 №26, p56
91 №3, p36-38
90 №13, p38/39
93 №22, p6/7[17]
96 №6/93, p18/19[18]
80 №10, p11
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
25 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Chinese Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, UK
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Mega Drive, FR
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Mega Drive, DE
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 fbbb5b97
MD5 04ae2b65f3a11a7504339e60735beed8
SHA-1 24345e29427b000b90df778965dd8834300a9dde
2MB 1993-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e3c65277
MD5 6397f7029f90f59881bdc4174eafb52f
SHA-1 9fbadc86319936855831ecd096d82d716b304215
2MB 1993-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5de7d917
MD5 0bee733207842672479cc0f2775290ba
SHA-1 86db4b22b54e8583e35717927ad66b7535bf33b4
2MB 1993-11 Cartridge (FR)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 10fedb8f
MD5 2b6ee5677a6233fd98f0b90b51684991
SHA-1 b0b447158cabb562e6bf4c0b829ed938b34afb52
2MB 1993-11 Cartridge (DE)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 60d4cedb
MD5 d9a7922681a126653dc16a0d907d7f32
SHA-1 cdbc7cd9ceb181cad9e49b641ff717072546f0d9
2MB 1992-09 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 70483d03
MD5 8411ed74c77f2282bb0cd9398027cdee
SHA-1 dfca19397479852584d4ac6fcbe27412f9bc1af0
2MB 1993-02

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