Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe

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Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: RPG[1]

















Series: Golden Axe series
Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Game Gear
    JP
    ¥3,8003,800 G-3306
    Sega Game Gear
    US
    $29.9529.95[3][4] 2405
    Sega Game Gear
    EU
    2405
    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £29.9929.99[5][6] 2405
    Sega Game Gear
    BR
    012100

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    Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (アックスバトラー ゴールデンアックス伝説), known simply as Golden Axe in Brazil and released in 1991 for the Sega Game Gear, is the second game in the Golden Axe series to depart from the usual gameplay formula (the first being Golden Axe Warrior, released earlier that year).

    Whereas Golden Axe Warrior was a clone of The Legend of Zelda, Ax Battler is inspired by Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Unlike other games in the series, Ax Battler starts with few attacks and must earn new ones by fighting at training dojos in each town. The currency of the game world is vials, which also double as a magic weapon.

    A Sega Master System GG2SMS hack was released in December 2017.

    Production credits

    Source:
    Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[8]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-11: "November 1991" (1991-10-08)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
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    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    53
    [9]
    Consoles + (FR)
    72
    [10]
    Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
    56
    [11]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    63
    [12]
    Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
    37
    [13]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    48
    [14]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [3]
    Games-X (UK)
    40
    [15]
    Game Zone (UK) NTSC-J
    73
    [16]
    Hobby Consolas (ES)
    59
    [17]
    Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
    85
    [18]
    Joystick (FR)
    85
    [19]
    Mega Force (FR)
    75
    [20]
    Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
    67
    [21]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    39
    [22]
    Player One (FR)
    80
    [23]
    Play Time (DE)
    70
    [24]
    Power Play (DE)
    77
    [25]
    Sega Pro (UK)
    77
    [5]
    Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
    56
    [26]
    Sega Force (SE)
    75
    [27]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    46
    [28]
    Supergame (BR)
    82
    [7]
    Supersonic (FR)
    90
    [29]
    VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [4]
    Zero (UK)
    87
    [30]
    Sega Game Gear
    67
    Based on
    26 reviews

    Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe

    Game Gear, JP
    AxBattler GG JP cover.jpg
    Cover
    Ax Battler A Legend of Golden Axe GG JP cart.jpg
    Cart
    Game Gear, US
    Ax Battler A Legend of Golden Axe US back.jpgNospine.pngAx Battler A Legend of Golden Axe US front.jpg
    Cover
    AxBattler GG US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Ax Battler A Legend of Golden Axe GG US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Game Gear, EU
    AxBattler GG EU Box Back.jpgAx Battler GG EU BoxSpine.jpgAx Battler A Legend of Golden Axe EU front.jpg
    Cover
    AxBattler GG US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Axbattler gg eu manual.pdf
    Manual
    Game Gear, FR (Blister pack)
    AxBattler GG FR blister front.jpg
    Cover
    Game Gear, BR
    AxBattler GG BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAxBattler GG BR Box.jpg
    Cover
    Axbattler gg br cart.jpg
    Cart

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 dfcf555f
    MD5 2aa1025039e174f7e5168ce09cde3113
    SHA-1 ff7931d3461c69ffc3a82d892ae3bb3bb00788b3
    256kB 1991-08-23[31] Cartridge (JP)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 663bcf8a
    MD5 71e87c98e849c71dfd9a21a4a9ff56b4
    SHA-1 9f5bf2973225b8ee337fcec460829724a0c63d9e
    256kB 1991-12-10[31] Cartridge (US/EU)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 3435ab54
    MD5 1d8cc7e9a742312294fc1dace252907f
    SHA-1 fe0f433aebd6e3c4b61e4e155323fe6932369459
    256kB 1991-10-08 EPROM cartridge Page

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
    2. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 154
    3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "May 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 76
    4. 4.0 4.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "May 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 54
    5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 68
    6. Sega Power, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-02), page 45
    7. 7.0 7.1 Supergame, "Julho 1992" (BR; 1992-07-xx), page 38
    8. Sega TV Game Genga Gallery, Graphic Sha, page 67
    9. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 39
    10. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 125
    11. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 147
    12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 32
    13. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 164
    14. Famitsu, "1991-11-01" (JP; 1991-10-18), page 39
    15. Games-X, "14th-20th November 1991" (UK; 1991-11-14), page 35
    16. Game Zone, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-18), page 57
    17. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 76
    18. Joypad, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1991-12-1x), page 106
    19. Joystick, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 163
    20. Mega Force, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-05), page 72
    21. Micromanía (segunda época), "Junio 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 79
    22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 143
    23. Player One, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-10), page 108
    24. Play Time, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-03), page 96
    25. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 158
    26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
    27. Sega Force, "1/92" (SE; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
    28. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88
    29. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
    30. Zero, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-11), page 78
    31. 31.0 31.1 Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe/Hidden content


    Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe

    Ax Battler A Legend of Golden Axe title screen.png

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    Prereleases: Prototype 1991-10-08

    Gilius Thunder Head punching sprite 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)
    iOS
    Google Android OS
    Golden Axe (2009) | Golden Axe (2017)
    Xbox Live Arcade
    Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
    Steam
    Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype (2020)
    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)