Golden Axe

From Sega Retro

For the home computer versions, see Golden Axe (home computers). For the free Android and iOS versions, see Golden Axe (Sega Forever).

n/a

  • System 16
  • Mega Drive
  • Master System

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Golden Axe
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System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, CD-ROM², WonderSwan Color, PlayStation 3, Virtual Console, Nintendo Switch Online, Xbox 360, iOS, Windows PC, Steam, PlayStation Now
Publisher:
Arcade (System 16)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
Sega
CD-ROM²
Telenet Japan
Bandai WonderSwan
Bandai
Developer:
Distributor:
Arcade (System 16)
Sonic (ES)
Genre: Action[3][4], Arcade[5]

















Number of players:
Arcade
Sega Mega Drive
1-2,
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Master System
1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 16)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 16)
US
$? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

























Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4018
Sega Mega Drive
US
1106
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
$29.9529.95[10] 1106C
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1106
Sega Mega Drive
FR
369F369[15]
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[13][14] 1106
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4005JG
Sega Mega Drive
AS
Sega Master System
US
$39.9539.95[17] 9004
Sega Master System
EU
9004
Sega Master System
BX
Sega Master System
FR
329F329[21] 9004
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9529.95[19][20] 9004
Sega Master System
GR
Sega Master System
AU
$69.9569.95[22]
Sega Master System
BR
028060
Sega Master System
KR
CD-ROM²
JP
TJCD0005
Bandai WonderSwan
JP
2002-02-28[23] ¥5,040 with tax SWJ-BANC2B
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[30]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[28]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[24]
PEGI: 12+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
800pts800[24]
USK: 6
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[27]
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
800pts800[6]
CERO: B
Wii Virtual Console
US
(Arcade)
900pts900[34]
ESRB: Teen
Wii Virtual Console
EU
(Arcade)
900pts900[32]
PEGI: 12+
Wii Virtual Console
AU
(Arcade)
900pts900[35]
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Nintendo Switch Online
JP
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
US
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
EU
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
UK
SUBsub
Nintendo Switch Online
AU
SUBsub
Xbox 360
JP
400MSP400[44]
CERO: A
Xbox 360
JP
(Otameshiban)
FREEfree
CERO: A
Xbox 360
US
400MSP400[42]
ESRB: Teen
Xbox 360
US
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
ESRB: Teen
Xbox 360
EU
400MSP400[41]
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
EU
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
DE
400MSP400[41]
USK: 6
Xbox 360
DE
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
USK: 6
Xbox 360
UK
400MSP400[43]
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
UK
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
AU
400MSP400[45]
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Xbox 360
AU
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
iOS
JP
¥571 (600)600i[47]
9+
iOS
US
$4.994.99[46]
9+
iOS
EU
9+
Steam
US
$2.992.99[49] 34276
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[49] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam
DE
€2.492.49[49] 34276
USK: 6
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[49] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[49] 34276
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[51] 34276
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[51] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.990.99[51] 34276
USK: 6
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[51] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[51] 34276
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[51] 34276
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[51] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.990.99[51] 34276
USK: 6
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[51] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[51] 34276
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥571 (600)571 (600)[56] NPJB-00129
CERO: A
Sony PlayStation 3
US
$4.994.99[55] NPUB-30441
ESRB: Teen
Sony PlayStation 3
EU
€4.494.49[52] NPEB-00509
PEGI: 12+
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
€4.494.49[53] NPEB-00509
USK: 12
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
£3.693.69[54] NPEB-00509
PEGI: 12+
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
$6.756.75[58] NPEB-00509
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
₩5,5005,500[57] NPHB-00380
GRB: 12
PlayStation Now
JP

Golden Axe (ゴールデンアックス) is a beat-'em-up developed by Sega and released in 1989 for Sega System 16 arcade hardware. The development team was headed by Makoto Uchida, who also led the team behind Altered Beast.

The game was the first in the long-running Golden Axe series. It is said to be heavily inspired by the Conan the Barbarian films, and that the game took roughly one year to make. The game also "borrows" voice data from said movie and other Hollywood blockbusters.

Story

The game takes place in the fictional land of Yuria, in which an evil entity known as Death Adder has kidnapped Yuria's King and his daughter, holding them captive in his castle. Perhaps more importantly, Death Adder has stolen the "Golden Axe", a magical emblem of Yuria, and is threatening to destroy it if the people of the land do not accept him as their ruler.

It is up to a band of three heroes to venture to Death Adder's castle and stop him, rescuing the captives, avenge their losses and save the land: Ax Battler, Tyris Flare and Gilius Thunderhead.

Gameplay

Golden Axe supports a maximum of two players. Any character can be selected but both players cannot play as the same character.

The Golden Axe arcade cabinet assigns one button for attacking, another for jumping and a final button for using magic. Using magic will cause all of the enemies on screen to be damaged and effectively acts as crowd control. Each player carries a limited supply of magic (indicated by a meter at the top of the screen) and will use it all at once when the magic button is pressed. Some magic can also re-kill already defeated enemies, adding extra score. This bug is only present in the arcade version. More magic can be collected by attacking the short thieves clothed in blue who appear at certain points throughout the game. Green thieves carry life energy, also represented in the HUD.

Golden Axe is also notable for its ability to allow players to ride "beasts", often giving them an offensive advantage at the expense of speed.

Similar to Altered Beast, the ending is less serious and has characters from the game breaking out of the arcade machine and causing havoc in the real world. Most ports replace this ending.

Playable characters

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Ax-Battler
Ax Battler is a male barbarian fighting to avenge the murder of his mother. Despite his name he uses a two handed broadsword and carries earth magic. Ax Battler is one of the constants of the series, appearing in most Golden Axe games (including Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, a game based entirely around him).
GoldenAxe System16 GiliusThunderHead Sprite.png
Gilius-Thunderhead
Gilius Thunderhead is a dwarf whose brother was murdered by Death Adder. Gilius is the only character to actually carry an axe, as well as thunder magic.
GoldenAxe System16 TyrisFlare Sprite.png
Tyris-Flare
Tyris Flare is an amazonian woman whose parents were killed by Death Adder. She also uses a sword but carries fire magic.

Stages

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Stage 1 - Wilderness

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Bonus Stage 1

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Stage 2 - Turtle Village

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Bonus Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Bonus Stage 3

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Stage 4 - Fiend's Path

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Bonus Stage 4

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Stage 5 - Death Adder's Castle

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Stage 6 - The Palace Gates
The Mega Drive version of the game adds three more levels. This is the first, which is part of stage 5 in the arcade version.

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Stage 7 - The Dungeon
Also a Mega Drive exclusive.

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Stage 8 - The Battle with Death Bringer
Also a Mega Drive exclusive.

Achievements

Main article: Golden Axe/Achievements.

Versions

Golden Axe has been ported to a number of systems over the years, though many cuts were made in the process.

The game has enjoyed many years of success on the Sega Mega Drive, and was used in the early days of the console to advertise the system's power over its then-main rival, the Nintendo Entertainment System. Some levels were shortened, but an extra level was added which includes another boss, "Death Bringer", a recolored version of Death Adder. Also in this version is a "duel" mode, which allows players to fight a succession of enemies one-on-one, 12 rounds. "Beginner" is another new mode, allowing you to play the first three stages with easier enemies. A single use of magic takes away only two magic pots and you fight "Death Adder Jr" as the last boss.

This game saw a software revision. The original release had a graphical bug after defeating the final boss: his axe, while spinning around in the air, displays as garbage graphic data. Much of the text was also slightly rewritten to make more grammatical sense.[60]

The Mega Drive version of the game has been included in numerous compilations, such as 6-Pak, Mega Games 2, Mega Games 6 and Mega Games 10. The game has also been emulated and sold in the form of Sega Smash Pack Volume 1, Sega Smash Pack, Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, Sega Archives from USA Vol. 1 and Sega Mega Drive Classic Collection Volume 1, as well as services such as PlaySega and built-in to numerous consoles by AtGames.

This version was so popular that it got direct sequels in the form of Golden Axe II and Golden Axe III. In the arcades, the "true" sequel is Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder. A Sega Mega-Tech version also exists, which is based on the Mega Drive version, as is the version released for the Wii's Virtual Console service.

The Mega Drive Golden Axe was enhanced for the Sega Mega-CD and delivered as part of Sega Classics Arcade Collection. This version is single-player only, although offers numerous improvements in terms of audio and some graphical tweaks.

The Sega Master System version is also one-player only, forcing you to play as Ax Battler (named "Tarik" in this version and presented as a different character story-wise). You can still select one of the magic elements that each of the three original characters had.

There is also a CD-ROM² port which takes a big hit in terms of aesthetics, has very poor sound effects and is only single-player. It was also ported to the WonderSwan Color and as part of Sega Smash Pack for the Game Boy Advance.

Golden Axe was also remade as part of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe, and has been brought to Xbox 360 XBLA, Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation 3 PSN, and is available for iOS and other mobile devices. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[61]

In August 2017, Golden Axe was added to the Sega Forever collection, bringing it back to iOS and adding a new Android version.[62] Both versions are the Mega Drive game running on emulators.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Golden Axe Golden Axe
English (US) Golden Axe Golden Axe
Japanese ゴールデンアックス Golden Axe
Portuguese (Brazil) Golden Axe Golden Axe
Korean 황금 도끼 Golden Axe

Version history

Main article: Golden Axe/Changelog.
System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
0000040000000000000000000000004.0 4.8MB 201211292012-11-29 iOS 6 Support. [63]
iOS
0000030000000000000000000000003.0 4MB 201107022011-07-02 [64]
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 4MB 201012032010-12-03 [65]
iOS
0000010000020000070000000000001.2.7 3.9MB 201007302010-07-30 [66]
iOS
0000010000000000010000000000001.0.1 2.1MB 200907032009-07-03 [67]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 200906172009-06-17 [68]

Development

Location testing

Location tests
Venue Start date End date Comments
Ameyoko[69]


Makoto Uchida recalls in his commentary for Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka that more players used continues to play Golden Axe for as long as they could than there were players who only tried it out until they lost the first time, something he would not see happen with one of his games again until Dynamite Deka.

Production credits

Main article: Golden Axe/Production credits.

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Golden Axe/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Golden Axe/Promotional material.

Artwork

Physical scans

System 16 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(UK)
89
[70]
(UK)
80
[71]
(UK)
81
[72]
Arcade (System 16)
83
Based on
3 reviews

Golden Axe

System 16, US
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GoldenAxe System16 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 16, JP
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Instuction card(s)

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Mega Drive
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(RU)
60
[73]
(DE)
73
[74]
(JP) NTSC-J
68
[75]
(UK)
96
[76]
(UK)
94
[77]
(UK)
94
[78]
(UK) PAL
73
[79]
(RU)
60
[80]
(UK)
95
[81]
(US) NTSC-U
73
[82]
(RU)
60
[83]
(RU)
70
[84]
(UK)
80
[85]
(JP) NTSC-J
78
[86]
(UK)
92
[87]
(RU)
80
[88]
(FR)
91
[89]
(UK)
86
[90]
(UK) PAL
86
[91]
(JP) NTSC-J
82
[92]
(UK)
85
[93]
(UK)
94
[94]
(ES)
90
[95]
(UK)
91
[96]
(UK)
94
[97]
(FR)
93
[98]
(DE)
76
[99]
(UK) PAL
92
[100]
(UK) PAL
82
[101]
(UK) PAL
75
[102]
(UK)
91
[103]
(UK) PAL
72
[104]
(RU)
66
[105]
(JP) NTSC-J
77
[106]
(RU)
57
[107]
(UK)
94
[108]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
36 reviews

Golden Axe

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Goldenaxe md jp manual.pdf
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
GoldenAxe MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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Poster
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
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Cover
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Cart
GoldenAxe MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic) Alt
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Cover
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart-top.jpg
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic) 1995 Re-Release
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, SE rental (HENT black)
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Cover
Mega Drive, CZ (Datart)

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Manual
Mega Drive, CZ/SK (DDC Agency)
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Cover
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Manual
Mega Drive, AU (Vertical manual)
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Cover
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GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
Cart
Golden Axe Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU (Horizontal manual)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Goldenaxe md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
Mega Drive, KR (re-release)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AS

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Cart
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Master System
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(UK) PAL
89
[19]
(DE)
70
[109]
(UK)
92
[110]
(UK)
92
[111]
(UK) PAL
92
[112]
(UK) PAL
80
[113]
(UK)
89
[114]
(US) NTSC-U
78
[16]
(UK)
92
[115]
(UK)
80
[116]
(FR)
90
[117]
(ES)
80
[118]
(UK)
92
[119]
(FR)
85
[120]
(DE)
41
[121]
(UK) PAL
88
[122]
(UK) PAL
75
[123]
(UK) PAL
75
[124]
(UK) PAL
76
[125]
(UK)
81
[126]
(UK) PAL
74
[127]
(UK) PAL
85
[128]
(NL)
88
[129]
(UK)
85
[130]
Sega Master System
82
Based on
24 reviews

Golden Axe

Master System, US
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Cover
Goldenaxe sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
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Cover
Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU (Sega®)
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Cover
Master System, PT

Master System, BX
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Cover
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Manual
Master System, GR (Zegetron)
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Cover
Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU (Horizontal manual)

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Cart
Master System, AU (Vertical manual)
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Cover
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Cart
GoldenAxeSMSAUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU (NIAL sticker)
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Cover
Master System, AU (Classics)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR (cardboard)
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Cover
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Cart
GoldenAxe SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, KR

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Cart

CD-ROM² version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(UK)
88
[131]
(FR)
75
[132]
(FR)
65
[133]
CD-ROM²
76
Based on
3 reviews

Golden Axe

CD-ROM², JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Golden Axe PCE CD-ROM2 JP Manual.PDF
Manual

WonderSwan Color version

WonderSwan, JP
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Cover
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Card Back.jpgGoldenAxe WSC JP Cart.jpg
Card
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

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Cart

Technical information

Main article: Golden Axe/Technical information.

External links

References

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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
(2008) | (2016)
Book
(1990) | (1992) | (2008) | (2008)