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System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Masaya (JP), Treco (US), Samsung (KR)
Genre: RPG

Series: Langrisser series
Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,300 T-25103
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-24046
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM4056JT

Wii Virtual Console

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Langrisser (Japanese: ラングリッサー, Korean: 랑그릿사) is a turn-based strategy RPG developed by CareerSoft, a division of NCS. It is the first game in the Langrisser series and the only game to be released outside Japan and Korea — released in the US by Treco under the name Warsong.

This game was later remade with Langrisser II in Langrisser: Dramatic Edition for the Sega Saturn, which was in turn included in the Langrisser Tribute compilation, also for the Saturn.


The game has fairly complex gameplay mechanics which are difficult to explain in a few paragraphs.

Each map begins with a story exposition sequence, followed by a "Battle Preparations" screen, where the player is shown each of his playable story characters. On this screen, the player can assign the characters up to eight generic soldiers to command - each under a different "class" with advantages and disadvantages - and then equip items, and assign the starting positions for each character on the battle map.

After this, the player gets more plot exposition and then his first player phase. The player can move any of his character (including the generic soldiers, who can optionally be AI-controlled) around the map and fight enemy units. Battle Maps take on an appearance resembling standard top-down RPGs, and have complex terrain rules. When a unit goes into combat, a new screen shows up which displays the outcome of the encounter. When a unit is completely wiped out, experience points are rewarded to the commander of the victorious troops, which are used to gain levels and change into one of the multiple, branching character classes, each with combat advantages and disadvantages. When a player ends his turn or runs out of units to move, the enemy phase begins.

Each map has a context-based objective, ranging from escaping an area, to defeating a commander, to surviving a certain amount of turns. When the objective is met, the player advances to the next map. The player gets a Game Over if the Lord-class character, Ledin (Known as Garrett in the US release Warsong), is slain in combat, or if there is a failure to fulfill a certain context-sensitive objective, such as protecting a certain unit.

In this game, a story character who is defeated in battle is dead for the rest of the game. This trait is not followed in latter Langrisser-series games.


American title screen.

Besides the title of the game, Warsong also changed the names of all the characters and many of the items. The graphics were also redone, altering the anime-esque look of the original game into more "masculine" character designs.

Magazine articles

Main article: Langrisser/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Langrisser/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №1991-05, p28[4]
86 №, p83[5]
88 №8, p100-102
68 №130, [1]
92 №31, p54[1]
70 №45
70 №1991-05, p40
85 №4, p26/27/28
80 №6, p48[6]
80 №18, p68
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
10 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Warsong MD US Box.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
Langrisser MD JP Box.jpg
Langrisser MD JP CartTop.jpg
Langrisser MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, KR

Langrisser MD KR cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4b680285
MD5 146996a42ef0cca2578f4d56da2c4206
SHA-1 9b13a85f39b3f4cc31f54077df29bbe812405a08
512kB 1991-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b6ea5016
MD5 4759f8db3ee29d85f7087886d813c04b
SHA-1 cc67c5a3b91e706b495eb561a95a038fff72b5da
512kB 1991-01 Cartridge (JP)

External links


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Langrisser games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Langrisser (1991) | Langrisser II (1994)
Sega Saturn
Langrisser III (1996) | Langrisser IV (1997) | Langrisser: Dramatic Edition (1998) | Langrisser V: The End of Legend (1998) | Langrisser Tribute (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Langrisser Millennium (1999)