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{{OtherPage|desc=the home computer versions|page=Golden Axe (home computers)|desc2=the free Android and iOS versions|page2=Golden Axe (Sega Forever)}}
 
{{Bob
 
{{Bob
|bobscreen=GoldenAxe Title.png
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| bobscreen=GoldenAxe Title.png
 
| icon=GoldenAxe iOS icon.png
 
| icon=GoldenAxe iOS icon.png
|publisher=[[Sega]], {{Amiga}} {{ST}} {{CPC}} {{C64}} {{DOS}} {{Spectrum}} [[Virgin Games]], {{PCECD}} [[Telenet Japan]] {{WS}} [[Bandai]]
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| publisher=[[Sega]], {{PCECD}} [[Telenet Japan]], {{WS}} [[Bandai]]
|developer=[[Team Shinobi]], {{Amiga}} {{ST}} {{CPC}} {{C64}} {{DOS}} {{Spectrum}} [[Probe Software]], {{PCECD}} [[Telenet Japan]]
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| developer=[[Sega AM1]] {{SMS}} [[Sega R&D2]] {{PCECD}} [[Telenet Japan]]
|system=[[Sega System 16]], [[Sega Mega Drive]], [[Sega Master System]], Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, iPhone, J2ME/BREW, Microsoft Windows, [[PlayStation Network]], Tapwave Zodiac, PC Engine CD-ROM², [[Virtual Console]], WonderSwan Color, [[Xbox Live Arcade]], ZX Spectrum, Steam
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| system=[[Sega System 16]], [[Sega Mega Drive]], [[Sega Master System]], CD-ROM², WonderSwan Color, [[PlayStation 3]], [[Virtual Console]], [[Xbox 360]], [[iOS]], Windows PC, [[Steam]], PlayStation Now
|romsize={{MD}} 512kB {{SMS}} 512kB
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| sounddriver=
| releases={{releases
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| peripherals=
| arcade_date_jp=1989-05{{ref|http://vc.sega.jp/vca_axe/}}
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| players={{Arcade}}{{MD}} 1-2, {{MCD}}{{SMS}} 1
| arcade_date_us=1989
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| genre=Action
| arcade_date_eu=1989
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| releases={{releasesArcade
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| sys16_date_jp=1989-05{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20090623060907/http://vc.sega.jp:80/vca_axe}}{{fileref|Sega Arcade History JP EnterBrain Book-1.pdf|page=100}}
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| sys16_date_us=1989
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| sys16_date_eu=1989
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| megatech_date_uk=19xx
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}}{{releases
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| pcecd_date_jp=1990-03
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| pcecd_code_jp=TJCD0005
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| ws_date_jp=2002-02-28{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20031006122440/http://www.swan.channel.or.jp/swan/software/line_up/golden/index.html}}
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| ws_code_jp=SWJ-BANC2B
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| ws_rrp_jp=5,040 with tax
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}}
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{{releasesMD
 
| md_date_jp=1989-12-23
 
| md_date_jp=1989-12-23
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| md_code_jp=G-4018
 
| md_rrp_jp=6000
 
| md_rrp_jp=6000
| md_code_jp=G-4018
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| md_date_us=1990-02{{magref|vgce|11|105}}
| md_date_us=1989
 
 
| md_rrp_us=
 
| md_rrp_us=
 
| md_code_us=
 
| md_code_us=
| md_date_eu=1990-11
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| md_date_us_classic=1992
| md_rrp_uk=34.99
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| md_rrp_us_classic=29.95{{magref|sv|9|20}}
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| md_code_us_classic=1106C
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| md_date_eu=1990-11{{magref|mm|1|44}}
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| md_rrp_uk=34.99{{magref|raze|3|63}}{{magref|ace|37|51}}
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| md_rrp_fr=369{{magref|playerone|3|39}}
 
| md_code_eu=
 
| md_code_eu=
 
| md_date_br=1990
 
| md_date_br=1990
 
| md_date_kr=199x
 
| md_date_kr=199x
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| md_code_kr=GM4005JG
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| md_date_au=199x
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| md_date_ca=199x
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}}
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{{releasesSMS
 
| sms_date_us=1989
 
| sms_date_us=1989
 
| sms_code_us=9004
 
| sms_code_us=9004
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| sms_rrp_us=39.95{{magref|vgce|18|50}}
 
| sms_date_eu=1989
 
| sms_date_eu=1989
 
| sms_code_eu=9004
 
| sms_code_eu=9004
| sms_rrp_uk=29.95
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| sms_rrp_uk=29.95{{magref|ace|33|63}}{{magref|cvg|100|56}}<!--29.99{{magref|segapower|16|44}}-->
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| sms_rrp_fr=329{{magref|playerone|1|47}}
 
| sms_date_kr=19xx
 
| sms_date_kr=19xx
| amiga_date_eu=1990-11
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| sms_date_br=19xx
| cpc_date_eu=1990-11
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| sms_code_br=028060
| st_date_eu=1990-11
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}}
| c64_date_eu=1990-11
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{{releasesWii
| dos_date_eu=1990-11
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| vc_date_eu=2006-12-08{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170705104658/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/golden_axe}}{{ref|https://archive.is/M3I9q}}
| spectrum_date_eu=1990-11
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| vc_rrp_eu=800{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170705104658/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/golden_axe}}
| vc_date_eu=2006
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| vc_rating_eu=12
| vc_rrp_eu=800
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| vc_date_de=2006-12-08{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170705104658/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/golden_axe}}{{ref|https://archive.is/EpHZw}}
| xbla_date_eu=2007
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| vc_rrp_de=800{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170705104658/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/golden_axe}}
| xbla_rrp_eu=400
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| vc_rating_de=6
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| vc_date_au=2006-12-07
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| vc_rrp_au=800{{ref|1=http://web.archive.org/web/20120328004453/http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19749&pageID=4}}
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| vc_rating_au=pg
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| vc_date_us=2006-11-28{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20101122225157/http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pAbPyx7WoKc4YrIRGabr2DRlRFTyzJ9S}}
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| vc_rrp_us=800{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20101122225157/http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pAbPyx7WoKc4YrIRGabr2DRlRFTyzJ9S}}
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| vc_rating_us=e
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| vc_date_jp=2006-12-02{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20171123050340/https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/01.html}}
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| vc_rrp_jp=600{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20070209192541/http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_axe/}}
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| vc_rating_jp=a
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| vca_date_jp=2009-06-23{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20180305233321/https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/10.html}}
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| vca_rrp_jp=800{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20090623060907/http://vc.sega.jp:80/vca_axe}}
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| vca_rating_jp=b
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| vca_date_eu=2009-09-18{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170905015914/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/vcarcade/golden_axe}}{{ref|https://archive.is/3rAga}}
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| vca_rrp_eu=900{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170905015914/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/vcarcade/golden_axe}}
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| vca_date_us=2009-10-26{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20170905015914/http://www.nintendolife.com/games/vcarcade/golden_axe}}
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| vca_rrp_us=900{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110209122507/http://www.nintendo.com:80/games/detail/7rsXUbr1BNG5CiNPzfU1lHbQPJc_560f}}
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| vca_rating_us=t
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| vca_date_au=2009-09
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| vca_rrp_au=900{{ref|1=http://web.archive.org/web/20120328053717/http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=88&prod_id=20012&pageID=4}}
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| vca_rating_au=pg
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}}
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{{releases360
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| pts=yes
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| 360_date_eu_d=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110210051842/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_eu_d=400{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110210051842/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rating_eu_d=12
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| 360_date_eu_d_Trial Game=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110210051842/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_eu_d_Trial Game=free
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| 360_rating_eu_d_Trial Game=12
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| 360_date_de_d=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110210051842/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_de_d=400{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110210051842/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rating_de_d=6
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| 360_date_de_d_Trial Game=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110210051842/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/de-DE/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_de_d_Trial Game=free
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| 360_rating_de_d_Trial Game=6
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| 360_date_us_d=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20101024194843/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_us_d=400{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20101024194843/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rating_us_d=t
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| 360_date_us_d_Trial Game=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20101024194843/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_us_d_Trial Game=free
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| 360_rating_us_d_Trial Game=t
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| 360_date_uk_d=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110320034709/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-GB/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_uk_d=400{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110320034709/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-GB/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rating_uk_d=12
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| 360_date_uk_d_Trial Game=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110320034709/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-GB/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_uk_d_Trial Game=free
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| 360_rating_uk_d_Trial Game=12
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| 360_date_jp_d=2007-07-11{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20090615195359/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862/}}
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| 360_rrp_jp_d=400{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20090615195359/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862/}}
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| 360_rating_jp_d=a
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| 360_date_jp_d_Otameshiban=2007-07-11{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20090615195359/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862/}}
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| 360_rrp_jp_d_Otameshiban=free
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| 360_rating_jp_d_Otameshiban=a
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| 360_date_au_d=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110417032124/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-AU/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_au_d=400{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110417032124/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-AU/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rating_au_d=pg
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| 360_date_au_d_Trial Game=2007-07-11{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20110417032124/http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-AU/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862}}
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| 360_rrp_au_d_Trial Game=free
 +
| 360_rating_au_d_Trial Game=pg
 +
}}
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{{releasesiOS
 
| ios_date_eu=2009
 
| ios_date_eu=2009
| psn_date_eu=2011-07-20
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| ios_rating_eu=itunes9
| vc_date_us=2006
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| ios_date_us=2009-06-18{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20150906073626/http://blogs.sega.com/2009/06/18/golden-axe-now-available-on-iphone-ipod-touch/}}
| vc_rrp_us=800
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| ios_rrp_us=4.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20150906073626/http://blogs.sega.com/2009/06/18/golden-axe-now-available-on-iphone-ipod-touch/}}
| xbla_date_us=2007
+
| ios_rating_us=itunes9
| xbla_rrp_us=400
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| ios_date_jp=2009-06-23{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20100221111002/http://sega.jp/kt/apple/goldenaxe}}
| ios_date_us=2009
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| ios_rrp_jp=600{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20100221111002/http://sega.jp/kt/apple/goldenaxe}}
| psn_date_us=2011-07-26
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| ios_rating_jp=itunes9
| psn_rrp_us=4.99
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}}
| vc_date_jp=2006
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{{releasesDigital
| vc_rrp_jp=600
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| steam_date_eu=2010-06-01{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20160624041244/https://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| xbla_date_jp=2007
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| steam_rrp_eu=2.49{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20130522212049/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| xbla_rrp_jp=400
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| steam_code_eu=34276
| ios_date_jp=2009
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| steam_rating_eu=12
| psn_date_jp=2011-07-28
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| steam_date_de=2010-06-01{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20160624041244/https://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| amiga_rrp_uk=24.99
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| steam_rrp_de=2.49{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20130522212049/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| st_rrp_uk=24.99
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| steam_code_de=34276
| pcecd_date_jp=1990-03
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| steam_rating_de=6
| ws_date_jp=2001
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| steam_date_uk=2010-06-01{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20160624041244/https://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| ws_rrp_jp=5,040 with tax
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| steam_rrp_uk=1.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20130522212049/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| steam_date_eu=2010-06-01
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| steam_code_uk=34276
| steam_rrp_uk=1.99
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| steam_rating_uk=12
| steam_date_us=2010-06-01
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| steam_date_us=2010-06-01{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20160624041244/https://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
| steam_rrp_us=2.99
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| steam_rrp_us=2.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20130522212049/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steam_code_us=34276
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| steam_rating_us=e
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| steam_date_au=2010-06-01{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20160624041244/https://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steam_rrp_au=3.49{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20130522212049/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steam_code_au=34276
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| steam_rating_au=pg
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| steamlinux_date_eu=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamlinux_rrp_eu=0.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steamlinux_code_eu=34276
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| steamlinux_rating_eu=12
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| steamlinux_date_de=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamlinux_rrp_de=0.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steamlinux_code_de=34276
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| steamlinux_rating_de=6
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| steamlinux_date_uk=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamlinux_rrp_uk=0.79{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
 +
| steamlinux_code_uk=34276
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| steamlinux_rating_uk=12
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| steamlinux_date_us=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamlinux_rrp_us=0.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steamlinux_code_us=34276
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| steamlinux_rating_us=e
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| steamlinux_date_au=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamlinux_rrp_au=1.35{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
 +
| steamlinux_code_au=34276
 +
| steamlinux_rating_au=pg
 +
 
 +
| steamosx_date_eu=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
 +
| steamosx_rrp_eu=0.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
 +
| steamosx_code_eu=34276
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| steamosx_rating_eu=12
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| steamosx_date_de=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamosx_rrp_de=0.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
 +
| steamosx_code_de=34276
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| steamosx_rating_de=6
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| steamosx_date_uk=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamosx_rrp_uk=0.79{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steamosx_code_uk=34276
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| steamosx_rating_uk=12
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| steamosx_date_us=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamosx_rrp_us=0.99{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steamosx_code_us=34276
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| steamosx_rating_us=e
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| steamosx_date_au=2019-02-01{{ref|1=https://steamdb.info/app/34276/history/?changeid=5755308}}
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| steamosx_rrp_au=1.35{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20190912210615/http://steamdb.info/app/34276/}}
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| steamosx_code_au=34276
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| steamosx_rating_au=pg
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}}
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{{releasesPS3
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| ps3_date_eu_d=2011-07-20{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20180330154204/https://store.playstation.com/fr-fr/product/EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX}}
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| ps3_rrp_eu_d=4.49{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20180330154204/https://store.playstation.com/fr-fr/product/EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX}}
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| ps3_code_eu_d=NPEB-00509
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| ps3_rating_eu_d=12
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| ps3_date_de_d=2011-07-20{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20181127221942/https://store.playstation.com/de-de/product/EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX}}
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| ps3_rrp_de_d=4.49{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20181127221942/https://store.playstation.com/de-de/product/EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX}}
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| ps3_code_de_d=NPEB-00509
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| ps3_rating_de_d=12
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| ps3_date_uk_d=2011-07-20{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20180330153959/https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX}}
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| ps3_rrp_uk_d=3.69{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20180330153959/https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX}}
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| ps3_code_uk_d=NPEB-00509
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| ps3_rating_uk_d=12
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'''''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 headded by [[Makoto Uchida]], who also led the team behind ''[[Altered Beast]]''.
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'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' (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 headded 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 ''[[wiki:Conan the Barbarian|Conan the Barbarian]]'' films, and that the game took roughly one year to make.
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The game was the first in the long-running ''Golden Axe'' series. It is said to be heavily inspired by the ''[[wikipedia:Conan the Barbarian|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==
 
==Story==
The game place takes 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.
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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:
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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.
  
Ax Battler, 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).
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==Gameplay==
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''Golden Axe'' supports a maximum of two players. Any character can be selected but both players cannot play as the same character.
  
Tyris Flare, an amazonian woman whose parents were killed by Death Adder. She also uses a sword but carries fire magic.
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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.
  
Gilius Thunderhead, a dwarf whose brother was murdered by Death Adder. Gilius is the only character to actually carry an axe, as well as thunder magic.
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''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.
  
==Gameplay==
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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.
''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. 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.
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===Playable characters===
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Ax-Battler
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| sprite={{Sprite|GoldenAxe System16 AxBattler Sprite.png}}
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| desc=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).
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Gilius-Thunderhead
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| sprite={{Sprite|GoldenAxe System16 GiliusThunderHead Sprite.png}}
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| desc=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.
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Tyris-Flare
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| sprite={{Sprite|GoldenAxe System16 TyrisFlare Sprite.png}}
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| desc=Tyris Flare is an amazonian woman whose parents were killed by Death Adder. She also uses a sword but carries fire magic.
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}}
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}}
  
''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.
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===Stages===
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| title=Stage 1 - Wilderness
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| title=Bonus Stage 1
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| desc=
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| title=Stage 2 - Turtle Village
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| desc=
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| title=Bonus Stage 2
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| desc=
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| title=Stage 3
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe System16 US Stage5.png
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| desc=
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| title=Bonus Stage 3
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe System16 US Stage6.png
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| desc=
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Stage 4 - Fiend's Path
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe System16 US Stage7.png
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| desc=
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Bonus Stage 4
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe System16 US Stage8.png
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| desc=
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Stage 5 - Death Adder's Castle
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe System16 US Stage9.png
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| desc=
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Stage 6 - The Palace Gates
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe MD US Stage6.png
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| desc=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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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Stage 7 - The Dungeon
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe MD US Stage7.png
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| desc=Also a Mega Drive exclusive.
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}}
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{{InfoRow
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| title=Stage 8 - The Battle with Death Bringer
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| screenshot=GoldenAxe MD US Stage8.png
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| desc=Also a Mega Drive exclusive.
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}}
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}}
  
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.
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===Achievements===
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{{mainArticle|{{PAGENAME}}/Achievements}}
  
==Sequels and Re-releases==
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==Versions==
 
''Golden Axe'' has been ported to a number of systems over the years, though many cuts were made in the process.
 
''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, "Doom Bringer". Also in this version is a "duel" mode, which allows players to fight a succession of enemies one-on-one.
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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.
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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.{{ref|https://tcrf.net/Golden_Axe_(Genesis)#Revisional_Differences}}
  
 
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 (PC)|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]].
 
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 (PC)|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]].
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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.
 
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, though offers numerous improvements in terms of audio and some graphical tweaks.
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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.
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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.
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There is also a NEC PC Engine CD 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]].
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''Golden Axe'' was also remade as part of ''[[Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe]]'', and has been brought to [[Xbox 360]] [[Xbox Live Arcade|XBLA]], [[Wii]] [[Virtual Console]], [[PlayStation 3]] [[PlayStation Network|PSN]], and is available for [[iOS]] and other mobile devices. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.{{ref|http://web.archive.org/web/20171108173927/http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play}}
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In August 2017, ''[[Golden Axe (Sega Forever)|Golden Axe]]'' was added to the [[Sega Forever]] collection, bringing it back to iOS and adding a new Android version.{{ref|https://web.archive.org/web/20180518210302/https://twitter.com/SEGAForever/status/903241277168287744}} Both versions are the Mega Drive game running on emulators.
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===Version history===
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{{mainArticle|{{PAGENAME}}/Changelog}}
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{{version|iOS|version=4.0|date=2012-11-29|size=4.8MB|comment=iOS 6 Support.
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|ref=https://web.archive.org/web/20140803034818/http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8
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{{version|iOS|version=3.0|date=2011-07-02|size=4MB
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|ref=https://web.archive.org/web/20111225082859/http://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8
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}}
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{{version|iOS|version=2.0.0|date=2010-12-03|size=4MB
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|ref=https://web.archive.org/web/20110416003236/http://itunes.apple.com/es/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8
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{{version|iOS|version=1.2.7|date=2010-07-30|size=3.9MB
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|ref=https://web.archive.org/web/20100906044336/http://itunes.apple.com/es/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8
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{{version|iOS|version=1.0.1|date=2009-07-03|size=2.1MB
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|ref=https://web.archive.org/web/20180909162134/https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/golden-axe/id319600514?mt=8
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The [[Sega Master System]] version is also one-player only, forcing you to play as Ax Battler (named "Tarik"). Similar is the PC Engine CD-ROM² port, which takes a big hit in terms of aesthetics and is only single-player. Home computer ports were handled by [[Virgin Games]] and are considered to be respectible versions of the game. The Commodore 64 port was initially released with the final level missing. Copies of this version were recalled by Virgin and replaced with a fixed version. It was also ported to the WonderSwan Color and as part of ''[[Sega Smash Pack]]'' for the [[Game Boy Advance]].
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==Production credits==
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===Arcade version===
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*''':''' [[Katsuhisa Sato]]{{magref|ssm|22|22}}
  
''Golden Axe'' was also remade as part of ''[[Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe]]'', and has been brought to [[Xbox Live Arcade]], the [[PlayStation Network]] and is available for [[iOS]] and other mobile devices.
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===Mega Drive version===
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{{creditstable|
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*'''Software Design:''' [[Takosuke]], [[Moto CBX1000]], [[Takahiro Hamano|Ham Tak]], [[Masahiro Wakayama|Waka]]
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*'''Visual Effects:''' [[Kyonsy Kyonsy]], [[Cane]], [[Chisuke]], [[Roco]]
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*'''Sound:''' [[Nankyoku]], [[Decky]], [[Imocky]]
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*'''Assistant Programmer:''' [[Hiroto Saeki|S2]], [[Yang Watt]], [[Vinyl Boy]]
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*'''Producer:''' [[Kanako Kohyama|Kan]]
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*'''Director:''' [[Bros 400]]
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*'''Assistant Director:''' Opa‑Opa
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*'''English Messages:''' [[Niya]], [[Tsugu]]
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*'''Arcade Game Design:''' [[Team Shinobi]]
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*'''Presented by:''' [[Sega]]
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| source=In-game credits
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| console=MD
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}}
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}}
  
==Production Credits==
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==Digital manuals==
===Mega Drive Version===
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<gallery>
'''Software Design:''' Takosuke, Moto CBX1000, Ham Tak, [[Masahiro Wakayama|Waka]]<br>
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GoldenAxe Steam manual.pdf|Steam manual
'''Visual Effects:''' Kyonsy Kyonsy, Cane, Chisuke, Roco<br>
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</gallery>
'''Sound:''' Nankyoku, Decky, Imocky<br>
 
'''Assistant Programmer:''' [[Hirota Saeki|S2]], Yang Watt, Vinyl Boy<br>
 
'''Producer:''' [[Kanako Kohyama|Kan]]<br>
 
'''Director:''' Bros 400<br>
 
'''Assistant Director:''' Opa‑Opa<br>
 
'''English Messages:''' Niya, Tsugu<br>
 
'''Arcade Game Design:''' [[Team Shinobi]]<br>
 
'''Presented by:''' [[Sega]]<br>
 
  
===Commodore 64 Version===
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==Magazine articles==
'''Music:''' Jeroen Tel<br/>
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{{mainArticle|{{PAGENAME}}/Magazine articles}}
'''Sound Effects:''' Charles Deenen<br/>
 
Produced by [[Probe Software]] Ltd. 1990<br/>
 
'''Graphics, design and programming:''' Visual F.X. - Steve Crow, Mark Kelly<br/>
 
Copyright 1989, 1990 Sega Enterprises Ltd, [[Virgin Games]] Ltd, Probe Software Ltd
 
  
==Physical Scans==
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==Promotional material==
===System 16 Version===
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{{mainArticle|{{PAGENAME}}/Promotional material}}
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==Artwork==
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<gallery>
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GoldenAxe logo.jpg
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GoldenAxe MD Art Cover.png
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</gallery>
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==Physical scans==
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===System 16 version===
 
{{Ratings
 
{{Ratings
 
| icon=Arcade
 
| icon=Arcade
 
| cvg=80
 
| cvg=80
| cvg_source={{num|93}}
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| cvg_source={{magref|cvg|93|89}}
| cuamiga=89
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| cuser=89
| cuamiga_source={{num|69|page=96-97}}
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| cuser_source={{magref|cuser|69|96|printpage=96/97}}
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| ysinclair=81
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| ysinclair_source={{magref|ysinclair|44|74}}
 
}}
 
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{{Scanflyer
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{{ScanArcade
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| type=upright
 
| console=System 16
 
| console=System 16
 
| region=US
 
| region=US
| page1=Golden Axe Arcade US Flyer.jpg
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| marquee=GoldenAxe System16 US Marquee.jpg
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| manual=GoldenAxe System16 US Manual.pdf
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{{ScanArcade
 
| console=System 16
 
| console=System 16
 
| region=JP
 
| region=JP
| page1=Golden Axe Arcade JP Flyer.jpg
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| region=JP (Instruction card)
 
| page1=Goldenaxe instructions.jpg
 
 
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===Mega Drive Version===
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===Mega Drive version===
 
{{Ratings
 
{{Ratings
 
| icon=MD
 
| icon=MD
 
| asm=75
 
| asm=75
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| asm_source={{magref|asm|1990-03|77}}
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| bemega=68
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| bemega_source={{magref|bemega|1990-02|70|printpage=68}}
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| bemega_r=77
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| bemega_r_source={{magref|ssmjp|1995-09|85|printpage=83}}
 
| cgtc=96
 
| cgtc=96
 
| cgtc_source={{num|2|page=100/101}}
 
| cgtc_source={{num|2|page=100/101}}
 
| cgtc_1=94
 
| cgtc_1=94
| cgtc_source_1={{num|4|page=30}}
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| cgtc_source_1={{magref|cgtc|4|30}}
 
| cvg=95
 
| cvg=95
| cvg_source={{num|101}}
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| cvg_source={{magref|cvg|101|98|printpage=98/99}}
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| famitsu=78
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| famitsu_source={{num|91}}, ''[https://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=7088]''
 
| gamesmachineuk=92
 
| gamesmachineuk=92
| gamesmachineuk_source={{num|28|page=30/31}}
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| gamesmachineuk_source={{magref|gamesmachineuk|28|30|printpage=30/31}}
| joystick=90
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| joystick=91
| joystick_source={{num|5|page=58}}
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| joystick_source={{magref|joystick|5|58}}
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| mdag=86
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| mdag_source={{magref|mdag|3|78}}
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| megaaction=85
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| megaaction_source={{num|1|page=64}}
 
| megatech=94
 
| megatech=94
| megatech_source={{num|1}}
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| megatech_source={{magref|megatech|1|78}}
 
| mm=91
 
| mm=91
| mm_source={{num|1|page=42/43/44}}
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| mm_source={{magref|mm|1|42|printpage=42-44}}
 
| micromania=90
 
| micromania=90
 
| playerone=93
 
| playerone=93
| playerone_source={{num|3|page=38/39}}
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| playerone_source={{magref|playerone|3|38|printpage=38/39}}
 
| pp=76
 
| pp=76
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| pp_source={{magref|pp|1990-04|120}}
 
| raze=92
 
| raze=92
| raze_source={{num|3|page=62/63}}
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| raze_source={{magref|raze|3|62|printpage=62/63}}
 
| segapower=82
 
| segapower=82
| segapower_source={{num|13}}
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| segapower_source={{magref|segapower|13|20|printpage=20/21}}
 
| segapower_1=80
 
| segapower_1=80
| segapower_source_1={{num|23|page=53}}
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| segapower_source_1={{magref|segapower|23|53}}
 
| segapro=91
 
| segapro=91
| segapro_source={{num|3|page=41}}
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| segapro_source={{magref|segapro|3|41}}
 
| segapro_1=72
 
| segapro_1=72
 
| segapro_source_1={{num|18|page=65}}
 
| segapro_source_1={{num|18|page=65}}
 
| tilt=85
 
| tilt=85
 +
| zero=94
 +
| zero_source={{magref|zero|6|74}}
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
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| cover=GoldenAxe md us cover.jpg
 
| cover=GoldenAxe md us cover.jpg
 
| cart=GoldenAxe md us cart.jpg
 
| cart=GoldenAxe md us cart.jpg
 +
| manual=GoldenAxe MD US Manual.pdf
 +
| poster=GoldenAxe MD US Poster Front.jpg
 +
| posterback=GoldenAxe MD US Poster Back.jpg
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| region=US ([[Sega Classic]])
 
| region=US ([[Sega Classic]])
 
| cover=Goldenaxe md us classic cover.jpg
 
| cover=Goldenaxe md us classic cover.jpg
| cart=
+
| cart=GoldenAxe md us cart.jpg
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
Line 200: Line 507:
 
| cover=GoldenAxe md eu cover.jpg
 
| cover=GoldenAxe md eu cover.jpg
 
| cart=GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
 
| cart=GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
 +
| carttop=GoldenAxe-PAL-cart-top.jpg
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
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| cover=GoldenAxe md jp cover.jpg
 
| cover=GoldenAxe md jp cover.jpg
 
| cart=Goldenaxe md jp cart.jpg
 
| cart=Goldenaxe md jp cart.jpg
 +
| carttop=GoldenAxe MD JP CartTop.jpg
 
| manual=Goldenaxe md jp manual.pdf
 
| manual=Goldenaxe md jp manual.pdf
 +
}}{{Scanbox
 +
| console=Mega Drive
 +
| region=AU
 +
| cover=GoldenAxe MD AU cover.jpg
 +
| cart=GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
 +
| carttop=GoldenAxe-PAL-cart-top.jpg
 +
| manual=Golden Axe Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| region=BR
 
| region=BR
 
| cover=GoldenAxe MD BR Box.jpg
 
| cover=GoldenAxe MD BR Box.jpg
| cart=
+
| cart=GoldenAxe MD BR Cart.jpg
 
| manual=Goldenaxe md br manual.pdf
 
| manual=Goldenaxe md br manual.pdf
}}{{scanbox
+
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| region=KR
 
| region=KR
 +
| cover=GoldenAxe MD KR Box small.jpg
 +
}}{{Scanbox
 +
| console=Mega Drive
 +
| region=KR (re-release)
 
| cover=GoldenAxe MD KR Box.jpg
 
| cover=GoldenAxe MD KR Box.jpg
 
| cart=GoldenAxe MD KR cart.jpg
 
| cart=GoldenAxe MD KR cart.jpg
 +
| cartback=GoldenAxe MD KR cartback.jpg
 +
| carttop=GoldenAxe MD KR carttop.jpg
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| console=Mega Drive
 
| region=CA
 
| region=CA
| cover=
+
| cover=GoldenAxe MD CA Box.jpg
 
| cart=
 
| cart=
 
}}
 
}}
  
===Master System Version===
+
===Master System version===
 
{{Ratings
 
{{Ratings
 
| icon=SMS
 
| icon=SMS
 
| ace=89
 
| ace=89
| ace_source={{num|33}}
+
| ace_source={{magref|ace|33|63}}
 
| cgtc=92
 
| cgtc=92
 
| cgtc_source={{num|2|page=28/29}}
 
| cgtc_source={{num|2|page=28/29}}
 
| cgtc_1=92
 
| cgtc_1=92
| cgtc_source_1={{num|4|page=98}}
+
| cgtc_source_1={{magref|cgtc|4|98}}
 +
| cgts=92
 +
| cgts_source={{magref|cgts|1|57}}
 
| cvg=89
 
| cvg=89
| cvg_source={{num|100}}
+
| cvg_source={{magref|cvg|100|90|printpage=90/91}}
 
| gamesmachineuk=80
 
| gamesmachineuk=80
| gamesmachineuk_source={{num|32}}
+
| gamesmachineuk_source={{magref|gamesmachineuk|32|51}}
 
| joystick=90
 
| joystick=90
| joystick_source={{num|4|page=40}}
+
| joystick_source={{magref|joystick|4|40}}
| micromania=80
+
| micromania2=80
| micromania_source={{num|2/25}}
+
| micromania2_source={{num|25}}
 +
| mms=92
 +
| mms_source={{magref|mms|1|133}}
 
| playerone=85
 
| playerone=85
| playerone_source={{num|1|page=46/47}}
+
| playerone_source={{magref|playerone|1|46|printpage=46/47}}
 
| s=88
 
| s=88
 
| s_source={{num|4}}
 
| s_source={{num|4}}
| segapower=80
+
| segapower=75
| segapower_source={{num|23|page=57}}
+
| segapower_source={{magref|segapower|16|44}}
| segapower_1=76
+
| segapower_1=80
| segapower_source_1={{num|25|page=40}}
+
| segapower_source_1={{magref|segapower|23|57}}
 +
| segapower_2=76
 +
| segapower_source_2={{magref|segapower|25|40}}
 
| segapro=81
 
| segapro=81
| segapro_source={{num|3|page=19}}
+
| segapro_source={{magref|segapro|3|19}}
 
| segapro_1=74
 
| segapro_1=74
| segapro_source_1={{num|13|page=24/25}}
+
| segapro_source_1={{num|13|page=24-25}}
 
| tilt=80
 
| tilt=80
 
| zero=85
 
| zero=85
| zero_source={{num|6}}
+
| zero_source={{magref|zero|6|75}}
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
Line 268: Line 596:
 
| cover=Golden Axe SMS EU Box.jpg
 
| cover=Golden Axe SMS EU Box.jpg
 
| cart=
 
| cart=
 +
| manual=Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Master System
 
| console=Master System
| region=BR
+
| region=BX
| cover=Golden Axe SMS BR Box.jpg
+
| cover=Golden Axe SMS BX Box.jpg
 
| cart=
 
| cart=
}}{{Scanbox
+
| manual=Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
| console=Master System
 
| region=KR
 
| cover=
 
| cart=Goldenaxe_SMS_kr_cart.jpg
 
}}
 
 
 
===Amiga Version===
 
{{Ratings
 
| icon=Amiga
 
| cvg=89
 
| cvg_source={{num|111}}
 
| joystick=78
 
| joystick_source={{num|11|page=306}}
 
| raze=82
 
| raze_source={{num|4|page=66}}
 
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
| console=Amiga
+
| console=Master System
| region=EU
+
| region=GR ([[Zegetron]])
| cover=GoldenAxe Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
+
| cover=Golden Axe SMS GR Box.jpg
| cart=
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Amiga
 
| region=EU (Tronix)
 
| cover=
 
 
| cart=
 
| cart=
}}
+
| manual=Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
 
 
===Amstrad CPC Version===
 
{{Ratings
 
| icon=CPC
 
| cvg=69
 
| cvg_source={{num|111}}
 
| joystick=76
 
| joystick_source={{num|12|page=169}}
 
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
| console=Amstrad CPC
+
| console=Master System
| region=EU (Disk)
+
| region=AU
| cover=
+
| cart=GoldenAxe SMS AU Cart.jpg
| cart=
+
| manual=GoldenAxeSMSAUManual.pdf
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
| console=Amstrad CPC
+
| console=Master System
| region=EU<br/>(Cassette) (Tronix)
+
| region=BR (cardboard)
| cover=GoldenAxe CPC EU Box Cassette Tronix.jpg
+
| cover=Golden Axe SMS BR Cardboard Box.jpg
| cart=
+
| cart=Golden Axe SMS BR Cardboard Cart.jpg
 +
| manual=GoldenAxe SMS BR Manual.pdf
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
| console=Amstrad CPC
+
| console=Master System
| region=ES<br/>(Cassette) (MCM)
+
| region=BR
| cover=
+
| cover=Golden Axe SMS BR Box.jpg
| cart=
+
| cart=GoldenAxe SMS BR Cart.jpg
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
}}{{Scanbox
| console=Amstrad CPC
+
| console=Master System
| region=ES<br/>(Disk) (MCM)
+
| region=KR
| cover=
 
| cart=
 
}}
 
 
 
===Atari ST Version===
 
{{Ratings
 
| icon=ST
 
| cvg=91
 
| cvg_source={{num|110}}
 
| joystick=84
 
| joystick_source={{num|12|page=169}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
| console=Atari ST
 
| region=EU
 
 
| cover=
 
| cover=
| cart=
+
| cart=Goldenaxe SMS kr cart.jpg
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Atari ST
 
| region=EU (Tronix)
 
| cover=GoldenAxe AtariST EU Box Front Tronix.jpg
 
| square=yes
 
| cart=
 
}}
 
 
 
===Commodore 64 Version===
 
{{Scanbox
 
| console=Commodore 64
 
| region=US
 
| front=GoldenAxe C64 US Box Front.jpg
 
| back=
 
| spinemissing=
 
| item1=
 
| item1name=Cassette
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Commodore 64
 
| region=EU
 
| front=Golden Axe C64 EU Box Front.jpg
 
| back=Golden Axe C64 EU Box Back.jpg
 
| spinemissing=yes
 
| item1=Golden Axe C64 EU Cassette.jpg
 
| item1name=Cassette
 
}}{{Scanbox
 
| console=Commodore 64
 
| region=EU (Tronix)
 
| cover=GoldenAxe C64 EU Box Tronix.jpg
 
 
}}
 
}}
  
===DOS Version===
+
===CD-ROM² version===
{{ratings
 
| icon=DOS
 
| joystick=90
 
| joystick_source={{num|18|page=267}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
| console=DOS
 
| region=US
 
| front=GoldenAxe DOS US Box Front.jpg
 
| back=GoldenAxe DOS US Box Back.jpg
 
| spinemissing=yes
 
| cart=
 
}}
 
 
 
===PC Engine CD-ROM² Version===
 
 
{{ratings
 
{{ratings
 
| icon=PCECD
 
| icon=PCECD
 +
| gen4=75
 +
| gen4_source={{magref|gen4|30|75|printpage=75}}
 
| joystick=65
 
| joystick=65
| joystick_source={{num|6|page=92}}
+
| joystick_source={{magref|joystick|6|88|printpage=92}}
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
| console=PC Engine CD-ROM²
+
| console=CD-ROM²
 
| region=JP
 
| region=JP
| front=GoldenAxe PCECD Box Front.jpg
+
| front=GoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Box Front.jpg
| back=GoldenAxe PCECD JP Box Back.jpg
+
| back=GoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Box Back.jpg
 
| square=yes
 
| square=yes
| disc=
+
| disc=Golden Axe PCE CD-ROM2 JP CD.png
 +
| spinecard=GoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Spinecard.jpg
 +
| manual=Golden Axe PCE CD-ROM2 JP Manual.PDF
 
}}
 
}}
  
===WonderSwan Color Version===
+
===WonderSwan version===
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
 
| console=WonderSwan
 
| console=WonderSwan
Line 412: Line 659:
 
| front=GoldenAxe WSC JP Box Front.jpg
 
| front=GoldenAxe WSC JP Box Front.jpg
 
| back=GoldenAxe WSC JP Box Back.jpg
 
| back=GoldenAxe WSC JP Box Back.jpg
| spinemissing=yes
+
| spine=Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Spine.jpg
| cart=
+
| spine2=Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Spine2.jpg
 +
| card=GoldenAxe WSC JP Cart.jpg
 +
| cardback=Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Card Back.jpg
 +
| topright=yes
 +
| bottomright=yes
 +
| top=Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Top.png
 +
| bottom=Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Bottom.png
 +
| manual=Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Manual.pdf
 
}}
 
}}
  
===ZX Spectrum Version===
+
===Mega-Tech version===
{{Ratings
 
| icon=Spectrum
 
| cvg=65
 
| cvg_source={{num|111}}
 
}}
 
 
{{Scanbox
 
{{Scanbox
| console=ZX Spectrum
+
| console=Mega-Tech
| region=EU
 
 
| cover=
 
| cover=
| cart=
+
| cart=GoldenAxe MT Cart.jpg
}}{{Scanbox
+
}}
| console=ZX Spectrum
+
 
| region=EU (Tronix)
+
==Technical information==
| cover=GoldenAxe Spectrum EU Box Tronix.jpg
+
===ROM dump status===
| cart=
+
{{romtable|
}}{{Scanbox
+
{{rom|MD|sha1=2ce17105ca916fbbe3ac9ae3a2086e66b07996dd|md5=e4263c39487f0b55e8f33cbd5acd9b93|crc32=665d7df9|size=512kB|date=1989-10|source=Cartridge|comments=v01|quality=good|prototype=}}
| console=ZX Spectrum
+
{{rom|MD|sha1=564e51f6b7fe5281f281d5fcb66767ab83ecf7b9|md5=04d2c7da9aac3fbeadf6bb8ccd27b560|crc32=e8182b90|size=512kB|date=1989-10|source=Cartridge|comments=v00|quality=good|prototype=}}
| region=ES (MCM)
+
{{rom|SMS|sha1=D92538CB16A7A456255FA0DA2BD8D0F588CD12AB|md5=B4911AD6A9D2BA56497CD5B01DA3938A|crc32=C08132FB|size=512kB|date= |source=Cartridge (EU/US)|comments=|quality=|prototype=}}
| cover=
+
{{rom|WS|sha1=87661841CA63E99B04C0F6DC4BA3454C897E0C6D|md5=55C9CC830000F0AAF721EAC69D1703CC|crc32=BC944A98|size=2MB|date=|source=|comments=|quality=|prototype=}}
| cart=
 
 
}}
 
}}
  
==External Links==
+
==External links==
* [http://vc.sega.jp/vc_axe/ Sega of Japan Virtual Console page (Japanese)]
+
* Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: [http://vc.sega.jp/vc_axe/ Mega Drive], [http://vc.sega.jp/vca_axe/ Arcade]
* ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on Xbox Live Marketplace: [http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862 GB], [http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862 US]
+
* Nintendo catalogue pages: Virtual Console: [https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/golden-axe-genesis-wii US], [https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Golden-Axe--277501.html UK], [http://web.archive.org/web/20120328004453/http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19749&pageID=4 AU]; Virtual Console Arcade: [https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/golden-axe-arcade-wii US], [http://web.archive.org/web/20120328053717/http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=88&prod_id=20012&pageID=4 AU]
* [http://us.playstation.com/games-and-media/games/golden-axe-ps3.html ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on PlayStation.com]
+
* Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): [https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://sega.jp/ps3/svc_g-axe/ PlayStation 3] (PlayStation Network version)
* [http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8 ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on Apple.com]
+
* ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on Xbox Marketplace: [http://marketplace.xbox.com/ja-JP/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862 JP], [http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862 US], [http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862 UK], [http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-AU/Product/Golden-Axe/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410862 AU]
 +
* ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on iTunes: [https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/golden-axe/id319600514?mt=8 US], [http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8 UK]; [http://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/golden-axe/id319996497?mt=8 JP] (offline)
 
* [http://store.steampowered.com/app/34276/ ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on Steam]
 
* [http://store.steampowered.com/app/34276/ ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on Steam]
 
* [http://www.swan.channel.or.jp/swan/software/line_up/index_AXE01.html Bandai's page for the WonderSwan version]
 
* [http://www.swan.channel.or.jp/swan/software/line_up/index_AXE01.html Bandai's page for the WonderSwan version]
 +
* ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on PlayStation.com: [http://us.playstation.com/games-and-media/games/golden-axe-ps3.html US]
 +
* ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on PlayStation.com: [http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177npjb00129_00svcgoldenaxe16xxj.html JP], [https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/golden-axe-ps3/ US], [http://www.playstation.co.kr/game/2417 KR]
 +
* ''{{PAGENAME}}'' on PlayStation Store: [https://store.playstation.com/#!/ja-jp/%e3%82%b2%e3%83%bc%e3%83%a0/%e3%82%b4%e3%83%bc%e3%83%ab%e3%83%87%e3%83%b3%e3%82%a2%e3%83%83%e3%82%af%e3%82%b9/cid=JP0177-NPJB00129_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX JP], [https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/golden-axe/cid=UP0177-NPUB30441_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX US], [https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-gb/games/golden-axe/cid=EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX UK], [https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-au/games/golden-axe/cid=EP0177-NPEB00509_00-SVCGOLDENAXE16XX AU], [https://store.playstation.com/#!/ko-kr/%ea%b2%8c%ec%9e%84/golden-axe-%ec%a0%9c%ed%92%88%ed%8c%90/cid=UP0177-NPHB00380_00-GOLDENAXEFULLGAM KR]
 +
 +
==References==
 +
{{References}}
 +
{{NECRetro|italics=yes}}
  
 +
{{GoldenAxeOmni}}
 
{{GoldenAxe}}
 
{{GoldenAxe}}
[[Category:1989 System 16 games]]
 
[[Category:System 16 games]]
 
 
[[Category:Sega Channel games]]
 
[[Category:Sega Channel games]]
[[Category:J2ME/BREW Games]]
 
[[Category:Tapwave Zodiac Games]]
 
 
 
[[Category:Mega-Tech games]]
 
[[Category:Mega-Tech games]]

Revision as of 16:08, 12 September 2019

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

n/a

GoldenAxe Title.png
Golden Axe
GoldenAxe iOS icon.png
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, CD-ROM², WonderSwan Color, PlayStation 3, Virtual Console, Xbox 360, iOS, Windows PC, Steam, PlayStation Now
Publisher: Sega,
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
Telenet Japan,
Bandai WonderSwan
Bandai
Developer:
Genre: Action































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
£? ?

















CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
JP
1990-03 ¥? TJCD0005
Bandai WonderSwan
JP
2002-02-28[3] ¥5,040 with tax SWJ-BANC2B
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6000 G-4018
Sega Mega Drive
US
$?
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
$29.95More...[5] 1106C
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99More...[6]More...[7]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
369More...[9]F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4005JG



Sega Master System
US
$39.95More...[10] 9004
Sega Master System
UK
£29.95More...[11]More...[12] 9004
Sega Master System
FR
329More...[13]F 9004
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 9004
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 9004
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028060
Sega Master System
KR
₩? ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts
A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts
Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts
12+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
800pts
6
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts
PG
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
800pts
B
Wii Virtual Console
US
(Arcade)
900pts
Teen
Wii Virtual Console
EU
(Arcade)
900pts
Wii Virtual Console
AU
(Arcade)
900pts
PG
Xbox 360
JP
400MSP
A
Xbox 360
JP
(Otameshiban)
FREE
A
Xbox 360
US
400MSP
Teen
Xbox 360
US
(Trial Game)
FREE
Teen
Xbox 360
EU
400MSP
12+
Xbox 360
EU
(Trial Game)
FREE
12+
Xbox 360
DE
400MSP
6
Xbox 360
DE
(Trial Game)
FREE
6
Xbox 360
UK
400MSP
12+
Xbox 360
UK
(Trial Game)
FREE
12+
Xbox 360
AU
400MSP
PG
Xbox 360
AU
(Trial Game)
FREE
PG
iOS
JP
¥600 9+
iOS
US
$4.99 9+
iOS
EU
9+
Steam
US
$2.99 34276
Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.49 34276
12+
Steam
DE
€2.49 34276
6
Steam
UK
£1.99 34276
12+
Steam
AU
$3.49 34276
PG
Template:SteamLinux US $0.99 34276
Everyone
Template:SteamLinux EU €0.99 34276
12+
Template:SteamLinux DE €0.99 34276
6
Template:SteamLinux UK £0.79 34276
12+
Template:SteamLinux AU $1.35 34276
PG
Template:SteamOSX US $0.99 34276
Everyone
Template:SteamOSX EU €0.99 34276
12+
Template:SteamOSX DE €0.99 34276
6
Template:SteamOSX UK £0.79 34276
12+
Template:SteamOSX AU $1.35 34276
PG
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥571 (600) NPJB-00129
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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 headded 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).
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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.
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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.[45]

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 NEC PC Engine CD 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.[46]

In August 2017, Golden Axe was added to the Sega Forever collection, bringing it back to iOS and adding a new Android version.[47] Both versions are the Mega Drive game running on emulators.

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. [48]
iOS
0000030000000000000000000000003.0 4MB 201107022011-07-02 [49]
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 4MB 201012032010-12-03 [50]
iOS
0000010000020000070000000000001.2.7 3.9MB 201007302010-07-30 [51]
iOS
0000010000000000010000000000001.0.1 2.1MB 200907032009-07-03 [52]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 200906172009-06-17 [53]

Production credits

Arcade version

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game 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
80 More...[55]
89 More...[56]
81 More...[57]
Arcade
83
Based on
3 reviews

System 16, US
GoldenAxe System16 US Marquee.jpg
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
75 More...[58]
68 More...[59]
77 More...[60]
96 №2, p100/101
94 More...[61]
95 More...[62]
78 №91, [1]
92 No results[63]
91 More...[64]
86 No results[65]
85 №1, p64
94 No results[65]
91 No results[66]
90
93 More...[67]
76 More...[68]
92 More...[69]
82 More...[70]
80 More...[71]
91 More...[72]
72 №18, p65
85
94 More...[73]
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
23 reviews

Mega Drive, US
GoldenAxe md us cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
GoldenAxe MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
GoldenAxe MD US Poster Back.jpgGoldenAxe MD US Poster Front.jpg
Poster
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
GoldenAxe md eu cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart-top.jpg
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
GoldenAxe md jp cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe MD JP CartTop.jpg
Goldenaxe md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Goldenaxe md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
GoldenAxe MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart-top.jpg
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
Cart
Golden Axe Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
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, CA
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Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 More...[11]
92 №2, p28/29
92 More...[74]
92 More...Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[75]
89 More...[76]
80 No results[77]
90 More...[78]
80 №25
92 No results[79]
85 More...[80]
88 №4
75 More...[81]
80 More...[82]
76 More...[83]
81 More...[84]
74 №13, p24-25
80
85 More...[85]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
18 reviews

Master System, US
Golden Axe SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
Goldenaxe sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
Golden Axe SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BX
Golden Axe SMS BX Box.jpg
Cover
Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, GR (Zegetron)
Golden Axe SMS GR Box.jpg
Cover
Golden Axe SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

GoldenAxe SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
GoldenAxeSMSAUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (cardboard)
Golden Axe SMS BR Cardboard Box.jpg
Cover
Golden Axe SMS BR Cardboard Cart.jpg
Cart
GoldenAxe SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
Golden Axe SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR

Goldenaxe SMS kr cart.jpg
Cart

CD-ROM² version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 More...[86]
65 More...[87]
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
70
Based on
2 reviews

CD-ROM², JP
GoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Box Back.jpgGoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe CDROM2 JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
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Disc
Golden Axe PCE CD-ROM2 JP Manual.PDF
Manual

WonderSwan version

WonderSwan, JP
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GoldenAxe WSC JP Box Back.jpgGolden Axe Wonderswan JP Spine.jpgGoldenAxe WSC JP Box Front.jpgGolden Axe Wonderswan JP Spine2.jpg
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Bottom.png
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,

GoldenAxe MT Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 665d7df9
MD5 e4263c39487f0b55e8f33cbd5acd9b93
SHA-1 2ce17105ca916fbbe3ac9ae3a2086e66b07996dd
512kB 1989-10 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e8182b90
MD5 04d2c7da9aac3fbeadf6bb8ccd27b560
SHA-1 564e51f6b7fe5281f281d5fcb66767ab83ecf7b9
512kB 1989-10 Cartridge v00
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 C08132FB
MD5 B4911AD6A9D2BA56497CD5B01DA3938A
SHA-1 D92538CB16A7A456255FA0DA2BD8D0F588CD12AB
512kB Cartridge (EU/US)
Bandai WonderSwan
 ?
CRC32 BC944A98
MD5 55C9CC830000F0AAF721EAC69D1703CC
SHA-1 87661841CA63E99B04C0F6DC4BA3454C897E0C6D
2MB

External links

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Books: Golden Axe (1992)

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)
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)