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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GoldenAxe SMS Title.png

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 System/Super CD-ROM² System
Telenet Japan
Bandai WonderSwan
Bandai
Developer:
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
£? ?






















CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
JP
1990-03 ¥? TJCD0005
Bandai WonderSwan
JP
2002-02-28[8] ¥5,040 with tax SWJ-BANC2B
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4018
Sega Mega Drive
US
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
$29.9529.95[10] 1106C
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
FR
369F369[14]
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[12][13]
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[15] 9004
Sega Master System
EU
9004
Sega Master System
BX
Sega Master System
FR
329F329[18] 9004
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9529.95[16][17] 9004
Sega Master System
GR
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
028060
Sega Master System
KR
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[25]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[23]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[19]
PEGI: 12+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
800pts800[19]
USK: 6
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[22]
OFLC: PG
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
800pts800[6]
CERO: B
Wii Virtual Console
US
(Arcade)
900pts900[29]
ESRB: Teen
Wii Virtual Console
EU
(Arcade)
900pts900[27]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
(Arcade)
900pts900[30]
OFLC: PG
Nintendo Switch Online
JP
Nintendo Switch Online
US
Nintendo Switch Online
EU
Xbox 360
JP
400MSP400[34]
CERO: A
Xbox 360
JP
(Otameshiban)
FREEfree
CERO: A
Xbox 360
US
400MSP400[32]
ESRB: Teen
Xbox 360
US
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
ESRB: Teen
Xbox 360
EU
400MSP400[31]
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
EU
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
DE
400MSP400[31]
USK: 6
Xbox 360
DE
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
USK: 6
Xbox 360
UK
400MSP400[33]
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
UK
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
PEGI: 12+
Xbox 360
AU
400MSP400[35]
OFLC: PG
Xbox 360
AU
(Trial Game)
FREEfree
OFLC: PG
iOS
JP
¥571 (600)600i[37]
9+
iOS
US
$4.994.99[36]
9+
iOS
EU
9+
Steam
US
$2.992.99[39] 34276
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[39] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam
DE
€2.492.49[39] 34276
USK: 6
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[39] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[39] 34276
OFLC: PG
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[41] 34276
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[41] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.990.99[41] 34276
USK: 6
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[41] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[41] 34276
OFLC: PG
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[41] 34276
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[41] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.990.99[41] 34276
USK: 6
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[41] 34276
PEGI: 12+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[41] 34276
OFLC: PG
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥571 (600)571 (600)[46] NPJB-00129
CERO: A
Sony PlayStation 3
US
$4.994.99[45] NPUB-30441
ESRB: Teen
Sony PlayStation 3
EU
€4.494.49[42] NPEB-00509
PEGI: 12+
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
€4.494.49[43] NPEB-00509
USK: 12
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
£3.693.69[44] NPEB-00509
PEGI: 12+
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
$6.756.75[48] NPEB-00509
OFLC: PG
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
₩5,5005,500[47] 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 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

GoldenAxe System16 AxBattler Sprite.png
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

GoldenAxe System16 US Stage1.png

Stage 1 - Wilderness

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Bonus Stage 1

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Stage 2 - Turtle Village

GoldenAxe System16 US Stage4.png

Bonus Stage 2

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Stage 3

GoldenAxe System16 US Stage6.png

Bonus Stage 3

GoldenAxe System16 US Stage7.png

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.

GoldenAxe MD US Stage7.png

Stage 7 - The Dungeon
Also a Mega Drive exclusive.

GoldenAxe MD US Stage8.png

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.[50]

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.[51]

In August 2017, Golden Axe was added to the Sega Forever collection, bringing it back to iOS and adding a new Android version.[52] 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. [53]
iOS
0000030000000000000000000000003.0 4MB 201107022011-07-02 [54]
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 4MB 201012032010-12-03 [55]
iOS
0000010000020000070000000000001.2.7 3.9MB 201007302010-07-30 [56]
iOS
0000010000000000010000000000001.0.1 2.1MB 200907032009-07-03 [57]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 200906172009-06-17 [58]

Production credits

Arcade version

Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits
Source:
Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[60]

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
Commodore User (UK)
89
[61]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
80
[62]
Your Sinclair (UK)
81
[63]
Arcade (System 16)
83
Based on
3 reviews

Golden Axe

System 16, US
GoldenAxe System16 US Marquee.jpg
GoldenAxe System16 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 16, JP
Notavailable.svgGoldenaxe instructions.jpg
Instuction card(s)

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
96 №2, p100/101
Sega Mega Drive
96
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[64]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
73
[65]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
68
[66]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
94
[67]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
94
[68]
Console XS (UK) PAL
73
[69]
Cool Gamer (RU)
60
[70]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
95
[71]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
73
[72]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[73]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
70
[74]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
80
[75]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
78
[76]
The Games Machine (UK)
92
[77]
Igry Sega Luchshiye iz luchshikh. Vypusk 2 (RU)
80
[78]
Joystick (FR)
91
[79]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
86
[80]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
86
[81]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
82
[82]
Mega Action (UK)
85
[83]
MegaTech (UK)
94
[84]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
90
[85]
Mean Machines (UK)
91
[86]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
94
[87]
Player One (FR)
93
[88]
Power Play (DE)
76
[89]
Raze (UK) PAL
92
[90]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
82
[91]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[92]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
72
[93]
Sega Pro (UK)
91
[94]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
66
[95]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
77
[96]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
57
[97]
Zero (UK)
94
[98]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
35 reviews

Golden Axe

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
GoldenAxe MD JP pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, US
GoldenAxe md us cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe md us cart.jpg
Cart
GoldenAxe MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
GoldenAxe MD US Poster Back.jpgGoldenAxe MD US Poster Front.jpg
Poster
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
Goldenaxe md us classic cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic) 1995 Re-Release
Golden Axe MD US Classic Rerelease Back.jpgNospine.pngGoldenaxe MD US Classic Rerelease Front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
GoldenAxe md eu cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart-top.jpg
GoldenAxe-PAL-cart.jpg
Cart
Golden Axe MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
GoldenAxe MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
GoldenAxe MD SE rental cover.jpg
Cover
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, AU (Horizontal manual)

Mega Drive, BR
GoldenAxe MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Goldenaxe md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
GoldenAxe MD KR Box small.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, KR (re-release)
GoldenAxe MD KR Box.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe MD KR carttop.jpg
GoldenAxe MD KR cartback.jpgGoldenAxe MD KR cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AS

GoldenAxe MD AS cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA
GoldenAxe MD CA Box.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №2, p28/29
Sega Master System
92
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK) PAL
89
[16]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
70
[99]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
92
[100]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
92
[101]
Console XS (UK) PAL
80
[102]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
89
[103]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[104]
Game Mania (UK)
92
[105]
The Games Machine (UK)
80
[106]
Joystick (FR)
90
[107]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[108]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
92
[109]
Player One (FR)
85
[110]
Power Play (DE)
41
[111]
S: The Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
88
[112]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[113]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[114]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
76
[115]
Sega Pro (UK)
81
[116]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
74
[117]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[118]
Software Gids (NL)
88
[119]
Zero (UK)
85
[120]
Sega Master System
82
Based on
23 reviews

Golden Axe

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
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Manual
Master System, EU (Sega®)
GoldenAxe SMS EU Box R.jpg
Cover
Master System, PT

Master System, BX
Golden Axe SMS BX Box.jpg
Cover
Error creating thumbnail: libgomp: Thread creation failed: Resource temporarily unavailable
Manual
Master System, GR (Zegetron)
Golden Axe SMS GR Box.jpg
Cover
Error creating thumbnail: libgomp: Thread creation failed: Resource temporarily unavailable
Manual
Master System, AU (Horizontal manual)

GoldenAxe SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Vertical manual)
GoldenAxe SMS AU hotline cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
GoldenAxeSMSAUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU (NIAL sticker)
GoldenAxe SMS AU nial cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU (Classics)
GoldenAxe SMS AU classics cover.jpg
Cover
GoldenAxe SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
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
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
88
[121]
Génération 4 (FR)
75
[122]
Joystick (FR)
65
[123]
CD-ROM² systems
76
Based on
3 reviews

Golden Axe

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

WonderSwan version

WonderSwan, JP
Golden Axe Wonderswan JP Top.png
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 Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 3e640c09
MD5 0dd362213fc29a54ab08527a98686cdd
SHA-1 89a548e326b1afbd597ddcc59139487a2f9dfd51
512kB 1989-11-22 CD-R disc Page
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 b01b26ff
MD5 25e93047f0ee89d8df2ead8f2e710a50
SHA-1 c3018ac76d55bebdf178a7938dca8cddce60f05e
512kB 1989-10-14 EPROM cartridge Page
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

References

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  2. https://www.mtwo.co.jp/development/retrogame-2/#tab-3
  3. File:GoldenAxe md jp cover.jpg
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  5. File:Golden Axe SMS EU Box.jpg
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  7. Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 100
  8. http://www.swan.channel.or.jp/swan/software/line_up/golden/index.html (Wayback Machine: 2003-10-06 12:24)
  9. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "December 1989" (US; 1989-1x-xx), page 105
  10. Sega Visions, "August/September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 20
  11. 11.0 11.1 Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 44
  12. Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 63
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  14. Player One, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 39
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  17. Computer & Video Games, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-16), page 56
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Books: Golden Axe (1992)

Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototype 1989-10-14 | 1989-11-22
Gilius Thunder Head punching sprite Golden Axe series of games
Arcade
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (1992) | Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) | Golden Axe (slot machine) (2010)
Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe II (1991) | Golden Axe III (1993)
Sega Master System
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Windows PC
Golden Axe (1990)
LCD handheld game
Electronic Golden Axe (1990)
Sega Game Gear
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1991)
Sega Saturn
Golden Axe: The Duel (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe (2003)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)
iOS
Google Android OS
Golden Axe (2009) | Golden Axe (2017)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
Steam
Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype (2020)
Golden Axe related media
Music
Golden Axe The Music (2008) | Golden Axe I & II (2016)
Book
Tatsujin & Golden Axe Attack Manual Book (1990) | Golden Axe (1992) | Golden Axe: Beast Rider Official Strategy Guide (2008) | The Art of Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)