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This planet was once a quiet, peaceful place to live, until...they came...

An unknown alien race came to this planet and promptly laid waste to it. The remaining defense force has been sent out to try and defeat them. One lucky person gets to fly the latest line of defense ships made: the AX-77 Axelay. However, these ships are still in the prototype stage, and as such, only one exists.

So get out there and head to the alien's homeworld. With some luck, you may just be able to take them out at the source...


Axelay SNES Dodging the flames
Axelay SNES Trying to destroy this thing with missiles
Axelay SNES This mech is indestructible
Axelay SNES Using the "Morning Star" against these enemies

Alternate Titles

  • "アクスレイ" -- Japanese spelling

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An underrated, revolutionary shoot-em-up. SNES keith jones (5)

Critic Reviews

The Virtual Console Archive Wii Jul, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Quebec Gamers SNES Apr 06, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Mega Fun SNES Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 13, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 SNES Aug 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games SNES Oct, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Megablast SNES 1993 80 out of 100 80
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75


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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Axelay appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Beating the game three times in a row on the hardest difficulty will give players a message after the credits roll the third time:
Konami never made the sequel, blaming it on "lackluster sales of Axelay".
Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (14076), gamewarrior (5062) and Satoshi Kunsai (1810)