It was #70 in FLUX Magazine's (Issue #4) Top 100 Video Games of All-Time.
On May 30, 1992, Golden Axe was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.
Since August 31, 2005, the game is no longer on the index.
The death screams of the bad guys are digitized from screams used in the films "First Blood" (several) and one from "Conan The Barbarian." Fans of the game who watch the movies will be able to pick these out easily.
The Chicken Stinger is a creature you fight in the second stage of Altered Beast. This creature later showed up in Golden Axe as one of the Bizarrians that you can steal from the enemies in the game (it's now called a Chicken-Leg). The Chicken-Leg also showed up later in the arcade game Golden Axe: The Revenge Of Death Adder.
Although not mentioned in the game, these are the names of the characters; Dwarf: Gilius Thunderhead, Barbarian: Ax Battler, Amazon: Tyris Flare.
A version of Golden Axe is included in Sega's Smash Pack compliation CD.