The Guardian Legend (NES)

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In the far future, Earth is a peaceful place with very few worries. To ensure it stays that way, a top secret project was authorized: the creation of the guardian suit. It's a suit of flight armor that allows the guardian to survive any environment. It's a good thing too, because a giant space station is spotted on a collision course with Earth.

You take the role of the guardian. Your mission is to activate the station's self-destruct and destroy it before it collides with Earth. As you travel through the station NAJU, you'll find increased armor and better weapons to help you defeat waves of enemies. You'll battle through the station in a human form and also as a jet in certain areas.

There's also a hidden mode that allows you to play the game in Arcade fashion - only autoscrolling overhead shooting levels, without the on-foot part. New weapons and upgrades are automatically awarded after each level depending on the player's total score. Dying resets the score to zero.


The Guardian Legend NES The formidable, deadly boss of Area three, requiring  ultimate shmup skills
The Guardian Legend NES Area nine and the enemies are very hard to kill
The Guardian Legend NES A save room (actually showing a VERY long and detailed password)
The Guardian Legend NES Area one, probably underwater

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Alternate Titles

  • "ガーディック外伝" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Guardic Gaiden " -- Japanese Title

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Critic Reviews

HonestGamers Aug 01, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Retro Game Age Sep 04, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers May 28, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2008 7.75 out of 10 78
Video Games Mar, 1991 76 out of 100 76 Mar, 2012 B 75
Power Play Mar, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jan, 1990 7 out of 10 70
Video Games and Computer Entertainment: Complete Guide to Nintendo Video Games Nov, 1990 7 out of 10 70


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The Guardian Legend was marketed by Broderbund as part of its "Action Series."

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jeremy strope (126) added The Guardian Legend (NES) on Nov 26, 2002