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A tropical island (specified as Cuba in the Japanese original) is being oppressed by a dictator, but fortunately one or two brave US soldiers (Ernesto "Che" Guevara in the Japanese version) are on hand to restore justice. March through the rivers, swamps and forests to overthrow the dictator (specified as Batista in Japan) in this evolution of the Commando style.

The game scrolls vertically, as you move up the screen shooting enemies, finding good strategic firing points and collecting powerups. As the enemy soldiers come towards you in groups, some care is required when picking them off, either using your gun or the grenades. There are also hostages carried by some soldiers, with points bonuses for not shooting these but shooting their captors. Each level ends with a boss.


Guerrilla War NES Intro
Guerrilla War NES Finally, a quite location...
Guerrilla War NES From now on, I'm on my own
Guerrilla War NES ...or perhaps not so quiet?

Alternate Titles

  • "Revolution Heroes" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game release title
  • "Guevara" -- Japanese title
  • "ゲバラ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 27, 2007 A- 91
1UP! Oct 16, 2009 87 out of 100 87
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jul, 1989 27 out of 40 68
Nintendo Power Magazine Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
GameCola.net May, 2005 5.8 out of 10 58


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Cancelled ports

Amiga and Atari ST conversions were under development for Ocean, but the developers didn't complete them.

Version differences

The original Japanese version of Guerrilla War is quite different storywise from the U.S. version. The characters you're playing as (according to the Japanese version) are actually Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and the plot was the two of them trying to overthrow the Batista dictatorship of 1950s Cuba. Of course, since that's a sensitive topic to talk about here in the U.S., it had to be totally changed for U.S. audiences.

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PCGamer77 (3003) added Guerrilla War (NES) on Feb 04, 2003
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