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Based on the events of the Three Kingdoms era in China (3rd century), and on Luo Guanzhong's famous novel Sanguo Yanyi, the game casts the player in the role of one of the many warlords rivaling for control after the Yellow Turban Rebellion.

This turn-based strategy game introduces hundreds of historical characters of the Three Kingdoms era. The game's main objective is to become the supreme ruler of the remnants of the falling Han Dynasty. To do this the player has to build a mighty empire by conquering provinces and recruiting generals worthy of command. Fight massive battles, triumph over natural disasters and capture enemy strongholds.


Romance of the Three Kingdoms NES Viewing your possessions
Romance of the Three Kingdoms NES Title screen
Romance of the Three Kingdoms NES Cao Cao's statistics and possible actions
Romance of the Three Kingdoms NES Training your soldiers. General Gou Yu doesn't seem very happy

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Alternate Titles

  • "スーパー三國志" -- Japanese SNES spelling
  • "三国志 for WonderSwan" -- Japanese WonderSwan spelling
  • "三国志" -- Japanese spelling
  • "三国志" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Super Sangokushi" -- Japanese title
  • "Sanguozhi" -- Chinese title
  • "San Goku Shi" -- Japanese title
  • "RTK 1" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Very, very strategic and engrossing! Oblio (108) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
It wasn’t good then, and it isn’t good now. PCGamer77 (3001) 1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars1.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Power Magazine Sep, 1989 3 out of 5 60


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • October 1989 (Issue #64) –Strategy Game of the Year

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