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Like the prior Golden Axe games it's passable fluff, and amusing enough on the most basic retro level, but offers no compelling reason to choose this over any of the dozens of similar games already out there. It should come as no surprise that Sega couldn't even be arsed releasing the original cartridge outside of Japan.
Ultimately Golden Axe 3 is a brave attempt to revitalize the series after the underwhelming second game. Sadly it doesn’t quite pull it off.
The Wii Virtual Console has started offering games that weren't readily available in North America, which means that less import-savvy players in this region can now finally experience these games. However, some of these selections amount to little more than curiosities and fan service, which perhaps shows why they weren't widely released over here. Golden Axe III, originally available in North America only through the Sega Channel download service, falls into the latter category, with clunky controls and an absence of the key qualities that made the original so memorable.