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In this game, players take the role of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, who has grown tired of her life within the castle and ventures into the Fantasy World beyond the castle walls. Strange and fearsome creatures will attack at every turn, but weapons can be found along the way: a ball and chain, a bow and arrow, and a mighty sword. Put on wings and take to the sky, or become a mermaid to explore the ocean depths.


  • アテナ - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 46% (based on 13 ratings)


Average score: 1.8 out of 5 (based on 24 ratings with 1 reviews)

What do you mean "#1 arcade hit it Japan"?!

The Good
If I were forced to list one positive item about this game-- and you would have to force me-- at least the art of the cover/cartridge draws in the gamer and makes them excited about playing. The "#1 arcade hit it Japan" label is quite effective.

The Bad
It should not take more than 2 minutes of Athena playtime before the player begins to ask profound questions about that "#1 arcade hit in Japan" label on the cover. Are standards really that low? Or was something lost in the arcade -> NES conversion? This game is simply unremarkable in every way, from the inexplicably poorly drawn countryside graphics, to the abysmal sound, to the gameplay.

The Bottom Line
This game will leave you utterly bewildered at how it could have achieved status as a "#1 arcade hit in Japan".

NES · by Multimedia Mike (20603) · 2005


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Sequel Michael Cassidy (21204) May 21st, 2014



The character Athena was later resurrected by SNK for appearances in several Neo-Geo King of Fighters games, as well as SNK Gals Fighters on the Neo-Geo Pocket.

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Game added by lugnut.

Arcade added by Trypticon. PSP, PlayStation 3 added by Lain Crowley. PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. Antstream added by firefang9212. PS Vita added by Alaka. Windows added by Xoleras. ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added April 27th, 2004. Last modified August 30th, 2023.