Guerrilla War

aka: Arcade Archives: Guerrilla War, Guevara, Revolution Heroes

Description official descriptions

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.


  • アーケードアーカイブス ゲバラ - Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • ゲバラ - Japanese spelling

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Credits (NES version)

21 People (12 developers, 9 thanks)

  • Kepara
  • Yokohiro
Main Programmer
Assistant Programmer
  • John Guso
  • Ninja Sasuke [US version]
  • Fly Garuda [JP version]
Special Thanks to (Guerilla Wars/Guevara OP Team)
Special Thanks to
Cover Illustrator



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 story-wise 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 1950's 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.

Brazilian bootleg version

In Brazil, the game was released by CCE, but renamed to Revolution Heroes and it had the Japanese ROM, without any changes or localization.

Information also contributed by Satoshi Kunsai, Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger, and Rafael Barreto.

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Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 1617


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Old man gamer.

PS Vita added by Charly2.0. NES added by PCGamer77. PlayStation 3, PSP added by Lain Crowley. Arcade added by 666gonzo666. PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. Antstream added by firefang9212. ZX Spectrum added by Kabushi. Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Commodore 64 added by Servo.

Additional contributors: Satoshi Kunsai, fooziex, chirinea, Martin Smith, Freeman, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto, Rafael Barreto.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.