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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 Arcade Fight in jungle
Guerrilla War Arcade Flame thrower
Guerrilla War Arcade Dedication
Guerrilla War Arcade Small explosion

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Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot
Guerrilla War Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Revolution Heroes" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game release title
  • "Guevara" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcade Archives: Guerrilla War" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "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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Critic Reviews NES Mar 27, 2013 A 100
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 27, 2007 A- 91
1UP! NES Oct 16, 2009 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 704 out of 1000 70
Retro Game Reviews NES Nov 14, 2020 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
Defunct Games PSP Jul 19, 2011 C+ 58
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1989 567 out of 1000 57
Tilt Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 3 out of 20 15


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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 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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