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The mighty warrior Kuros has defeated the evil wizard Malkil in the previous game. However, Malkil did not perish, and has now taken the shape of the four elements: water, wind, air and fire. Kuros is summoned to the land of Sindarin to destroy Malkil again. In order to accomplish that, he will have to collect the shattered pieces of the legendary Ironsword with the help of the four animal kings, and defeat the elementals who protect Malkil's essence.

Like its predecessor, Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II is a side-scrolling action game with platform elements. Kuros uses swords and spells to fight the enemies in his path. He can also jump and crouch, which is often necessary to move through a stage and avoid taking damage. The game world consists of four domains; in each of those, Kuros must find a golden artifact and bring it back to the animal king residing there. This opens the path to the elemental boss guarding the domain, which must be defeated with spells.

Magic spells can be bought in special locations or found during exploration. They have a variety of functions, e.g. turning enemies into money or food, slowing down enemies, granting Kuros temporary invincibility, or creating fountains that help him reach high areas. Some of these spells disappear after one use, while others consume magic points. Weapon and armor upgrades can also be bought in shops. Kuros can restore his health by eating; food is either scattered throughout the stages or offered at inns.


IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II NES Fourth realm
IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II NES The Dragon King living in the heart of the volcano.
IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II NES One on one with the water elemental.
IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II NES After defeating each elemental, you receive one quarter of the legendary Ironsword - this is the final product.

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IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II Magazine Advertisement Inside Front Cover


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Second W&W-title, but not much new here. The_Ferryman (14) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jul, 1989 30 out of 40 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70
Tilt Sep, 1991 13 out of 20 65
Nintendo Power Magazine Jul, 1989 3 out of 5 60
Classic-games.net Sep 24, 2018 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Feb, 1991 52 out of 100 52
Questicle.net May, 2012 C 50
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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The model for the game's cover is Fabio Lanzoni, best known for appearing on the covers of numerous romance novels and being a spokesman for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • September 1989 (Issue 3) - Game of the Month

Patriarch K (39) added IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES) on Dec 26, 2004
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