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You play Kage, a skillful ninja in search of rescuing Princess Kiri from the hands of the warlord Yoshi. Armed only with a sword and 'star knives', you must fight your way through countless henchmen and the occasional boss to complete your task. Levels include the forest, moat, inside and outside of the castle. These levels repeat as the seasons change. The gameplay is side scrolling. Kage's moves include the ability jump extremely high in the air, grab and climb trees, block and attack with his sword, and throw shuriken. The game can be challenging at times though because the player dies in one hit. 2-players are supported, but must take turns.


The Legend of Kage ZX Spectrum Level completed
The Legend of Kage Arcade Throwing shuriken
The Legend of Kage Commodore 64 High up in the trees
The Legend of Kage NES Too quick for the eye! The sword dispatches an enemy

Promo Images

The Legend of Kage Screenshot
The Legend of Kage Screenshot
The Legend of Kage Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "影の伝説" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Legend-of Kage" -- European title
  • "Kage no Densetsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcade Archives: The Legend of Kage" -- PlayStation 4 title

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User Reviews

Ninja action throughout the 4 seasons NES Sam Vicchrilli (17)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic NES Feb 01, 2009 B+ 83
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 63 out of 100 63 NES Jul, 2012 C+ 58 Commodore 64 Jan 18, 2009 4 out of 10 40
Just Games Retro NES Apr 17, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Tilt Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 7 out of 20 35
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 20, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 20
IGN Wii Feb 21, 2007 2 out of 10 20
Thunderbolt Games NES Jun 13, 2009 2 out of 10 20
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 0.8 out of 12 7


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