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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 Arcade Enemy in water
The Legend of Kage Arcade Jumping on wall
The Legend of Kage NES Kage has a mighty jump to fly among the trees
The Legend of Kage Arcade Ninja vs. ninja

Promo Images

The Legend of Kage Screenshot
The Legend of Kage Concept Art
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
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 68 out of 100 68
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 63 out of 100 63
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 NES Jul, 2012 C+ 58 NES Jan 14, 2019 4 out of 10 40 Commodore 64 Jan 18, 2009 4 out of 10 40
Tilt Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 7 out of 20 35
IGN Wii Feb 21, 2007 2 out of 10 20
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 0.8 out of 12 7


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