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Legendary Wings is an arcade shooter influenced by Greek mythology. A heroic figure from ancient times thrust into a strange futuristic world, you must fight your way through six levels to defeat "The Devil" and save the day.

The primary gameplay mode is a top-down, vertical-scrolling shooter similar to Xevious and Capcom's own 1943. Your main weapon is used to attack flying enemies, and your secondary missile weapon is used to attack fixed placement, land-based enemies. Numerous powerups are available along the way, and these both improve your weapons and your resistance to damage (every "upgrade" is worth a free hit from enemies without dying).

Several secondary gameplay modes (Danger, Lucky, and Palace) are also triggered at key points in the vertical-scrolling mode. All of the secondary modes are side-scrolling shooters. The Danger stage requires you to face a gauntlet of enemies, while the Lucky stage is full of powerups, game continues, and other bonuses. The Palace stage is triggered when you defeat a mini-boss; you must get past the palace defenses before you can face the end-of-stage boss. And, oh yeah...don't get crushed by those walls!


Legendary Wings NES Encountering the first ground-based enemies
Legendary Wings NES Starting in flight
Legendary Wings NES Encountering a group of enemies in circular formation
Legendary Wings Arcade Japanese title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Legendary Soldiers: アレスの翼" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The Legendary Soldiers: Ares no Tsubasa" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews NES Aug, 2012 B+ 83
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History NES Sep 11, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 26, 2001 C 50


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NES version

The NES version ditches the side-scrolling platforming/run 'n' gun underground segments, replacing them with horizontal scrolling shoot 'em up gameplay.

Regional differences

The Japanese arcade version featured a female character for player one (Michel) and a male character for player two (Kevin). They were replaced with anonymous male characters for the western release.
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