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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 Game over for our legendary hero
Legendary Wings Arcade Shoot'em up duel
Legendary Wings Arcade Near boss
Legendary Wings NES 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

Questicle.net 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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Legendary Wings(arcade) released for Windows(via Steam) on Capcom Arcade Stadium 1 Andrew Fisher (707)
Aug 25, 2022


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.
Contributed to by PCGamer77 (3225), Sciere (832362) and Pseudo_Intellectual (65072)
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