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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 NES Kage tosses throwing stars while red ninja sneaks up
The Legend of Kage NES Winter. And the story will repeat itself...
The Legend of Kage NES Autumn... Leave me alone Yukinosuke.
The Legend of Kage NES Kage has a mighty jump to fly among the trees

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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Ninja action throughout the 4 seasons Sam Vicchrilli (17) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Feb 01, 2009 B+ 83
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Jul, 2012 C+ 58 Jan 18, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro Apr 17, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Thunderbolt Games Jun 13, 2009 2 out of 10 20


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cpt_null (14) added The Legend of Kage (NES) on Mar 21, 2003
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