The Full Wiki

The Legend of Kage: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Legend of Kage
Developer(s) Taito Corporation
Publisher(s) Taito Corporation
Platform(s) Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sharp X1, ZX Spectrum, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Arcade
JPN 1985
Consoles
JPN 1986
NA 1987
Virtual Console
JPN December 19, 2006
NA February 19, 2007
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) CERO: A

The Legend of Kage (影の伝説; Kage no Densetsu) is a 1985 arcade game by Taito and was released for several contemporary home computer systems in 1986.

Contents

Story

The player takes role of the young Iga ninja named Kage ("Shadow") on the misson to rescue Princess Kiri (Kirihime) from the villains Yoshi (Yoshiro Yukikusa) and Yuki (Yukinosuke Kiri). Kage must fight his way through the forest, along the secret passageway, up the fortress wall and through the castle, rescuing her two times (three in the NES version) in order to win the game. Each time the princess is rescued, the seasons change in the game.

Gameplay

Screenshot of the arcade version

The player is armed with a kodachi shortsword and an unlimited amount of shuriken. Grabbing a crystal ball causes Kage's clothes to change to the next level in colour and thereby attain certain powers (bigger shuriken and/or faster speed); if Kage is hit while in green or orange clothes, he does not die but revert to his normal red clothes. Grabbing a scroll causes Kage to stand still and meditate for several seconds while approaching enemies drop to the ground dead (note that although the scrolls appear in the arcade version, the crystal balls do not).

Re-releases

The NES version was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on December 19, 2006, and in the United States on February 19, 2007. The arcade version also appears in the compilation title Taito Legends 2.

Legacy

Advertisements

Follow-ups

A 3D remake of the arcade game along the original arcade version is included in the 2006 compilation Taito Legends Power Up for the PSP.

A sequel titled The Legend of Kage 2 was released in 2008 for the Nintendo DS.

Connections to the other Taito games

  • The 1984 laserdisc video game Ninja Hayate features a very similar scenario of a young ninja (who even looks like Kage) attempting to rescue a kidnapped princess.
  • The 1989 game Demon Sword is similar in gameplay to The Legend of Kage.

References

External links


Strategy wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From StrategyWiki, the free strategy guide and walkthrough wiki

The Legend of Kage
Box artwork for The Legend of Kage.
Developer(s) Taito Corporation
Publisher(s) Taito Corporation
Japanese title 影の伝説
Release date(s)
Wii Virtual Console
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Arcade, NES, Commodore 64/128, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Wii Virtual Console
Players 1-2
Rating(s)
CERO: All ages
ESRB: Everyone
The Legend of Kage marquee

The Legend of Kage is an arcade game developed by Taito Corporation in 1984. In an age when ninja's were usually presented in a cartoon like manner, Taito created a game that was a visual and audio phenomenon, presenting ninjas in a far more realistic manner then ever before. Not only that, the game puts you in the role of a ninja with an infinite supply of throwing stars, and an amazing ability to leap from tree branch to tree branch.

The object is for a ninja named Kage (pronounced "KAH-geh") to rescue Princess Kiri from mystical villains. Kage must fight his way through the forest, along the secret passageway, up the fortress wall and through the castle, rescuing her two times (three in the NES version) in order to win the game. Each time she is rescued, the seasons change.

The game was ported to several popular home computers in Europe, including the Commodore 64, and in Japan for the Famicom and MSX. The Famicom conversion was released in the United States on the NES. While it was actually a very good conversion, on par with the conversion of Kung Fu, it's high degree of difficulty and non-intuitive gameplay has given this port a bad reputation. It actually contains a number of power-ups that were not present in the original game.

The NES version was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on December 19, 2006, and in the United States on February 19, 2007. The arcade version also appears on the PS2 game, Taito Legends 2. A 3D remake version of the game was released for the PSP on Taito Legends Power-Up.

Story

Toward the end of the EDO period, Japan was attacked by a group of mystical villains. The beautiful Princess Kiri was kidnapped. Many Samurai warriors were sent to rescue her. None ever returned. You are a daring young Ninja named Kage. You are also the last hope for Princess Kiri's safety. You will need all your courage and Ninja skills in your attempt to rescue the fair Princess from her evil captors!

Table of Contents


Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message