The Legend of Kage

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The Legend of Kage
Basic Information
Video Game
Taito, Imagine Studios
Taito, Square Enix, Imagine Studios
Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Family Computer, MSX, NES, Sharp X1, ZX Spectrum and Virtual Console
Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U
Retail Features
The Legend of Kage
Technical Information
Main Credits
Hisayoshi Ogura
European Union European Release Date(s)
Commdore 64
December 1986
Amstrad CPC
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Commodore 64
Nintendo Entertainment System
August 1987
Wii Virtual Console
February 192007
Japan Japanese Release Date(s)
Arcade machines
October 1985
Family Computer
April 181986
Wii Virtual Console
December 192006
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
January 222014
Wii U Virtual Console
June 42014
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Steam | Xbox Live

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.

Story[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Follow-ups[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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