Wizards & Warriors is a platforming video game developed by Rare Ltd. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was published by Acclaim and released in North America in DecemberÂ 1987 and in Europe on JanuaryÂ 7, 1990. It was also released in Japan by Jaleco on JulyÂ 15, 1988, under the title Densetsu no Kishi Elrond (ä¼èª¬ã®é¨Žå£«ã‚¨ãƒ«ãƒãƒ³ãƒ‰). In the game, players control Kuros, the "Knight Warrior of the Books of Excalibur", as he sets out in the Kingdom of Elrond to defeat the evil wizard Malkil, who holds the princess captive in Castle IronSpire, located deep within Elrond's forests. During the game, players make their way through forests, tunnels, and caves, battling hordes of enemies and collecting treasure, magical items, and additional weaponry to get past the obstacles and hazards that lie in their path. It was Rare's second game released for the NES, after Slalom.
Wizards & Warriors was featured in early video gaming magazines such as Nintendo Fun Club News, Nintendo Power, and VideoGames & Computer Entertainment in 1988 and 1989. The main characters Kuros and Malkil would make appearances in the animated series The Power Team (part of the TV video game reviewing show Video Power) and Captain N: The Game Master. The game would also be novelized for the Worlds of Power series of NES game adaptations, created by Seth Godin. It received general praise for its graphics, sound, difficulty, and arcade-style gameplay. Criticisms include the presence of unlimited continues, which allow players to restart the game right where they previously left off while retaining all items that were collected before. Retro Gamer called Wizards & Warriors "a unique experience for NES gamers in 1987, and technically well ahead of other games for the console at the time". The game also spawned three sequels: Ironsword: Wizards & WarriorsÂ II, Wizards & WarriorsÂ III: Kuros: Visions of Power and Wizards & Warriors X: The Fortress of Fear.
|Released||Jul 15, 1988|