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Golden Axe III

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Title Screen

Golden Axe III

Developer: Sega
Publishers: Sega (JP/US/EU), Samsung (KR)
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: June 25, 1993
Released in US: October 22, 2007 (Wii Virtual Console)
Released in EU: October 5, 2007 (Wii Virtual Console)
Released in KR: 1993


CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.


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Golden Axe III is the final game in the series for the Mega Drive. It features a premise suspiciously similar to the otherwise unrelated arcade sequel The Revenge of Death Adder, as an aged Gilius Thunderhead gathers four warriors to recover the stolen Golden Axe from an evil warlord known as Damned Hellstrike. Despite the game being written entirely in English, Sega decided to keep Golden Axe III strictly in Japan and Asia. However, it was briefly available in the U.S. as a Sega Channel exclusive and in later years it would get several western releases through its inclusion in compilations such as Sega Genesis Collection and Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, as well as in digital download services.

Unused Playable Characters

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Using the code FFC8D4:0001 will fix your playable character as Eve (the gryphon boss from the middle of the game). The character seems nearly complete, with a full moveset and HUD graphic; however, his magic isn't set (he uses a glitchy version of Kain Grinder's), and the pointer to his graphics is incorrect, resulting in a garbled sprite.

You can use FFC8D4:00?? with values past 04 to play as various other enemy characters in various glitchy states, but mostly with their moves intact. 05, which is the spear guy enemy, even has a unique lightning magic move which may have been intended for Eve.

Sega License Screen

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It is a standard TMSS boot up screen. At the 'Press Start Button' screen press Up, C, Up, C, Up, C, C, C, B, A, Left, Down.

Another way to get it: go to options, then press Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C.

The mnemonic is: UDLR 5 times then ABC 5 times.

Press any key except directions to exit the screen.

Level Select

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At the character select screen, highlight the character to be used and quickly press A (×4), Start, C (×6), or use PAR code 015C7C:4E71, to access a level select.