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Saint Sword

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Title Screen

Saint Sword

Developer: Cyclone System
Publisher: Taito
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: June 28, 1991
Released in US: 1991


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Unused Graphics

SaintSword-ComingSoon.png

This "Coming soon" graphic is loaded with the title screen graphics in the Japanese version. It was likely used in some sort of demo version of the game.

Special Passwords

When checking the password entered, the game first checks a table of 6 special passwords.

680001

Saint Sword Genesis stage select ending viewer.png Saint Sword Genesis 680001 password enabled.png

The first password enables all special features. A stage select and ending viewer opens by setting FF001C to 0001. This same address and byte set also enables infinite time and full magic. Memory address FF002C is set to 0001 which disables collision detection.

680000

This sets FF002C to 0000 (standard collision) and FF001C to 0000 (stage select and ending viewer off). In other words, this password doesn't do anything special.

SOUND0

This jumps to several subroutines and sets memory address FF0028 to 0001. Music and sound effects are disabled.

SOUND1

Memory address FF0028 is set to 0000. This is the default – music and sound effects are enabled.

680002

Memory address FF001C is set to 0002. The stage select and ending viewer menu opens, but infinite time and full magic isn't enabled when the game starts. Use this password if you want normal gameplay after using the stage select.

680003

Use this password to begin the game on chapter 1 with collision disabled (memory address FF002C set to 0001).


(Source: JLukas, Denis)

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan US
SaintSword-Title-JP.png Saint Sword Genesis-title.png

The title logo was completely redesigned.

Introduction

The lengthy intro text was heavily rewritten for the US release.

Japan US
LONG, LONG AGO, LONG BEFORE THE
EARLIEST KNOWN HISTORIES,
THE EARTH WAS RULED BY AN EVIL
WIZARD NAMED GORGAN.
 HE WAS VERY POWERFUL, AND HAD
THE ABILITY TO BRING FORTH MANY
FORMS OF DEMONS FROM THE BLACK
UNIVERSE.
 AGAINST HIS MIGHT, HUMANS WERE
HELPLESS, DESTINED FOR AN EXIST-
ENCE OF SUBSERVIENCE.
 AT THE TIME, THERE WAS ANOTHER
RACE LIVING ON THIS BLUE WORLD,
THE TITANS.
 THE TITANS WERE ALSO POWERFUL
WIZARDS, BUT THEY HAD ALWAYS
KEPT TO THEMSELVES.
 THE HUMANS SENT THEIR MOST POW-
ERFUL KINGS TO DISCUSS AN ALLIA-
NCE WITH THE TITANS, AND AFTER
MANY LONG NEGOTIATIONS, THE MER-
GE WAS MADE.
 WITH THE HELP OF THE TITANS,
THE HUMANS WERE ABLE TO TRIUMPH
OVER THE EVIL GORGAN, AND THE
DEMONS WERE DRIVEN BACK INTO THE
BLACK, WHERE THEY ORIGINATED
FROM.
 FOR NEARLY 1000 YEARS, UNDER
THE ALLIANCE OF THE HUMANS AND
THE TITANS, PEACE RULED THE
WORLD.
 HOWEVER, DURING THIS TIME, THE
TITANS LOST MOST OF THEIR MAGIC
POWERS THROUGH MISUSE,
AND LONG THEM ASSOCIATION WITH
THE HUMAN.
 THEN GORGAN RETURNED IN FULL
FORCE!!
 THE HUMANS WERE POWERLESS TO
FIGHT BACK, AND THE TITANS WERE
WEAK THROUGH INACTIVITY.
 HOWEVER, THERE WAS ONE HOPE,
A YOUNG TITAN HAD RECENTLY SHOW
THAT HE HAD THE POWER OF OLD.
 SO THE KING ASKED THIS YOUTH TO
FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF EARTH.
 THIS YOUNG MAN'S NAME IS
MACRESS.
 NOW THE FIGHT IS ON !!!
 LONG,LONG AGO,BEFORE MAN BEGAN
RECORDING HISTORY,THE EARTH WAS
RULED BY AN EVIL WIZARD NAMED
GORGAN.
 GORGAN WAS EXTREMELY POWERFUL
AND HAD THE ABILITY TO AWAKEN
MANY FORMS OF DEMONS AND BRING
FORTH THE EVIL OF THE BLACK UNI-
VERSE.
AGAINST SUCH DOMINANCE, HUMANS
WERE HELPLESS, DESTINED FOR A
SUBSERVIENT EXISTENCE.
 AT THE TIME,THERE WAS ANOTHER
RACE LIVING ON THIS TROUBLED
WORLD. THEY WERE THE TITANS.
 THE TITANS WERE ALSO VERY POWE-
RFUL WIZARDS,BUT THEY KEPT MAIN-
LY TO THEMSELVES.
 THE HUMANS SENT THEIR MOST LOR-
DLY KINGS TO DISCUSS AN ALLIANCE
WITH THE TITANS. AND AFTER MANY
LONG MEETINGS,A COVENANT WAS
MADE.
WITH HELP FROM THE TITANS AND
THEIR MAGICAL POWERS,THE HUMANS
TRIUMPHED OVER GORGAN. AND THE
DEMONS WERE DRIVEN BACK INTO THE
BLACK UNIVERSE,FROM WHERE THEY
CAME.
 FOR NEARLY 1,000 YEARS, UNDER
THE ALLIANCE OF THE HUMANS AND
TITANS,PEACE REIGNED OVER THE
WORLD.
 THE TITANS,NO LONGER HAVING TO
USE THEIR MAGIC FOR BATTLE,ABUS-
ED IT AND LOST MANY OF THEIR
POWERS THROUGH THEIR LONG ASSOC-
IATION WITH THE HUMANS.
 ONE DAY,THE SKY BLACKENED AND
THE MIGHTY GORGAN REAPPEARED IN
FULL FORCE.
 THE HUMANS WERE INCAPABLE OF
FIGHTING BACK. AND THE TITANS,
INEXPERIENCED IN BATTLE AND UNP-
RACTICED IN THE TRUE MEANING OF
THEIR MAGIC,WERE POWERLESS.
HOWEVER,THERE WAS ONE HOPE.
A YOUNG TITAN HAD RECENTLY DISP-
LAYED HIS UNIQUE ABILITY TO WIE-
LD GREAT POWERS, LIKE THAT OF
HIS ANCESTORS A MILLENNIUM AGO.
 SO THE KING BESOUGHT THIS YOUTH
TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE
EARTH. THIS YOUNG TITAN'S NAME
WAS MACRESS. MANY CALLED HIM
SAINT SWORD OF THE TITANS FOR
HIS UNIQUE ABILITY AND UNEQUALED
VALOR.
 NOW...TRAVEL BACK IN TIME!
 HELP ST.SWORD DESTROY THE EVIL
GORGAN AND RESCUE THE GOOD PEOP-
LE OF THE EARTH!!!

Ending 1

More rewrites.

Japan US
JUST AS MACRESS WAS PREPARING FOR
THE FINAL ENCOUNTER WITH GORGAN,
THE WORLD BEGAND TO FADE FROM AROUND
HIM! HE FELT A DIZZINESS, AND HEARD
THE WORD OF GORGAN "YOU'VE ALMOST
MADE IT, BUT YOUR WEAK MAGIC IS NO
MATCH FOR ME! I'M SENDING YOU BACK
WHERE YOU CAME FROM. TO FIGHT ME,
YOU'LL HAVE TO COMPLETE THE JOURNEY
AGAIN, ONLY THEN WILL YOU BE ABLE
TO FACE THE MIGHT OF GORGAN!!
JUST AS MACRESS WAS PREPARING TO
ENCOUNTER GORGAN IN THE FINAL CONF-
LICT, THE WORLD BEGAN TO FADE AROUND
HIM! HE FELT A DIZZINESS AND HEARD
THE WORD OF GORGAN, "YOU'VE ALMOST
MADE IT, BUT YOUR WEAK MAGIC IS NO
MATCH FOR ME! I'M SENDING YOU BACK
WHERE YOU CAME FROM, TO DO BATTLE
WITH ME ONCE AGAIN! YOU MUST REPEAT
THE JOURNEY. ONLY THEN WILL YOU BE
WORTHY TO FACE THE MIGHT OF GORGAN!!

Ending 2

Yet more rewrites.

Japan US
CONGRATULATIONS MACRESS!!!
GORGAN HAS BEEN DEFEATED,
AND ONCE AGAIN, THE MIGHTY
TITANS AND HUMANS CAN LIVE
IN PEACE.
AS YOU TRAVEL BACK TO YOUR
HOME, YOU REMEMBER THE MENY
CREATURES YOU DEFEATED IN
BATTLE, HOPING THAT ONCE AND
FOR ALL, THE WORLD WILL BE
FREE FROM THE BLACK TREEOR
OF GORGAN.
 CONGRATULATIONS MACRESS!!!
 GORGAN HAS BEEN VANQUISHED.
 AND ONCE AGAIN, THE MIGHTY
TITANS AND HUMANS CAN LIVE IN
PEACE. AS YOU TRAVEL BACK TO
YOUR HOME, YOU REMEMBER THE MANY
CREATURES YOU DEAFEATED IN BATTLE
AND HOPE THAT ONCE AND FOR ALL,
THE WORLD WILL BE FREE FROM THE
DARK AND EVIL DOMINATION OF GOR-
GAN. THE GREAT HISTORIANS WILL
TESTIFY TO WHAT YOU'VE DONE THIS
DAY, BESTOWING UPON YOU THE
TITLE SAINT SWORD OF THE TITANS.