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Shadowgate (NES)

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Title Screen


Developer: Kemco
Publishers: Kemco (JP/EU), Seika (US)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: March 31, 1989
Released in US: December 1989
Released in EU: May 30, 1991

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
DCIcon.png This game has a Data Crystal page

Shadowgate is a creepy first-person adventure game with many clever puzzles, and loads and loads of fun ways to kill yourself.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Message Debug

To do:
There are a lot of unused messages!
Shadowgate (NES)-msg debug.png

Use Game Genie codes SINZYXGY + KZNXAZXZ to replace the regular in-game controls with an unused message debug routine.

  • Up / Down - Changes the lower digit of the message index.
  • Left / Right Changes the higher digit.
  • Select, Start, B - Changes the library index to 0, 1 and 2 respectively.
  • A - Display selected message.

Unused Music

Track #13 in the NSF is unused. A theory was that it may have been planned for the excised Goblin Room from the PC versions of Shadowgate; this was confirmed when Zojoi (the developers of the 2014 remake of the game) released a set of ringtones based on the NES soundtrack, and included this song, named "Goblin Room".

(Source: Zophar.net, Flying Omelette)

Regional Differences

Japan International
ShadowgateNES-Cursor-JP.png ShadowgateNES-Cursor-US.png

The cursor was changed from an armored glove to a skeleton hand for the international releases. Additionally, the cursor moves much faster in the international versions.