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Title Screen

Wizards & Warriors

Also known as: Densetsu no Kishi: Elrond (JP)
Developer: Rare
Publishers: Acclaim Entertainment (US, EU), Jaleco (JP)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: July 15, 1988
Released in US: December 1987
Released in EU: January 7, 1990


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


The legendary Kuros is out to save various damsels in various states of distress from various big creatures.

Unused Item

A map special item is fully programmed into the game, but is unobtainable by normal means. To put it into your inventory, use the FCEU cheat 0078:0B. The map will appear in the fifth slot, like the other special items. Pressing Select will allow you to bring up the map screen at any time rather than just at the beginning of each level. The map will also track where you are in the level. It would have come in handy in the early part of the game, especially in the purple caves.

Hidden Copyrights

Almost every bank in the English versions of the game starts and ends with the same copyright text:

(C) COPYRIGHT 1987 RARE LTD. ENGLAND.

The Japanese version has the same string and the start of every bank, but ends with

[ PP + RME ] (C) COPYRIGHT 1987 RARE LTD. ENGLAND.

The same names or initials can be found in other games by the same developers team from Rare: Marble Madness and California Games, as well as the same names often mentioned in the default records table for these game and in the Wheel of Fortune series.

The initials stands for Paul Proctor and Rachel M. Edwards, both are the game developers.

Additionally, the same initial is used for the RAM check during RESET sequence in the Japanese version:

PP + RME

But in all English versions it says:

ThE tAlE

You can also note, that "PP" and "RME" are 1st and 2nd initials in top players score in the Japanese version, but in both US versions "RME" were moved to the 4th place, and completely removed from the list in the European version!

Regional Differences

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The European version has a few differences.

In the Japanese version, Level 1 has no enemies on the outside and some items have been moved to different locations (for example the Gems at the bottom of the blue door tree have been replaced with a Potion of Levitation to help Kuros reach higher places easier) but to balance the difficulty, you only have one life! The Wand of Wonder and Staff of Power are also fired automatically using the B button.

Bosses

The Rock Face boss explodes into rocks instead of souls in the Japanese version and some bosses appear in different orders in the Japanese version too.

3rd Boss 4th Boss 6th Boss
International Rock Face Evil Ghost Skeleton Changeling
Japan Skeleton Changeling Rock Face Evil Ghost

Title Screen

US Europe Japan
Wizardswarriors-title.png Wizards & Warriors europetitle.png Densetsu no Kishi - Elrond (J)-0.png

The game title and publisher were changed for the Japanese version. The European version removes the FOR THE U.S.A AND CANADA line and of course removes the OF AMERICA INC from LICENSED BY NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.

The Japanese version shows the logo of arcade game developer NMK for some reason; Jaleco was definitely the publisher, judging by the box. This may have something to do with it... The game's serial number in Japan also indicates NMK: NMK-ER.

US Japan
W&W-Title2.png Elrond-Title2.png

The scene of Kuros fighting two enemies was rotated and recolored in the Japanese version, possibly because the original POV looks pretty goofy. One of his swords was also replaced with a shield.

US Japan
W&W-Score.png Elrond-Score.png

The high score screen has numerous differences in the Japanese version. The initials were shuffled around, the colors were changed, and Malkil's castle from the map was added.