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    version 1.3
    4.12.2013
    
    Legend of Kage FAQ/Walkthrough
    
    by Robot2600
    
    8bitcity@gmail.com
    
    For use on GameFAQs.com and 8-Bit City
    
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    Table of Contents
    
    1. Introduction
    2. Game
    3. Story
    4. Moves
    5. Walkthrough
    6. Characters
    7. Secrets
    8. Powerups
    9. Game genie Codes
    10. Manual
    11. Game Facts
    12. Credits
    13. Outroduction
    14. Copyright Information
    
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    1. INTRODUCTION
    
    "You have to ask yourself, do you like ninjas? Do you like
    non-stop high paced action? Do you like gaming? Chances
    are that's why you're here. I've played this game for many
    hours, and was shocked to not see a FAQ/Walkthrough for it
    on the internet. So here it is: my gift to the gaming
    community; the one, the only, Legend of Kage Guide."
    
    It's been over ten years since I created this guide, and
    I hope it's been either helpful or enjoyable to a few
    people who still love playing Legend of Kage. My friend
    and I would spend countless hours playing this title.
    We declared it "so bad it was good," but as the years
    go by I'd have to alter that qualification to simply:
    
    "AWESOME."
    
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    2. GAME
    
    Legend of Kage is a high flying ninja action game
    published and developed by Taito. It was originally
    released for the Commodore 64, an old system that didn't
    get much notice in the shadow of the NES. It was
    re-realesed on the NES in 1988, and since then it has
    apparntly been taking up space in used game shops
    everywhere. The Legend of Kage is a great game, despite
    the negative criticism it receives.
    
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    3. STORY
    
    One day, the Princess Kiri was out walking in the forrest
    minding her own buisness, when all of a sudden an evil
    ninja flew down and took her (Oh no!) Many tried to rescue
    her, but they all died. After the original attempts, none
    would undertake the task of rescuing Kiri. Finally a
    young ninja named Kage said he would be the one to save
    the princess from the evil ninjas. So Kage set out to
    single handedly infiltrate the ninja-infested castle and
    rescue Kiri. Kage first set out in the forrest surrounding
    the castle, and ran very quickly through the trees, while
    fighting the ninja that dared to block his path. When he
    defeated the leader of the forrest guards, Kage gained
    access to the moat that led to the castle. Once he had
    killed all the guards he began the treacherous climb up
    the castle walls. It would take more than that to stop
    the brave ninja, for he soon was in the castle itself!
    He faced more oppenents than ever before, for the castle
    was the heart of the lair of evil. Up the levels he
    climbed, while both ninja, and feasome magicians tried
    to stop the brave warrior. Thier effort was in vain,
    however, for Kage reached the top of the castle, rescued
    Kiri and flew to freedom. All was not well, for once again
    Kiri was captured, and Kage was left to fight the summer
    demons. At first it seemed they could not be hurt, but
    then Kage saw the butterfly, remembering his training, he
    knew that things were not always as they seem; he saw the
    butterfly for what it was, the source of the demons power.
    The butterfly did not die easily, for it took many tries
    to break it's curse. Once the spell was broken, the demon
    fell easily. A season later, Kage set forth once more to
    rescue the Princess Kiri. The ninjas of the forrest and
    castle attacked just as they had before, but he defeated
    the evil ones, and rescued the Princess once again. But
    once more she was taken, and Kage was left to fight the
    Autumn demon. He saw through the demons butterfly
    treachery, and vaquished him. Finally winter arrived, and
    the brave Kage entered the lair and save Kiri once again,
    but alas, once again she was taken. Left alone, Kage
    defeated the most fearsome demon of all: the demon of
    winter. This demon, like the others, had a seemingly
    innocent butterfly as a protective spell. Kage had seen
    the spell before, so it did the demon little use.
    However, this battle was much harder than the others,
    the clash of their swords could be heard for days. Their
    yells filled the entire forrest, but in the end, it was
    Kage that walked away. All the evil had been defeated,
    and the princess was freed. Kage returned a hero, and in
    time... became a legend.
    
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    4. MOVES
    
    As Kage the ninja, you come equipt with a number of moves
    that will come in handy on your quest.
    
    ::Running
    Kage is capable of running indefinatly without slowing
    down. When kage reaches level three his running speed
    will be increased. Press left or right on the control
    pad to run.
    
    ::Jumping
    Kage is also cable to jump much higher than the normal
    person. This is a skill that takes a long time of ninja
    training to master. To jump, push up on the control pad,
    if you would like to jump foward or backwards, push up
    and left, or up and right to jump accourdingly. Once
    Kage has started a jump he cannot chnage direction, so
    choose your path wisely. If you would like to grab onto
    a tree, and you are traveling down, let go of the
    directional pad, and Kage will cling to it. Otherwise,
    hold the directional pad in the down direction and you
    will continue until you reach the ground.
    
    ::Throwing shuriken
    This is Kage's main weapon, and can be thrown in any of
    the eight directions. Simply hit the B button. Only two
    of Kage's shuriken can be on the screen at once.
    
    ::Sword
    By hitting A Kage can swing his sword. This goes very
    underused, because people think that there is no use for
    it since it has no range, well guess what, they're wrong!
    I can block the other ninja's shuriken (but not fire), so
    it won't hurt you to randomly swing the sword around
    constanly. Also, it can help you defeat the monks,
    because they usually can't block a sword attack if they
    are falling to the ground.
    
    ::Death Run
    This should be what you primarily use throughout the game.
    Basically, you run straight foward and throw stars. In
    between each star you can swing your sword for added
    protection. This will get you through ::Most:: of the
    levels OK, so practice it. Try to time it so you always
    have your stars spaced out evenly. If you have a turbo
    controller, just hold down both buttons, and you'll be
    practically invincible.
    
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    5. WALKTHROUGH
    
    Ok, here we go. Follow the instructions and strategy 
    provided, and you should be ok.
    
    ::Forest
    This level is pretty straight foward for the most part
    (although I consider it the hardest level). Use the Death
    Run until you get to the end, once there turn around and
    run until you get to a clearing (it shouldn't be that
    far). Once here, simply run back and forth while killing
    ninja's and staying alive. After killing a few blue monks,
    eventually you'll see a Red Monk, kill him to finish the
    level. In all my time playing the game, I have yet to
    discoiver a way to make him come out when I want him, so
    it's pretty much luck. This is why I consider it the
    hardest level, sometimes he just doesn't want to show his
    face, and when your fighting ninjas it's just a matter of
    time before you get hit. This can also be a fun level,
    just to mess around in and climb trees, fly, kill ninjas
    etc. Though if you are going for a game completion, stick
    with my strategy.
    
    ::Moat
    In this level you have to kill ten ninjas, and in my
    opinion this is the easiest level. I recommend two ways
    of completion, the first is easy, but the second gives
    you a 1UP, which is very helpfull in this game. Easy way -
    get out of the water, and simply use Death Run until you
    get your ten ninjas. 1UP way - stay in the moat, and run,
    but contiuosly swing your sword (don't throw stars). If
    you kill 7 ninja, then a little blue guy will fly across
    the creen and you can nab him for a 1UP. Then finish off
    the remaining ninja outside the moat with the Death Run.
    
    ::Castle Wall
    You have to reach the top to pass this area. Alternate
    between jumping up and left, and up and right, don't
    pause in between, and you should be just fine. Don't
    bother with stars (unless you are using a turbo
    controller) and concentrate on swinging your sword.
    
    ::Storming the Castle
    Not much to say here, Death Run, go up stairs, watch out
    for fire. When you reach the top use your sword to rescue
    the Princess.
    
    ::Boss
    After Kiri is taken away again (c'mon on Kage get it
    together!) you have to fight a boss. Kill the butterfly
    to be able to harm him. Not to hard, you should be fine.
    
    The levels repeat through autumn, and the through winter,
    complete the winter stages to see the oh-so-short and
    inconclusive ending...
    
    CONGRATULATIONS, you just beat the LEGEND OF KAGE!
    
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    6. CHARACTERS
    
    ::Kage
    The hero!
    
    ::Kiri
    The oh-so-helpless princess!
    
    ::Shinobi
    These guys come in three varieties: red, blue, and black.
    Basic enemy of the game. They can use swords and stars.
    The red ones have grendaes, which cannot be blocked by
    Kage's sword. The Red one's are also harder to defeat,
    as are the black ones.
    
    ::Monks
    These guys kinda look like pirates to me, but hey.
    They shoot fire that can kill you even if you are powered
    up, so be careful. Come in both Red and Blue variety.
    
    ::White Monks
    The boss (sometimes bosses) of the Summer. Just like the
    monks pretty much, except easier to defeat in my opinion...
    go figure.
    
    ::Evil Kage
    Looks like Kage in giant poofy pants. He is the boss of
    the Autumn. Not to bad to defeat.
    
    ::Blue Demon
    The ultimate baddy. Still, he's really not that big a
    deal, he can block better than most, but rarely if ever
    uses stars. Should be no match for your mad Legend of
    Kage Skillz.
    
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    7. SECRETS
    
    ::1 UP
    Stay in any moat level and kill 7 or so ninja with just
    your sword. nab the little blue guy at the top of the
    screen.
    
    ::10 Lives
    To start with ten lives: hold SELECT, A, and B on
    Controller 1. Then hold A+B on Controller 2. Turn on the
    NES and wait till you see something on the screen,
    then let go of all the buttons. Hold A+B on Controller 1
    and B on Controler 2 and you will start with ten lives.
    A whole lot to go through, but the ten lives are a
    definate help.
    
    ::Thanks to GameFAQs for the secrets.
    
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    8. POWERUPS
    
    A powerup will randomly appear from time to time,
    sometimes when you kill enemies, sometimes for the hell
    of it. Since I don't know what they are called, shall call
    the little people that fly across the screen monsters :)
    
    ::Orb - 1000 points
    These appear randomly after kage kills an enemy. Get one
    to chnage to green and throw bigger stars, and two to
    change to orange, which gives you super jumping and
    running abilities :) if you are hit in either form,
    you will revert back to Red Kage (unless its a fireball,
    then you die).
    
    ::Grey Monster - 10000 points
    Gives you some extra points
    
    ::Blue Monster
    1UP, ooohhhhh yea.
    
    ::Red Monster
    
    Either lets you throw eight stars (one in each direction),
    or creates a ghost to fight along side you (nothing can
    hurt you.
    
    ::Little Red Line
    Hard to see, but this powerup will make Kage cast a
    killing spell. The bodies really pile up... it last a
    long time, but you can't move. So basically it's really
    creepy and gives you points.
    
    ::30000 Points
    Collect 30000 points to recieve a 1UP!
    
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    9. GAME GENIE CODES
    
    ::SXVALZVG Both players have infinite lives
    
    ::KEOATAVA Both players start with 28 lives
    
    ::GASAOLZA Super-ninja-power running ability
    
    ::YAKXYPGE + YASZAPGE + YASZPPGE Super-ninja-power
    jumping ability
    
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    10. MANUAL
    
    
    UPDATE, 6-18-2007
    
    The Manual used to be hosted by a 3rd party online,
    however, the site is now closed.  If you know where a
    manual for Legend of Kage is hosted online, please let me
    know so I can add the URL to this section.
    
    
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    11. GAME FACTS
    
    I have compiled a list of completly usless facts about
    The Legend of Kage, please enjoy :)
    
    :: The colors the butterfly changes to when it dies are:
    White, Red, Blue, Orange, Grey.
    
    :: There are 25 trees you can climb on in the Forest.
    
    :: There are 10 trees in the background you can't climb on.
    
    :: If you kill a Monk, their fire will disapear.
    
    :: The castle changes from Orange, to Brown, to Blue as
    the seasons progress.
    
    :: There are five columns on each castle level.
    
    :: There are 21 visible banister rails on each staircase.
    
    :: You can pass the third level in 7 jumps.
    
    :: Kage is pronouced "KAH-gay," not "CAGE." It is
    Japanese for "shadow."
    
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    12. CREDITS
    
    ::GameFAQs, for a wonderful site.
    
    ::Taito, for making the game.
    
    ::NES fans everywhere, keeping the system alive.
    
    ::Ninjas, for being so damn cool.
    
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    13. OUTRODUCTION
    
    The Legend of Kage is a wonderful game, and I am honored
    to be the one that had the chance to make this guide. No
    other exist like it online, and the experience of
    mastering the game to create this file was enjoyable in
    itself. I would like to say how important I feal it is to
    keep interest in old systems and games alive, and to
    remember the games of the past. For without the past, we
    cannot move foward into the future. I hope this guide
    helps at least one person out there, even if its nothing
    more than just to know that someone took the time to
    create a sort of "tribute" to a game commonly owned, yet
    seldom remembered.
    
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    14. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
    
    Everything you see here is my own work unless cited
    otherwise. I give GameFAQs and permission to use this
    guide in any way they see fit. If you would like to put
    this guide on your site, I'd be honored. All I ask is
    that you leave it completely intact, and let me know
    about it (Mostly just for me to see your site and see my
    work on it, that'd be cool). Anything else you wanna use
    it for, contact me and we'll talk about it.
    
    8bitcity@hotmail.com
    
    AIM: blue exit lights
    
    -Copyright Robot 2002-2013