When NEC launched the Turbo Grafx-16 in North America they faced many challenges. For one they were slightly off as far as what gamers on this side of the pond wanted (Sega was closer and therefore outsold the NEC machine regularly). The Legendary Axe was quite the showcase title for the Turbo Grafx-16 and definitely should have been the pack in game used to showcase the new console’s power. Action platform fans were treated to an interesting game that won accolades from both Electronic Gaming Monthly and Video Games & Computer Entertainment.
Legendary Axe tells the story of a wild man that has had the love of his life kidnapped and taken away. In video games this just can’t happen without a fight so with the help of the player, true love will unite once again. There is talk of cults and creatures and the like in the story which just gives you reason for slashing and hacking your way through the six levels.
There is a sequel called Legendary Axe II which is also a Turbo Grafx-16 exclusive title. The second game continues the style of the first but with better graphics and sound effects.