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Class: Licensed
Publisher: Jaleco
Developer: Jaleco
Region: United States (USA)
2  Cart: Widespread
3  Box: Very Common
3  Manual: Very Common
Peripherals: Standard or Compatible Controller
TV Format: NTSC
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Released: March, 1990 (03/01/1990)
UPC Code: 0-32264-90011-0
Pak Type:
Standard Cart
Collector Stats & Tracking:
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Sources of Information

Hardware Profiles
1 - NES-TLROM-02
UNIF Board
INES Mapper
Mapper Ctrl
CIC Type

Rom Sets
Type Name Size CRC32
PRG0 NES-YX-0 PRG 128 KB 283913F2
CHR0 NES-YX-0 CHR 128 KB 545C1B47
ROMs Combined: 256 KB 054CB4EB

Associated Releases:
Reg. Title Code
Astyanax NES-YX-AUS
Astyanax NES-YX-NOE
Astyanax NES-YX-ESP

Additional Images
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From NintendoAGE

Astyanax is a mediocre platformer loosely based off of the story of the Trojan War, as described by Homer in The Iliad. For those unfamiliar with the story: A man named Paris had kidnapped Helen, Menelaus' beautiful wife. This causes a war between Troy and Greece. Toward the end of the story, a warrior named Hector prepares to fight for Troy. He dawns his armor and kisses his wife and his son, Astyanax, goodbye. In short, Hector is killed and Astyanax is thrown off of one of the buildings in Troy, killing the infant. 

In Jaleco's game Astyanax, you control a character named Astyanax as he tries to rescue his girlfriend. You must battle your way through several stages, fighting mythological creatures.

Note about the prototypes:

Two (possibly three) prototypes of Astyanax have been found. They are all essentially the same as the released version of the game; however, in the prototypes, Medusa has large breasts. This was removed from the retail version of the game due to Nintendo's censorship policies.

From the Publisher
Return to the Age of Myths and Magic, Demons and Dragons!

Sure, you've travelled some strange terrain in your video game journeys, but wait till you see where Astyanax takes you!

In your pursuit of the evil wizard Blackhorn and his captive, Princess Rosebud of Remlia, you'll encounter terrors that would frighten the Gods themselves.  The dreaded Thorndog, with yhis heart of stone and face of bone.  Monstrous Caesar, of the Gremlin face and chicken feet.  The endless Maze of Castle Terenea.  Plus, winged dragons and metamorphosing monsters, sorcerers' spells and wicked wizardry, in a land that reaches far into the past and the future.

It's the stuff myths are made of, a fantastic flight stretching eons beyond any game you've ever experienced.  If you'd go to the ends of the Earth for the ultimate adventure, Astyanax is your game!
Codes, Cheats & Spoilers
 =>Stage Select: On the title screen, press U D L R Bx4 START
=>Invincibility: On the title screen, press Ux4 D L R U START
=>Game Continue: When GAME OVER appears, press A B SELECT START.
=>Stage 5 Maze: Only enter doors guarded by skeletons.
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