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Golden Axe 32X edition

Hack of Golden Axe


This hack enhances the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version of Golden Axe by using the 32X’s graphics capabilities.

  • The maps are reworked based on the arcade version of the game and displayed using the 32X.
  • Eye animations for the turtle and eagle are back in
  • Uses the arcade version of the door open/close animation
  • Demo/Attract mode resembles the arcade game more closely
  • The cast screen had been moved to the main menu and is now interactive
  • Credits are skippable

The duel mode had been removed (for now).

The hack was developed using emulators. Unfortunately it does not run on original hardware (crashes after player selection). So for anyone that wants to take a shot at fixing it to run on original hardware the full source code is available.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Golden Axe (World) (Rev A)
  • Database: No-Intro: Genesis (v. 20210226-213851)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 2CE17105CA916FBBE3AC9AE3A2086E66B07996DD
  • File/ROM CRC32: 665D7DF9



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
jvisserOriginal Hacking

User Review Information

Breaking new ground

Reviewed By: ducknukam on 06 Oct 2022

This is the first time that I’ve seen a Genesis title “converted” for the 32X or rather to take advantage of the 32X resources, even though it isn’t playable on real hardware at this point.

While I agree with other reviewers about this hack coming a bit short given the potential, I still think it is an amazing feat, and in fact it’s the only such hack.

I’m sure that the fact that it isn’t easy to make it work on real hardware is part of the reason why we don’t see more hacks like this, but personally it’s very exciting to be able to experience this even if it is restricted to emulation.

Kudos @jvisser, astonishing work. If you can, do try to fix the enemies’ sprites to come closer to their Arcade counterparts. Other than that, awesome. I hope this hack inspires others to improve other Genesis ports, or any game in general, using the leverage of the 32X.

Version 0.9 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
It's a hackchagchag2711023 Oct 20220.9Yes
Breaking new groundducknukam06 Oct 20220.9Yes
A good step in the right direction, yet a starting point onlyAlgunar06 Sep 20220.9Yes
Recommendable but...Pethronos04 Sep 20220.9Yes