Magic Sword © 1992 Capcom Company, Limited.
Magic Sword is a side-scrolling action game by Capcom and is the conversion of their own arcade originally released in 1990. The player takes control of a barbarian-looking warrior armed with a sword on a journey to defeat the evil lord Drokmar. Things wouldn't be that difficult if he wasn't located on the last top-floor of a huge tower counting no less than fifty! Thankfully, an option at the beginning of the game allows the player to start on a higher story if he wishes to. Keys are scattered along the way and they can be used to either open doors (to access the next floor staircase), or open chests and retrieve special items or trigger, for the unlucky ones, surprise ambushes. One originality of the game is also the ability to rescue other fighters (usually by unlocking their jail cells) who follow you around in a way similar to traditional 'options' in a shooter. There can only be one active at the same time though, but they are varied (8 in total) and they all come with their own set of skills and weapons: Big Man, Knight, Ninja, Priest, Amazon, Wizard, Lizard Man and the Thief. A special attack can also be unleashed at anytime to clean up a big portion of the screen in exchange of some health. The game is called Magic Sword and indeed, the main character's sword has magic powers - it automatically charges up during the game and can fire deadly fireballs at the enemy. Also, after completing a few floors, the player has to defeat an obligatory boss and, if victorious, gain a new and more powerful sword - as long as he doesn't drop it by accident...
Cartridge ID: SHVC-MD-JPN
Magic Sword for Super Famicom was released on May 9, 1992 in Japan for 8500 Yen.
The original arcade game was released by Capcom in 1990. It features a two simultaneous player mode unlike the Super Famicom version.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com