Effect Code Level Select At the character select screen, once you've highlighted your chosen character, very quickly press A, A, A, A, Start, C, C, C, C, C, C.
To view the secret message, go to the title screen and enter the following code.
Effect Code Secret Message Up, C, Up, C, Up, C, C, C, B, A, Left, Down
Contributed By: Bombman.
SEGA License Screen
In the options press Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C. The mnemonic is: UDLR 5 times then ABC 5 times.
Contributed By: GManiak.
Golden Axe 3 features a secret formula for determining whether you get the good ending or bad ending. To achieve the good ending you must recover the Golden Axe. How? The game features two versions of the final boss; you'll encounter the first form regardless of what you do as long as you make it to the end of the last level. If you defeat the first form, you'll return from the castle and either 1) teleport back to the final boss room to fight the second from of the final boss; defeat him and you'll collect the Golden Axe or 2) the game ends and some scrolling text tells you that peace has not returned to the land because you did not recover the Golden Axe.
There are 2 factors involved in determining whether you fight the second form of the final boss and a chance to get the good ending:
A) the number of continues remaining after defeating the first form of the final boss (you start the game with 4 continues)
B) the number of possessed main characters defeated during your playthrough.
The formula works like this: if A + B is greater than or equal to 4, you get to fight the second form of the final boss.
So for example if you take the top path at every branch point in the game you won't save any heroes; in this case B is 0, so you'd need all 4 continues when defeating the first form of the final boss to see the second form. However if you take the lower path at every branch point in the game you'd save all 3 main characters, and therefore B = 3; so in this case, if you have have 1 or more continues when defeating the final boss's first form (if A is greater than or equal to 1) you'd fight the second form.
Put another way, you're given 4 continues when you start the game. For every possessed main character you defeat along your path, you're able to lose one of those 4 continues when you defeat the first form of the final boss and still get to fight the second form.
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