Akira (video game)

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Akira famicom box.jpg
Family Computer cover art of Akira
Developer(s) Taito Corporation[1]
Platform(s) Family Computer
Release date(s)
  • JP December 24, 1988[1]
Genre(s) Adventure, visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player

Akira (アキラ?) is a visual novel adventure game based on Akira, the 1988 animated movie version of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga, Akira. It was released in 1988 by Taito for the Nintendo Famicom console exclusively in Japan. The player takes the role of Kaneda, who begins the game when his motorcycle gang is taken into police custody after the abduction of their friend Tetsuo by the military.


Progress in the game is made by selecting actions from a list. The current location is depicted in a static image, often redrawn from the movie. Progress can be recorded with the help of passwords.


Akira was given a poor total score of 17 out of 40 from the panel of four reviewers of Famicom Tsūshin magazine.[2]

Other Akira video games[edit]

To date, there have been three games based on Akira. This Family Computer entry was the first, followed by a British made action game in 1994 for the Amiga CD32. The most recent game was released in 2002 by Bandai for the PlayStation 2, called Akira Psycho Ball. It takes the form of a pinball simulation.

Another Akira game was being developed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Game Boy, and Sega CD by THQ, but it was postponed[3] and ultimately cancelled.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cross Review". Famicom Tsūshin (in Japanese) (Enterbrain, Tokuma) (65): 19. 6 January 1989. 
  3. ^ "Cart Queries". GamePro (IDG) (82): 13. July 1995. 

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