Saint Seiya
Image: Toei Animation

Masami Kurumada's manga series Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac has been the subject of many video games over the years. There was the RPG Saint Seiya: Ōgon Densetsu for the Famicom, the fighting game Saint Seiya: The Hades for PS2, and the 3D beat 'em up Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle for PS3. And that's just to name a few.

Recently, however, thanks to the anime website otakufreaks, we stumbled across yet another wonderful game to add to this list: Saint Seiya: The Phoenix Returns or Knights of the Zodiac: The Phoenix Returns to give it its proper title.

Unlike the other games we mentioned, this isn't an official release, but a free fangame, developed by Zeichi Gameplay Short for Game Boy Color. It's a platformer that lets you play as multiplayer characters across 10 levels that tell the arc of the Black Saints. There are plenty of collectibles and secrets to find, beautiful pixel art cutscenes to break up the action, and some catchy tunes based on the score from the anime.

You can play it in Spanish in the browser on Itch, or download the files to play on your Game Boy Color emulator of choice in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. You can also check out a video of it in action below:

Are you going to check this fangame out? Let us know in the comments!

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