Game

Shingen the Ruler

A turn-based strategy game for the NES in which the player takes on the role of Japanese warlord Shingen Takeda during the 16th Century.

Overview

Shingen the Ruler, known in Japan as Takeda Shingen 2, is an NES turn-based strategy game in which the player takes the role of the Japanese warlord Shingen Takeda during the 16th century. The game was published by Hot-B in 1990. The player must build up their forces, form alliances, and do battle with other warlords of the era.

In an unusual move, the label on the NES cartridge features an index detailing what each of the abbreviations in the in-game menus stand for. The decision to place such information directly on the cartridge itself is noteworthy due to the fact that when the game was published in North America, the top-loading variant of the NES had yet to exist. At the time, there was no way to read the label while playing the game.