July 1986

Athena is a rather obscure 1986 arcade platform game that was known by few (and played by even fewer) until her grand return in The King of Fighters '94 (1994).
As such most of Athena's fame has come retrospectively - for being the game that introduced the character of Athena Asamiya, now one of SNK's most valuable chunks of IP.
Back in 1986 though, it was Athena's tough gameplay and baffling power-up system that made it stand out. To this day, most still don't know what half the items do.
Starting off wearing nothing more than a scant bikini, Athena can rapidly get hold of a whole range of medieval paraphernalia: armour, helmets, boots, swords, hammers and magic wands all litter the scenery, but be careful: most of these should NOT be picked up.
Once the initial gameplay adjustment is over, it's the 'weapon management' side of Athena that becomes the most intrinsic part of the gameplay. By collecting the correct equipment, end-of-level bosses can be defeated in a flash.
This complex item system added to a ruthless difficulty level attracted a special kind of public, those to whom a coarse challenge is deemed a bonus.
And the world is choke full of them... As a result the game retains a huge cult following to this day, while Athena herself remains a hugely popular SNK character - 'Mint condition' copies of the 1987 Famicom version now sell for a small fortune (especially if it still has the special limited edition sing-a-long Psycho Soldier audio tape with it. Seriously.)
Obscure yes, but bizarrely still fun to play.




Format Famicom
Released 5 June 1987
Publisher SNK
Product ID SFX-AT
Size (cm) 15 x 17 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.19
Complete in good condition, the FC Athena is one of the most prized pieces of SNK memorabilia.
Comes bundled with an audio tape featuring the theme song from sequel Psycho Soldier (1987) [image]
Please contact us if you just want the loose cartridge, it's much cheaper!

Large cardboard packaging (twice the size of a standard FC box), 1Mbit cartridge, audio tape, manual.

Athena The Music

Format Audio CD
Released 6 Dec 2006
Publisher Scitron
Product ID SCDC-00567
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.11
20th Anniversary soundtrack featuring a selection of tracks from:
- The King of Fighters XI [PS2]
- Athena Full Throttle [iMode]
- Athena On Stage [iMode]
- Athena [Famicom]
- Athena [Arcade]
- Psycho Soldier [Arcade]

CD case, 41-track music CD, colour booklet.

Athena (Minori Bunko)
アテナ (みのり文庫)

Format Novel
Released 20 Aug 2009
Publisher Harvest Shuppan
ISBN-10 4434134000
Size (cm) 14.6 x 10.6 x 1.6
Weight (kg) 0.13
'Pocket Library' Athena novel.

238 pages, japanese text only.


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