Ultima: Exodus (NES)

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Ultima: Exodus
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Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Newtopia Planning
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series see Ultima.

Ultima: Exodus is a fantasy role-playing game for the NES. The game takes place in the land of Sosaria, ruled by the king, Lord British, but the vile monster Exodus is about to take over. You must create a party of adventurers and defeat Exodus. To do this, you must fight the many monsters that inhabit the land. As you vanquish them, you are awarded experience and gold which allows you to raise levels and purchase better weapons, armor, items, and stat bonuses at temples. As you talk to the villages in the various towns, you will discover clues about the land, and find helpful items. Eventually, you will become powerful enough to infiltrate the castle of Exodus and take over.

This game is a port of Ultima III: Exodus (A2), but has been highly redesigned by Newtopia Planning giving the game superior graphics and music compared to the PC versions of the time. Even the title was changed slightly by dropping the series number (and adding a subtitle in Japan). Although a competent RPG of the day, the game has its fair share of flaws; there is an obscene amount of grinding, the NPC messages are rather cryptic, and without a hintbook, you'll be pretty lost.


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The title screen.

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Creating a new party.

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Taking refuge in the Royal City.

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Encountering enemies in the overworld.

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Fighting some goblins.

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Exploring the Cave of Gold.


Ultima Exodus' music was composed by Tsugutoshi Goto which is rather surprising considering he usually works in more professional areas than video games. Most of the tracks are very melodic and mysterious sounding. The titles come from the Ultima Mix album, though they are unofficially translated into English. One of the tracks found in the ROM isn't played in the game anywhere and is also not on the album. If anyone has any information on the unknown track please contact us.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 The Underground Labyrinth Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 1:40
02 The Eternal Castle Britannia Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 2:18
03 The Heroes' Journey Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 1:55
04 A Peaceful Town Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 1:51
05 Eyes of Knives Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 3:29
06 Sacred War Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 0:47
07 Voyage to the Unknown Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 1:40
08 The Enigma of Ambrosia Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 2:35
09 Exodus the Terrible Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 1:35
10 The Return of the Champion Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 2:08
11 Unknown Tsugutoshi GotoUnknown 0:59


(Sources: Game, Box, Manual)

Under most circumstances, Japanese composers also arranged their music to work with their company's audio driver. However, as Tsugutoshi Goto was a pop music composer, it is unlikely, though not impossible, that he also arranged his music. Research should be made on the actual arranger.

The back box of the Japanese version credits Goto for music as well.


Tsugutoshi Goto rearranged his music for the Ultima Mix album. It features all of the game's music rerecorded on more powerful synthesizers as well as two songs composed with real instruments and vocals by Noriko Hidaka. A single was released which just features the two vocal tracks off Ultima Mix.

Ultima Mix

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Game Rip






Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game uses the 2A03 of the NES. It uses a custom sound driver shared with the Japan-exclusive title Matsumoto Tohru no Kabushiki Hisshou Gaku, which lists Tomohiro Hori as a programmer, who may have went uncredited as this game's arranger.


  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ウルティマ 恐怖のエクソダス (Ultima: Fear of Exodus)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1987-10-09
Publisher: Pony Canyon, Inc.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Ultima: Exodus
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-02-??
Publisher: FCI