Seven video games have been released for the Golgo 13 franchise:
- the first one, released for SG-1000, followed by Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode on the Nintendo Entertainment System,
- The Mafat Conspiracy
- Three Japan-only Arcade games (Golgo 13 in 1999, Golgo 13: Kiseki no Dandou or Ballistic Miracle in 2000 and Golgo 13: Juusei no Requiem or Gunshot Requiem in 2001), similar to the Silent Scope series, but with simpler software engine, a minigame-based action instead of continuous, and somewhat heavier sniper gun.
- A Golgo 13 game, Golgo 13: File G-13 o Oe, was released for the Nintendo DS on June 18, 2009 by Marvelous Entertainment. This was a large quiz game with several mini-games included.
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (Gorugo Sātīn Dai-Isshō Kamigami no Tasogare?, Golgo 13 Episode 1: Twilight of the Gods) is an action video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which was released in 1988. In this game, based on a popular manga, the player takes on the role of Golgo 13 (also known as Duke Togo), an assassin whose objective is to destroy the leader of the Drek group. On the way, Golgo 13 must pass through several areas, including East Berlin, Athens, and Alexander Island, which is located off the coast of Antarctica.
- The Ace: Deconstructed. Golgo 13 is assumed to be responsible for the destruction of a CIA helicopter via an M16 because only Golgo 13 could pull off something so ridiculous.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Dirk Bullet is an early contact in the game.
- Big Bad: A cyborg Adolf Hitler is the Big Bad of Top Secret Episode.
- Big Good: Condor is the head of Fixer and your associate for much of the early part of the game. He's killed at the end of Act I.
- Boom, Headshot!: Also, in Top Secret Episode for the NES, a 'Sniper Mode' is featured in the East Berlin stage. It also appears in The Mafat Conspiracy
- Contract on the Hitman: Golgo 13 takes one on the sniper trying to take out Condor.
- Elaborate Underground Base: The Drek group has a couple of these.
- Frame-Up: Golgo 13 is framed for the destruction of a CIA helicopter containing the vaccine for a powerful biological weapon.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Golgo 13 has an M16 which can be used as a sniper rifle but doesn't take it out during the side-scroller part of the game. It's, notably, stolen halfway through the game so this is a Downplayed Trope.
- Golgo 13 is trying to clear his name but kills hundreds of members of the KGB and Soviet military.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the early days of the NES when Nintendo of America was heavily censoring all games for anything even slightly offensive, Golgo 13's game came over with all it's murder-y goodness intact, and even included several sex scenes! (Not literally shown on camera, but the dialogue makes clear what's about to happen, then the lights dim and Duke and the woman's silhouettes come together.)
- As a matter of fact, you actually got to see the girls undress AND see boobs in the Japanese version. This makes the above trope even more amazing. After all, why not remove the scenes altogether?
- Nintendo also forgot to remove a couple swastikas that clearly tied the "Drek" group to Nazis run by an (equally unedited) cyborg Hitler - facts mercilessly lampshaded in the Let's Play of Top Secret Episode.
- Girl of the Week: Cherry Grace and Eve Christy serves as them for the game.
- Intimate Healing: The game features an infamous health restoration method in which you have sex with many female operatives to restore your health.
- Killed Off for Real: Condor and Eve Christy both end up dead at the end.
- The Maze: There are horribly frustrating maze sequences scattered throughout the game, including one maze purposefully built to be unsolvable (a decoy within the context of the game.) The publisher included maps to the mazes in the manual.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: The Drek group is one of these in addition to being Those Wacky Nazis.
- Those Wacky Nazis: The Drek group is the remnant of Nazi Germany's military.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Although sex scenes in this game are definitely implied, you can clearly see Golgo 13 enjoying some intimate company with female agents in a far away shot of the building in a silhouette-esque image with the background in the window flashing to black.
- Sniping Mission: The game features these and are incredibly easy, especially in comparison to the rest of the game.
- We Can Rule Together: The Drek Leader, Hitler, offers Golgo 13 this. He's notably less than impressed.
Golgo 13: The Mafat Conspiracy (Gorugo Sātīn Dai-Nishou Ikarosu no Nazo, Golgo 13 Episode 2: The Riddle of Icarus) is a Nintendo Entertainment System video game released in 1990. A weapons satellite has been snatched out of orbit, and the world is facing nuclear destruction.
Behind this act is a group of terrorist known as the Mafat Conspiracy. The terrorists plan to extort the U.S. and Soviet governments by threatening to make their satellites fall from space. The Mafat are demanding that the Soviets turn over their research on electromagnetic waves, and the American government to give them the Los Angeles, a ship that is equipped with nuclear warheads. The CIA and KGB are blaming each other.
Golgo 13's mission is to eliminate the leader of the Mafat Revolutionary Group, destroy the Satellite Capture System, and rescue Dr. Barrows. The doctor was kidnapped from his lab in England many years ago and taken to Paris, where he remains in confinement.
Tropes present in these games:
- Big Bad: Doctor Barrows is behind the titular Mafat Conspiracy.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Gerbich as the head of the KGB briefly pursues Golgo 13 because he thinks he's a part of the Mafat Conspiracy.
- Boom, Headshot!: James suffers one of these in the ending. So does Ahmad Khan to shut him up.
- Cool Car: Golgo 13's Ferrari is the subject of several scenes.
- Disposable Woman: Golgo 13's female CIA contact, Sylvia, is killed after the Mafat Conspiracy is wrapped up..
- The Dragon: The games usually have one or two of these.
- Co-Dragons: The Arm of Mafat and Canine.
- FaceHeel Turn: James betrays Golgo 13 and kills Sylvia.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: As before, Golgo 13 has an M16 which can be used as a sniper rifle but doesn't take it out during the regular part of the game.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Golgo 13 has sex with Sylvia and kills numerous people in semi-graphic ways...in an 80s Nintendo game.
- Girl of the Week: Agent Sylvia is the one for this game.
- Last Request: Sylvia gives one to Golgo 13: kill James
- Mad Scientist: Doctor Barrows is one. He's even doing it because people laughed at his Satellite capture system.
- The Maze: This trope makes a comeback in this game though as comparatively more forgiving than in the previous one.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: The Mafat Group vacillates between this and Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters.
- Poor Communication Kills: Gerbich decides to have Golgo 13 killed in The Mafat Conspiracy because he thinks the Americans are behind the Mafat group. Golgo could have avoided that by telling him he's not working for Mafat but he can't betray his client.
- Self-Destruct Button: Doctor Barrows activates one of these to take care of Golgo 13.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Golgo and Sylvia have one before he heads after Ahmad Khan.
- Whole Plot Reference: The Mafat Conspiracy is this for You Only Live Twice. A Nebulous Evil Organization attempts to play the Soviets and Americans off against one another in order to make a fortune.
- Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": The Golgo 13 light-gun arcade games reward/punish for accuracy instead of whether you (playing as Golgo) get hit. You start the game with 100% "reliability". Do well on a typical mission and you will gain 30% reliability up to the 100% maximum but no further. Miss the mark and your reliability goes down 80%. When your reliability goes down to 0%, you can't get a job (not only that, the game over screen more than implies that Golgo is being tortured because all of his botched contracts) because you're, well, not reliable, and you'll have to continue or accept a game over. All in all, it's a reasonably clever take on Calling A Hit Point A Smeerp while avoiding the Hostage Spirit Link problem: you won't take damage for hitting the wrong people, but nobody will trust you enough to hire you as a hitman.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: A lot of opportunities to do this, and the Attract Mode often demonstrates. For instance the target is speeding in a car. The wheel can be shot.