Super Robot Wars is a series of tactical role-playing video games produced by Banpresto, which is now a Japanese division of Namco Bandai. The main feature of the franchise is having a story that crosses over several popular mecha anime, manga and video games, allowing characters and mecha from different titles to team up or battle one another. The first game in the franchise was released for the Nintendo Game Boy on the 20th April, 1991. Later spawning numerous games that were released on various consoles and handhelds. Due to the nature of crossover games and licensing involved, only three games have been released outside of Japan, these games only feature Banpresto's own original characters and mecha. The franchise will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011.
In most games, the player selects or is given a Banpresto original character and machine, who is connected to the overarching storyline which ties together the events of the constituent anime for the game. Some featured anime also has their plots intertwined: in Super Robot Wars Alpha, the White Fang from New Mobile Report Gundam Wing allies with Paptimus Scirocco's rebellion from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, resulting in the two enemy forces working together.
One noteworthy aspect of the Super Robot Wars games is that character death happens rarely. Players will often have the chance to prevent the death of an ally, as depicted in his or her animated series, while some games take this a step further and prevent heroic deaths freely, without extra effort on the player's part. Additionally, some enemies can be convinced (usually those who are not completely villainous, or who have good intentions) to abandon the antagonists and join the player, whether they do so in their respective series or not. When these concepts are combined, players can create a team that has no chance of existing within the original series.
Super Robot Wars Complete Box is a compilation that features remakes of previous 3 Super Robot Wars series: 2nd Super Robot Wars , 3rd Super Robot Wars, and Super Robot Wars EX
- 2nd Super Robot Wars: Released in 1991 for Super Famicon and in 2005 for Gameboy Advance.
The first title to feature recruitable characters, and the first to feature "Banpresto Original" characters and mechs, such as the Cybuster, piloted by Masaki Andoh. Ported to the PlayStation as part of the Super Robot Wars Complete Box and to the Game Boy Advance as an exclusive Famicom Mini game. It is also available as a bonus, with the purchase of Super Robot Wars GC on the Nintendo GameCube.
Series Premiered: UFO Robo Grendizer
- 3rd Super Robot Wars: Released in 1993 for Super Famicon.
The first Super Robot Wars to include backgrounds during battles, discrete stats for pilots and units, and upgrades for units. In addition, this is the first Super Robot Wars to feature animated titles outside of Mazinger, Getter, and Gundam. Ported to the PlayStation as part of the Super Robot Wars Complete Box.
Series Premiered: Brave Raideen, Super Electromagnetic Robot Combattler V, Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory''
- Super Robot Wars EX: Released in 1994 for Super Famicon.
The first title to focus on the Maso Kishin plot, and unique for having a "Multiple Scenario" system, wherein the order in the player selects the storylines affects the plot. It is the first Super Robot Wars to allow players to upgrade weapons. Ported to the PlayStation as part of Super Robot Wars Complete Box.
Series Premiered: Aura Battler Dunbine, Demon God of War Goshogun'
Disc 2, however, has short descriptions of the three above games, along with little gameplay trailers, and other collectables.
In the second CD Super Robot Wars Complete Box features a new game mode:
- 2-Player Super Robot Taisen battle: This is the core of the game. In this mode the player can battle against another human player or the computer. In this mode the players choose a team, then choose what robots you want, choose a map, place your units, and take turns killing each other (you can only move three robots per turn).
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- Third person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- SCI-FI, Futuristic & Anime themes.