Bandai Namco dropped another trailer earlier this week for their latest 25th-anniversary TRPG titled Super Robot Wars V for the Playstation 4 and Vita. The game is aiming for a February 22nd release in 2017.
Super Robot Wars is a tactical role-playing game where various Japanese animated series going all the way back to the 70s (Sometimes manga and novels), crossover in one big fan fiction, where each of these series’ characters and plot elements interact with one another in ridiculous ways. Speaking from personal experience, you can ignore the ‘tactical’ aspect of these games, and while they do offer a lot of tactical depth, it is not the main reason as to why Banpresto has endured such a long popularity with this game series since its Famicom days. Seeing your favourite characters or mecha recreated and animated without fault is always a guilty pleasure.
The biggest surprise for this entry so far is the inclusion of the hit remake of the 70s anime classic, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (3:11) (It has no actual giant robots in a game about giant robots), an original Mazinger unit (Mazin Emperor G) (4:04), the apocalyptic time-travelling manga series, Shin Mazinger ZERO (6:40), and the inclusion of the Gundam manga and novel series, namely Crossbone Gundam (2:54) and Hathaway’s Flash (1:20). Obviously, for those not entrenched in the genre, there’s always Evangelion.
I’ve been a fan of Humongous Mecha since birth (MechWarrior 2) and while Super Robot Wars was always on my radar, it was almost impossible for anyone to enjoy any of its games in English simply due to numerous licensing issues that made exporting so much as half of those shows a legal quagmire. Back then, I had to rely on fan translations to play and finish Super Robot Wars 3 for the Super Famicom. Sure, we had three English-licensed Super Robot Wars games for the Nintendo handhelds, but those were all part of the OG series, meaning that all the mechs featured in them were all studio originals.
This is all about to change as for the first time, Bandai Namco is also aiming for an English release sometime in 2017 for the Asian market.