Birth of a New Legend: Super Robot Wars J (Finally I get to start playing an English version: I WAS MADE FOR THIS)

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I found out about Super Robot Wars back in 2003 when I active on the Mechwarrior: Dark Age (collectible tabletop miniatures game) tournament scene in Manila. My favorite weekend tourney was held in a gaming center that also had lots of console gaming. One of the players I used to fight put the game on and I was immediately transfixed.

I saw all the old super robots I used to watch and then all these robots from other shows… Gundam that I wasn’t into yet, but oh my Macross was there. Unfortunately I had no idea what was going on because the game was entirely in Japanese. Despite the best intentions of friends who directed me to English guides, I wouldn’t get to play the game at all… until now.

Super Robot Wars J (for the Game Boy Advance) is now translated in English, and now I can experience the goodness of mashing up a whole load of robot shows and leading the heroes in the battle against evil.

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How can such a story work? I don’t know if it really does, but basically you’re a hero piloting a giant robot and collecting allies until you can assemble everyone in a huge battle with the final boss.

The story of J:

Mankind has expounded beyond the bounds of Earth, entering an era of space travel and spreading their way of life as far as Mars.

However, humanity is still plagued with problems, struggles, and quandaries they have yet to find an answer to.

Many expected such drastic changes to usher in the dawn of a new age, but with those changes came misunderstanding, dissent, and strife.

There are the genetically modified humans known as the “Coordinators.” The ruins of an alien civilization buried deep within the seabed called “Orphan.” And finally, mass emigrations to a terraformed Mars.

The Coordinators, gifted with faculties suited for life in space, constructed research colonies known as “PLANTs.”

Nonetheless, those remaining on the surface grew jealous and paranoid of their genetically altered brethren, and the rift between “Natural” and Coordinator” eventually erupted into racial violence.

In the midst of this, those calling themselves “Reclaimers” suddenly entered and established permanent residence within Orphan. Their existence is oft-rumored, but rarely documented.

Then, in the 69th year of the Cosmic Era… They arrived from Jupiter suddenly and without warning. A mysterious force of unmanned, robotic weapons invaded Mars, eventually defeating the United Earth Federation Army in a protracted battle.

The Federation was left with no choice but to abandon the Martian colonists and remove its military presence.

The invaders, now termed “Jovian Lizards, ” then dispatched numerous devices known as “Tulips” across the Earth Sphere, each capable of deploying a seemingly endless supply of unmanned weapons to anywhere in the region.

The world was plunged into a constant state of warfare against these mysterious foes.

With the conflict escalating daily, numerous terrorist groups and shadow organizations opted to seek profit from the chaos, furthering their own illicit causes in the process.

Meanwhile, the PLANTs pushed for independence in the name of self-defense, but faced opposition from the Natural-led Atlantic Federation, whose representatives demand the forceful imposition of sanctions upon the space colonies.

Now, in the year 70 of the Cosmic Era… The Jovian Lizards, as enigmatic as ever, continue their conflict… Tensions between the PLANTs and the Federation rise…

…And Nergal Heavy Industries finishes construction on a new model warship, dubbed the “Nadesico.” It is here our story begins.

LMAO. That wild mash-up of robot anime storylines increases the trainwreck potential by OVER 9000. I haven’t seen Brain Powerd yet but I think some elements are there, but otherwise it’s mostly Martian Successor Nadesico, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. No way this doesn’t get to be awesome. Impossible.

I get to set up my character, choosing between a male and a female. I get to pick from three kinds of robots (I pick the most super robot looking machine), then I get to name three “favorite” robot anime series. The less popular the series is, the more cash bonuses you get after battles. I min/max a little, and pick a series that keeps my power-gaming in check as well as remind myself of my own masochism: Banpresto Originals, Chodenji Machine Voltes V, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

The fun part is how I get to change my own name, the name of my robot, AND the names of my attacks. ahdgjhjkhdjghkjhga This is beyond awesome.

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After I dream about the blue-haired loli, I find myself in high school, albeit an AWESOME one because my schoolmates include Kaname et al, from Full Metal Panic, and then Kabuto Koji and Yumi Sakaya (and Boss with flunkies) from Mazinger Z. Of course, something terribly wrong is going to happen on this otherwise normal day. Robots Attack!

First, some Jovian Lizards (Nadesico) then Mechanical Beasts (Mazinger Z/Mazinkaiser). Koji and Sayaka get on their machines to save the school and it’s amazing to be able to control them as the player…

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…but suddenly a mysterious robot crashes from out of nowhere, with three fetching girls inside completely unable to pilot it! I’m the first person they see. You know what this means right?

I Must Seize the Reins of History.

And I do, somehow, although my character is this whiny, emo, wimp of a wannabe normalfag faggerhack. I bleat, whine, and shout at the women… and have to be begged to pilot the machine. I suppose part of the ultimate gratification of this game is taking this annoying wreck of barely an excuse for a human being and turn him into a BURNING MOUNTAIN OF HOT-BLOODED JUSTICE as I lead the robots of righteousness to the final battle of Good vs. Evil.

Of course, his potential is hinted at me WITH THE LOUDEST WHISPERS IN THE UNIVERSE:

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I have no doubt that I will take Lothar Hiragi to the galactic path of manhood and emerge with the kind of nuts the comets themselves will orbit around. The singers of songs will sing songs of glory, how the great evil was bested, by…

The Inviolable Battler Raigardius

Protect my dreams, grind the great evil
Beneath your heels of iron.
WE CAN BE HEROIC,
TOGETHER…
How can we fail?
Our souls are joined by courage;
Invincible chains of brotherhood
Bonded by the blood of fallen heroes,
Forged by the fires of strife
Lit by the evil of our foes.
LET US BREAK THEM: One by one,
Despite their number multiplying those of the stars themselves
THEY ARE NOTHINGS In the face of our love
For freedom and all it stands for.
Are you ready?
We can do it!

GHOST LIGHTNING DIVIDER!!!

In the heavens: a shining cloud of the spirits of slain heroes
Cracks a thunderbolt of truth upon the breast of evil
Where at once you strike a kick of justice
Erasing every sub-atomic particle
Releasing the energy back into the universe.
Oh great defender, lead us past the shadows of planets
To our place among the distant stars.

This blog post isn’t a review, so I won’t really comment on the gameplay. I haven’t been a gamer for the past 3 years and I am completely new to this gaming franchise, so I lack the vocabulary to talk about the game in a useful way. However, beating this game is a foregone conclusion. I will assemble an overwhelming robot army beat the tar out of the final boss. The fun for me is getting there, acting out my robot hero fantasies, seeing characters from all these different shows interact, and so on.

I can talk about this all day, but I still have to drag that fail Hii-chan’s ass into the Nadesico. I’ll share more adventures of the INVIOLABLE BATTLER RAIGARDIUS in Super Robot Wars: Justice later on.

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47 Responses to Birth of a New Legend: Super Robot Wars J (Finally I get to start playing an English version: I WAS MADE FOR THIS)

  1. schneider says:

    Man, why didn’t you pick Calvina? I don’t think we can be friends anymore. Well, the Granteed is the most fetching out of the three originals at least.

    Oh, and get hype for Zeorymer, BALLS ARE TOUCHING, etc etc

    • Turambar says:

      Well, considering Calvina has real robot will growths (loses will for being hit), Granteed might not be the best choice for simple playability sake.

      SRW games in general never cease to be absolutely hilarious in how the half-evil world government in any real robot show is always fused into the Federation in the game. One has to wonder how such a government can stay in power with the absurd hemorrhaging of resources all those grunt mechs cause.

      • schneider says:

        Wow, didn’t know that. Anyways, the playthrough I went furthest in with her was in the Coustwell.

        Gotta love how the general in Daimos makes the Titans/Blue Cosmos look nice in comparison.

    • I never pick female characters in RPGs, ever. I know Noriko etc. can be hot-blooded too, but it shouldn’t be surprising that I prefer to play men and play them in a MANLY way.

  2. vendredi says:

    One step closer to an A.C.E. translation…

  3. taleweaver says:

    A.W.E.S.O.M.E. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I wish someone would translate SRW Alpha 3. That had the best roster ever.

      • Turambar says:

        Well, there is always MNeidengard’s story walkthrough if you feel like reading a .txt file along side playing the game. Sadly, that’s probably as far as a possible translation goes.

        Lets just pray Aeon Genesis Translation Project gets the first Alpha done and out soon. That mystery project that was due out at New Years has me so stressed out over what it could be.

        • I’ll wait for that Alpha game I think! In the mean time I’m having such a ridiculous BLAST playing through J. The lack of UC Gundam kinda makes me feel despondent, but I’m not too bothered since I get to play so many awesome robots too.

          • Turambar says:

            Well, Alpha Gaiden has Zeta, ZZ, X, Turn A, and CCA. So there is plenty of tasty UC love to go around.

            Also remember that post you made on Xabungle’s OP, where I mentioned the mech has a move called “ICBM Toss”? That’s in there too. Alpha Gaiden is a game you should jump on whether Alpha comes out in time for you first or not.

          • Turambar says:

            Also, Alpha Gaiden is the first game of the series with the presence of the Thrudgelmir, a super robot with the 2nd best theme in the entire franchise.

            If that clip does not make you feel all bubbly inside, I refuse to acknowledge you as human D:

          • God! My! Oh!

            asdfghsjgkhjkhjfhdgf

  4. SpeedStriker says:

    Calvina isn’t that bad of a pilot for Granteed at all precisely because she’s a real robot pilot. Yes, this means she can more than compensate for the fact that super robots has terrible accuracy and the fact that she has a 2 point will growth every time she hit makes her a much better pilot for Granteed imo.

    With all that said, that theme song you wrote for Raigardius is glorious.

    • Thanks for the kind words. I had lost

      Right now I’m less inclined to “game” the game more than I’m getting my kicks out of role playing… despite the utter fail Lothar Hiragi is at the moment.

      • AshSabre says:

        Atleast he didnt have the Shinji Ikari syndrome..

        I just really love how Gai “Remembers love” each and every time he utters something, though i haven’t really watched Nadesico but it would be wierd and fun to see Izumi and Gai end up together..

    • SpeedStriker says:

      And thank you for moving my comment! To be frank the only reason I chose Calvina was because I thought it’d be a cool idea to have the “reserved and level headed female real robot pilot” pilot a super robot for a change. I really only found out that she’s a good candidate after the first few levels.

      As for Gai, he does appear near the end of the game if you fulfill certain requirements, and I certain look forward to it! Gekigan Flare with only Akito just isn’t the same, dammit!

  5. Where can I find the translation? I’m interested.

  6. >>GHOST LIGHTNING DIVIDER!!!

    Cannot stop laughing :,)

  7. WhatSht says:

    super robot war…….the only one i had was super robot wars alpha portable on my psp, im fucking stuck against the devil gundam, can’t let that domon kasshu die, and theres so many dark army shit around my ship and MS[including shining gundam, ORIGINAL gundam(EPICNESS), ez 8(i could only read ez 8, its in 08th MS team)] so, super robot wars J is in the cosmic era? just hope that kira is in it. with him, u’ll own the shit out of evil, he is jesus in disguise.

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  9. Bonesy! says:

    why the flying fat cat didn’t you tell me you were playing this sooner

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/gba/929355-super-robot-taisen-j/faqs/39090
    here are all the secret units

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/gba/929355-super-robot-taisen-j/faqs/39016
    here are all the solution to the puzzle robos

    it’s not 1:1 with the translation so just like ask me on AIM for help if you need it

  10. DrmChsr0 says:

    TATSUMAKI ZANKANTOUUUUUUUUUUU

    I AM SANGER ZONVOLT, THE SWORD THAT SMITES EVIL!

    Remember this. When you see it, you will shit bricks. Of gold and manliness. You’ll thank me later.

    Also, if you loved SRW J, you get Bonta-kun. I think he’s a secret unlock.

    Oh yeah, also try the OG games for the GBA and Alpha Gaiden for the Playstation. The latter has XABUUUUUUUUNGLE and Bryger! As playables! And Isamu and Guld from Macross Plus!

  11. Bonesy! says:

    Oh yeah, since you never answer AIM anymore, here’s the series list for the new PSP two-part Super Robot Wars just in case you’re curious:

    Invincible Super Man Zambot 3
    Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3
    Muteki Robo Trider G7
    Space Emperor God Sigma
    Space Warrior Baldios
    Six God Combination Godmars
    Combat Mecha Xabungle
    *Armored Trooper VOTOMS
    *Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Last Red Shoulder
    *Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Red Shoulder Document: The Roots of Ambition
    *Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Pailsen Files
    The Super Dimension Century Orguss
    Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation
    Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
    New Mobile Report Gundam Wing
    After War Gundam X
    Turn A Gundam
    Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
    *Mobile Suit Gundam 00 1st Season
    Choujuu Kishin Dancougar
    Juusou Kikou Dancouga Nova
    Shin Getter Robo Armageddon
    *Shin Mazinger Impact! Z-Hen
    *Chikyuu Bouei Kigyou DaiGuard
    The Big O
    Overman King Gainer
    Gravion Zwei
    Genesis of Aquarion
    *Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
    *Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    *Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood’s End
    Macross F
    *Macross F Movie: Itsuwari no Utahime
    *Eureka Seven Movie: Pocketful of Rainbows

    *=Debut
    -CCA and MF-Movie are there for units only.

    • I got that list from Mechafetish a few days ago. Fuckmazing list. I must play this shit.

      • Bonesy! says:

        My theory is that this game might cover the version of the Black History that the first SRW Z game referred to or it will pick up right after where the first game left off. The game has a much more expanded version of Turn A’s Black History which includes dimensional shenanigans. At one point during the whole VISIONS OF THE BLACK HISTORY bit, Boss notices a Mazinger he doesn’t recognize. Could be Mazinkaiser, could be Shin Mazinger.

  12. SquareSphere says:

    Wanted to say thanks for this post. I had no idea that the translation was done. I was actually contemplating another SRW:OG2 run to help scratch my mech itch.

    This is awesome, though I wish my super robot didn’t look so retarded :/ also, GAAAIIIIIIIIII!!!

    • You’re welcome, and may you find love in your heart for your awesomeretarded-looking super robot, and may it lead us all past the shadows of planets and to our place among the distant stars.

  13. Turambar says:

    I have to say, having played SRW K not too long ago, the lack of a partner system means I can barely put out all the characters from my favored franchises, let alone others that are just awesome in their own right.

    Curse you Shuffle Alliance and your usage of 7 deployment slots!

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