Mecha Monday: A Look at Super Robot Wars UX

Another Mecha Monday, and another Super Robot Wars post. This time I’ll be talking about the upcoming Super Robot Wars title, and the many reasons why I, a huge fan, won’t be buying it. The next SRW title is to be titled Super Robot Wars UX, and is to be released for the Nintendo 3DS on March 14, 2013. So very soon! What’s wrong with the latest title in one of my favorite series? Let’s find out~

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SRW UX is the latest in Super Robot Wars franchise (for information concerning SRW check here). It’s coming out next week, and will be the first 3DS SRW title. As a Super Robot Wars fan in the west, it’s somewhat tough to collect and play the games. Most of  the time (besides the two titles released here in the west) I have to import or emulate. And that’s my first problem with the latest SRW title.

The 3DS is a regionlocked. That means that I cannot play the game on my US 3DS even if I import it. For me to play it, I’d have to buy a Japanese 3DS, which is a price I just can’t justify. Of course, that’s not a problem with the game, it’s Nintendo’s fault. Unfortunately, that means I will more than likely not play this game (until maybe a decent emulator comes out). However, that’s not the only problem with this game.

This is the Destiny Gundam from SRW L.

This is the Destiny Gundam from SRW L.

And this is the Destiny Gundam from SRW UX

And this is the Impulse Gundam from SRW UX.

Looking through the screenshots and the info released for the game so far, it looks like Banpresto put very little work into churning this title out. There was very little graphical lift between the DS games and this new 3DS title. This is particularly disappointing considering the PSP, a last generation handheld, had original SRW titles vastly outperforming this upcoming 3DS titles in the looks department. It feels like Banpresto took the laziest option out, and offered a very minor upgrade from DS to 3DS titles, when the 3DS should be capable of much more. Comparing Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, it’s clear that while the 3DS might be slightly weaker than the PSP graphically, there should be at least a decent comparison. But here, look at a PSP title, SRW Z2.2, the Destiny Gundam again.

Of course, the biggest draw to most new SRW titles are cast lists, and to me personally, this one was somewhat disappointing. This list is as follows:

  • Linebarrels of Iron
  • Kishin Houkou Demonbane (Debut)
  • Fafner in the Azure
  • Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth (Debut)
  • The Wings of Rean (Debut)
  • Ninja Senshi Tobikage
  • Cyber Troopers Virtual-On featuring Fei-Yen HD (Debut)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer (Debut)
  • SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (Debut)
  • Heroman (Debut)
  • Mazinkaizer SKL (Debut)
  • Macross Frontier The Movie: The False Songstress
  • Macross Frontier The Movie: The Wings of Goodbye
  • Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova
  • Aura Battler Dunbine

There are some interesting titles in there. Particularly the return of Dunbine, which has long been absent from SRW titles. Additionally Heroman and Mazinkaiser SKL are cool titles. The inclusion of Demonbane to the roster is one I don’t quite know how to feel about. Demonbane is a cool mech, and I think it could bring a lot to the Super Robot Wars series, but I feel like a handheld debut is limiting its potential. Demonbane’s story is quite grand in scope, which handheld games generally aren’t good for. A console series like the Z series might have been a better place to debut Demonbane.

SRW Miku

Oh, but do keep an eye out for the Fei-Yen Hatsune Miku cosplay!

It’s all personal feeling, but the cast list just seems a little lame for this game. I’m just not interested in it, and the debut titles that would normally drive me to a game don’t seem to apply here. It’s sad, but this is one SRW title I either won’t play at all, or at least won’t play for a long while.

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Kaushik

I write about anime and stuff. Giant robots are pretty cool, too.

Kaushik

I write about anime and stuff. Giant robots are pretty cool, too.

2 Comments:

  1. I agree. This is a big time disappointment for any SRW.

  2. I'm not a Gundam fan but I can at least understand the point you are making. The included Gundams are not as interesting as pas games, the graphics are inferior and it overall feels like a cash-in rather than a true sequel. Maybe others will also notice and show Banpresto that they need to take their fans more seriously.

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