History VideoGame / BionicCommando

4th Oct '16 3:20:06 PM Valiona
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after The Leader's revival.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
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word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after The Leader's revival.revival.
**In the original, Killt, having activated Albatross without the help of "Master-D", decides he doesn't need him anymore. Unfortunately, Master-D then wakes up and kills Killt, declaring that Killt, having allowed him to waken, no longer needs to be kept around.
3rd Oct '16 3:16:56 PM Saurubiker
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* NonIndicativeTitle: There was nothing "bionic" about the unnamed protagonist in the original arcade game or with Ladd/Rad Spencer in the NES and Game Boy versions. The grappling hook he uses to swing into places was just that, a hook. Played straight with ''[=ReArmed=]'' and 2009 sequel.

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* NonIndicativeTitle: There was nothing "bionic" about the unnamed protagonist in the original arcade game or with Ladd/Rad Spencer in the NES and Game Boy versions. The grappling hook he uses they used to swing into places was just that, a grappling hook. Played straight with ''[=ReArmed=]'' and the 2009 sequel.sequel, in which one of Nathan's arms is replaced with a bionic one.
3rd Oct '16 3:05:42 PM Saurubiker
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* NonIndicativeTitle: There was nothing "bionic" about the unnamed protagonist in the original arcade game or with Ladd/Rad Spencer in the NES and Game Boy versions. The grappling hook he uses to swing into places was just that, a hook. Played straight with ''[=ReArmed=]'' and 2009 sequel.
1st Sep '16 12:30:28 AM TheGunheart
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** The legendary ending recalls a similar scene from Anime/MobileSuitGundam, where [[TheRival Char]] fires a bazooka into the cockpit of [[BigBad Kycilia's]] fleeing spacecraft, scoring a [[BoomHeadshot perfect headshot]] in the process. Of course, the results in Bionic Commando are [[{{Gorn}} far more graphic]].
28th Jun '16 12:30:41 PM MissConception
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''Bionic Commando'' is a platformer series by Creator/{{Capcom}}. The original title was an arcade game released in 1987, starring a soldier who must fight his way into enemy territory to destroy their missiles. At first sight, ''Bionic Commando'' seemed like a conventional platformer, but there's a catch: [[GenreBusting there is no jump button.]] Instead, the protagonist is equipped with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] to swing and climb places. The game was marketed outside Japan as a sequel to Capcom's earlier arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' (hence the [[TranslationMatchmaking similar titles]]), to the point that the English promotional flyer claimed that the game's protagonist is none other than Super Joe himself, although the two games were not connected... At first. It was ported to a variety of home computer platforms following its release.

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''Bionic Commando'' is a platformer series by Creator/{{Capcom}}. The original title was an arcade game released in 1987, starring a soldier who must fight his way into enemy territory to destroy their missiles. At first sight, ''Bionic Commando'' seemed like a conventional platformer, but there's a catch: [[GenreBusting there is no jump button.]] button]]. Instead, the protagonist is equipped with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] to swing and climb places. The game was marketed outside Japan as a sequel to Capcom's earlier arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' (hence the [[TranslationMatchmaking similar titles]]), to the point that the English promotional flyer claimed that the game's protagonist is none other than Super Joe himself, although the two games were not connected... At first. It was ported to a variety of home computer platforms following its release.



* CruelTwistEnding: In the sequel, [[spoiler:discovering that Spencer's missing wife... Was taken by TASC and had some part of her uploaded or fashioned into his bionic arm! ...How [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelionesque.]]]] Surprisingly, THIS twist is rather subtly alluded to, [[FridgeBrilliance making several seemingly-inconsequential comments much, much more meaningful.]] Mind, after TheReveal, they really sledgehammer it in, and yet Spencer inexplicably doesn't get it (or is hugely in denial).
** It's denial. It finally sinks in during the last cutscene, [[spoiler:when Emily confronts Radd about his avoiding the issue. Radd finally faces the facts.]]

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* CruelTwistEnding: In the sequel, [[spoiler:discovering that Nathan Spencer's missing wife... Was taken by TASC and had some part of her uploaded or fashioned into his bionic arm! ...How [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelionesque.]]]] Evangelionesque]].]] Surprisingly, THIS twist is rather subtly alluded to, [[FridgeBrilliance making several seemingly-inconsequential comments much, much more meaningful.]] meaningful]]. Mind, after TheReveal, they really sledgehammer it in, and yet Spencer he inexplicably doesn't get it (or is hugely in denial).
** It's denial. It finally sinks in during the last cutscene, [[spoiler:when Emily Spencer confronts Radd her husband about his avoiding the issue. Radd Nathan finally faces the facts.]]



* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is much, much more grim and apocalyptic (most of the game takes place in a nuked mega city) than any of the prior games, including the company's own remake of the NES game. Super Joe's is shown to be an ass, but then again so has Spencer. Spencer spent a better part of 10 years in prison, without his bionic arm, after witnessing the death of two rogue bionic agents. Ten years after the [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Incident]], [[TheFederation the Federal States of America]] has turned into a cruel and cynical the-end-justifies-the-means regime. The terrorists opposing it are even worse, nuking a capitol city IN THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. Oh, and apparently Spencer got his bionic arm by [[spoiler:the FSA possibly sacrificing the life of his wife to make it.]] Whether all this is good or bad is up to you.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is much, much more grim and apocalyptic (most of the game takes place in a nuked mega city) than any of the prior games, including the company's own remake of the NES game. Super Joe's is shown to be an ass, but then again so has Spencer. Spencer spent a better part of 10 years in prison, without his bionic arm, after witnessing the death of two rogue bionic agents. Ten years after the [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Incident]], [[TheFederation the Federal States of America]] Master-D mission, TheFederation has turned into a cruel and cynical the-end-justifies-the-means regime. The terrorists opposing it are even worse, nuking a capitol city IN THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. Oh, and apparently Spencer got his bionic arm by [[spoiler:the FSA [[spoiler:said federation possibly sacrificing the life of his wife to make it.]] Whether all this is good or bad is up to you.



*** He was put in jail because [[spoiler:he didn't kill the two bionics, he let another one escape (Mag), and he killed an entire force of Federation soldiers when they tried to kill the two bionics. He also found out about the heavy crackdown on bionics, which ultimately led to the creation of [=BioReign=]. He was imprisoned for failing to follow orders and treason.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The nation was initially unnamed, but in the ''Rearmed'' duology, the 2009 sequel and comic interquel, it's stated that US balkanized in the early 21st century, but has mostly reformed by the government eschewing all libertarian values.

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*** He was put in jail because [[spoiler:he didn't kill the two bionics, he let another one escape (Mag), and he killed an entire force of Federation soldiers troops when they tried to kill the two bionics. He also found out about the heavy crackdown on bionics, which ultimately led to the creation of [=BioReign=].[=BioReign=] (Bionic Resurrection Initiative). He was imprisoned for failing to follow orders and treason.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The nation was initially unnamed, but in the ''Rearmed'' duology, the 2009 sequel and comic interquel, it's stated that US balkanized called the Federal States of America - the result of a political and economic balkanization of the United States of America in the early 21st century, but has mostly reformed by the a hardline government eschewing that eschews all libertarian values.values to maintain law and order.



* FloatingPlatforms: Averted; just about everything Rad can attach his arm to is conceivably attached to the ground in some manner (for example, the various poles scattered across the stages).

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* FloatingPlatforms: Averted; just about everything Rad Spencer can attach his arm to is conceivably attached to the ground in some manner (for example, the various poles scattered across the stages).



** "What? You're going to fight against me? You [[PrecisionFStrike damn]] [[YouFool fool.]]"

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** "What? You're going to fight against me? You [[PrecisionFStrike damn]] [[YouFool fool.]]"fool]]."



** Played straight in ''Rearmed''; opening fire in a [[strike: neutral zone]] FSA camp doesn't trigger anything.

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** Played straight in ''Rearmed''; opening fire in a [[strike: neutral [[strike:neutral zone]] FSA camp doesn't trigger anything.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Master-D is an obvious stand in for Hitler, especially since despite bowdlerizing all other Nazi references, they left Hitler's very recognizable ''face'' in the game. In ''Rearmed'' and the backstory presented in the 2009 sequel, he is known simply as "The Leader" (with his face is obscured by a breathing mask in the former, though you can still see the top of his iconic mustache poking out beneath it). ''Rearmed 2'' gives us another antagonist, Sabio, dictator of an island nation threatening to launch missiles at the FSA. Obviously a stand in for Fidel Castro and Cuba.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Master-D is an obvious stand in for Hitler, especially since despite bowdlerizing all other Nazi references, they left Hitler's very recognizable ''face'' in the game. In ''Rearmed'' and the backstory presented in the 2009 sequel, he is known simply as "The Leader" (with his face is obscured by a breathing mask in the former, though you can still see the top of his iconic mustache poking out beneath it). ''Rearmed 2'' gives us another antagonist, General Sabio, dictator of an the island nation Papagaya threatening to launch missiles at the FSA. Obviously a stand in for Fidel Castro and Cuba.



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: After Nathan kills [[spoiler:Groeder]] by shoving a grenade in his chest and kicking him off the high point they were fighting on:
--->'''Nathan''': Try coming back from that!

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: After Nathan Spencer kills [[spoiler:Groeder]] by shoving a grenade in his chest and kicking him off the high point they were fighting on:
--->'''Nathan''': --->'''Spencer''': Try coming back from that!



* OneManArmy: And Spencer is called out on this in the sequel. According to Armstrong, over 10,000 troops fought against the Imperials, but "Rad" Spencer and Super Joe got all the glory. For their part, the soldiers in ''Rearmed'' all say how much easier Spencer's actions are making the fight, and the Imperials are hugely demoralized because of how bad Radd is kicking their asses.

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* OneManArmy: And Spencer is called out on this in the sequel. According to Armstrong, over 10,000 troops fought against the Imperials, but "Rad" Rad Spencer and Super Joe got all the glory. For their part, the soldiers in ''Rearmed'' all say how much easier Spencer's actions are making the fight, and the Imperials are hugely demoralized because of how bad Radd Rad is kicking their asses.



** Also shows up in the sequel in several variants. Because they're not nearly as vulnerable as basic infantry, they need special tactics to take down. [[CombatPragmatist Or you can hit them hard with the secondary weapons,]] that works too.

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** Also shows up in the sequel in several variants. Because they're not nearly as vulnerable as basic infantry, they need special tactics to take down. [[CombatPragmatist Or you can hit them hard with the secondary weapons,]] weapons]], that works too.



* ProductPlacement: In the first level of the 2009 game, there are intact Pepsi vending machines, ads for Nvidia and Alienware cards, and plugs for the upcoming VideoGame/DarkVoid.

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* ProductPlacement: In the first level of the 2009 game, there are intact Pepsi vending machines, ads for Nvidia and Alienware cards, and plugs for the upcoming VideoGame/DarkVoid.then-upcoming ''VideoGame/DarkVoid''.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The NES version calls the main character "Ladd," while the Game Boy version uses "Rad Spencer." ''Rearmed'' and beyond rename the character "Nathan Spencer," but uses "Rad" as his nickname. [[note]]He was the first bionic, and according to the remake he had spent a lot of his time in Research and Development, enough that people started calling him "R And D." When he went into the field, this nickname was shortened into his codename, "Rad."[[/note]]

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The NES version calls the main character "Ladd," while the Game Boy version uses "Rad Spencer." ''Rearmed'' and beyond rename the character "Nathan Spencer," but uses keeps "Rad" as his nickname. [[note]]He was the first bionic, and according to the remake he had spent a lot of his time in Research and Development, enough that people started calling him "R And D." When he went into the field, this nickname was shortened into his codename, "Rad."[[/note]]



* TheUnfought: Imperial President Wiseman (aka Generalissimo Killt in the NES translation and ''Rearmed''), the person who stole the Project albatross plans by attacking Federation cities in the first place.

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* TheUnfought: Imperial President Wiseman (aka Generalissimo Killt in the NES translation and ''Rearmed''), the person who stole the Project albatross Albatross plans by attacking and apparently ordered the attack on Federation cities in the first place.



* WeaksauceWeakness: Spencer is weighed down by his bionics and can't swim. Further, he's even more susceptible to radiation due to the sensitive electronics keeping him plugged in and bionic. While only justifying BottomlessPits in the original and Rearmed, the radiation cloaked Ascension City is a lot more dangerous for Spencer.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: Spencer is weighed down by his bionics and can't swim. Further, he's even more susceptible to radiation due to the sensitive electronics keeping him plugged in and bionic. While initially only justifying BottomlessPits in BottomlessPits, the original and Rearmed, the radiation cloaked radiation-cloaked Ascension City is a lot more dangerous for Spencer.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after Master-D's revival.
* YourHeadASplode: Hitler/Master-D/The Leader, when you destroy the helicopter he attempts to escape in at the end of the game. Quite gory, really, considering the Bowdlerization to the rest of the game. This is the ''only'' reason the ''Rearmed'' release has an "M" rating, as there's surprisingly little blood elsewhere. In the sequel, it's the only way to make sure a bionic stays dead.

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* YearX: Project Albatross was uncovered by TheFederation in the late 1980's (specifically "198X"), leading to the Imperial Incident; however, in ''Rearmed'', this was updated to the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2029]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Said word for word at the end of ''Rearmed'' right after Master-D's The Leader's revival.
* YourHeadASplode: Hitler/Master-D/The Leader, Hitler (aka The Leader or "Master-D"), when you destroy the helicopter he attempts to escape in at the end of the game. Quite gory, really, considering the Bowdlerization to the rest of the game. This is the ''only'' reason the ''Rearmed'' release has an "M" rating, as there's surprisingly little blood elsewhere. In the sequel, it's the only way to make sure a bionic stays dead.
28th Jun '16 11:55:30 AM MissConception
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you played the Demo version of Rearmed instead of purchasing the game, the first boss will fail to load its attack patterns, saying you need to buy the full version of the game. Your character quips, "Aww, but I really wanted to fight you! Please..?" as well.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you played the Demo demo version of Rearmed ''Rearmed'' instead of purchasing the game, the first boss will fail to load its attack patterns, saying you need to buy the full version of the game. Your character quips, "Aww, but I really wanted to fight you! Please..?" as well.
28th Jun '16 11:55:08 AM MissConception
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*** It's become an AscendedGlitch with signs for a Club Explode with the last E not lit in Rearmed 2.

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*** It's become an AscendedGlitch with signs for a Club Explode with the last E not lit in Rearmed 2.''Rearmed 2''.
28th Jun '16 11:53:05 AM MissConception
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->''"Let me tell you about the man I met when I was young."''

''Bionic Commando'' (aka ''Top Secret'' in Japan) is a side-scrolling platformer by Creator/{{Capcom}} originally released for the arcades in 1987. The game stars a nameless soldier who must fight his way into enemy territory to destroy their missiles. At first sight, ''Bionic Commando'' seemed like a conventional platformer, but there's a catch: [[GenreBusting there is no jump button.]] Instead, the protagonist is equipped with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] to swing and climb places. The game was marketed outside Japan as a sequel to Capcom's earlier arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' (hence the [[TranslationMatchmaking similar titles]]), to the point that the promotional flyer claimed that the game's protagonist is none other than Super Joe himself, although the two games were not connected... At first. It was ported to a variety of home computer platforms following its release.

A console version for the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] was released in 1988. However, this NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was actually a sequel to the arcade game than a conventional port or [[ReformulatedGame reworking]] of the same. The NES version not only refines the wire swinging gimmick of the arcade game, but also fleshes out the rest of the game with an added emphasis on exploration such as the addition of a life bar that the player can extend through bullet collecting, the procurement of items and weapons (which are chosen at the start of each mission) which help facilitate the player's mission, and the ability to communicate with friendly agents and wiretap enemy conversations for additional information. The game now starts in an overworld map in which the player uses an helicopter to not only transport the protagonist to [[GameLevel enemy areas]] in any order (although some stages required proper equipment in order to be explored), but also visit neutral zones to meet up with allies and enemies alike, and even engage against enemy convoys through optional [[UnexpectedGameplayChange top-down scrolling stages]] akin to the original ''Commando.''

The NES ''Bionic Commando'' also featured a much more fleshed out plot than its arcade predecessor. As Ladd Spencer (also known as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Rad Spencer]] in some versions, later renamed Nathan Spencer), a member of an elite force of wire gun-equipped commandos known as the [[TheFederation FF Battalion]], is sent to infiltrate the [[TheEmpire Imperial Army]]'s territory in order to rescue his missing comrade Super Joe (fortifying the title's otherwise tenuous ties with the original ''Commando'') and find out what he knows about the Empire's top secret project codenamed Albatross. After rescuing Joe, Spencer discovers that Albatross is an abandoned [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] weapon that the Imperial Army now seeks to complete by reviving the project's originator - UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler himself (hence the game's Japanese title, ''The Resurrection of Hitler'').

All references to the Nazis were [[NoSwastikas edited out]] from the NES version's overseas release, with Hitler himself being renamed Master D, although the controversial dictator's likeness was left unchanged (making it obvious who he is meant to be), along with a particularly gory death sequence [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that managed to sneaked by unnoticed.]]

Despite this, the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was a cult success and the game inspired a few remakes and successors throughout the years, most notably a 2009 sequel simply ''[[RecycledTitle Bionic Commando]]'' for seventh generation consoles, which was developed by the now-defunct Sweden-based developer GRIN. The 2009 incarnation of Spencer also appeared as a character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3.''

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->''"Let me tell you about the man I met when I was young.still young..."''

''Bionic Commando'' (aka ''Top Secret'' in Japan) is a side-scrolling platformer series by Creator/{{Capcom}} originally Creator/{{Capcom}}. The original title was an arcade game released for the arcades in 1987. The game stars 1987, starring a nameless soldier who must fight his way into enemy territory to destroy their missiles. At first sight, ''Bionic Commando'' seemed like a conventional platformer, but there's a catch: [[GenreBusting there is no jump button.]] Instead, the protagonist is equipped with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] to swing and climb places. The game was marketed outside Japan as a sequel to Capcom's earlier arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' (hence the [[TranslationMatchmaking similar titles]]), to the point that the English promotional flyer claimed that the game's protagonist is none other than Super Joe himself, although the two games were not connected... At first. It was ported to a variety of home computer platforms following its release.

A console version follow-up for the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] was released in 1988. However, this NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was actually a The console sequel to the arcade game than a conventional port or [[ReformulatedGame reworking]] of the same. The NES version not only refines the wire swinging gimmick of the arcade game, but also fleshes out the rest of the game with an added emphasis on exploration such as the addition of a life bar that the player can extend through bullet collecting, the procurement of items and weapons (which are chosen at the start of each mission) which help facilitate the player's mission, and the ability to communicate with friendly agents and wiretap enemy conversations for additional information. The game now starts in an overworld map in which the player uses an helicopter to not only transport the protagonist to [[GameLevel enemy areas]] in any order (although some stages required proper equipment in order to be explored), but also visit neutral zones to meet up with allies and enemies alike, and even engage against enemy convoys through optional [[UnexpectedGameplayChange top-down scrolling stages]] akin to the original ''Commando.''

''Commando''.

The NES ''Bionic Commando'' also featured a much more fleshed out plot than its arcade predecessor. As Ladd Rad Spencer (also known as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Rad Ladd Spencer]] in some versions, the original translation, later renamed Nathan “Rad” Spencer), a member of an elite force of wire gun-equipped commandos known as the [[TheFederation FF Battalion]], bionic arm-equipped OneManArmy working for TheFederation, is sent to infiltrate the [[TheEmpire Imperial Army]]'s Imperial]] territory in order to rescue his missing comrade Super Joe (fortifying the title's otherwise tenuous ties with the original ''Commando'') and find out what he knows about the Empire's stolen top secret [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] project codenamed Albatross. After rescuing Joe, Spencer discovers that Project Albatross is an abandoned [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] weapon that the Imperial Army Imperials now seeks seek to complete by reviving the project's originator - UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] himself (hence the game's Japanese title, ''The Resurrection meaning ''Resurrection of Hitler'').

All references to the Nazis were [[NoSwastikas edited out]] from the NES version's overseas release, with Hitler himself being renamed Master D, Master-D, although the controversial dictator's likeness was left unchanged (making it obvious who he is meant to be), along with a particularly gory death sequence that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that managed to sneaked by unnoticed.]]

Got Past the Radar]].

Despite this, the NES version of ''Bionic Commando'' was a cult success and the game inspired a few remakes and successors throughout the years, most notably a 2009 sequel simply again titled ''[[RecycledTitle Bionic Commando]]'' for seventh generation consoles, which was developed by the now-defunct Sweden-based developer GRIN. The 2009 incarnation of Spencer also appeared as a character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3.''
''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', with the ''Rearmed'' rendition as an alternate DLC costume.



* ''Bionic Commando'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoy, 1992) -Titled ''Bionic Commando'' in Japan.

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* ''Bionic Commando'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoy, 1992) -Titled ''Bionic Commando'' in Japan.1992)



* ''Bionic Commando: Rearmed'' (UsefulNotes/XBox360 / UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 / PC, 2008) - Titled ''Bionic Commando: Master D Fukkatsu Keikaku'' in Japan.

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* ''Bionic Commando: Commando Rearmed'' (UsefulNotes/XBox360 / UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 / PC, 2008) - Titled ''Bionic Commando: Master D Master-D Fukkatsu Keikaku'' in Japan.



* ''Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2'' (UsefulNotes/XBox360 / UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, 2011)

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* ''Bionic Commando: Commando Rearmed 2'' (UsefulNotes/XBox360 / UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, 2011)



* AllThereInTheManual: In the sequel, lots of background info is buried in the files you unlock, and the incident leading to Spencer's incarceration is only covered in a webcomic that wound up not being packaged as a print comic as a reservation pre-order.

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* AllThereInTheManual: In the sequel, lots of background info is buried in the files you unlock, and the incident leading to Spencer's incarceration is only covered in a webcomic that wound up not being packaged as a print comic as a reservation pre-order.PreOrderBonus.



* AnimeThemeSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7nw4cqiC6s Bionic Commando]]" (sometimes called "Go! Go! Bionic Commando" or just "Go! Go! Bionic!") sung by the inimitable Ichiro Mizuki of Music/JAMProject fame. (There's a song on the Bionic Commando Rearmed OST called "Go Go Bionic," but it's nothing but thirty seconds of a Japanese guy saying "Go! Go! Bionic!" with the NES game's Area 1 tune in the background.)
* ArtEvolution: Although the overall world's art style is similar (enemies with ridiculously colorful uniforms, walking mechs, etc.), the character design has changed drastically from ''Rearmed'' to the sequel. Super Joe now looks like Jack Nicholson in full Joker mode (sans makeup), although the change is somewhat believably attributable to 10 years of aging and a desk job. There's no plausible explanation to how Spencer went from a red-haired Duke Nukem clone to a grungy rock band frontman who could double for [[Series/StargateAtlantis Ronan Dex]], though. Humorously, [[spoiler: Gottfried Groeder]] looks exactly the same as he did in ''Rearmed'', albeit 20-30 years older (guess the years haven't been kind).

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* AnimeThemeSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7nw4cqiC6s Bionic Commando]]" (sometimes called "Go! Go! Bionic Commando" or just "Go! Go! Bionic!") sung by the inimitable Ichiro Mizuki of Music/JAMProject fame. (There's a song on the Bionic ''Bionic Commando Rearmed Rearmed'' OST called "Go Go Bionic," but it's nothing but thirty seconds of a Japanese guy saying "Go! Go! Bionic!" with the NES game's Area 1 tune in the background.)
* ArtEvolution: Although the overall world's art style is similar (enemies with ridiculously colorful uniforms, walking mechs, etc.), the character design has changed drastically from ''Rearmed'' to the sequel. Super Joe now looks like Jack Nicholson in full Joker mode (sans makeup), although the change is somewhat believably attributable to 10 years of aging and a desk job. There's no plausible explanation to how Spencer went from a red-haired Duke Nukem clone to a grungy rock band frontman who could double for [[Series/StargateAtlantis Ronan Dex]], though. Humorously, [[spoiler: Gottfried [[spoiler:Gottfried Groeder]] looks exactly the same as he did in ''Rearmed'', albeit 20-30 years older (guess the years haven't been kind).



* BadassBeard: Sabio sports one in Rearmed 2. It's probably what allowed him to become leader of Pagagaya in the first place.
* [[BadassMustache Badass]] PornStache: Spencer has one that would make [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dan McNinja]] proud in Rearmed 2.

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* BadassBeard: Sabio sports one in Rearmed 2.''Rearmed 2''. It's probably what allowed him to become leader of Pagagaya in the first place.
* [[BadassMustache Badass]] PornStache: Spencer has one that would make [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dan McNinja]] proud in Rearmed 2.''Rearmed 2''.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: All references to Nazis were edited out of the game and replaced with "Badds", and there are NoSwastikas. For a more complete list of changes, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionic_Commando_%28NES%29 this game's entry]] over at Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: All references to Nazis were edited out of the game and replaced with "Badds", Nazz/Badds, and there are NoSwastikas. For a more complete list of changes, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionic_Commando_%28NES%29 this game's entry]] over at Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.



* CompositeCharacter: The 2009 sequel establishes that Super Joe was just a codename used by a certain Joseph Gibson. Joseph Gibson was one of the playable character in ''Mercs'', the sequel to the original ''Commando.''
* CruelTwistEnding: In the sequel, [[spoiler: discovering that Spencer's missing wife... Was taken by TASC and had some part of her uploaded or fashioned into his bionic arm! ...How [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelionesque.]]]] Surprisingly, THIS twist is rather subtly alluded to, [[FridgeBrilliance making several seemingly-inconsequential comments much, much more meaningful.]] Mind, after TheReveal, they really sledgehammer it in, and yet Spencer inexplicably doesn't get it (or is hugely in denial).
** It's denial. It finally sinks in during the last cutscene, [[spoiler: when Emily confronts Radd about his avoiding the issue. Radd finally faces the facts.]]
** It's also potentially because [[spoiler: she may not be dead, because while a section of her is inside his arm if she is dead or if the process is reversible is never commented on.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is much, much more grim and apocalyptic (most of the game takes place in a nuked mega city) than any of the prior games, including the company's own remake of the NES game. Super Joe's is shown to be an ass, but then again so has Spencer. Spencer spent a better part of 10 years in prison, without his bionic arm, after witnessing the death of two rogue bionic agents. 10 years after fighting the [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Forces]], TheFederation has turned into a cruel and cynical the-end-justifies-the-means regime. The terrorists opposing it are even worse, nuking a capitol city IN THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. Oh, and apparently Spencer got his bionic arm by [[spoiler: said Federation possibly sacrificing the life of his wife to make it.]] Whether all this is good or bad is up to you.

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* CompositeCharacter: The 2009 sequel establishes that Super Joe was just a codename used by a certain Joseph Gibson. Joseph Gibson was one of the playable character in ''Mercs'', the sequel to the original ''Commando.''
''Commando''.
* CruelTwistEnding: In the sequel, [[spoiler: discovering [[spoiler:discovering that Spencer's missing wife... Was taken by TASC and had some part of her uploaded or fashioned into his bionic arm! ...How [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelionesque.]]]] Surprisingly, THIS twist is rather subtly alluded to, [[FridgeBrilliance making several seemingly-inconsequential comments much, much more meaningful.]] Mind, after TheReveal, they really sledgehammer it in, and yet Spencer inexplicably doesn't get it (or is hugely in denial).
** It's denial. It finally sinks in during the last cutscene, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Emily confronts Radd about his avoiding the issue. Radd finally faces the facts.]]
** It's also potentially because [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she may not be dead, because while a section of her is inside his arm if she is dead or if the process is reversible is never commented on.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel is much, much more grim and apocalyptic (most of the game takes place in a nuked mega city) than any of the prior games, including the company's own remake of the NES game. Super Joe's is shown to be an ass, but then again so has Spencer. Spencer spent a better part of 10 years in prison, without his bionic arm, after witnessing the death of two rogue bionic agents. 10 Ten years after fighting the [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Forces]], TheFederation Incident]], [[TheFederation the Federal States of America]] has turned into a cruel and cynical the-end-justifies-the-means regime. The terrorists opposing it are even worse, nuking a capitol city IN THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. Oh, and apparently Spencer got his bionic arm by [[spoiler: said Federation [[spoiler:the FSA possibly sacrificing the life of his wife to make it.]] Whether all this is good or bad is up to you.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: In the sequel, [[spoiler: Super Joe isn't really the final boss -- it's more of an interactive ending sequence. Still, take one look at that suit and you'll lament the boss fight that could've been.]]

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: In the sequel, [[spoiler: Super [[spoiler:Super Joe isn't really the final boss -- it's more of an interactive ending sequence. Still, take one look at that suit and you'll lament the boss fight that could've been.]]



*** He was put in jail because [[spoiler: he didn't kill the two bionics, he let another one escape (Mag), and he killed an entire force of Federation soldiers when they tried to kill the two bionics. He also found out about the heavy crackdown on bionics, which ultimately led to the creation of Bio-Reign. He was imprisoned for failing to follow orders and treason.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In the ''Rearmed'' series. The US balkanized in the past, but has mostly reformed by the time the game takes place.
* DownerEnding: By the end of the game [[spoiler: Mag is apparently dead, Emily has been revealed to have been changed in an unknown process into Rad's bionic arm, Super Joe is a (dead) scumbag, and the last we see of Rad is him plummeting from several thousand feet up.]]

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*** He was put in jail because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he didn't kill the two bionics, he let another one escape (Mag), and he killed an entire force of Federation soldiers when they tried to kill the two bionics. He also found out about the heavy crackdown on bionics, which ultimately led to the creation of Bio-Reign.[=BioReign=]. He was imprisoned for failing to follow orders and treason.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In The nation was initially unnamed, but in the ''Rearmed'' series. The duology, the 2009 sequel and comic interquel, it's stated that US balkanized in the past, early 21st century, but has mostly reformed by the time the game takes place.
government eschewing all libertarian values.
* DownerEnding: By the end of the game [[spoiler: Mag [[spoiler:Mag is apparently dead, Emily has been revealed to have been changed in an unknown process into Rad's bionic arm, Super Joe is a (dead) scumbag, and the last we see of Rad is him plummeting from several thousand feet up.]]



* EleventhHourSuperpower: You have Super Joe's machine gun for the final 3 levels of ''Rearmed'', and the upgraded rocket launcher only for the final boss fight.
** You supposedly receive the special bazooka at the end of the original NES game, but despite three levels of explaining how powerful it is, it's exactly the same as the rocket launcher you've been carrying since area 5.

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* EleventhHourSuperpower: You have Super Joe's machine gun for the final 3 three levels of ''Rearmed'', and the upgraded rocket launcher only for the final boss fight.
** You supposedly receive the special bazooka at the end of the original NES game, but despite three levels of explaining how powerful it is, it's exactly the same as the rocket launcher you've been carrying since area Area 5.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Super Joe.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Super [[spoiler:Super Joe.]]



* FinalBoss: Master D in the original and remakes, [[spoiler: Groeder]] in the sequel, and Arturus in ''Elite Forces.''

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* FinalBoss: Master D Hitler (aka The Leader or "Master-D") in the original and remakes, [[spoiler: Groeder]] in the sequel, and Arturus in ''Elite Forces.''Forces'', and [[spoiler:Groeder]] in the 2009 sequel.



** Both of these were in the US version.



* HighTechHexagons: The 2009 game, ''Rearmed'', and their followups prominently use a 5-hexagon symbol in their logo. In-universe, the hexagons are part of the logo of [[HeroesRUs the T.A.S.C.]]; Spencer's shirt has the hexagon logo in the 2009 game.

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* HighTechHexagons: The 2009 game, As of ''Rearmed'', and their followups prominently use a 5-hexagon symbol in their is the predominant logo. In-universe, the hexagons are part of the logo of [[HeroesRUs TASC]], the T.A.S.C.]]; Tactical Arms and Security Committee supervised by Super Joe that first commissioned bionic technology; Spencer's shirt has the hexagon logo in the 2009 game.



** No longer the case in ''[=BCR=]'' as you get the HitPoints meter to start. It does get upgraded, but only once.

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** No longer the case in ''[=BCR=]'' ''Rearmed'' as you get the HitPoints meter to start. It does get upgraded, but only once.



* IdiotHero: For the most part, Spencer is a fairly competent guy. But in the sequel, [[spoiler: how in the name of all that's holy did he NOT get that his bionic arm has his wife's in it?!]]
** [[spoiler: Partially justified, due to the fact that this comes from denial. His wife rarely if ever interacted with him during Rearmed and a majority of the sequel and the only time she did he was asleep.]]
* {{Interquel}}: ''Rearmed 2'' takes place between ''Rearmed 1'' and the next generation console version. Among other things it shows Spencer and Magdalene working together and sheds some light on the reasoning behind the "Bionic Purge."

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* IdiotHero: For the most part, Spencer is a fairly competent guy. But in the sequel, [[spoiler: how [[spoiler:how in the name of all that's holy did he NOT get that his bionic arm has his wife's in it?!]]
** [[spoiler: Partially [[spoiler:Partially justified, due to the fact that this comes from denial. His We never see his wife rarely if ever interacted interacting with him during Rearmed and a majority of the sequel and the only time she did except when he was asleep.]]
* InconsistentDub: When the Nazi references were rubbed out of the NES localization, the manual went with "the Nazz" while the intro uses "the Badds" in-game.
* {{Interquel}}: ''Rearmed 2'' takes place between ''Rearmed 1'' the NES game / ''Rearmed'' and the next generation console version.its 2009 sequel. Among other things it shows Spencer and Magdalene working together and sheds some light on the reasoning behind the "Bionic Purge."



* InvulnerableCivilians: Averted -- it's very possible to shoot innocent civilians in a neutral area; you'll just set off alarms and the Peacekeeper forces will attempt to kill you.
** Played straight in ''Rearmed;'' opening fire in a [[strike: neutral zone]] FSA camp doesn't trigger anything.

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* InvulnerableCivilians: Averted -- it's very possible to shoot innocent civilians in a neutral area; you'll just set off alarms and the Peacekeeper peacekeeper forces will attempt to kill you.
** Played straight in ''Rearmed;'' ''Rearmed''; opening fire in a [[strike: neutral zone]] FSA camp doesn't trigger anything.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Master-D is an obvious stand in for Hitler, especially since despite bowdlerizing all other Nazi references, they left Hitler's very recognizable ''face'' in the game. In ''Rearmed,'' he is known simply as "The Leader" and his face is obscured by a breathing mask, but you can still see the top of his iconic mustache poking out beneath it. ''Rearmed 2'' gives us new antagonist Sabio, dictator of an island nation threatening to launch missiles at the FSA. Obviously a stand in for Fidel Castro and Cuba.
* LeapOfFaith: A few notable instances in some parts of the game (particularly Stage 6). Also the title of one of the songs from ''Rearmed,'' appropriately enough.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Master-D is an obvious stand in for Hitler, especially since despite bowdlerizing all other Nazi references, they left Hitler's very recognizable ''face'' in the game. In ''Rearmed,'' ''Rearmed'' and the backstory presented in the 2009 sequel, he is known simply as "The Leader" and (with his face is obscured by a breathing mask, but mask in the former, though you can still see the top of his iconic mustache poking out beneath it. it). ''Rearmed 2'' gives us new antagonist another antagonist, Sabio, dictator of an island nation threatening to launch missiles at the FSA. Obviously a stand in for Fidel Castro and Cuba.
* LeapOfFaith: A few notable instances in some parts of the game (particularly Stage 6). Also the title of one of the songs from ''Rearmed,'' ''Rearmed'', appropriately enough.



* LostTechnology: In ''Elite Forces,'' [[spoiler: Project Albatross is at first thought to be an ancient war machine created by earlier civilizations to repel an alien invasion. In the final battle, BigBad Arturus reveals that the Albatross is actually a long derelict space craft that grants its controller monstrous powers.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: In the sequel, [[spoiler: Groeder is the last boss proper, but Super Joe is the actual mastermind behind the whole mess.]] Sort of a reversal of roles in terms of difficulty, though.
* MandatoryTwistEnding: More of a twist rising climax in the sequel. [[spoiler: Thanks. Thanks a whooole lot, Super Joe.]]

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* LostTechnology: In ''Elite Forces,'' [[spoiler: Project Forces'', [[spoiler:Project Albatross is at first thought to be an ancient war machine created by earlier civilizations to repel an alien invasion. In the final battle, BigBad Arturus reveals that the Albatross is actually a long derelict space craft that grants its controller monstrous powers.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: In the sequel, [[spoiler: Groeder [[spoiler:Groeder is the last boss proper, but Super Joe is the actual mastermind behind the whole mess.]] Sort of a reversal of roles in terms of difficulty, though.
* MandatoryTwistEnding: More of a twist rising climax in the sequel. [[spoiler: Thanks. Thanks [[spoiler:Thanks a whooole whole lot, Super Joe.]]



* MoodWhiplash: The halfway point of ''Rearmed'' is interrupted by Spencer mentioning his missing wife to Haley. It's an important plot point in '09, but in ''Rearmed'' it came right out of nowhere since it seemed to be just a remake of NES Bionic Commando up till that point.

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* MoodWhiplash: The halfway point of ''Rearmed'' is interrupted by Spencer mentioning his missing wife to Haley. It's an important plot point in '09, the 2009 sequel, but in ''Rearmed'' it came right out of nowhere since it seemed to be just a remake of NES Bionic Commando up till that point.nowhere.



* MookPromotion: In the original NES game, the rival enemy bionic "[[EvilKnockoff Giant Soldiers]]" were simply unnamed minibosses. In the ''Rearmed'' remake, they were all made into a [[CompositeCharacter single character,]] [[NominalImportance Gottfried Groeder,]] who served as a Recurring Boss and TheDragon to the BigBad, and [[spoiler: who returns in the sequel as the final boss.]]

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* MookPromotion: In the original NES game, the rival enemy bionic "[[EvilKnockoff Giant Soldiers]]" Soldier]]" were simply unnamed minibosses. In the ''Rearmed'' remake, they were all made into a [[CompositeCharacter single character,]] ''Rearmed'', [[NominalImportance Gottfried Groeder,]] who Groeder]] took its place and served as a Recurring Boss and TheDragon to the BigBad, and [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who returns in the sequel as the final boss.]]



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: After Nathan kills [[spoiler: Groeder]] by shoving a grenade in his chest and kicking him off the high point they were fighting on:

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: After Nathan kills [[spoiler: Groeder]] [[spoiler:Groeder]] by shoving a grenade in his chest and kicking him off the high point they were fighting on:



* NoSwastikas: In the translation, the Nazis were changed to the "Badds," swastikas were removed, and Hitler was renamed Master-D. Strangely enough, his dialogue portrait, which clearly shows Hitler, wasn't changed at all. In ''Rearmed,'' the Nazis are simply referred to as a "fascist regime."

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* NoSwastikas: In the translation, the Nazis were changed to the "Badds," Nazz/Badds, swastikas were removed, and Hitler was renamed Master-D. Strangely enough, his dialogue portrait, which clearly shows Hitler, wasn't changed at all. In ''Rearmed,'' ''Rearmed'', the Nazis are simply referred to as a "fascist "a long-dead military regime."



* NotAsYouKnowThem: Spencer and Joe in the sequel. In ''spades.''
** Somewhat justified in that Spencer has been in prison for 10 years, just waiting to be killed, and Joe has become bitter and jaded from the events of the Bionic Purge, which he didn't entirely agree with but was forced to implement.

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* NotAsYouKnowThem: Spencer and Joe in the sequel. In ''spades.''
''spades''.
** Somewhat justified in that Spencer has been in prison for 10 five years, just waiting to be killed, and Joe has become bitter and jaded from the events of the Bionic Purge, which he didn't entirely agree with but was forced to implement.



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: In the sequel, it's revealed that all bionic limbs are created [[spoiler: an unknown process using someone with strong emotional ties to the person usually family or spouses.]] It's also a semi-twisted, semi-sweet take on [[spoiler: ThePowerOfLove,]] if you think about it.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Super Joe, from the original ''Commando,'' appears briefly in the NES version.

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: In the sequel, it's revealed that all bionic limbs are created [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an unknown process using someone with strong emotional ties to the person usually family or spouses.]] It's also a semi-twisted, semi-sweet take on [[spoiler: ThePowerOfLove,]] [[spoiler:ThePowerOfLove,]] if you think about it.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Super Joe, from the original ''Commando,'' ''Commando'', appears briefly in the NES version.



* ReformulatedGame: The NES version, which adapted the wire swinging concept from the arcade version into an entirely new game with selectable stages and more emphasis on exploration.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: In the sequel, Spencer is outrageously tough to kill, and can deal great heaping gobs of damage just by ''landing correctly.'' (Generally that means arm first...) Wholly justified -- his body must be bionically reinforced to keep up with the rigors of his bionic arm.

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* RecycledTitle: ''Bionic Commando'' is the localized western name of both the arcade and NES games, which are separate outside of the gameplay concept. By the Game Boy game, however, ''Bionic Commando'' began to be the series title in Japan. ''Bionic Commando'' is ''also'' the name of the 2009 sequel.
* ReformulatedGame: The NES version, which adapted the wire swinging concept from the arcade version into an entirely new game with selectable stages and more emphasis on exploration.
exploration. To a lesser extent, the Game Boy version as well.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: In the sequel, Spencer is outrageously tough to kill, and can deal great heaping gobs of damage just by ''landing correctly.'' (Generally correctly'' (generally that means arm first...) ). Wholly justified -- his body must be bionically reinforced to keep up with the rigors of his bionic arm.



* RetCanon: The connection between the original ''Commando'' and ''Bionic Commando'' was originally an American invention for the Arcade game when they were promoting it, claiming that the nameless player character were controlling was actually Super Joe himself. The NES version added ''Commando'' like overhead segments and made Super Joe into a real character in the game. The 2009 sequel retconned Super Joe's identity into "Joseph Gibson," essentially linking the original ''Commando'' with its sequel ''Mercs.''

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* RetCanon: The connection between the original ''Commando'' and ''Bionic Commando'' was originally an American invention for the Arcade game when they were promoting it, claiming that the nameless player character were controlling was actually Super Joe himself. The NES version added ''Commando'' like overhead segments and made Super Joe into a real character in the game. The ''Rearmed'' remake and the 2009 sequel retconned Super Joe's identity into "Joseph Gibson," essentially linking the original ''Commando'' with its sequel ''Mercs.''''Mercs''.



* [[spoiler: RogueProtagonist: Super Joe in the 2009 game.]]
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Averted in ''Elite Forces,'' which grants the player a choice between a male and female commando. The commando you don't choose must be rendezvoused with throughout the game.

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* [[spoiler: RogueProtagonist: [[spoiler:RogueProtagonist: Super Joe in the 2009 game.]]
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Averted in ''Elite Forces,'' Forces'', which grants the player a choice between a male and female commando. The commando you don't choose must be rendezvoused with throughout the game.



** In ''Rearmed'' There's a challenge run called the "Dragon Run" which is a reference to the Mecha Dragon Boss of ''VideoGame/MegaMan2.''

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** In ''Rearmed'' There's a challenge run called the "Dragon Run" which is a reference to the Mecha Dragon Boss of ''VideoGame/MegaMan2.''''VideoGame/MegaMan2''.



** Area 5 of ''Rearmed'' features safety posters reading ''Warning! Falling Objects! Wear a helmet!" depicting a [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Metool helmet.]] In the same level, there are background decals of a hanging iron balls on chains, an irritating obstacle in the first game which is no longer implemented in the remake.

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** Area 5 of ''Rearmed'' features safety posters reading ''Warning! Falling Objects! Wear a helmet!" depicting a [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Metool Met helmet.]] In the same level, there are background decals of a hanging iron balls on chains, an irritating obstacle in the first game which is no longer implemented in the remake.



** Also, the music box lullaby after [[spoiler: destruction of [[SpiderTank the Constructor]]]] in the 2009 version.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The NES version calls the main character "Ladd," while the Game Boy version uses "Rad Spencer." ''Rearmed'' renames the character "Nathan Spencer," but uses "Rad" as his nickname. [[note]] He was the first bionic solder, and spent a lot of his time in Research and Development, enough that people started calling him "R And D." When he went into the field, this nickname was shortened into his codename, "Rad." [[/note]]

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** Also, the music box lullaby after [[spoiler: destruction [[spoiler:destruction of [[SpiderTank the Constructor]]]] in the 2009 version.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The NES version calls the main character "Ladd," while the Game Boy version uses "Rad Spencer." ''Rearmed'' renames and beyond rename the character "Nathan Spencer," but uses "Rad" as his nickname. [[note]] He [[note]]He was the first bionic solder, bionic, and according to the remake he had spent a lot of his time in Research and Development, enough that people started calling him "R And D." When he went into the field, this nickname was shortened into his codename, "Rad." [[/note]]"[[/note]]



** [[spoiler: Also gets points for ContinuityPorn, since it says to start up one "Project Albatross."]]

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** [[spoiler: Also [[spoiler:Also gets points for ContinuityPorn, since it says to start up one "Project Albatross.activate "Projekt Albatros."]]



* [[StupidJetpackHitler Stupid Helicopter Hitler]]: Among other things, the Imperial Force utilize wired, cybernetic soldiers, experiment on plant life and bugs in Area 3 in the NES version, have mobilized droids in their ranks, keep their master in a status tube, and they also made the Albatross.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Imperial private and his commander you eavesdrop on in the NES game -- and especially in ''Rearmed,'' which uses them for comic relief.
* TranslationMatchmaking: Originally called ''Top Secret'' in Japan, the arcade game was re-titled ''Bionic Commando'' and marketed as a ''Commando'' spin-off.

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* [[StupidJetpackHitler Stupid Helicopter Hitler]]: Among other things, the Imperial Force Imperials utilize wired, cybernetic soldiers, experiment on plant life and bugs in Area 3 in the NES version, have mobilized droids in their ranks, keep their master in a status tube, and they also made the Albatross.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Imperial private and his commander you eavesdrop on in the NES game -- and especially in ''Rearmed,'' ''Rearmed'', which uses them for comic relief.
* TranslationMatchmaking: Originally called ''Top Secret'' in Japan, the arcade game was re-titled retitled ''Bionic Commando'' and marketed as a ''Commando'' spin-off.



* UltimateUniverse: ''Elite Forces'' seems to be this. It starts with a similar premise -- long time war, Super-- er, I mean, Commander Joe missing, etc, but everything else is just completely different. New fictional countries, no Nazis or Hitler, different villainous motivation, a whole bionic corp. Even the final boss seems like something out of an Ultimate book.

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* UltimateUniverse: ''Elite Forces'' seems to be this. It starts with a similar premise -- long time war, war hero, Super-- er, I mean, Commander Joe missing, etc, but everything else is just completely different. New fictional countries, no Nazis or Hitler, different villainous motivation, a whole bionic corp. Even the final boss seems like something out of an Ultimate book.book.
* TheUnfought: Imperial President Wiseman (aka Generalissimo Killt in the NES translation and ''Rearmed''), the person who stole the Project albatross plans by attacking Federation cities in the first place.



* YourHeadASplode: Adolf Hitler, er, Master-D, when you destroy the helicopter he attempts to escape in at the end of the game. Quite gory, really, considering the Bowdlerization to the rest of the game. This is the ''only'' reason the ''Rearmed'' release has an "M" rating, as there's surprisingly little blood elsewhere. In the sequel, it's the only way to make sure a bionic stays dead.

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* YourHeadASplode: Adolf Hitler, er, Master-D, Hitler/Master-D/The Leader, when you destroy the helicopter he attempts to escape in at the end of the game. Quite gory, really, considering the Bowdlerization to the rest of the game. This is the ''only'' reason the ''Rearmed'' release has an "M" rating, as there's surprisingly little blood elsewhere. In the sequel, it's the only way to make sure a bionic stays dead.
20th May '16 7:03:57 PM nombretomado
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** Why yes it is. In the 360 / PS3 version, the in-game text actually outright says he possesses some kind of "bionic armor." This not only makes him highly durable, but also allows him to regenerate health. Also like his other bionics, over time he gets used to using it again and it gets stronger, or "upgrades" or whatever you want to call it. So yeah, apparently he ''is'' equipped with some kind of bio mechanical armor, presumably either under his skin or nanotech.

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** Why yes it is. In the 360 / PS3 [=PS3=] version, the in-game text actually outright says he possesses some kind of "bionic armor." This not only makes him highly durable, but also allows him to regenerate health. Also like his other bionics, over time he gets used to using it again and it gets stronger, or "upgrades" or whatever you want to call it. So yeah, apparently he ''is'' equipped with some kind of bio mechanical armor, presumably either under his skin or nanotech.
15th Mar '16 12:56:43 AM Juicehead_Baby
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* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In the ''Rearmed'' series. The US balkanized in the past, but has mostly reformed by the time the game takes place.
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