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->''Infinity Gems. There are six different Infinity Gems. Each Gem controls one of the forces of either Time, Space, Power, Reality, Mind, or Soul. It is said that the being who obtains all of the Gems will become omnipotent -- [[AGodAmI ruler of the universe]]. "Someone has started to gather these six Gems. If they can gather all of the Gems, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the universe will suffer a new age of evil]]. You must help!" AdamWarlock asked Earth's mightiest heroes.''
->''Knowing that the fate of the entire universe is at stake, Earth's mightiest heroes assemble to assist Adam Warlock in preventing the Infinity Gems from falling into the wrong hands!''
--> OpeningNarration.

Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems is a BeatEmUp / PlatformGame developed and published in 1996 for the [[SuperNintendo SNES]] by {{Capcom}}, loosely based in the InfinityGauntlet StoryArc: The six eponymous [[MacGuffin Infinity Gems]] have fallen to Earth and AdamWarlock has recruited Earth's Mightiest Heroes to assist him to find the Gems before they fall into the wrong hands.

Gameplay is similar to ''VideoGame/XMenMutantApocalypse'', also by Capcom. You can choose among CaptainAmerica, SpiderMan, [[{{Wolverine}} Wolve]][[Comicbook/XMen rine]] (Returning from ''X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse''), ComicBook/IronMan, or [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]], each with their own set of moves. As you find the Gems, you can choose to take one to the battle, each one with their unique properties. Each character has also a Special Gem Attack which allow the player to clear the screen of enemies, or deal tons of damage to the stronger baddies.

Not to confuse with VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes, a FightingGame also By Capcom, and also based on the Infinity Gauntlet story arc.

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* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Thanos's ultimate goal if he obtains all of the Gems]]
--> [[spoiler:''"I will destroy you, and obtain the Gems, and become omnipotent"'']]
* AbandonedMine: Adam Warlock describes Arizona Mining Complex as this.
* AdaptiveArmor: Iron Man of all people.
--> ''Thanks Goodness! There is almost no damage to my running systems. Now let's move...''
* AffectionateNickname: According to the profile of each character:
** Captain America is Cap. Wing-Headed.
** Spider-Man is Spidey, the Web-Slinger.
** Wolverine is Wolvie.
** Iron Man is Shellhead, the Golden Avenger.
** Hulk is Brucie.
* AirborneMooks: they exist in some stages, plus a miniboss at Boston Aquarium.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Infinity Gems enhance the capabilites of your characters. See ColorCodedForYourConvenience for more details.
* ArcherArchetype: The Evil Hawkeye mooks.
** AnnoyingArrows: Specially when facing three Evil Hawkeye minibosses at Amazon Jungle stage.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Iron Man's SmartBomb deals a lot of damage, being even able to kill some regular mooks in a single hit, but he's wide open for a split second, and it doesn't come out as fast as one would want.
* BackgroundBoss: the giant machine miniboss at The Magus's Spaceship.
* BaldOfEvil: Evil Hulk.
** [[BaldWoman Nebula is a (disturbingly) rare female example]].
* BareYourMidriff: Nebula.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: The heroes have no problem surviving when invading the Magus's Spaceship, and when navigating the Asteroid Belt.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Evil Sasquatch, the boss of Alaska stage.
* BigGood: Captain America.
--> ''Freedom! Liberty! Equality! I'll stop anyone who tries to cruch those beliefs.''
* BloodKnight: According to his profile, Wolverine is "A hot-blooded warrior who is always looking for a good battle".
--> ''Rookie. What'd I tell ya bub? I'm the best there is at what I do!''
* BoringButPractical: Wolverine's Drill Claw is not as flashy as his Tornado Claw, but it's easier to perform, and deals almost the same amount of damage if aimed correctly
* BossOnlyLevel: [[spoiler:The Grand Finale against Nebula and Thanos]].
** Also the training stage is this, where you fight a holographic copy of one of the bosses of the regular stages.
* BullfightBoss: Evil Thing (At Mount Vesuvius) and Evil Hulk (At Egypt stage) charge at you.
* [[TheCameo Cameo]]: Comicbook/DoctorStrange makes a brief appearance in Mount Vesuvius stage, to provide you with a magic platform where you can step on, and cross through the sea of lava.
* CharacterPortrait: There's a small one of your character near your lifebar.
** Averted with the bosses; it appears near their lifebar an italic, [[IconicLogo capital E]] ([[CaptainObvious For Evil]]).
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The color of the Gems is a small indicative of the aspect of the universe they rule over.
** Red rules over Time: your character [[SuperSpeed becomes faster]].
** Yellow rules over Reality: [[SeeTheInvisible more items appear during each stage to help you when you're low on energy]].
** Magenta rules over Power: [[SuperStrength it increases your attacking power]].
** Purple rules over Space: [[InASingleBound your character jumps higher]].
** Green rules over Soul: [[MadeOfIron duplicates your life bar]], putting a green bar over the standard yellow one.
** Blue rules over Mind: after getting this, the game ends, so it is unknown how it could help. But, according to the fighting game, it allows the user to increase the range of his/her attacks.
* {{Combos}}: Performed all with the Y button.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: According to his profile, Spider-Man fights for the responsibility of man, and for the love of his wife, Mary Jane.
* CompetitiveBalance:
** JackOfAllStats: Captain America.
** FragileSpeedster: Spider-Man and Wolverine.
** MightyGlacier: Hulk.
** LightningBruiser: Iron Man.
* {{Cyborg}}: With a robotic eye and arm, Nebula certainly qualifies.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Try replaying the game after finishing it for the first time. It's easy to forget that you can't perform Special Gem Attacks without finding at least the first Gem.
* DarkActionGirl: Nebula, also the Evil She Hulk mooks.
* DeathFromAbove: Evil Sasquatch, the boss of Alaska stage, drops icicles on your character's head.
** Spidey and Wolvie have diving attacks that cause a lot of damage to their opponents.
* DegradedBoss: The first time you fight [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Dr. Doom]], he escapes. You find him again in Asteroid Belt as a miniboss. This time, you have to finish him for good.
** Inverted with Evil Hulk: you first find him as a miniboss in The Magus's Spaceship; later when you find again as the boss of Egypt stage, it's time to finish him for good.
* DerelictGraveyard: Adam Warlock describes the Asteroid Belt stage as "A space graveyard where silence rules".
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:If you're able to defeat Thanos]].
* DifficultButAwesome: Cap can throw his shield in front of him, or also diagonal up or diagonal down, it's hard sometimes to hit a target, but with enough practice, this becomes an almost impregnable defense system.
** Hulk's Launch-and-Smash attack can also be this, due to the risk of getting too close to the enemy, but it's certainly the most powerful attack of the main characters (Excluding the Special Gem Attacks, obviously).
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Magus.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: The Magus's Spaceship.
* DivingKick: One of Dr. Doom's main attacks.
* DoubleJump: Iron Man has this in his arsenal.
* [[TheDragon Dragon]]: [[spoiler:Nebula is this to Thanos]].
* DualBoss: Two Evil Iron Men at the end of Boston Aquarium stage.
* EldritchAbomination: Blackheart (In Asteroid Belt).
** Evil Sasquatch, the boss of Alaska stage, isn't too far behind.
* EvilCounterpart: Of the main heroes except Cap and Spidey. There are also evil counterparts of [[Main/SilverSurfer Silver Surfer]], [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], [[ComicBook/DareDevil Daredevil]], SheHulk, etc.
* ExtraOreDinary: [[spoiler:One of Thanos's attacks consists on summoning two metal plates around you, and viciously close them on you.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Captain America.
** TheLancer: Wolverine.
** KidAppealCharacter: Spider-Man.
** TheSmartGuy: Iron Man.
** TheBigGuy: Hulk.
** TheMentor: Adam Warlock.
* {{Flight}}: Iron Man can boost horizontally when in the air. Also useful to strike down airborne baddies.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Some stages are full of these.
* GeniusBruiser: Hulk.
--> ''Did you truly believe you could beat me with muscle? We could have talked. Use your brain!''
* GlassCannon: Your character becomes this if you equip the Power Gem.
** If you equip the Soul Gem instead, your character becomes a StoneWall.
* GroundPunch: Hulk's Special Gem Attack. He creates a shockwave that is able to knock down even airborne baddies.
* GuideDangIt: The player is on his/her own to figure out how to perform [[SomeDexterityRequired Special Gem Attacks]].
* HavingABlast: Cap's Special Gem Attack.
* KingMook: There is a stronger boss version for some of the regular mooks, such as Evil Wolverine, Evil Iron Man, Evil Daredevil, etc.
* LuckBasedMission: Four of the six Gems are located at random stages every time, so you may or may not find them at the first attempt.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Subverted with Captain America. He can "Shield Slash" any opponent from a distance, or charge at them before they attack, but in general, he can only use his shield to attack, not to block, or guard.
* MacGuffin: The six Infinity Gems.
* MechaMooks: The Doombot mooks.
* MissionControl: Adam Warlock; he gives a brief summary of what waits for you at each stage, also warns you about the explosives placed at Boston Aquarium, and the Poison Gas in Arizona Mining Complex.
* NeverSayDie: When Adam Warlock advises you about the explosives in Boston Aquarium.
--> ''You have to find the Gem and escape immediately. If you don't, you'll perish!''
** Averted when [[spoiler:Thanos]] makes his first appearance.
--> ''"Give me the Gems or you shall die!"''
** Later when you're about to confront him:
--> ''"Prepare to meet your death!"''
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Thanos's reaction after his defeat]].
* OneHitPointWonder: The weaker versions of the Evil Puck and Evil Hawkeye mooks are this.
* OxygenMeter: You are given one in the flooded rooms in Boston Aquarium and Dr. Doom's Castle, also in the poison gas room in Arizona Mining Complex. If you run out of air, you don't drown instantly, instead, your lifebar starts depleting.
* PaletteSwap: Some enemies come in three different colors, as an indicative of their range (Mooks or boss).
* PasswordSave: Of the "Game State" kind. You can retrieve your current password entering the Avenger's Base stage. It saves not only the stages that have been already cleared, but the items stored in your stock, and the characters still alive as well. Passwords are written inputting letters from B to Z (Minus the vowels), numbers from 0 to 9, and a few greek symbols, such as Alpha, gamma, and a greek Capital Epsilon.
* PlasmaCannon: One of the first obstacles in The Magus's Spaceship.
* PlayingWithFire: Evil Thing (The boss of Mount Vesuvius) attacks you with fireballs. [[spoiler:The final boss Thanos can also create a fire pillar beneath your character's feet]].
* PowerUpFullColorChange / TheBerserker: Wolverine's Special Gem Attack turns him golden, and allows him to shoot energy waves from his claws.
* RayGun: Nebula's WeaponOfChoice.
* RealMenWearPink: Evil Daredevil (boss and mooks).
* ReformulatedGame: Subverted. This game came out almost one year after VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes for the arcades.
* RegeneratingHealth: One of The Magus's main abilities.
* SequenceBreaking: If you're playing Dr. Doom's Castle with Iron Man, you can choose between going through the upper path, or lower path. The upper path was supposed to be only for Spidey and Wolvie, given how they can't break the wall to the lower path, so that would mean the lower path is only for the other three heroes. Iron Man's DoubleJump proves to be very useful here.
* ShockAndAwe: The Magus can fire a lightning bolt at you.
** The statue miniboss at Egypt stage also tries to zap you with electricity.
* ShockwaveStomp: one of Evil Sasquatch's favourite attacks. The stomp per se doesn't hurt or immobilize you, but he can drop icicles on your character's head.
* {{Shoryuken}}: Wolverine's Tornado Claw requires the same input as in StreetFighter.
** Hulk also has a move where he launches a baddie into the air, jumps and smashes him hard into the ground.
** Iron Man also has one, as his Combo Finisher.
* ShoutOut: The Magus's teleport is similar to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Akuma's]] Ashura Senkuu.
** Spider-Man's Special Gem Attack, a Web Throw variant, is similar to [[StreetFighterAlpha Birdie's]] Choke Chain move.
* SmartBomb: Iron Man has one in his arsenal.
* SpaceBase: The Magus's spaceship.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Magus. Oddly enough, he appears as The Magus only in cutscenes. In-game the name under his LifeMeter reads just "Magus".
* SpikesOfDoom: The armors of Evil Iron Man mooks are covered with these.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''VideoGame/XMenMutantApocalypse''.
* SuperStrength: Hulk of all people. According to his profile, he can throw a tank as easily as a normal human throws a baseball.
** Taken UpToEleven if you equip the Power Gem with him.
* TeleportSpam: Blackheart, the boss of Asteroid Belt, likes to teleport a lot.
* TheParalyzer: Spidey's Web Ball paralyzes mooks, leaving them wide open for a combo. It doesn't work in bosses, though.
** His Special Gem Attack may also count as this, Spidey paralyzes the baddie with his Web, and slams him hard into the ground.
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Thanos]]
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The Asteroid Belt stage is the most [[PlatformGame platform-like]] of all. After being beating up a hundred enemies throughout the game, you find yourself jumping from platform to platform and avoiding floating debris. Except for a few airborne baddies, and the battles with Dr. Doom and Blackheart, there are almost no enemies to beat up.
* UniqueEnemy: Evil Silver Surfer mooks only appear in the first part of Mount Vesuvius.
** And there are also the Doombot mooks appearing only in Dr. Doom's castle.
* VideoGameSettings:
** BuildLikeAnEgyptian: The second part of Egypt's stage.
** DownTheDrain: Boston Aquarium stage.
*** If you choose to go through the lower path in Dr. Doom's Castle, you go through a flooded room.
** ElaborateUndergroundBase: The second part of Amazon Jungle stage.
*** Also the second part of Arizona Mining Complex.
** ElevatorActionSequence: Some baddies will come to attack you when you're going underground in Arizona Mining Complex.
** JungleJapes / RoaringRapids: The first part of Amazon Jungle stage.
** LethalLavaLand: Mount Vesuvius stage.
** PlayerHeadquarters: The game includes the Avenger's Base, a training stage, where you can [[TrainingBoss fight any of the (randomly chosen) bosses]] of the regular stages. Depending on your performance, the game rewards you with items for your stock.
** ShiftingSandLand: The first part of Egypt stage.
** SlippySlideyIceWorld: Alaska stage.
** SpaceZone: Asteroid Belt stage.
** TempleOfDoom: Dr. Doom's Castle is literally this.
* WalkDontSwim: This is how the heroes navigate the flooded rooms.
* WallCrawl: Spidey and Wolvie have this in their arsenal.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Iron Man's Special Gem Attack.
* WolverineClaws: Duh.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: Hulk.
!! '''[[LuckBasedMission YOU GOT THE GEM!]] STAGE CLEAR'''