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[[caption-width-right:349:Lots of metal, lots of walking.]]

''Metal Walker'' is an ActionRPG developed for the GameBoyColor by {{Creator/Capcom}}.

It's also [[NintendoHard very hard]].

The story is set in the Rusted Land, a {{Dystopia}} of metal and machines. Once it was a pristine place, but it all changed due to a huge explosion 50 years ago. As a result, the landscape became barren, and [[KillerRobot Killer Robots]], Metal Busters, populate the land. Your character finds himself searching for clues to the whereabouts of his missing father, aided by the kindly Professor Hawk, and his {{Mon}}, Meta Ball. Along the way he finds Core Units to power up his Metal Walker and further explore the land. A dark secret lays at its center...

While the overworld is similar to most [=RPG=]s, the battle system is where the action comes in. Rather than selecting commands, you bounce your Walker around like a pinball to inflict damage. Depending on what form your partner takes, it can bounce for more damage and speed. Bouncing off walls is key to victory. Capsules are also thrown into the battlefield every turn, and may help or hurt you depending on what they do. At first Capsules are thrown in randomly, but later you can choose which ones appear.

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''.

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!!This game contains examples of:

* ActionRPG: The battle system is pinball-based rather than turn-based.
* AfterTheEnd: The explosion turned the landscape into an unforgiving desert populated by killer robots.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: The evil HEX System can be stopped by the peaceful Eriko program]].
* AllThereInTheManual: The manual gives more backstory on the setting, and your character's name, Tetto. Metal Walkers and Busters were originally created as mining robots.
* ApatheticCitizens: Averted. While the citizens don't have Metal Walkers, they're more than happy to give you help. They point out which areas are where with directional arrows, dispense hints freely, and in the very beginning of the game, a citizen saves your life.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Core Units.
* ArmiesAreEvil: In contrast to the peaceful Professor Eriko, Professor Xenon wanted to use Cores for military purposes. Cue explosion and a ruined landscape.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Marine Cores have good attack and defense, but can only move well underwater. Coupling that with the fact that their weakness, Sky Cores, can move well on any field, you'll likely switch to something else as soon as you hit land.
* BalefulPolymorph: In battle, the Metamorit Capsule changes whoever hits it into an object.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The HEX System]].
** BiggerBad: While the [[spoiler:HEX System]] grew beyond its programming, Professor Xenon is the one who created it and caused the explosion in the first place to create Metal Busters.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: The Metal Masters, including your character's father]].
** [[spoiler: Professor Xenon, too]].
* {{Combos}}: Destroying two or more enemies in a single move will get you bonus experience points.
* ContinuingIsPainful: Dying cuts your money (Scrap Iron, in this case) in half.
* CriticalAnnoyance[=/=]SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: Heard during battles when your HP falls below half. Also, the main boss theme is this song.
* CuteMachines: Meta Ball and B. Minion.
* CyberCyclops: Most, if not all, of the Walkers and Busters are these.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Outside the last dungeon and in said dungeon's boss battles, [[spoiler: the walls are electrified and will hurt you]]. It's easy to forget this.
* DeconstructedTrope: Of the empty overworld found in many [=RPGs=]. Besides your character and a select few [=NPCs=] with {{Mons}}, no one is outside, even in towns--because [[KillerRobot killer robots]] populate the landscape, ''including'' the towns. Since you yourself are attacked very frequently, you can imagine why defenseless humans don't go out.
* DegradedBoss: B. Panther, the first boss, is fought as a regular enemy later, as is B. Eel, the second boss. And B. Dragon, who shows up as an encounter shortly after you defeat him.
** This is actually a viable combat strategy--most of the Busters are upgraded forms of each other. If you happen to have a Skullia capsule and use it on a B. Panther, for example, it downgrades him into B. Kong, a {{Mook}}. The downside is you don't get as many Experience Points for doing this.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: If you talk to an old man, he asks if you miss your father. If you say No, he says "Sometimes it's better to travel alone." If you talk to him again and hit Yes, he'll say "You changed your answer. No one will trust you unless you're true to what you believe," and leave the house. Even selecting the same answer twice gets a different response.
** The same thing happens if you hit Yes, then No; for Yes, the old man says "You don't know the importance of parents until you lose them..."
** In [[spoiler: Ever Green]], if you talk to the shop owner before you talk to Dolfi, when you're done he'll remind you to talk to him.
* DifficultySpike: The last two dungeons' enemies are stronger than anywhere else. This is {{lampshaded}} by [=NPCs=].
* DisappearedDad: Your character's father. Finding him is the goal of your quest.
* DistressedDamsel: Emil Crowzer. And [[spoiler: Marina]].
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Tetsuo Kurama to Xenon, and Xenon to the HEX System]].
* DropTheHammer: Hammer Capsules.
* {{Dystopia}}: The Rusted Land is a terrible place to live. Nearly every area is a desert, the parts that aren't desert are polluted beyond repair, killer robots are everywhere, and there are men hunting for Core Units for evil purposes.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Land beats Marine beats Sky beats Land. Interestingly, this also applies to the battlefield; Marine Cores move much faster on water than land.
* {{Engrish}}: "Meta Ball's HP becomes to 30!"
* EvolutionaryLevels: Your Metal Walker can assume different forms, each of which lets you progress further. The form accessed with the Marine Core, for example, lets you go across water.
** You can also level up the Cores by finding more of each type. 2 Marine Cores will let you go further in water. You can mix and match for different types of Walkers.
* EscapeRope: Some capsules, if used outside battle. Examples include Crane and the rather unfortunately named Get Blown. When used, they will return you to the last camp you entered.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many area names. Army's Area, Chemical Plant, and Muddy Lake are just a few.
* {{Feelies}}: A minor example, but like some ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' games, a virtual pet device was released in Japan to help you raise your Walker. Different forms could access different areas and get items.
* {{Fembot}}: M. Vedus, made by combining all three Core types.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Very obvious'' foreshadowing. Unless you don't talk to [=NPCs=].
** "I heard that [[spoiler: the program Professor Eriko created was installed in a Metal Walker]]."
** "Professor Xenon and his colleagues were killed in a lab accident 50 years ago. [[spoiler: But, some people say they've seen Professor Xenon]]..."
* TheGhost: Emil's parents are mentioned but never seen.
* GogglesDoNothing: Your character wears goggles for no real reason.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Not really, as you can't actually recruit other machines. What you ''do'' get is their Scan Data, which lets you use their weapons and unique Capsule data.
* GreenAesop: [=NPCs=] will tell you the land has become terribly polluted following the disaster 50 years ago; one area, Muddy Lake, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's still pretty subtle, as you don't ''have'' to talk to the citizens. [[spoiler: There is ''one'' area in the entire game with trees and grass, aptly named Ever Green]].
* GrimyWater: Subverted; while Acid Lake and Muddy Lake are acidic/muddy, going in doesn't harm you or your Walker. Metal Busters can even be found there.
* GuideDangIt: Figuring out where to go next can be quite a pain.
** To get to [[spoiler: Radar Base A]], there's a path that's easy to get to, but it's blocked by a rock that at this point you can't move. It's possible to wander around for a half-hour before realizing you have to go ''around'' the rock by jumping down from ledges a few screens below, then wander left and up.
** Some Capsules can be used outside of battle, even ones that don't heal you. In particular, Metamorit acts as a much-needed Repel, and Get Blown and Crane return you to your Command Base.
** Finding the special Core Units.
** Pressing B when in battle lets you look at yourself, capsules, and enemies.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Professor Xenon]].
* HeroicBystander: The citizen who saves your character and Meta Ball in the beginning.
* HomeBase: Your base camp is apparently portable or flying, as it crashes down in front of signs when you place it.
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Core]]: The special Marine and Land Cores are only accessible once you have all 3 Marine Cores. The special Sky Core needs all 3 Marine and 3 Sky Cores.
* InfinityPlusOneElement: Sky Cores, sort of. They can move well on any kind of field, have the highest bounce range, and their weakness, Marine Cores, only move well on water.
* ItsUpToYou: Expect this to happen when Emil or Badoh tags along.
* KidHero: Tetto is pretty young.
* KillerRobot: Metal Busters; they're even described as evil robots who hurt humans.
* LastFertileRegion: The Rusted Land is a polluted, rusting cesspool. [[spoiler: However, there's one spot in the game with trees and plants, aptly named Ever Green]].
* LethalJokeCharacter: You probably wouldn't think to use Meta Ball much since he has no abilities. However, he can defeat the final boss pretty handily, especially if you level grinded. This is likely because Meta Ball is typeless; while he has no elemental strengths, he also has no weaknesses.
* LevelGrinding: You'll need to do this a lot.
* LonelyRichKid: Emil. It's so bad her parents ''refuse to pay ransom'' when she's kidnapped.
* LongSongShortScene: Bronze Rocks' theme is only played outside its caves; said caves make up most of the area.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: One of the highest-ranked Metal Masters is your missing father]].
* MacGuffin: The Core Units, which power up your Walker. All the bad guys are after them.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: The HEX System to Professor Xenon]].
* MasterComputer: [[spoiler: The HEX System]].
* MeaningfulName: Ever Green is the one place in the game where grass and trees grow.
** Professor Green planted Ever Green's trees.
* MechaGame: Like ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', this game has robots as its mons.
* MegaManning: Analyzing Busters gets you their Scan Data, used to make the Capsules that they hold.
* TheMentor: Professor Hawk.
* {{Metroidvania}}: Returning to previous areas with more Cores can get you items.
* {{Mons}}: A subversion since you can't actually catch Busters. Your Walker can evolve, though.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Professor Xenon.
* NintendoHard: This game has a very high random encounter rate, powerful enemies, even more powerful bosses, and a large overworld.
* NoNameGiven: Your character.
** In the manual his name is "Tetto". This is never brought up in-game; on the name selection screen he doesn't even have a default name.
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler: When you defeat the HEX System and shut it down, all the Metal Busters stop working. Possibly {{justified|Trope}} as they're machines]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Professor Xenon]].
* OhCrap: Everyone's reaction when [[spoiler: Marina is kidnapped instead of Emil]].
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: While only one version was made, the color of the communicator you select at the beginning determines which enemies you run into. To collect all the Scan Data you'll need a friend, or two copies of the game.
* OneHitKO: Being hit by harmful Capsules when you have less than the amount of HP they takes off. This can happen a lot in the beginning.
* OpeningTheSandbox: Obtaining M. Frog and its ability to destroy oil canisters opens up a lot more of the map.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: [[spoiler: The HEX Sytem]] uses Metal Masters to do [[spoiler: its]] bidding. [[spoiler: {{Justified|Trope}} since it's a supercomputer and can't exactly ''walk'']].
** Somewhat lampshaded in the pre-fight conversation:
-->''Be my servant and conquer the world'' '''for''' ''me!''
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Land Cores kind of get the short end of the stick. Since they're the first you level up fully, they're basically the weakest, and their weakness, Sky types, are plentiful.
* ParentalAbandonment: Emil's parents are alive, but they've basically abandoned her.
* PlayerHeadquarters: The various base camps. Some are in fixed locations, but most are free to place. You can only have one active at a time, however.
* PluckyGirl: Emil is somewhere between this and SpoiledBrat. She wants to find Core Units before you do, using super technology to do so, but freaks when she's in a dirty warehouse and leaves you to find it. [[DistressedDamsel Then she gets kidnapped]].
* PollutedWasteland: The Rusted Land.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Professors Green and Eriko]].
* ThePresidentsDaughter: Emil is the daughter of Mr. Crowzer, who is head of the company that makes Core Unit detectors.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The enemy Metal Masters, who are after the Core Units.
* RandomEncounters: Quite possibly one of the highest encounter rates in any RPG. This is mainly why it's hard.
** What makes it worse is that the ''towns aren't safe''. You can be attacked one step outside a building, and sometimes ''in'' the buildings.
** Also, in buildings and caves the encounter rate is increased.
* RandomlyDrops: There's a chance after a battle to get an enemy's Capsule, even if you haven't scanned it.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Meta Ball.
* TheRival: Badoh.
* RobotBuddy: Meta Ball.
* SaveGameLimits: There's only one file. This is bad if the game erases your data.
* SaveScumming: Saving near buildings is a good tip since you can be attacked and potentially scrapped before you reach them, and since you can't save inside buildings.
* SceneryGorn: The overworld contains plenty of [[http://i.imgur.com/8cefv4E.png destroyed buildings]] and [[http://i.imgur.com/KR43Od5.png acidic lakes]].
* SelfImposedChallenge: Going through the game as Meta Ball wherever possible.
** Going through the game without scanning any enemies. Not recommended for the sane, as HP recovery items are only found in enemy capsules.
* ShiftingSandLand: Areas on the west side of the overworld are this, complete with desert cacti.
* ShoutOut: Meta Ball, your partner's first form, looks like a mix between a [[VideoGame/MegaMan Sniper Joe and a Metool]]; both series are made by Creator/{{Capcom}}.
** Upon learning your father wasn't where you thought he was, the Magazine/NintendoPower walkthrough says "[[Franchise/EvilDead It's a trick. Get an axe.]]"
* SoundTest: In the area where you get the special Land Core, there's a guy who has all the songs in the game, even ones you may not have heard yet. To reach him you need 2 Sky Cores, though.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Emil's name in the manual is Emiru, her Japanese name.
* SpoiledBrat: Emil ''hates'' unclean places and people, kicking Badoh out when he tries to save her. She's happy to help you, though.
* TooDumbToLive: "I thought if I dropped this special Core Unit into the lake, it'd become clean again!"
* UnfortunateNames: The name of a capsule that returns you to base? Get Blown.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler: The tower in Neo City]]. Professor Hawk {{lampshades}} this by outright saying it's the last dungeon, and advises you to save.
* VirtualGhost: Professor Eriko, a scientist who died 50 years ago, seems to have a literal ghost in various computers. [[spoiler: Turns out that Eriko is a computer program]].
** The owners of said computers [[WeirdnessCensor aren't very perturbed by this]]. In fact, they seem more curious than anything.
* WakeUpCallBoss: B. Panther, the first boss, not only has decent health, strength, and speed, but he also has a wicked rebound--if he bounces off a wall, he'll crash into you for sure. The fight teaches players to strategize by bouncing at angles and use Capsules effectively; if you took him head-on you'd die pretty easily unless you [[LevelGrinding grinded]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: The HEX System makes this offer to the player after seeing how you beat Xenon]].
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: [[spoiler: Emil is being her usual, spoiled self, taking a walk outside when her parents ignored her again. Badoh is hunting for Core Units [[ThrowTheDogABone and found one]]! Professors Hawk, Xenon, and Kurama are working to use Cores for peaceful purposes. And your character is working with Dolfi and Marina to make the Rusted Land a beautiful, green place again]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: The HEX System says this to Xenon. Interestingly, it doesn't attempt to kill him]].
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