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The second entry of the Wonderswan series of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', the ''Super Robot Wars Compact 2'' story was ''so big'' it had to be separated into three parts: ''Earth Crisis'', ''Cosmoquake'' and ''Galaxy Showdown''. The story deals with the battle between Earth's forces and the extraterrestrial Einst, who seek to restart the world they deem too corrupted. The key to Einst's success or defeat lies within two cadets in the Earth Federation's forces, serving as the game's OriginalGeneration.

Arguably one of the more famous [=SRW=] entries, despite the obscure handheld system it started out on. It was later [[VideoGameRemake remade]] using the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'' engine as ''Super Robot Wars Impact'', the series' first entry on the Sony PlayStation2, with all three games compiled onto one disc. In addition to introducing a new original character named Einst Alfimi, ''Impact'' adds two new series to the game: ''GGundam'' and ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''. Like the preceding ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact'', Compact 2 and Impact features the "Free Route System": rather than following a linear plot, the games allow the player to choose the order to play certain scenarios in. This may affect the storyline or give the player an opportunity to unlock [[SecretCharacter hidden units and/or characters]].

!Series included in the ''Super Robot Wars Compact 2'' trilogy[=/=][[VideoGameRemake Impact]] (debuts are in '''bold''')
* '''[[OriginalGeneration Banpresto Originals]]'''
* ''{{Mobile Suit Gundam}} ''
** ''[[{{The 08th MS Team}} Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team]] ''
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket]]''
** ''[[{{Gundam 0083}} Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory]] ''
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam]]''
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ]]''
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack]]''
** ''[[GundamF91 Mobile Suit Gundam F91]]''
* ''MazingerZ''
** ''GreatMazinger''
** ''UFORoboGrendizer''
* ''{{Getter Robo}}''
** ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo G]]''
** ''[[GetterRobo Shin Getter Robo]]'' (Manga version)
* ''[[{{Raideen}} Brave Raideen]]''
* ''[[{{Combattler V}} Super Electromagnetic Machine Combattler V]]''
* ''[[{{Zambot 3}} Invincible Super Man Zambot 3]]''
* ''[[{{Daitarn 3}} Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3]]''
* ''{{Aura Battler Dunbine}}''
* ''{{Dancougar}}''
** '''[[{{Dancougar}} Dancougar: Blazing Epilogue]]''' (Debuts in ''Earth Crisis'')
* '''{{Dangaioh}}''' (Debuts in ''Earth Crisis'')
* '''{{Ninja Senshi Tobikage}}''' (Debuts in ''Earth Crisis'')
* '''[[MachineRobo Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos]]''' (Debuts in ''Cosmoquake'')
* ''{{Martian Successor Nadesico}}'' (Impact exclusive)
* ''[[GGundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam]]'' (Impact exclusive)

!Associated tropes:
* TheAce (Haran Banjou and Rom Stol)
* AcePilot (Kyosuke is a "Steamroller" and Excellen's a "Sniper", though when fighting alongside him, she steers towards "Bushwacker")
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Particularly egregious in ''Galaxy Showdown'', where the headcount limit is actually ''lower'' than the previous games at many points.
* AscendedExtra ([[{{Daitarn 3}} Meganoid Generals Benmel, Cross, Mileena and Neros]] (who only appears in the Impact remake) only show up for one episode each, yet are more prominent in this game/series than other SRW {{Daitarn 3}} appearances)
* {{Badass}} (Like their ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' counterparts, Kyosuke, Excellen and Alfimi are certified {{badass}}es in their own way. [[BadassArmy Every playable character in this game]] also count)
** BadassInDistress (Excellen gets kidnapped by the Einst.)
** BadassNormal: While most of his other [[TrueCompanions companions]] are pilots with [[MobileSuitGundam powerful psychic abilities]] or pilots who pilot Super Robots (Kouji, Tetsuya, Duke, Getter Robo Team, Akira, Combattler V Team, Rom, Domon, the Zambot 3 Team, Banjou) a Kyousuke manages to kick-ass & win battles solely by his insane skills & crazy amount of battle experience behind the cockpit(He ''IS'' the only person that can pilot the Alt Eisen/Alt Eisen Riese.) The only thing thats abnormal about him is his insane luck giving him the capability to survive injuries that can kill any other man/woman.
** LittleMissBadass (Alfimi)
* BackFromTheDead ([[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados and Shapiro Keats]], [[{{Daitarn 3}} the Meganoids]], [[MazingerZ Dr. Hell]] (as the [[GreatMazinger Grand Marshall of Hell]]), [[MazingerZ Baron Ashura and Count Brocken]] all return from the previous war.)
* BeamSpam (Specialty of the Weiss and Rein Weiss)
* BigBad (Neue Regisseur)
* BigDamnHeroes ([[{{Ninja Senshi Tobikage}} Tobikage]] and [[MachineRobo Rom Stoll]])
* BladeOnAStick (It should also be mentioned the {{BFG}} of Excellen's [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Weiss Ritter]] is named after the Oxtongue spear)
* BoisterousBruiser (Excellen's a rare female protagonist example, though she slightly overlaps this with...)
* BossRush: Scenario 99 in IMPACT.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy (Excellen in Part 3)
* CharClone (Taken to logical conclusion when Anavel Gato is [[spoiler: convinced into your group in IMPACT]], he joins Char in his ColonyDrop of Axis
* ChestBlaster (MazingerZ's Breast Fire, Great Mazinger's Breast Burn, Grendizer's Hanjuuryoku/Anti-Gravity Storm)
* CloningBlues ([[spoiler:Alfimi]] in the Impact remake)
* CoolBigSis (Excellen)
* TheCollector ([[{{Daitarn 3}} Benmel]])
* CombinationAttack (Impact marks the Rampage Ghost's first appearance)
** AuraBattlerDunbine Combination Attacks: Double Hyper Aura Giri (performed by Dunbine and Bilbine)
** GGundam Combination Attacks: Double God Finger (performed by God Gundam and Nobel Gundam), Double Sekiha Tenkyoken (performed by God Gundam and Master Gundam) and Love Love Finger (performed by God Gundam and Shining Gundam)
** MachineRobo Combination Attacks: Double Kamaitachi (performed by Vaikungfu and Blue Jet) and Inazuma Cyclone Ganban Wari (performed by Vaikungfu and Road Drill)
** MartianSuccessorNadesico Combination Attacks: Buttercup Formation (performed by Aestivalis-Ryoko, Aestivalis-Hikaru, and Aestivalis-Izumi) and Double Gekigan Flare (performed by Aestivalis-Akito and Aestivalis-Gai)
** Mazinger Series Combination Attacks: [[ChestBlaster Double Burning Fire]] (performed by MazingerZ and GreatMazinger), [[RocketPunch Triple Mazinger Punch]] (performed by MazingerZ, GreatMazinger and {{Grendizer}}) and Triple Mazinger Blade (performed by MazingerZ, GreatMazinger and {{Grendizer}})
** NinjaSenshiTobikage Combination Attacks: Beast Machine Combination (performed by Black Lion, Burst Dragon, and Thunder Eagle), and Zanzou Sappou (performed by Tobikage and Zerokage).
* CombiningMecha (GetterRobo, {{Dancougar}}, {{Dangaioh}} and CombattlerV)
** [[NinjaSenshiTobikage Tobikage]] also combines with one of the three Mecha from its series when their Will is high enough
* DeadpanSnarker ([[{{Martian Successor Nadesico}} Ruri Hoshino]] (Impact only))
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu? ([[{{Daitarn 3}} Don Zauser]], [[{{Raideen}} Demon Emperor Barao]], [[MachineRobo Gadess]], [[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados]], [[GGundam the Devil Gundam]], Neue Regisseur)
** A very rare occasion in SRW where the TrueFinalBoss is NOT this trope.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Einst Regisseur in Part 1. Part 2 has the player near-simultaneously fending off ''Dancougar'', ''Machine Robo'', and Einst enemies while under a time limit.
* DoomedHometown: Mars for the Tobikage characters, Nadesico characters and Banjou Haran.
* TheDragon (The resurrected [[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados]] serves this role to the Einst Collective.)
* EldritchAbomination (The Einst)
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses ([[NinjaSenshiTobikage Princess Romina]])
* EvilKnockoff (Fake {{Daitarn 3}}s, Gildeens, Mass Production {{Great Mazinger}}s, Einst Eisen)
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: [[CharsCounterattack Char]]]] and [[spoiler: [[{{Gundam0083}} Gato]]]] in the true ending.
* FixFic ([[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Bernie Wiseman]] (as a result of {{retcon}}ning his death in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]''), [[{{The 08th MSTeam}} Norris Packard]], [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia]], [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Schwarz Bruder]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Puru and Puru 2]] get to live)
* FlashStep (F91 Gundam Formula 91)
* GratuitousGerman (The names of Kyosuke and Excellen's mecha; similarly, all the names and attacks of Einst units and characters)
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Kyosuke's Alteisen is a massively armored mech whose main weapons are a stake driver and a pair of humongous claymores. By comparison, Excellen's Weissritter is a speedy, lightly-armored machine armed with a large rifle.
* [[HiveQueen Hive King]] (Neue Regisseur)
* HalfHumanHybrid ([[spoiler:Excellen]])
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl, with a mix of ThePollyanna: Excellen loves her alcohol, but she doesn't need it to become the latter: it's part of her nature, because her sunny disposition is what really cheers the cast up during the downer moments.
* HumanAliens ([[{{Grendizer}} Duke and Maria Fleed]], [[{{Zambot 3}} The Zambot Team members]], 3/4s of the Dangaioh team, and [[NinjaSenshiTobikage the Zaboom and Rodarians]].)
* HumanityOnTrial (The Einst are disturbed by how warlike the Earthlings are and seek to KillEmAll and replace them with a new species in an AdamAndEvePlot, [[spoiler:using Kyosuke and Alfimi as its Adam and Eve]])
* ImprobableWeaponUser (Kyosuke's Alt Eisen uses a pile bunker and mecha-sized titanium ball bearings as weapons. When it's upgraded to the Riese, it can't even move with the extra armor: who in the right mind would ''want'' to use this machine?? Fortunately, he's the only one who can ever use it and factor in his ungodly luck, here's a true example of a weapon not fit for anyone ''but'' him)
* KarmicDeath (Gil Berg and Garimos from ''Dangaioh'' finally get it, after being {{Karma Houdini}}s in the series proper)
** Don't forget [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Kusakabe]] either. You finally get to blow up the bastard in Impact!
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter (In a setting where most Humongous Mecha are powered by AppliedPhlebotinum, tinkered by {{Cosmic Horror}}s, shoot FrickinLaserBeams and [[SphereOfDestruction Spheres Of Destruction]] and other unworldly powers, the RealRobot Alt Eisen uses solely solid-based weapons. Unfortunately, it's an AwesomeButImpractical unit, due to its specifications and difficulty in handling in-story. However, it functions on RuleOfCool, due to its pilot having been BornLucky and in his hands, is able to take it to a point where it rivals {{Super Robot}}s in damage capabilities)
* MacGuffin: The Star of La Mu.
* MagikarpPower: The infamous V-Up item, known for turning weak units with three or four items slots into walking death machines, shows up in ''Compact 2''. One noteworthy candidate is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket NT-1 Alex]], which is arguably a DiscOneNuke in the hands of Amuro or Kamille.
* MakeMeWannaShout: [[{{Raideen}} God Voice, which is unlocked after performing a sequence of events.]]
* MetaMecha (Vikungfu and GP-03)
* MidSeasonUpgrade (Alt Eisen Reise, [[GetterRobo Getter Robo G]], [[{{Gundam 0083}} GP-03]], [[AuraBattlerDunbine Billbine]], [[GGundam God Gundam]], Shin GetterRobo and [[spoiler:Rein Weiss Ritter]]. [[MutuallyExclusivePowerups Unfortunately, you can't have the latter and Shin Getter at the same time]])
* MulticoloredHair (Gold and brown for Kyosuke)
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot (NinjaSenshiTobikage and GGundam units (Impact only))
* NintendoHard: Both the Wonderswan trilogy and ''Impact''; ''Galaxy Showdown'' in particular is considered by some to be the hardest game in the entire franchise.
** It's even worse if the player is aiming for the TrueFinalBoss: ''Compact 2'' requires [[spoiler: a turn count of 777 or lower across all 92 stages of the trilogy]], while ''Impact'' requires [[spoiler: 50 or more Skill Points.]]
* [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo One Game For The Price Of Three]]: The first two games are basically branches of one giant route split, while the third game brings all of the characters together.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat (Subverted: [[spoiler:Excellen ''didn't'' survive the shuttle accident; the meddling Einsts brought her BackFromTheDead]])
* OfficialCouple (Kyosuke x Excellen, of course)
* OverlyLongFightingAnimation
* PerkyFemaleMinion (Alfimi)
* ThePowerOfLove (Which grants Kyosuke and Excellen their CombinationAttack, complete with witty banter)
** Also slightly played at the same time: Excellen only ever calls it the "[[ShoutOut Love Love Attack]]"
** The original attack even shows up. The only difference is that Rain pilots the Shining Gundam for Impact.
* PutOnABus (The only characters from GGundam brought over for Impact are Allenby Beardsley, Domon Kasshu, Dr. Kasshu, Dr. Mikamura, Kyoji Kasshu, Rain Mikamura, Schwarz Bruder, Master Asia and Ulube Ishikawa)
* [[strike:[[ColdSniper Cold]]]] [[FriendlySniper REALLY REALLY COLORFUL Sniper]] (Excellen)
* {{Robeast}} ([[MazingerZ Mechanical Beasts]], [[{{Raideen}} Fossil Beasts]], [[GreatMazinger Warrior Beasts]], [[CombattlerV Slave Beasts]], [[{{Zambot 3}} Mecha Boosts]])
* RocketPunch (MazingerZ's Rocket Punch, GreatMazinger's Atomic Punch and Drill Pressure Punch, {{Grendizer}}'s Screw Crusher Punch, {{Dangaioh}}'s Boost Knuckle and Spiral Knuckle)
* SpellMyNameWithAnS (Is it Alfimi or Alchemie?)
* TrueFinalBoss ([[spoiler:[[CharsCounterattack Char Aznable]]]])
* VideoGameRemake[=/=]AdaptationExpansion (Impact combines the three Compact 2 games together and mixes fan favorites [[GGundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam]] and {{Martian Successor Nadesico}} in)
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair (Alfimi, [[spoiler: even when her origin is an orange-blonde MsFanservice]]...)
* ZergRush
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