And The Fandom Rejoiced: Super Robot Wars
A series like Super Robot Wars
is pretty much made to appeal to fans of the Humongous Mecha
genre. As such, the mere inclusion of a fan's favorite show since they were a kid is enough to cause rejoicing.
- Second Super Robot Wars Z: Hakai-hen. The cast list was so beautiful it was first dismissed as a joke. When it was confirmed, there was much rejoicing.
- To put this into perspective, the hype regarding Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was eclipsed by the other debuting series: Dai-Guard, Shin Mazinger, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and Armored Trooper VOTOMS, the latter being one of the most wanted series in the past fifteen years. Then there's the fact the TV New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, Godmars, Macross Frontier, both Dancougars and Getter Robo Armageddon returning to the franchise, as well as almost every series from the previous game (with only two exceptions). The only quirky entry this time was Invincible Robo Trider G7, which got some praise after Banpresto showed a completely unrelated cross series Combination Attack between G7 and Zambot 3 (such attacks have been wished for a while). Naturally, this cast listing was given the Fan Nickname "The Best Thing Ever".
- Think that's it? Hakai-hen sequel Saisei-hen adds in New Gigantor, season two of Gundam 00, Macross Dynamite 7 (the last time we saw Macross 7 was in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3), Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann-hen, making the series list surpass over fourty.
- Additionally, some players were very happy about what characters are apparently playable: Shako, Kallen Kozaki in her Playboy Bunny outfit and most of all, Boss Borot. IT'S THE AGE OF FATSO!
- Seeing Heroman in Super Robot Wars UX was a pleasant surprise for fans of the show after it pretty much came and went in Japan. Aura Battler Dunbine and Ninja Senshi Tobikage returning after being absent since Super Robot Wars Impact was another positive. Speaking of Dunbine, The Wings of Rean finally makes its SRW debut after showing up in three installments of the Another Century's Episode franchise before.
- Super Robot Wars OE (Operation Extend) had fans cheering: the Eldoran Trilogy, the return of the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Blue Comet SPT Layzner, VOTOMs and the debut of Patlabor, another series fans have been asking for in years.
- Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen got this due to having Rebuild of Evangelion, Gurren Lagann and GUNBUSTER in the same game. If there was another "Holy Trinity" for Humongous Mecha out there, it would be these three series courtesy of Gainax.
- The trailer also showed some fan-favorites making it back into SRW, such as Full Metal Panic!, meaning The Stoic duo of Heero Yuy and Sōsuke Sagara will likely return (their last outing was in Super Robot Wars W). Also, the end of the trailer shows the Super Galaxy Gurren-Lagann, an indication Jigoku-hen won't stop the plot of Gurren Lagann early this time, unlike Saisei-hen.
- The release of the second trailer reveals the eponymous Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. As expected, fans are excited, since the unit will be a full-fledged one, rather than like the Arc Gurren Lagann in Saisei-hen where it's only available in an attack. Either Banpresto is rectifying this or something else the size of a galaxy (aside from the Anti-Spiral's Evil Counterpart of the titular unit) is dangerous enough to have the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann as a playable unit.
- One word: DIEBUSTER. Nearly all SRW players have been expecting it to make its debut in the Third Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku-hen with its sister series Gunbuster.
- The whole Full Metal Panic! fandom exploded in joy when they see ARX-8 Laevatein in action, despite the fact that it has not been animated yet. It's more than enough to fill up the sadness from the absence of the long-waited fourth season.
- When Original Generation Gaiden was announced, many players weren't pleased they'll be seeing essentially an extended rehash of the bonus section from the previous "2.5" scenario of Original Generations. The suspense was even ruined regarding Fiona Gureden being Stuffed into the Fridge in the previous installment, no thanks to one trailer. Just as the game neared its release date — wait a minute: the Cry Wolves of Super Robot Wars MX!? Once the game was launched — Axel Almer AND Einst Alfimi have come Back from the Dead!?
- Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier seemed like a poor excuse of having Expy upon Expy of existing SRW originals being placed in an Eastern RPG setting. Once information about new character Aschen Blodel being a W-Series Artificial Human was revealed, alongside being created from the main series' continuity, fans were starting to be receptive of this Spin-Off (especially since this makes Endless Frontier canon to the main installments). When Reiji Arisu, Xiaomu and KOS-MOS rounded out the last of the playable cast, that was enough for fans to consider this worth looking into, since this means Namco X Capcom and Xenosaga are effectively part of the Banpresto multiverse.
- Likewise, the Endless Frontier EXCEED sequel didn't seem to attract much hype, as the only new characters are Aledy Naash and Neige Hausen (the former being yet another blatant Expy of an SRW protagonist). Once Axel, Alfimi and Fighter Roar were seen in the trailers.....yeah (despite Roar being a support character than a fully playable one).
- One of the follow-up EXCEED trailers showcased the antagonists and the Big Bad, the latter who beared a resemblance to Wodan Ymir. Even better, the same trailer highlighted that bosses from the previous game will join the party as part of the support line-up. Hell, even Saya gets a friggin' Combination Attack with Reiji and Xiaomu!
- Much of the hype surrounding the Second Original Generation was the result of Unexpected Characters, to wit the rest of the Masou Kishin cast (sans Masaki Andoh, Shu Shirakawa and Lune Zoldark) finally make their appearance in main continuity via the events of Super Robot Wars EX, after an eleven-year absence from consoles since Alpha Gaiden. Bonus rejoicing when fans discovered the Masou Kishin units can gain their final attacks as an unlockable treat, despite violating canon, which adds to the unexpectedness.
- It was a long wait, but we finally get to play as Shu in his story from EX in the Dark Prison Downloadable Content.
- When Masou Kishin: Coffin of the End was announced, the hype for the Masou Kishin series was already dying (and likely the reason why this installment is being billed as the Grand Finale). Cue the first magazine scans and the teaser trailer showing Shu being The Captain of a new battleship, a trashed Neo Granzon, Tytti Noorbuck using a mass-produced Regelior-AR instead of her Elemental Lord Gaddeath and Amara Balshem, who wasn't Killed Off for Real and winds up in La Gias. All of a sudden, players who aren't necessarily Masou Kishin-centric are excited for this installment.