Released by Namco
in 1987 as an arcade title, it was more recently revived as a webcomic as part of Shifty Look
. Fully titled Wonder Momo: Battle Idol
the comic is a comedy and action based series that goes on with on going story arcs. The arcade game was Namco's last 8-bit title. For years her only other video game appearance was as a playable character in Namco X Capcom
. However, Bandai Namco recently announced that they're reviving the franchise with a new anime series consisting of five 5-minute anime shorts to be streamed via Nico Nico Douga
with a simulcast on CrunchyRoll. In addition to this, a new game is in development for PC and Android by Way Forward
Tropes common across the whole series:
The Original Arcade and PC-Engine Games provide examples of:
- All There in the Manual: The game's backstory and the names of every character apart from Momo are only told on arcade fliers and the PC-Engine manual.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The only way to damage the Final Boss is to hit Mozuu's floating brain while dodging attacks from his robotic tank body.
- BFG Cannonporter carries around a bazooka as big as he is tall.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Mozuu, the leader of Warudemon, is a floating brain controlling a robotic tank.
- Distressed Damsel: The Joshikousei kidnapped by Warudemon in Volume 3. Amazona makes her first appearance disguised as her before attacking Momo. The girl herself is rescued at the end of the volume.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Warudemon's HQ, which is used as the setting for the final level.
- Kick Chick: Momo only attacks using (very) high kicks and splits kicks.
- Panty Shot: A game element used to stun the main character is a photographer in the audience who try to get a shot of Momo's panties.
- Recurring Boss: A fair number of them.
- Degraded Boss: Crab Fencer, Junk Rock and Shamoan (the first three bosses of Vol. 1) and Acroball (the boss of Vol. 2-1) all make return appearances as Mid Bosses multiple times throughout the game.
- Dual Boss: Crab Fencer, Junk Rock and Acroball as part of their Degraded Boss shtick. Cannonporter, a boss from Vol. 2, makes one of his two return appearances alongside a twin as the boss of Vol. 4-2.
- Mid Boss: Amazona's two appearances in Vol. 3-3 and 4-2.
- Show Within A Game: Instead of playing a superhero fighting the forces of evil, the player plays as a girl who plays one in a live stage show.
- Video Game Lives: One of the many inversions that popped up in the mid-late 1980s: Momo has a Life Meter (listed as "VITAL"), but if it runs out, the game ends.
The Web Comic provides examples of: