The year is 199X, and mysterious messages are suddenly received announcing a general attack on all of Japan. Then, just as in the message, first King Ghidorah appears in Osaka and starts to tear the city apart. Helpless before the monster, the Self Defense Agency turns its eyes to Godzilla, sleeping at the bottom of the sea of japan, as its final weapon. What they had in mind was to control Godzilla with human hands and make him fight the monster. The plan was executed immediately; the operation box that was developed by Professor Ogata was shot into Godzilla successfully. The Strategy succeeded and Godzilla awoke. But could Godzilla and his ferocious fighting spirit really be controlled? Everything depends on you who have the controller in your hands.Super Godzilla
is easily considered one of the most disappointing Godzilla games since you don't fight the other monsters so much as you step forward, punch, move back, select an attack and then just watch a short cinematic of the monsters beating each other up. In short it's less of a video game and more of a movie. The game is most notable for having a rather good story with several plot twists which makes sense considering it uses the script for the unmade Godzilla vs Bagan movie which was canceled but good story can't make up for bad gameplay. The game is also well known for the ability to turn Godzilla into the title character, Super Godzilla in the last two stages and the unused monster Bagan, who makes his first and, so far, only appearance in this game.
This video game provides examples of:
- Alien Invasion: It just isn't Godzilla unless there's a threat from space.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Subverted; unlike fighting games, you'll never switch sides when fighting, you'll always be on the left and enemy will always be on the right.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Godzilla's stronger moves take a lot of time to charge, enough that your opponent will certainly interrupt unless you use a booster to make them charge faster (and even then, it's hit or miss for the biggest one).
- Beam Spam: This IS Godzilla we are talking about it.
- Big Bad: Bagan full stop. Mecha-King Ghidorah gets some of this too.
- Cameo: The Super-X2 from Godzilla vs. Biollante is in the opening and ending movies but other then shooting down an alien mother ship it's sole purpose is to fly over Godzilla and direct him via mind control. Like wise the original Super-X from The Return of Godzilla will make a cameo in the battle with Bagan if Tokyo reached 50 percent damage or higher before you beat Mecha-King Ghidorah or if you choose to become Super Godzilla and defeat him as that. In that case you have to hold off Bagan as normal Godzilla for a while in a suicide mission until the Super-X arrives with the energy to turn you into Super Godzilla.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The computer charges faster than you do, but to balance it out isn't as consistent in its usage of those powers as it could be. The UFO enemies can never be knocked out of their charging state.
- Cut and Paste Environments: Somewhat subverted, as the battlegrounds will change depending on the current area.
- Event Flag: A surprisingly good number of them. MechaGodzilla will not stop warping until you destroy the mothership on his level, Biollante will not appear until you rescue Professor Ogota, the Battra cocoon does not show up until you beat the adult, which may or may not hatch depending on whether you reach it in time, and beating Mecha-King Ghidorah as either Godzilla or Super Godzilla. Letting the city reach 50% destruction will determine whether you can turn into Super Godzilla before facing against Bagan or be forced to fend him off as normal Godzilla for a while as your allies desperately try to get the energy you need to transform.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Bagan. In record time people go from saying "Bagan?" to freaking the hell out when he destroys Tokyo in mere seconds, and right after he's introduced.
- Godzilla Threshold: The JSDF get desperate enough to use a mind control device that was never tested on Godzilla and it works.
- Hyperactive Sprite: The monsters just will not stop moving.
- Luck-Based Mission: Timed events often count on the enemy randomly closing the distance to you so you can reach them. If they decide to wander in the other direction, you usually can't catch up in time.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: King Ghidorah's cells prove to be very useful.
- Power-Up: Eventually Godzilla can be turned into Super Godzilla. His tail whip is replaced by an energy tail ball, his body slam is replaced by a shoulder ram that makes the enemy suffer mini explosions on their body after being hit, the weak version of the blue atomic breath is replaced by an orange Nova Beam, and the strong version of the blue atomic breath is replaced by a blue energy attack shot from the stomach called the Navel Beam which takes the form of Super Godzilla's face before hitting the enemy. There's also a health boost. Bagan gets this, as well.
- Prehistoric Monster: Bagan who is from Earth's "ultra ancient past", in the "land of Legend", China.
- Plot Twist: Lots of them. Professor Ogata will study the reaming King Ghidorah head to see if anything useful will come from it. He discovers that the King Ghidorah and Godzilla cells store huge amounts of energy and fuse them with Godzilla to make him stronger. This give the player more health. He continues to study King Ghidorah cells to see if there are more secrets. Amazingly he finds that giving Godzilla a huge amount of energy while he has King Ghidorah cells fused with him will turn him into Super Godzilla who is pretty much Godzilla on steroids. The aliens even get in on the act as well. After saving the Professor they use Godzilla cells and rose cells to make Biollante. After beating Mecha-King Ghidorah you find out there is one more monster to fight, even worse it's a super monster and new one named Bagan. When you finally decided to take it down before it can move on to the next city it transforms after a large explosion and the aliens reveal that they had used a similar cell fusion on Bagan, giving him Godzilla and King Ghidorah cells to make him even stronger and this is after his first form had already destroyed the city!
- If you are playing the U.S. version of the game the second boss will seem to be another Godzilla until you punch it to reveal that it's the Showa MechaGodzilla.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Before the game came out in the U.S., its plot was gonna be used for Godzilla vs Bagan but it got canceled. As a result, Super Godzilla's design would be used for SpaceGodzilla, replacing his shoulder spikes with shoulder crystals. Even their beams are a reference to space with both of them having an orange atomic breath and Super Godzilla's beam being called the Nova Beam, Nova being a type of nuclear explosion in a white dwarf star, and Space Godzilla's being called a Corona Beam, Corona being an outer layer of the sun or other stars, and the beam looking and moving a lot like a solar flare thanks to Space Godzilla controlling it with his psychic powers.
- This is not really true. The scrapped Godzilla Vs. Bagan project was for 1995, two years after this game had been released in Japan.
- Red Sky, Take Warning: The final stage after Bagan shows up.
- Regional Bonus: The English version of the game replaced the Heisei MechaGodzilla with his Showa counterpart and removed the head crest from Super Godzilla's head and the Navel Beam's copy.
- Scripted Event: This game is very story heavy, unlike most Godzilla games.