Video Game: Commando

Commando (Senjō no Ōkami) is a top-down run-and-gun game released by Capcom in 1985. Originally an arcade game, it was later ported to a wide range of game consoles, including the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, Commodore 64, Intellivision, and ZX Spectrum. In this game, you control a soldier (nameless in the original version, but called "Super Joe" in some international versions) who is dropped off in a jungle and has to shoot and bomb his way through enemy territory.

It had two sequels: Mercs (aka Senjō no Ōkami 2), released in 1989, and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, released in 2008. Both sequels featured cooperative play for up to three players.

Not to be confused with Ōkami or the similarly-named flash game series.


Tropes used in Commando:

  • Bullet Hell: Sometimes.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: In the English version, you face against the army of an African country who kidnapped the President of the U.S. In the Japanese version, the plot is the same, except the name of the country you have to face is only named as Country Rnote 
  • Mooks but No Bosses: In the first game, each section ends with a red uniformed general ordering his soldiers to attack, but he goes down in one shot just like all of the others. The second game, Mercs, adds some formal boss battles, though.
  • Nintendo Hard
  • No Export for You: The third game was not released in Japan.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Both you and your enemies.
  • One-Man Army
  • Spiritual Successor: Bionic Commando
  • Tank Goodness: Tanks are encountered throughout the series. You can even drive one in Mercs.