Videogame: Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems

The Title Screen
Infinity Gems. There are six different Infinity Gems. Each Gem controls one of the forces of either Time, Space, Power, Reality, Mind, or Soul. It is said that the being who obtains all of the Gems will become omnipotent — ruler of the universe. "Someone has started to gather these six Gems. If they can gather all of the Gems, the universe will suffer a new age of evil. You must help!" Adam Warlock asked Earth's mightiest heroes.
Knowing that the fate of the entire universe is at stake, Earth's mightiest heroes assemble to assist Adam Warlock in preventing the Infinity Gems from falling into the wrong hands!

Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems is a Beat 'em Up / Platform Game developed and published in 1996 for the SNES by Capcom, loosely based in the Infinity Gauntlet Story Arc: The six eponymous Infinity Gems have fallen to Earth and Adam Warlock has recruited Earth's Mightiest Heroes to assist him to find the Gems before they fall into the wrong hands.

Gameplay is similar to X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, also by Capcom. You can choose among Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine (Returning from X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse), Iron Man, or Hulk, each with their own set of moves. As you find the Gems, you can choose to take one to the battle, each one with their unique properties. Each character has also a Special Gem Attack which allow the player to clear the screen of enemies, or deal tons of damage to the stronger baddies.

Not to confuse with Marvel Super Heroes, a Fighting Game also By Capcom, and also based on the Infinity Gauntlet story arc.


  • A God Am I: Thanos's ultimate goal if he obtains all of the Gems
    "I will destroy you, and obtain the Gems, and become omnipotent"
  • Abandoned Mine: Adam Warlock describes Arizona Mining Complex as this.
  • Adaptive Armor: Iron Man of all people.
    Thanks Goodness! There is almost no damage to my running systems. Now let's move...
  • Affectionate Nickname: According to the profile of each character:
    • Captain America is Cap. Wing-Headed.
    • Spider-Man is Spidey, the Web-Slinger.
    • Wolverine is Wolvie.
    • Iron Man is Shellhead, the Golden Avenger.
    • Hulk is Brucie.
  • Airborne Mooks: They exist in some stages, plus a miniboss at Boston Aquarium.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Infinity Gems enhance the capabilites of your characters. See Color-Coded for Your Convenience for more details.
  • Archer Archetype: The Evil Hawkeye mooks.
    • Annoying Arrows: Specially when facing three Evil Hawkeye minibosses at Amazon Jungle stage.
  • Awesome but Impractical: Iron Man's Smart Bomb deals a lot of damage, being even able to kill some regular mooks in a single hit, but he's wide open for a split second, and it doesn't come out as fast as one would want.
  • Background Boss: the giant machine miniboss at The Magus's Spaceship.
  • Bald of Evil: Evil Hulk.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Nebula.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: The heroes have no problem surviving when invading the Magus's Spaceship, and when navigating the Asteroid Belt.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Evil Sasquatch, the boss of Alaska stage.
  • Big Good: Captain America.
    Freedom! Liberty! Equality! I'll stop anyone who tries to cruch those beliefs.
  • Blood Knight: According to his profile, Wolverine is "A hot-blooded warrior who is always looking for a good battle".
    Rookie. What'd I tell ya bub? I'm the best there is at what I do!
  • Boring but Practical: Wolverine's Drill Claw is not as flashy as his Tornado Claw, but it's easier to perform, and deals almost the same amount of damage if aimed correctly
  • Boss-Only Level: The Grand Finale against Nebula and Thanos.
    • Also the training stage is this, where you fight a holographic copy of one of the bosses of the regular stages.
  • Bullfight Boss: Evil Thing (At Mount Vesuvius) and Evil Hulk (At Egypt stage) charge at you.
  • Cameo: Doctor Strange makes a brief appearance in Mount Vesuvius stage, to provide you with a magic platform where you can step on, and cross through the sea of lava.
  • Character Portrait: There's a small one of your character near your lifebar.
    • Averted with the bosses; it appears near their lifebar an italic, capital E (For Evil).
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The color of the Gems is a small indicative of the aspect of the universe they rule over.
  • Combos: Performed all with the Y button.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: According to his profile, Spider-Man fights for the responsibility of man, and for the love of his wife, Mary Jane.
  • Competitive Balance:
  • Cyborg: With a robotic eye and arm, Nebula certainly qualifies.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Try replaying the game after finishing it for the first time. It's easy to forget that you can't perform Special Gem Attacks without finding at least the first Gem.
  • Dark Action Girl: Nebula, also the Evil She Hulk mooks.
  • Death from Above: Evil Sasquatch, the boss of Alaska stage, drops icicles on your character's head.
    • Spidey and Wolvie have diving attacks that cause a lot of damage to their opponents.
  • Death Trap: There's one at Egypt stage: the instant you enter the Egyptian temple, walls collapse behind, and in front of you, and a spiked celiling starts to slowly descend; you have to quickly make your escape, because this trap is One-Hit Kill!
  • Degraded Boss: The first time you fight Dr. Doom, he escapes. You find him again in Asteroid Belt as a miniboss. This time, you have to finish him for good.
    • Inverted with Evil Hulk: you first find him as a miniboss in The Magus's Spaceship; later when you find again as the boss of Egypt stage, it's time to finish him for good.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Adam Warlock describes the Asteroid Belt stage as "A space graveyard where silence rules".
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: If you're able to defeat Thanos.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Cap can throw his shield in front of him, or also diagonal up or diagonal down, it's hard sometimes to hit a target, but with enough practice, this becomes an almost impregnable defense system.
    • Hulk's Launch-and-Smash attack can also be this, due to the risk of getting too close to the enemy, but it's certainly the most powerful attack of the main characters (Excluding the Special Gem Attacks, obviously).
  • Disc One Final Boss: The Magus.
  • Disc One Final Dungeon: The Magus's Spaceship.
  • Diving Kick: One of Dr. Doom's main attacks.
  • Double Jump: Iron Man has this in his arsenal.
  • Dragon: Nebula is this to Thanos.
  • Dual Boss: Two Evil Iron Men at the end of Boston Aquarium stage.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Blackheart (In Asteroid Belt).
    • Evil Sasquatch, the boss of Alaska stage, isn't too far behind.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of the main heroes except Cap and Spidey. There are also evil counterparts of Silver Surfer, The Thing, Daredevil, She-Hulk, etc.
  • Expy: Evil Daredevil resembles a certain pink childlike demon named Majin Buu.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: One of Thanos's attacks consists on summoning two metal plates around you, and viciously close them on you.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Flight: Iron Man can boost horizontally when in the air. Also useful to strike down airborne baddies.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Some stages are full of these.
  • Genius Bruiser: Hulk.
    Did you truly believe you could beat me with muscle? We could have talked. Use your brain!
  • Glass Cannon: Your character becomes this if you equip the Power Gem.
    • If you equip the Soul Gem instead, your character becomes a Stone Wall.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The main premise of the game: Six artifacts of power named "Infinity Gems" have fallen to earth, and Earth's Mightiest Heroes are recruited to find them; however, the bad guys are also after them.
  • Ground Punch: Hulk's Special Gem Attack. He creates a shockwave that is able to knock down even airborne baddies.
  • Guide Dang It: The player is on his/her own to figure out how to perform Special Gem Attacks.
  • Having a Blast: Cap's Special Gem Attack.
  • King Mook: There is a stronger boss version for some of the regular mooks, such as Evil Wolverine, Evil Iron Man, Evil Daredevil, etc.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Four of the six Gems are located at random stages every time, so you may or may not find them at the first attempt.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Subverted with Captain America. He can "Shield Slash" any opponent from a distance, or charge at them before they attack, but in general, he can only use his shield to attack, not to block, or guard.
  • MacGuffin: The six Infinity Gems.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Doombot mooks.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Spidey's Special Gem Attack: he catches a baddie with his web, then slams him hard into the ground twice.
  • Mission Control: Adam Warlock; he gives a brief summary of what waits for you at each stage, also warns you about the explosives placed at Boston Aquarium, and the Poison Gas in Arizona Mining Complex.
  • Never Say "Die": When Adam Warlock advises you about the explosives in Boston Aquarium.
    You have to find the Gem and escape immediately. If you don't, you'll perish!
    • Averted when Thanos makes his first appearance.
    "Give me the Gems or you shall die!"
    • Later when you're about to confront him:
    "Prepare to meet your death!"
    • Also averted with Dr. Doom when you find him in the Asteroid Belt miniboss battle:
    "I have been waiting for you. Those magnificent Gems do not become you. Only I am worthy of their power. In exchange of them, I shall give you [a] beautiful death!
  • Oh, Crap: Thanos's reaction after his defeat.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: The weaker versions of the Evil Puck and Evil Hawkeye mooks are this.
  • Oxygen Meter: You are given one in the flooded rooms in Boston Aquarium and Dr. Doom's Castle, also in the poison gas room in Arizona Mining Complex. If you run out of air, you don't drown instantly, instead, your lifebar starts depleting.
  • Palette Swap: Some enemies come in three different colors, as an indicative of their range (Mooks or boss).
  • Password Save: Of the "Game State" kind. You can retrieve your current password entering the Avenger's Base stage. It saves not only the stages that have been already cleared, but the items stored in your stock, and the characters still alive as well. Passwords are written inputting letters from B to Z (Minus the vowels), numbers from 0 to 9, and a few greek symbols, such as Alpha, gamma, and a greek Capital Epsilon.
  • Plasma Cannon: One of the first obstacles in The Magus's Spaceship.
  • Playing with Fire: Evil Thing (The boss of Mount Vesuvius) attacks you with fireballs. The final boss Thanos can also create a fire pillar beneath your character's feet.
  • Power Up Full Color Change / The Berserker: Wolverine's Special Gem Attack turns him golden, and allows him to shoot energy waves from his claws.
  • Ray Gun: Nebula's Weapon of Choice.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Evil Daredevil (boss and mooks).
  • Reformulated Game: Subverted. This game came out almost one year after Marvel Super Heroes for the arcades.
  • Regenerating Health: One of The Magus's main abilities.
  • Rolling Attack: The main attack of Evil Puck mooks.
  • Sequence Breaking: If you're playing Dr. Doom's Castle with Iron Man, you can choose between going through the upper path, or lower path. The upper path was supposed to be only for Spidey and Wolvie, given how they can't break the wall to the lower path, so that would mean the lower path is only for the other three heroes. Iron Man's Double Jump proves to be very useful here.
  • Shared Life Meter: This game provides the page image. When you face two Evil Iron Men at the end of Boston Aquarium stage, there is just one life bar for both bosses.
    • Same happens with the trio of Evil Puck minibosses at Alaska stage.
  • Shock and Awe: The Magus can fire a lightning bolt at you.
    • The statue miniboss at Egypt stage also tries to zap you with electricity.
  • Shockwave Stomp: one of Evil Sasquatch's favourite attacks. The stomp per se doesn't hurt or immobilize you, but he can drop icicles on your character's head.
  • Shoryuken: Wolverine's Tornado Claw requires the same input as in Street Fighter.
    • Hulk also has a move where he launches a baddie into the air, jumps and smashes him hard into the ground.
    • Iron Man also has one, as his Combo Finisher.
  • Shout-Out: The Magus's teleport is similar to Akuma's Ashura Senkuu.
    • And, speaking of Street Fighter, Evil Puck's Rolling Attack is similar to that of Blanka, at least, the up diagonal variant.
    • Spider-Man's Special Gem Attack, a Web Throw variant, is similar to Birdie's Choke Chain move.
  • Smart Bomb: Iron Man has one in his arsenal.
  • Space Base: The Magus's spaceship.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Magus. Oddly enough, he appears as The Magus only in cutscenes. In-game the name under his Life Meter reads just "Magus".
  • Spikes of Doom: The armors of Evil Iron Man mooks are covered with these.
  • Spiritual Successor: Of X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse.
  • Super Strength: Hulk of all people. According to his profile, he can throw a tank as easily as a normal human throws a baseball.
  • Teleport Spam: Blackheart, the boss of Asteroid Belt, likes to teleport a lot.
  • The Paralyzer: Spidey's Web Ball paralyzes mooks, leaving them wide open for a combo. It doesn't work in bosses, though.
    • His Special Gem Attack may also count as this, Spidey paralyzes the baddie with his Web, and slams him hard into the ground.
  • True Final Boss: Thanos
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The Asteroid Belt stage is the most platform-like of all. After being beating up a hundred enemies throughout the game, you find yourself jumping from platform to platform and avoiding floating debris. Except for a few airborne baddies, and the battles with Dr. Doom and Blackheart, there are almost no enemies to beat up.
  • Unique Enemy: Evil Silver Surfer mooks only appear in the first part of Mount Vesuvius.
    • And there are also the Doombot mooks appearing only in Dr. Doom's castle.
  • Video Game Settings:
  • Walk, Don't Swim: This is how the heroes navigate the flooded rooms.
  • Wall Crawl: Spidey and Wolvie have this in their arsenal.
  • Weakened by the Light: Iron Man's Special Gem Attack.
  • Wolverine Claws: Duh.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Hulk.