Super Robot Wars Gaiden (subtitled as Masou Kishin: The Lord of Elemental) is the first Original Generation game EVER. That said, it was released on the Super Famicom in 1996, featuring some of the best 16-bit visuals ever, mecha drawn to scale (the first SRW to avert the Super-Deformed formula), and had a storyline that made Super Robot Wars 4 look like Fan Fiction. Suffice to say, this is the best Super Robot Wars installment on the console.The story of The Lord of Elemental tells solely on the origins of the entire Masou Kishin cast, and the genesis of the long feud between Masaki Andoh and Shu Shirakawa. The plot is split into two parts: "Part 1" occurs prior to the events of Super Robot Wars 2, while "Part 2" takes place following the end of Super Robot Wars 4. Also, this was the first SRW that could have been released for localization, but it's rather racy, risque dialogue sadly made this a No Export for You. It's also the first SRW to incorporate voice acting, the first to use an angle view of the scenario map at 45° (commonly seen in all SRWs post-The Lord of Elemental) and the only series where a unit's elevation and the direction it is facing at the end of its turn are important for combat calculations.An Updated Re-release of The Lord of Elemental for the Nintendo DS was released in 2010, under the heading Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin - The Lord of Elemental, linking the game up with the rest of the Super Robot Wars Original Generation series. A PlayStation Portable sequel entitled Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin II - Revelation of Evil God was released on January 12, 2012. To mark the 15th anniversary of the Masou Kishin series, a new Updated Re-release of The Lord of Elemental was bundled with Revelation of Evil God, complete with enhanced visuals and extended voice acting.Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III - Pride of Justice was released on August 22, 2013 in a simultaneous Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita launch and is the sequel to Revelation of Evil God. Finally, in May 2014, Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin F - Coffin of the End was announced for the Playstation 3, and will be the final installment to the Masou Kishin series.Take note that although characters from the main Original Generationcontinuity do appear in La Gias via the Super Robot Wars EX scenarios of the Second Original Generation, they are not considered part of the Masou Kishin series.Tropes common to the Masou Kishin series are:
Beneath the Earth: La Gias; however, it's implied the subterranean world is simply a separate, magical dimension rather than being set in the Earth's core.
The Cameo: Ryusei Date appears in the DS rerelease when Masaki recalls the events in Original Generation between Part 1 and 2, more specifically the part at the beginning of the first game where he confronts Shu for the first time at Antarctica.
Code Name: Each Elemental Lord (Masou Kishin)/Elemental Machine (Masouki) is given one to protect their true names. This is in order to better shield them from magic.
Copy Protection: The DS rerelease has A LOT of intentional bugs should the player use a pirated copy. First, the game may not run at all. Get past that, then Mooks start One Hit Killing allied units; get past that, then Shu will always One-Hit Kill units when he's required to lower Hit Points to critical; get past that...well, the game may finally run normally, except the music and everything is in 16-bit quality rather than what the DS offers.
Subverted when players STILL found a way around, as these bugs are only triggered when the game detects it's being played on an R4 cartridge (used to store ROMS). It's incapable of detecting it if played on an emulator, thus the bugs never occur.
Downer Beginning, Wham Episode: Promotional materials reveal Coffin of the End begins with La Gias in near ruins and all the Elemental Lords are missing. Of the four Heralds, only Tytti is present, and is relegated to using an Elemental Machine. Shu, on the other hand, is a new battleship captain, as the same force that has devastated La Gias has rendered the Neo Granzon inoperable.
Downer Ending: Part 1 ends with the Kingdom of Langran nearly destroyed, King Alzarl and one of the Heralds, Ricardo Silvera, are dead and the supposed "culprit" Shu leaves to the surface world to help Bian Zoldark with his impending revolution. Masaki leaves La Gias in pursuit of his nemesis, leaving Langran exposed to enemy occupation from opposing nations.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: The original pilot of the Diablo, Maddok, is dead after Part 1; the player only finds out about this in Part 2. Like Ricardo, it is because in EX, Mio starts out in the vacant Diablo. The Second Original Generation makes a reference that he died fighting in defense of Langran.
Hidden Depths: What was lacking in EX in personality and development is improved here, though it largely concerns Masaki and Shu, who were mostly enigmatic during their run in the Classic Timeline. When it's included as part of "OG Saga", further refining is made.
The Lord of Elemental Part 1: Back-story for Tytti, including her tragic love life with Ricardo, while hinting at relations between Yang Long and Saphine Grace.
Revelation of Evil God: Mio taking more responsibility as Ricardo's replacement, Presia's dark secret regarding her immortality and the culmination of the Yang Long-Saphine relationship by introducing Yang Long's Love InterestElshine Grace. Additionally, the concept of "Full Possession", a one-time event in Part 1, is elaborated.
Pride of Justice: Elaborates further on the other Elemental Lords' Possession skills, by giving Yang Long an event where he unlocks his own Full Possession. Elan Zenosakis, an enigmatic enemy introduced in Revelation of Evil God also receives a much better fleshing by getting his own route, his own sympathetic group of followers and Full Possession. In another route, Tytti gets a revisit of her tragic love life and her resolve to ensure it doesn't end tragically becomes the key to unlock her Full Possession. The last route is dedicated to flesh out Fang Zan Bisias, one of Masaki's rivals in La Gias, by delving into his past. Oh and Mio unlocks her own Full Possession on the way.
Multinational Team: Nearly every surface dweller caters to a different nation or area - Japan (Masaki, Mio), China (Yang Long), Finland (Tytti), Brazil (Ricardo), Scandinavianote Likely Iceland or Norway (Lune), France (Simone), Russia (Gennacy Ivanov Kozireh), United States (Rebecca), the Middle East (Ahmed Hamdi), Thailand (Tian), an unnamed African country (Damascus).
Nintendo Hard: Pride of Justice by a longshot (though it's mostly the first 15 scenarios or so). It's so bad that players in Japan returned the game out of frustration.
This was apparently intentional: Winkysoft admitted to inflating enemy HP and damage numbers to make the game harder than it was supposed to be, in order to force players to purchase the Downloadable Content scenarios, which hands powerful, rare equippable parts and large amounts of credits upon completion.
In Revelation of Evil God, one of Ricardo's first lessons is to teach Mio how to throw a proper punch. The Zamzeed's new "Chou Dokyu Shin Dou Ken" attack looks similar to Raoh's "Defiant Fist To Heaven" pose.
Video Game Caring Potential: From Revelation of Evil God onwards, if characters are healed by an allied character in a unit with the "Repair" ability, they will thank them.
What the Hell, Hero?: Beginning with Revelation of Evil God, if the player uses a MAP Weapon that has no Friendly Fireproof and hits an allied unit (e.g: Granveil's "Megiddo Flame", Gaddeath's "Kelvin Blizzard" or Zamzeed's "Resonance Quake"), said unit's pilot will complain about being hit with friendly fire.