Super Robot Wars Gaiden
(subtitled as Masou Kishin: The Lord of Elemental
) is the first Original Generation
That said, it was released on the Super Famicom
in 1996, featuring some of the best 16-bit graphics 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
on the console.
The story of Gaiden
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.
An Updated Re-release
for the Nintendo DS
was out 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. In October 2011, a PlayStation Portable
sequel entitled Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin II - Revelation of Evil God
was announced, and released on January 12, 2012. To mark the 15th anniversary of the Masou Kishin
series, a new Updated Re-release
of the original game was bundled with Revelation of Evil God
, complete with enhanced visuals and extended voice acting.
In May 2013, Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin III - Pride of Justice
was announced for a simultaneous Playstation 3
and Playstation Vita
release and is the sequel to Revelation of Evil God
, released on August 22, 2013.
Take note that although characters from the main Original Generation continuity
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
Tropes common to the Masou Kishin
- Alternate Company Equivalent: After cutting their deal with Banpresto, developer WinkySoft released Seireiki Rayblade, which is very similar to The Lord of Elemental and full of Captain Ersatzs.
- Bag of Spilling: Several units from Part 1 lose their upgrades after the Time Skip to Part 2.
- 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.
- Combination Attack: Revelation Of Evil God gives some of these as attack options among the Heralds and their allies, such as Masaki-Lune Zoldark, Hwang Yang Long-Tytti Noorbuck and Mio Sasuga-Presia Zenosakis. Pride of Justice removes these combination attacks, unfortunately, but gave the more minor characters combination attacks, such as the Kyoumei twins, as well as Gido-Simone-Becky.
- Copy Protection: The DS rerelease has A LOT of intentional bugs should you play a pirated copy. First, you may not be able to get the game to run at all. Get past that, then mooks start One Hit Killing you; get past that, then Shu will always One-Hit Kill you when he's required to just lower your HP 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.
- Which players STILL found a way around because all of these bugs are only triggered when the game detects it's being played on an R4 cart (a cartridge used to store roms on). It's incapable of detecting if it's being played on an emulator and the bugs never trigger.
- Downer Ending: Part 1 ends with the Kingdom of Langran completely wrecked, 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.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: The original pilot of the Diablo, Maddok, is dead after Part 1; you only find out about this in Part 2. Like Ricardo, it was because in EX, Mio starts out in the vacant Diablo. The Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation makes a reference that he died fighting in defense of Langran.
- Five-Man Band
- Foregone Conclusion: The Downer Ending of Part 1 had already been known, since the games in the "Classic Timeline" revealed this ahead before the release of Gaiden.
- Gaiden Game: On the face of it, Part 1 effectively serves as the canon prequel to the Classic Timeline, Super Robot Wars Alpha and Original Generation games. Since Shu is Killed Off for Real, once he is Back from the Dead to rebel against Shiva Volkruss in any of these continuities, it sets up the events of Part 2.
- Gainaxing: Lune, Xenia and Simone Culian have it in the rerelease. In short, unless you're Tytti, Mio or Presia, you bounce.
- 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 became included as part of "OG Saga", more refining was 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.
- The Lord of Elemental Part 2: Further explores Masaki's primary Love Interest Wendy Rasm Iknart (including the Love Triangle involving Lune), along with the repurcussions of Shu's resurrection from EX.
- 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 Interest Elshine Grace. Additionally, the concept of "Full Possession", a one-time event in Part 1, is elaborated.
- Mad Scientist: Zet Laas Blakio
- Multinational Team: Nearly every surface dweller caters to a different nation or area - Japan (Masaki, Mio), China (Yang Long), Finland (Tytti), Brazil (Ricardo), Scandinavianote (Lune), France (Simone), Russia (Gennacy), United States (Rebecca), the Middle East (Ahmed), Thailand (Tian), an unnamed African country (Damascus).
- Nintendo Hard: Pride of Justice by a longshot (though it's mostly the first 15 stages or so). It's so bad that players in japan actually 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 make players want to buy the mission dlc (which gives rare powerful parts and massive amounts of cash for completing)
- Original Generation: Although not the Trope Namer, it's the Ur Example in the video game medium.
- No Export for You: Sad, but true; we'll never see the original release of The Lord of Elemental, nor will we see DS remake. Even Revelation of Evil God included more extensions of the remake. It's unlikely we'll ever see Pride of Justice anytime soon, if at all. Still, there is a Story Guide which let's you know what's going on in the first part of The Lord of Elemental, as well as a patch which translates the menus, but that's about it.
- Red Baron: "Sword Saint" Shumel Heul
- Updated Re-release: For the DS. The majority of the plot is kept, with only a few changes made to mesh it better with Original Generation continuity.
- Vapor Ware: "Aeon Genesis", who did the Fan Translation of Super Robot Wars 3 and Alpha Gaiden have been saying they're gonna do this one...for almost a decade now.
- Video Game Caring Potential: From Revelation of Evil God forwards, some allied characters, when healed by a unit with the Repair ability, will thank the one who repaired them.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Starting from Revelation of Evil God, if you use a MAP Weapon that has no Friendly Fireproof and it hits an allied unit (e.g: Granveil's "Megiddo Flame", Gaddeath's "Kelvin Blizzard" or Zamzeed's "Resonance Quake"), said unit will complain about being hit with friendly fire.