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"Change X-1! Let's go!"

Full title: 70's Robot Anime Geppy X: The Super Boosted Armor. As the title suggests, Geppy X is an affectionate parody of the Super Robot shows of old in the form of a Japanese 2D shooter for the Playstation spread across a whopping four discs. It revolves around the battle of the titular Getter Robo -style mecha, piloted by The Hero Kei, The Lancer Jin, and The Big Guy Riki, and their Super Robot allies against the invading forces of the Space Devil Empire and their legions of Space Beasts. The entire game is set up like an actual anime, complete with an opening sequence before each level, anime-style cutscenes and stock footage, and fake commercials between mission halves. During gameplay, the Geppy X can transform into one of the robot's three forms, air-based X-1/X-Fire, sea-based X-2/X-Thunder, and ground-based X-3/X-Tornado, each with a chargeable primary and secondary weapon and ultimate attack.

Compare Gekiganger 3.

This game contains examples of:

  • The Artifact: Presumably due to memory limitations preventing them from using multiple variations, the Geppy-XX opening features all three of the initial pilots from the first half of the game and all three of their potential replacements, even though one of the former are dead and two of the latter won't exist.
  • Big Bad: Mao/Lord of Darkness Devin
  • Blow You Away: Several of X-3/X-Tornado's attacks, such as X Typhoon
  • Boss Rush: Every boss gets a recolor and a slight renaming (the staff seems to have mined every possible variation on 'return' or 'new' to do this) in this mode.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Captain Ersatz: The Geppy X is Getter Robo; the whole three vehicles combine three different way to form three different robots theme in particular.
    • Queen Fairy to the female mechs from the series, such as Aphrodite A, but mostly to Getter Q(ueen).
    • Wild John to the Texas Mack.
    • The game itself apparently started out as a straightforward Getter Robo game, but complications arose and it became a parody instead.
    • Surprisingly averted with Atlanger - that's the only mecha not actually invented for the game.
  • Char Clone: Jyag. A handsome blond masked man, another leader in Devin's army. At first, he simply watches and smirks at Hisser's failure at defeating Geppy X. When he actually takes action, his plan forces one of Geppy X's pilots to make a Heroic Sacrifice. (He even has a scar on his forehead, beneath that mask of his...)
  • Chest Blaster: X-1/X-Fire's X/Fire Beam.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: After beating a Mid-Boss or Stage Boss with Geppy X/XX, a cutscene plays that shows the defeater finishing off the boss with a Finishing Move they don't have access to during normal gameplay.
  • Downer Ending: Kind of a doozy... If you choose to sacrifice Riki, Wild John (who gets a death confirmation scene, unlike the other endings) and Queen Fairy die, Jin gets shot before fighting Maoh Devin and dies afterwards, and Kei dies after fighting Devin. Maoh Devin survives, and flies down to Earth; Riki's replacement can only cry in her cockpit... until the spirits of everyone convince her to give it one last try, using the last weapon she has - her life. The last shot is of an explosion - apparently she caught up to Devin - just above Earth, and then END is displayed over the Earth.
  • Epic Flail: X-Tornado's X Hammer. It's quite powerful.
  • Eye Catch: After you defeat the Mid-Boss of a stage, you get this, complete with commercial ads.
  • Genre Throwback: Of 70s Super Robot shows, as the title indicates.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Any one of the original three pilots, depending on what route is chosen; the Mauve Shirt team towards the end; the entire Geppy team if you 'chose' Riki.
  • Hot-Blooded: What Getter Robo homage would this be without it?
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Kureishi, Mad Scientist who built Geppy X. When written in katakana, it's same as crazy ("kureiji").
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The Geppy X is replaced with Geppy XX. X-1 becomes X-Fire; X-2, X-Thunder; and X-3, X-Tornado. For more or less the same reason as Getter Robo G, in fact.
    • The Type-64 also gets this; it is replaced by the disquietingly overpowered Type-74.
  • Mighty Glacier: Atlanger is big and slow, in exchange for starting out with 999 Armor and hitting like a Colony Drop. (In comparison, Geppy's max is 300, later 400.)
  • More Dakka: X-Tornado has something like this, where it just fires everything it has in 6 directions.
  • Motorcycle on the Coast Road: The Geppy X "episode" endings. (The Geppy XX ending is a scroll.)
    • Jin and Yuuko actually an amnesiac Hissler have this sort of scene, in the 'Kei' route.
  • Palette Swap: When you play the "Star Geppys" stage. The main mech and the enemies get new colors in this mode.
  • Psycho Rangers: You have to fight Fake Geppy in Kyoto. (You can tell it's a fake by the yellow scarf and the pointy toes.)
  • Shock and Awe: Several of X-2/X-Thunder's attacks
  • Shout-Out: Many to other mecha series and even Tokusatsu, Captain Ersatz aside...
    • X-2's Screw Attack to Combattler V's Chodenji Spin
    • Several enemy mooks resemble legless hovering Zeon Mobile Suits, particularly Zakus, Goufs, Doms, and Gelgoogs. The first and last types even have a faster red version.
    • Although Atlanger resembles Grendizer, it first appears from a giant stone face.
      • Including Atlanger is an epic-level Shout-Out, as Atlanger is a model-only Super Robot (that is, it wasn't invented for the game, nor is it a parody of anything, it's the original finally given the chance to kick ass and take na-kick more ass).
    • One of the bosses appear to be one to Gaiking, a humanoid mech with a giant face as the torso.
    • Type 64's episode titles and title cards all borrow from Series/Ultraman and Ultraseven. (Type 74's take-off scene is pretty much the Ultra Hawk's.)
    • The Americanized bonus stage, Star Geppys, may be a shout out (or more likely a Take That!) to Starvengers.
    • The last cut of the first opening features Geppy X landing on the ground in front of their base, and its equivalent in the second has Geppy X, then Geppy XX landing in front of it; this appears to be a homage to Combat Mecha Xabungle.
  • Super Robot Genre
  • Thinly-Veiled Dub Country Change: Parodied with the unlockable Star Geppys mode, which is presented as an American localization of Geppy X. It changes the first stage from Tokyo to "New York," which amounts to a Palette Swap.