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Video Game / Monster Maulers

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Monster Maulers (originally Kyukyoku Sentai Dadandarn) is a fairly unique fighting game created by Konami in 1993 where a team of Sentai-esque warriors are sent to face monsters around the world before confronting the villains who unleashed them in the first-place. While Monster Maulers mostly consists of a set of one-on-duels like in most fighting games(or two-on-one in two-player mode), the enemy characters cannot be selected, and there is no 2-player versus mode. As such, it's often regarded as a Beat 'em Up, or a cross between the two genres.

Monster Maulers provides the following tropes:

  • Calling Your Attacks: Commonly done with the game's special moves.
  • Combination Attack: by standing next to one another while initiating a special move, 2 players can perform a united, enhanced special attack.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: 2 players can team up to take on the bosses. Interestingly, despite basically being a fighting game, there's no 2-player Versus mode.
  • Dub Name Change: The game's original Japanese name was Kyukyoku Sentai Dadandarn. Also the Chinese elemental-themed demon boss had his name changed from Furaiki to Diablo.
  • Expy: The Happy Droppers are basically as close as possible to the Doronbo Gang without going into Lawyer-Friendly Cameo levels of blatant.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: The Doronjo-esque final boss likes to give off one of these now and then.
  • Shout-Out: Several enemies from the Gradius and Salamander series appear as enemies, or at least enemies designed to resemble them. Like the Brain Golem, or the Moai statue boss.
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  • Stripperiffic: The Japanese hero Kotetsu wears a rather bizarre outfit that consists of a combination of a thong, loincloth & girdle, shoulder pads, upper arm and lower leg guards and nothing else.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: The characters all have win poses that seem quite Sentai-inspired, but it's especially noticeable at the end of the game where they all pose together.

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