Super Robot Wars MX is a video game for the PlayStation 2. It's the fourth Super Robot Wars title by Banpresto released on the console, preceded by Super Robot Wars Impact, Super Robot Wars Alpha 2 and Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander, and was released on May 27, 2004, later ported to the PlayStation Portable on December 19, 2005, with minor gameplay tweaks, titled Super Robot Wars MX Portable.
MX is one of the few games in the franchise where the player doesn't have a choice of which "Banpresto Original" protagonist they can play. Both originals Hugo Medio and Aqua Centolm share the same machine, though there's still a choice of which two mecha to use: the Super Robot Garmraid or the Real Robot Cerberus.
MX is the first SRW to have the Mobile Suit Gundam series not partake in any of the major events of the game. Other than Mobile Fighter G Gundam, which loosely links their endings (from which the MX storyline is set after the endings, according to the events of Impact) and plots to the original storyline, the other Gundam productions almost solely exist in purpose to support other non-Gundam titles of MX. It departs from other SRW productions where conflicts between various Gundam factions must be taken as part of the overarching storyline. The only other game to do this is Super Robot Wars NEO.
Because of the series included in MX, it's often theorized MX was intended to be a direct sequel to Impact, since it includes several same series from that game, most notably Machine Robo. At the same time, both games feature the "Free Route" system, use the same in-game font, and much of MX's soundtrack is remixed or rearranged from Impact's (a remixed version of the Impact theme's played in the final stages of the game, further supporting the theory). Some sprites and cut-ins from Impact are reused in MX; the most noticeable is arguably the God Gundam's sprite and the "God Finger" Super Move Portrait Attack.
Series Included (Debuting entries are in bold)
- Brave Raideen
- GEAR Fighter Dendoh
- Getter Robo Series
- Getter Robo (The Getter Queen appears as Michiru Saotome's unit)
- Getter Robo G
- Hades Project Zeorymer
- Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
- Martian Successor Nadesico
- Mazinger Series
- Metal Armor Dragonar
- Mobile Suit Gundam Series
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
This game features examples of:
- Artificial Body: Hugo
- Assimilation Plot: Since Evangelion and RahXephon are amongst the series list, this was a given.
- Badass Crew: The Magnet Ten or Magnet X ( Or MX in short. ) The heroes' group in this game.
- Big Damn Heroes: This is a Running Gag for Rom Stoll. The biggest example is in this scene. It gets as far as the instant before Asuka dies at the hands of the Mass Production EVAs. Right before the moment of agony anybody who's seen the movie has come to expect, we hear Rom yell "WAIT!" He goes on to explain to the gibbering monsters that sometimes, when everything seems darkest, the tide of battle can turn in an instant, and that's what's known as "divine intervention". He and 15 other fighters appear on the battlefield at maximum Will and proceed to rip them apart.
- Ayato from Rahxephon too, he proceed to block the remote controlled Eva-01 (With Shinji on board) from ripping Eva-03 under Gendou's orders.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Kouji Kabuto, Altair, Subaru and Hokuto.
- But What About the Astronauts?: All the heroes manage to avoid being hit by the Third Impact because they're in space when it happens.
- Christmas Cake: Subverted; while not exactly of the right age (she's 23), Aqua has brief stigmas of this when she meets the MUCH younger pilots of the other series. Even Hugo's younger than her. One notable 4Koma lampshades this much to Aqua's distress. Even Excellen Browning makes a cameo.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Hugo's color scheme is red; his first theme song is "Burning Red", just to drive the point home. While he doesn't quite like the color, the song name also fits as in he's Hot-Blooded. Aqua's color theme's blue, as seen in her theme song "Dancing Blue" and the Dragoon she pilots while Hugo is put of commission in the PSP port. Albero Esto's color scheme is black, hence his nickname "Black Wolf" and theme song "Crying Black".
- Combination Attack: MX marks yet another appearance of the Final Dynamic Special.
- Combining Mecha: Getter Robo G.
- Cruelty Is the Only Option: Unfortunately, the player is forced to reenact Ayato killing Asahina; there's no way to prevent this. Made worse as it comes immediately after Rahxephon averts the Bardiel incident from Eva.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Rom Stoll activates Vikungfu, we get this:Devil Satan 6:What? Right from the start? This is unfair!Rom: Unfair? This sounds so good in your mouth, Devil Satan 6!
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Angels and Mass Production type Evas, The Mu Dolems, The 7 Hakkeshu of the Hau Dragon, The Devil Gundam, Gadess, Emperor Gulfer, The Medius Locus/AI-1's ultimate form.
- The Empire: The Giganos, Vegan and Gulfer Empires.
- FaceHeel Turn: Albero
- HeelFace Turn: Albero again once the Devil Gundam is killed off. And, surprisingly, AI-1 pulls one off (or, at least, comes to recognize human will and determination and rejects Eldy).
- Fake Balance / Fake Longevity: In what is probably SRW's most infamous use of these tropes, MX Portable tried to solve the PS2 MX's notorious lack of difficulty by multiplying every enemy's HP. In practice, the game didn't become more difficult, just much more tedious.
- Flashback Nightmare: Hugo has a nightmare/flashback of the final moments he had with the Cry Wolves. After failing to neutralize the Devil Gundam, the Cry Wolves are taken out one by one. Alberto's son Foglia is turned into a zombie by the Devil Gundam and Hugo tries to reason with Foglia but ultimately gets his Gespenst blown up.
- Gambit Pileup: Neon Genesis Evangelion and RahXephon's Ancient Conspiracies are direct rivals. The Martian Successors and Original Generation villains throw their hats into the ring as well.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: For the majority of MX, Eldy Mitte keeps her hair all nice and neat, even when being a villain. When she merges with the AI-1, she lets it hang loose, adding to her shift in Ax-Crazy.
- Happy Ending Override: In Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, Nagisa Kaworu (who had previously been killed in Alpha 1) shows up and explains that he came from a world resurrected through the "song of a mechanical god". However, he also mentioned how that world was eventually destroyed by the "cycle of death and rebirth", implying that the MX world was ultimately wiped out by Apokalypsis and reborn as the Alpha world.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Vivace puts in Shinji and Ayato in one. However, they break free because of Reika and Akira Hibiki's assistance. Their mecha go berserk and tear Vivace apart.
- Manipulative Bastard: Gendo Ikari and Eldy Mitte
- Master Computer: AI-1 slowly becomes self-aware and becomes MX's true antagonist.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Cerberus Ignite or Garmraid Blaze. In the PSP port, there is a scene where Hugo shows up in said upgrade to save Aqua.
- Rage Against the Mentor: What Aqua does in this game.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Albero's primary motivation.
- Smug Snake: Dorchenov, Makoto Isshiki and Ernst Von Bahbem.
- Spelling Song
- Spiritual Successor: To the Compact/Impact series. It was originally meant to be part of the Pact timeline, but for one reason or another this was ultimately abandoned.
- It does still however act as though the G Gundam and Nadesico plots in Impact occurred, as the two in MX take place post-series and in the sequel movie respectively.
- Stripperiffic/Ms. Fanservice: Aqua, with a bit of gainaxing thrown in. Her outfit looks like a swimsuit. Later it's revealed that it functions like one too.
- Theme Naming: Aside from the Color-Coded for Your Convenience entry, MX has plenty.
- Albero and Foglia are Italian for "tree" and "leaf", respectively.
- Medio, Centrum (or "zentrum"), Mitte and Tsentr all mean either "center" or "middle" in various languages; Medius Locus means "middle point". In the last scenario, enemy mooks Sinistra and Dextra mean "left" and "right", respectively.
- Cerberus and Garmr (of which Garmraid is derived from) are names referring to the watchdog of hell in Greek Mythology and Norse Mythology, respectively.
- World-Healing Wave: As in the parent show, Ayato uses his power as Ollin to tune all the bad things out of existence, most notably the events of Prince of Darkness so that Akito and Yurika can have their happy ending.