Friday, April 07, 2006

Super Robot Wars 3

During the 1990's, Dragonball Z pirated videos were so popular in my high school. Most of the pirated DBZ VHS tapes were professionally subtitled or dubbed so almost every single anime dork in school has just got to have a copy, except me, since I can't afford it that time. But eventually I got invited to watch a DBZ episode in my classmate's house and I was so blown away by the awesomeness of Super Saijins since the local TV showed really old episodes and that was the very first time I saw Goku transform into a dynamo of destruction.

Yeah it was awesome, but DBZ's not the topic it's Super Robot Wars. But it's related in a way. You see, these pirated DBZ episodes were directly copied from Japanese television and the pirate did not bother to remove the commercials. Whoever you are Mr. Pirate, I thank you for not editing out the commercials for Super Robot Wars because that commercial introduced me to a very unique and fun game.

The commercial showed famous giant robots like Voltes V, Combatler V, Ghetta, Mazinger-Z, and the Gundams fighting against the DC soldiers lead by Char Aznable, jeez I almost pissed in my pants when I saw that the robots were really fighting with all the special moves and transformations. The next day I immediately scoured every Snes store and computer shop to find an SRW cartridge but I was heart broken when I found out that SRW was never translated in english.

Years passed and the game slipped my mind until I got to play it ten years later when roms sprouted around the net, and when the almighty Gideon Zhi decided by force of will to translate Super Robot Wars 3. I'm positive that there's a Super Robot Wars rom for the Gameboy Advance (GBA) yet because of nostalgia this Snes version of the game appeals to me so much more.

To play SRW3, you need an Snes emulator like Zsnes. You can search for the rom by clicking here . SRW3 is a fun strategy/rpg game that will keep you glued to your seats for hours. Go give it a try.
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