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Super Robot Wars 30 Comes West October 28th

First Mainline Title In The West

Super Robot Wars 30

In an announcement many of us did not see coming, Bandai Namco today revealed that Super Robot Wars 30 will release in the west. This title, which celebrates the series’ 30th Anniversary, is the first main title in the series to make the trip. It will be available both in Europe and North America.

Releasing the series in the west has long been considered a potential licensing nightmare, as detailed by our own Benny Carrillo when it was shown off at E3 last month. Super Robot Wars are tactical RPGs bringing together characters from a wide variety of mech based anime. Because the characters are pulled from real anime, the cost for all of them could add up quick. While replacing some of them with original mechs has been floated as an idea, the popular characters are a big part of the appeal of the series. In recent years several of the titles received English support in Asian releases, which felt somewhat like a nod to the import crowd. A few spin-offs featuring original characters who don’t need to be licensed have released in the US. Even the most recent of those however was Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier back in 2009.

Super Robot Wars 30 features characters from 22 different anime, including five which are new to the series. While perhaps not as big here as they are in Japan, many of these do have fanbases here as well.

The Featured Series

Super Robot Wars 30

Super Electromagnetic Robot Combattler V

Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Z Gundam

Z-MSV

Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack

M-MSV

Mobile Suit V Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)

Heavy Metal L-Gaim

The Brave Police J-Decker

The King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL

The King of Kings: GaoGaiGar VS Betterman

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III – Glorification

Code Geass Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Getter Robo Armageddon

Mazinger Z: Infinity

Mazinkaiser (INFINITISM)

Magic Knight Rayearth

Gun X Sword

Majestic Prince

Knight’s & Magic

SSSS.GRIDMAN

Super Robot Wars 30

Those are some heavy hitters. Super Robot Wars 30 is set to hit PC via Steam on October 28th. So far no other platforms have been announced for Europe or North America while PS4 and Switch releases are set for Japan and other parts of Asia. Whether licensing issues will keep those versions in those countries remains to be seen. Either way though, seeing this long running series finally manage to release here is definitely exciting. You can check out the English trailer below.

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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