Bandai-Namco has released screens and a cinematic trailer for their upcoming PSP game “Super Robot Wars Z II,” the first direct sequel to 2008’s SRW Z on the PlayStation 2. The series is known among fans for pushing the limits of 2D sprite animation and crossing over various science fiction anime series in a strategy-RPG format since 1990.
We’ll see how the in-game graphics look in motion, but given developer Banpresto’s past offerings, things are looking good for this latest entry. And yes, those are in-game sprites and not just renderings from a TV show:
A little context on the “Super Robot Wars” series for those of us who didn’t grow up with Japanese robot TV shows: imagine that someone made a video game where Spawn, Captain Kirk and The Green Hornet work together against Gorilla Grodd, except they find themselves overwhelmed with an ambush by Cobra Commander and the Borg… until, suddenly, their old friend Han Solo and the X-Men swoop in on the Enterprise-D to turn the tide of battle.
If that sounds like horrible fanfiction, then that’s SRW in a nutshell… but replace “horrible” with “surprisingly well-done and surprisingly legal.” It doesn’t hurt that there’s (usually) a solid strategy-RPG base under all the flashy battle animations, too.
Anime series debuting in Z II include “Armored Trooper Votoms,” “Mobile Suit Gundam 00” (Season 1), “Code Geass,” and “Gurren Lagann.” In the past, Super Robot Wars games have included characters and robots from famous series like “Mobile Suit Gundam,” “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “The Big O,” and many, many more.
The series has also featured “GoLion” and “Macross,” which fans outside of Asia might know as “Voltron” and “Robotech,” respectively. Are you going to check out SRW Z II? Are you lamenting the fact that we’ll never get something this cool outside of Japan? Let us know in the comments!