a.k.a. 重装機兵ヴァルケン / Jūsō Kihei Varuken / Assault Suits Valken

published by Masaya in 1991-12-19, developed by NCS, running on Super Nintendo
type: platformer, shooter
genre: Science Fiction, Manga, Run and Gun
series: Assault Suits
setting: Future
perspective: side view
player options: single player
languages: eng jpn

Official description

It is the near future. Resources are dwindling, and the major powers of the world are in dispute over territory. Pilot the Cybernator G5-E for the 95th brigade of the mechanized marines and throw yourself into the war. Get briefed before each mission to confirm your targets, and then do your best to clear each of the seven stages, freely using the suit's equipped tools and four types of weaponry. By collecting the "power chips" left by defeated enemies, it is also possible to reinforce each weapon up to a maximum of three levels. It is left to your judgment as to whether to reinforce a specific weapon or to power up all weapons simultaneously, adding a bit of strategy to the nonstop action. The powerful background music, military-like atmosphere (look for bullet marks on the walls and the strained communication during combat) and intense story development combine to give the world of Cybernator a gritty, sci-fi feel that you won't soon forget.
# 2008-01-06 21:50:56 - official description

Comments (3)

censored — "scene where the enemy commander commits suicide after his defeat, was cut."
Sanguine # 2008-10-19 15:24:23
Game description from Aeon Genesis:

Assault Suits Valken is an amazing action game by NCS/Masaya. Easily one of my favorite SNES games of all time, Valken puts you into the cockpit of a gigantic robot that gets to stomp over everything in its path. The levels are extremely well varied and I have yet to really get sick of it. In fact, looks and feels very similar to Front Mission: Gun Hazard. I may go so far as to say it inspired Gun Hazard, but I really can't confirm that one way or the other. Assault Suits Valken one hell of a lot of fun, and it's got really good story to back it up, too -- quite a lot of which was unfortunately lost on Konami, who released it as 'Cybernator' in the US. They removed a good 30-60% of the text, a lot of text sequences, character portraits in the dialogue, reduced one character to simple cannon fodder, deleted a whole bunch of other characters, axed a cutscene in the final level, and generally made a mess of it. I have, in large part, fixed all that.

In the current version, the only thing that should not be working is name customization, so you'll have to make do with the default of 'Jake' for now unless you feel like messing with the half-hacked name entry screen. Otherwise, it should be fully functional! Hope you have a blast!

In other words, play the Japanese version. Get the unofficial English translation here:
(cjlee001) - # 2007-01-04 07:54:36
One of the first Konami shoot em up for SNES, it has a pretty mecha-design.
It's got a decent storyline. Kinda reminds me of Martian Successor Nadesico. Seen that?
Haoie - # 2007-01-04 07:54:36

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