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Gundam has been a franchise featured prominently in the Banpresto-produced crossover video game series Super Robot Wars (スーパーロボット大戦). Most notably they represent the Real Robot genre of anime, with other series like Mazinger Z and Getter Robo representing Super Robots and Combiner Robots. The franchise has kept an enormous presence in almost all the series, regardless of what timelines are represented.

Overview

The Gundam series has always had a major presence within the Super Robot Wars franchise. While the first game on the Gameboy was more or less a gag game, from the second game on it was treated straightforward, with the Earth Federation treated as the main government and Mobile Suits treated as the military's force. Up until Super Robot Wars J, the Universal Century timeline was one of three mainstays within the Super Robot Wars franchise, along with Mazinger Z and Getter Robo. In J, W, K, and L, that role is primarily taken by the Cosmic Era (along with G Gundam in J and Endless Waltz in W and L), while G Gundam is the sole representative in Super Robot Wars Neo. In the world of Z2, The governments are taken from the Anno Domini and After Colony timelines, while Universal Century and Cosmic Era characters and mecha are brought in from the world of the previous game (Z).

Assault on Memento Mori - SRW Z2 再世篇 - Stage 32 (arranged)06:48

Assault on Memento Mori - SRW Z2 再世篇 - Stage 32 (arranged)

Edited battle scenes from Super Robot Taisen Z2: Sasei-Hen - Amuro Ray, Kamille Bidan and Garrod Ran assist Celestial Being's assault on Memento Mori.

The story in the series often brings together characters, mecha, and events that are separated not only by being in Alternate Universes, but by long stretches of time within the same universe. Thus it is possible to have Kamille Bidan in the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam fighting alongside not only Amuro Ray in the RX-78-2 Gundam (or RX-93 ν Gundam), but also Uso Ewin in the LM314V21 Victory 2 Gundam or Domon Kasshu in the GF13-017NJII God Gundam. By the same token, the player may find themselves facing Anavel Gato or the Black Tri-Stars as part of Neo Zeon forces, or the A-Laws using Byarlants and Destroy Gundams as Mobile Dolls. In a larger scale, it is not unusual for a Gundam character to have certain relationship or interact with characters outside of Gundam series such as Graham Aker's respect toward Kyoshiro Todoh from Code Geass, Setsuna F. Seiei's admiration for Macross Frontier's Ranka Lee who can stop a warfare only with a song (and he thought the song as a Gundam), Neon Genesis Evangelion's Misato Katsuragi's crush on Amuro Ray, as well as Neil and Lyle Dylandy's friendship with an original character of Super Robot Wars named Crowe Burst, and so on.

The series also greatly circumvents many events, preventing the tragic deaths of numerous Gundam characters, in great contrast to the series they appeared in. Thus, it is not uncommon to see Four Murasame, Nicol Amalfi or Master Asia survive the events that led to their deaths in-series, or to have the events prevented from happening altogether. As well, many stages give opportunities to unlock special Mobile Suits or Mobile Suit parts, many of them hailing from the MSV collections or other model works (such as the Hajime Katoki redesign of the Wing Gundam, or the IWSP pack).

The influence to the series can also be seen in the original units. Two of the first three original units, outside of the Lord of Elemental series, were the Gespenst and the Huckebein, both inspired by the GM and the Gundam. In fact, the Huckebein series shares many of the same distinctive design characteristics as Gundams, such as the V-fin.

Gundam series featured in Super Robot Wars


Game Boy/Game Boy Color

Super Robot Wars (1991)

(All series debuts)

2nd Super Robot Wars G (1995)

Famicom

2nd Super Robot Wars (1991)

Super Famicom

3nd Super Robot Wars (1993)

Super Robot Wars EX (1994)

4th Super Robot Wars (1995)

Nintendo 64

Super Robot Wars 64 (1999)

GameCube

Super Robot Wars GC (2004)

Game Boy Advance

Super Robot Wars Advance (2001)

Super Robot Wars Reversal (2002)

Super Robot Wars Destiny (2003)

Super Robot Wars Judgement (2005)

Nintendo DS

Super Robot Wars W (2007)

Super Robot Wars K (2009)

Super Robot Wars L (2010)

Playstation

Shin Super Robot Wars (1996)

Super Robot Wars Alpha (2000)

Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden (2001)

Playstation 2

Super Robot Wars Impact (2002)

2nd Super Robot Wars Alpha (2002)

Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander (2003)

Super Robot Wars MX (2004)

3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha (2005)

Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander the 2nd (2007)

Super Robot Wars Z (2008)

WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color

Super Robot Wars Compact (1999)

Super Robot Wars Compact 2 (2000)

Super Robot Wars Compact 3 (2003)

Saturn

Super Robot Wars F (1997)

PlayStation Portable

Super Robot Wars Z2 Hakai-hen (2011)

2nd Super Robot Wars Z2 Saisei-hen (2012)

Super Robot Wars Operation Extend (2013)

Nintendo 3DS

Super Robot Wars UX (2013)

Playstation 3

Super Robot Wars Z3 Jigoku-hen (2014)

Playstation Vita

Super Robot Wars Z3 Jigoku-hen (2014)

iOS and Android

Super Robot Wars Card Chronicle (2012)

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