Retro Let's Play: "Bionic Commando" aka "Hitler's Resurrection: Top Secret" (NES, 1988)

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  1. elvis

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    Retro Let's Play for 1 November 2018: Bionic Commando

    This title is currently ranked 27th on Hardcore Gaming 101's Top 47,858 games of all time:
    http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/hg101s-top-47k-games-of-all-time/

    To find out what this is and why we're doing it, click here.

    Initially released by Capcom under the name "Top Secret" for arcades by Capcom in 1987, the arcade version saw fairly a fairly lacklustre reception. Controls were a little awkward, and the gameplay was obtuse and difficult, in the true arcade "quarter munching" way.

    A year later, Capcom would release a home port of the game to the Nintendo Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System. At the time, Capcom were one of the better home video game companies, and made some good decisions. One of these was to avoid attempting a direct port of the arcade game (which was way too heavy for the NES's poor hardware), and instead make an exclusive "sequel" with modified gameplay, graphics and controls.

    What resulted was a far superior game. Despite being scaled down for the home system in graphics and audio, the controls were tightened up, the game made a little easier (still "80's hard"), and the final product came out as one of the NES's "must play" titles.

    The Japanese release follows the original arcade naming for the sequel, however it concentrates on the fact that the entire original arcade game was about a secret agent trying to track down Hitler. The Japanese release gets the interesting name of "Hitler's Resurrection: Top Secret", while the US release goes back to the simpler "Bionic Commando" title. All of the Nazi iconography within the game was heavily censored for the western release, as was common with most sensitive subjects of the time and Nintendo of America's view on family-friendly gaming.

    You take the role of Nathan "Lad" (Japanese) / "Rad" (English) Spencer, a commando who has had his original left arm replaced with a bionic arm, complete with grappling hook. Instead of the usual jump button common to most 8-bit titles, the character now exclusively uses the grapple arm to hook on to ledges, pull himself up to higher levels, swing across chasms, or grab enemies and power ups.

    Playing the game:

    The original title was available for the Nintendo Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System. See our FAQ on those consoles, how to emulate them, and where to source games and cartridges:
    https://forums.overclockers.com.au/threads/retro-faq-nintendo-entertainment-system-famicom.1254733/

    Sadly the title isn't available on the Nintendo NES Classic Mini.

    A Gameboy sequel was made based on the NES original, however scaled down for the smaller monochrome display. It also changed the setting from the 1940s to a futuristic setting. It's available on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

    In 2008 an enhanced remake of the NES title was released as "Bionic Commando Rearmed", sporting updated graphics and music, artwork from the original art director, but the same controls and side-scrolling system. It's available as a downloadable title for XBox 360, PS3 and PC
    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionic_Commando_Rearmed
    * PC/Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/21680/Bionic_Commando_Rearmed/
    * XBox 360: https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-AU/...-Rearmed/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584108f1
    * PS3: https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP0102-NPEB00022_00-GBIONICCOM000001

    More info:
    * Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionic_Commando_(NES_video_game)
    * HG101: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/bionic-commando-nes/

    Box Art:

    Arcade flyer:
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    NES Boxart:
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    Windows re-release artwork:
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    Videos:

    Bionic Commando NES:


    Bionic Commando Remarmed PC:
     
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  2. Rass

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    Great pick. I remember playing (and eventually completing) the game on C64. Was really enjoyable. I haven't played the remastered version yet.
     
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    Played this in the Arcades ..a lot! :D very cool little game. Never played it on the home systems though.
     
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    Did not even know this existed! Will check it out for sure. Thanks for the heads up.

    Worth playing the NES version for sure. Quite different to the arcade - most would say improved, even (you'd hope, as it's *technically* a sequel).
     
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    The c64 version is one of the earliest games I remember having at home as a kid.
     
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    First one i played too, mostly because my friend had a c64 with hundreds of games
     
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    omg there's even a DOS version, and it looks TERRIBLE.

    I *need* to play this.

     
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    lol from the time before soundcards existed and pc speaker was the only thing to make sound. My favorite quote from the youtube comments on that video "It boggles the mind to think that this is the type of computer that would eventually dominate the home computer market."

    At least the c64 version has good music :) Although music is all it has! no sfx lol



    Go to 1:48 for some sweet chip tune music
     
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    Parts of the NES version remind me of Commando and Green Beret.

    Tim Follin did a pretty good job on the Amiga tune:
     
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