So they’ve just announced Super Robot Taisen K for the Nintendo DS. Why “K”? Well, I have no idea. It always meant something before. Even W somehow translated into “Double” for the Japanese. I think that this might be Banpresto’s way of finally acknowledging my contributions as an American booster of the series. I’ve certainly given them enough money of late. Therefore, I hereby declare the newest installment of SRW to be “Super Robot Taisen Kat.” Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, while I’m thrilled that SRW Kat will be on the Nintendo DS, I’m somewhat less thrilled about the series selection. For one thing, as someone who looks for the Gundam first, I couldn’t help but notice that all of the Gundams that will be featuring in this installment have “SEED” somewhere in the title. It’s not that I don’t like SEED or anything. I even understand that Banpresto is trying to play to the Japanese kiddies who rate SEED as the best of them all. And god knows that the Universal Century trio (Zeta, ZZ and Char’s Counterattack) got enough play, along with Endless Waltz. So I’ll be dutifully using the Freedom once again, even as I secretly wish that Banpresto would do justice to the Gundam F91, Crossbone Gundam and Victory Gundam games. I really need to learn to say no.
SEEDiness aside though, I’m pretty interested in the non-Gundam stuff too. A quick check on Gun X Sword, for instance, yields a trailer featuring some robots, cowboys, and what look like guards with killer mustaches. No wonder everybody is so excited. The others will just have to wait until I get the game. Well, except for Virtual On, which bored me to tears when it debuted in Alpha 3. I don’t know, I liked it well enough on the Dreamcast, but it just didn’t translate to SRW for some reason. The complete lack of a storyline might have had something to do with it.
I’m excited though. Really, any SRW that has my name on it can’t be bad. And it’s for the Nintendo DS, which also hosts my current favorite game in the series – W. Banpresto seems to do a good job with the DS, not the least because they can’t really recycle animations. On that count at least, even Gundam SEED stuff will probably look at least a little different.
So now I’ve got pretty much a definitive time limit on how long I can take to beat Chrono Trigger DS. SRW Kat is coming in March. I’d better get to work.