Retro Gaming 90’s- Mobile Suit Gundam: EX Revue (1994)

As everyone knows the Gundam franchise has been around since ’79 and is considered to be considered iconic in the world of Japanese anime. As far as gaming is concerned there have been countless Gundam based titles released on various consoles dating all the way back to the 80’s. A majority of the Gundam titles from the 80’s were released exclusively in Japan and were not nearly as popular in western countries like America back then. In fact, Gundam games in general have never reached the level of popularity in western countries like they did in Japan. However, during 90’s the world did get to see some pretty cool Gundam games. Back in ’94 Mobile Suit Gundam: EX Revue was released in arcade centers as a modified version of the original game from ’93. Mobile Suit Gundam: EX Revue was developed by Allumer and published by Banpresto and was a 2D head to head fighting game. The gameplay in Mobile Suit Gundam: EX Revue looked similar to that of popular fighting titles like Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, DarkStalkers and X-Men Children Of The Atom. In fact, Gundam: EX Revue looked like a game that could of worked on the PS1 or even the Sega Saturn which were consoles that were both released in 1994.

Considering the fact that Gundam: EX Revue was an arcade game there were really no game modes outside of arcade and versus. However, one of the positives about the arcade mode for Gundam: Ex Revue was the inclusion of a storyline with various cutscenes which games like the Street Fighter II series lacked back in the early 90’s. Players had to battle fourteen different opponents two of them being boss battles with one consisting of a mirror match. The battles in Gundam: EX Revue were normally best out of three with players controlling mecha suits that would have approximately four special moves each. The visuals for Gundam: EX Revue looked amazing despite being mostly a basic fighting game. Some would argue that Gundam: EX Revue was one of the best games within the series as it relates to both the 90’s and the fighting genre as well. However, there some would put Shin Kido Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Duel from ’96 for the Super NES above the EX Revue title from 1994. Even Gundam: EX Revue & Endless Duel were both Japanese exclusive games they both looked like titles that could have shined more in America during 80’s opposed to the mid 90’s.

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