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©Bandai 1993
Release: 1993-06-25 (¥8800)
Cartridge SHVC-JZ/b>
Action / Platform game
Mazinger Z is an action game based on the most influential japanese animation series aired in the seventies featuring classic and colorful giant robots. Dr. Hell has decided to take over the world and his army of robots brings terror and destruction everywhere they go. The player takes controls of Mazinger Z, a powerful humanoid super-robot created by Dr. Kabuto and piloted by the young Koji. The game starts in a devastated city where the player quickly encounters the first legions of Dr Hell's giant robots. Mazinger Z has special weapons and abilities - like in the television series, he can use his fists to punch his opponents, but he can also use special attacks such as missiles, Eye-Photon Beams or the red wave-laser that he shoots from his chest. He can also launch his fists for long range attacks. But do not worry, they are well designed and automatically come back into place for future punch attacks. Enemies can also be grabbed and thrown away, or Mazinger Z can trigger special combo-attacks if he keeps punching them quick enough. The game features six levels and short animated cutscenes are played between each one of them as the story unfolds. Each stage is split in small areas where all enemies need to be destroyed before Mazinger can carry on his journey to the level's boss.
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Mazinger Z (aka Tranzor Z in America) has probably created an entire genre by itself and is certainly the ultimate reference to the now popular Japanese giant super-robots. The story of Mazinger Z is quite complex. Dr. Kabuto is a scientist who, one day, finds the remains of an ancient advanced civilization and their advanced technology. He eventually discovers giant-robots and before he can fully understand how they work, Dr Hell takes control of them and decides to overtake the world. Dr kabuto doesn't have much choice and he also decides to build a super-robot to stop this terrible plot. Koji Kabuto, a teenager and Kabuto's grandson, becomes the pilot of this new powerful weapon : the legendary Mazinger Z. Kabuto will later die and Koji will look for revenge. This is the basic story line of Mazinger Z which of course deeply evolves throughout the series. The characters were originally created by Go Nagai back in 1972. He is also known for his most famous work Devilman. They both became long-running animated television series the same year due to their huge success in Japan.


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I have always loved classic Japanese giant robots (Grendizer, aka Goldorak, was quite popular in France when I was a kid) and Mazinger Z is jammed-packed full of them. Sadly the game is average. There are tons of different robots to fight against and graphics are quite clear and detailed. But controls are a bit awkward and I find the game's overall dynamic rather slow. Then top this with an unbalanced difficulty level (mostly due to the flawed controls I must say) and you get a game that doesn't deliver what the cover promises. Mazinger Z is also quite rare and sometimes expensive but my advise would be not to rush for it, and to wait for a good deal. If you like classic Japanese robots then this game can be a nice and fun experience (or a nice curiosity piece), not the best I must say, but still quite enjoyable to some extent.

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