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Bionic Commando [Round Seal]
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Console: Nintendo NES
Year: 1988
RFG ID #: U-027-S-00850-A
Part #: NES-CM-USA
UPC: 013388110087
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action/Adventure
Sub-genre: Shooter
Players: 1
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge 2 Meg
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  • 382 of 7620 collectors (5%) have this game in their collection
  • 25 of 7620 collectors (0.3%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 4 of 7620 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

For two years, your people have struggled against the relentless onslaught of invading forces. With your army reduced to a handful and your artillery depleted, further resistance seems impossible.

But in a hidden underground laboratory, a team of scientists has at least perfected a new kind of fighting machinery: a bionic arm that extends and contracts, providing unheard-of strength and maneuverability. Combined with an arsenal of rapid-fire, armor-piercing, and heat-seeking weaponry, this will put the power of an entire army in the hands of one man...one carefully-chosen soldier, who has what it takes to become a new breed of unstoppable commando...a Bionic Commando. And you are that soldier!

Your mission will take you through heavily-patrolled wilderness surrounding the enemy headquarters, and into the very heart of the fortress itself. Even to the most courageous soldier, it would seem an impossible challenge. But there has never been a soldier like the Bionic Commando!


Bionic Commando is possibly one of the most controversial NES video games in existence. Why you say? In this game from the late eighties, you can get the chance to see and even kill the evil Adolf Hitler. So why is that World War II relic in a NES game? Only Capcom knows, but Hitler or not, this is still a very cool and very original war/action game with tight graphics, fitting music, and never seen before game play.

In this title you are Captain Radd Spencer, a young man sent in to fight the evil Imperial Forces and rescue Super Joe. In Bionic Commando, you get to use a new bionic arm behind enemy lines to assist you in rescuing your friend, and hopefully saving the world while you're at it too.

Bionic Commando is absolutely unique because you can't jump in this action/shooter platformer. As Captain Spencer you have no choice but to use the bionic arm to get where you're going in the game because it can stun enemies and grab certain item that maybe out of reach normally. It takes some getting use to but you're sure having fun trying your cool gizmo out. The bionic arm isn't the only cool and original thing about this game. There are also special convoys on the main map that can block your progress, but if you get in contact with one these green trucks, the action shifts into the classic Commando (a older Capcom hit) overhead view and now you have a chance to win some much needed continues.

Not only is this game a little controversial, Bionic Commando is also pretty challenging too. The game lets you gain experience if you kill enough enemies like in a traditional RPG but you start off the mission with no life what so ever; meaning only one hit will kill you. Capcom also mixed things up a bit in some levels so that only certain weapons, items, and communicators will work on a particular stage. If you stick with it, the mission will get easier but make no mistake, this is one tough game.

Bionic Commando has the standard issue NES graphics; you know the deal; some repetitive backdrops and some low detail here and there. It's not all bad though. Radd has cool animations, especially when he is swinging around back and forth with the bionic arm. Near the end of the mission, you actually get this giant secret weapon and you even get to watch Mr. D's head explode in a great but still gruesome fashion in an unforgettable NES moment. Who said all NES games are too soft, eh?!

The music has a lot of impressive drumming beats in the background to get the war feel going, but the tracks to seem to repeat themselves. To get an idea on the attention given to the various sound effects, all of the 5 different guns you can find in the game each have their own unique firing sounds.

It's still hard to image; The leader of the sinister Nazi empire that fueled World War II and killed over 10 million people in mass genocide was in a kid's video game......... hard to believe, but true. Although, Nintendo of America didn't approve Capcom to use the Nazi references in the US version, only the names and minor graphic detail were removed. If you forget about the other junk, the game itself is still pretty amazing. Bionic Commando is quickly getting more popular and is getting even harder to find in the NES discount bins, so don't miss it.


Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo NES A S Bionic Commando Capcom 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES Brazil S Bionic Commando Playtronic 1993 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES United Kingdom S Bionic Commando Capcom 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES DK, FI, NO, SE S Bionic Commando Capcom 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES AT, CH S Bionic Commando Capcom 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES Italy S Bionic Commando Capcom 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES AT, DE, CH S Bionic Commando Capcom 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES France S Bionic Commando Capcom 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES U S Bionic Commando [Oval Seal] Capcom 1989 Action/Adventure
Nintendo Famicom J S Top Secret: Hitler no Fukkatsu Capcom 1988 Action/Adventure
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Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade U S Bionic Commando Rearmed Capcom 2008 Action/Adventure
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