Super Robot Wars EX

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Super Robot Wars EX is not only the first Gaiden Game for Super Robot Wars, it's an odd one at that: looking like the love-child between Super Robot Wars 3 and Super Robot Wars 4 in terms of its visuals, EX's battle engine is slightly less crippled than 3, but nowhere near what 4 offers. Fortunately, Banpresto decided to add in unit weapon upgrades, after the blatantly Nintendo Hard scenarios that plagued nearly early player in 3.

Unlike its predecessors, EX is the first Super Robot Wars to set itself in Another Dimension, more specifically, the subterranean home of Masaki Andoh, "La Gias". EX offers a new direction at letting players see where the interrupting Masaki comes from, after helping the heroes out in Super Robot Wars 2 and 3. At the same time, more original characters are introduced, namely the rest of the Masou Kishin cast that reappear in subsequent Super Robot Wars.

Tropes used in Super Robot Wars EX include:
  • Bag of Spilling: Averted for first time in Super Robot Wars: characters from previous games start with their upgraded Mecha instead of their usual starters (the "trinity" of Getter Robo, Mazinger Z and Mobile Suit Gundam start with the Getter Dragon, Mazinger Z JS and Nu Gundam.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Early in Masaki's storyline, Judau Ashta and Seabook Arno are forced to fight your team since the villains hold Judau's sister Lina as a hostage.
    • And with certain choices, you can fight Shu Shirakawa's forces in Lune Zoldark's storyline and vice versa.
  • Gaiden Game: The first for Super Robot Wars. You don't really need to play 2 or 3 to enjoy EX, but it does help establish parts of 4/F/F Final and Super Robot Wars Alpha.
  • Necessarily Evil/Well-Intentioned Extremist: Feilord's plans to conquer the whole of La Gias in the climax of Masaki's storyline. Turns out he has a terminal disease and won't live long, so he wishes to unite La Gias to ensure everlasting peace. Also, General Kalx, who's cooperating with Luozol so he can complete the Cho Masouki "Euclid", believes it will provide the Langran Kingdom with enough power to oppose the Shutedonia Kingdom.
  • Original Generation: Aside from the recurring Masaki, his Masou Kishin buddies Hwang Yang Long, Tytti Noorbuck and Mio Sasuga make their debut, including many other characters of La Gias that reappear in future Masou Kishin-centered storylines.