Cho Aniki (video game)
|Release date(s)||Super CD-ROM²
|Genre(s)||Horizontal scrolling shooter|
Cho Aniki (超兄貴 Chō Aniki?, lit. "Super Big Brother") is the first game in the Cho Aniki series. It was originally released in 1992 on the Super CD-ROM². Years later, the game was released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan, North America, and Europe. This makes it the first time any game of this series has seen release outside Japan.
The game's plot involves the heroes moving through various locations — space, urban environments, elaborate ruins — and fighting alien invaders. Bo Emperor Bill (Botei-biru, a pun of bodibil, a short of bodybuild in Japanese), the man who achieved ten consecutive victories in the Great Galaxy Bodybuilding contest, faces an ever decreasing supply of protein. He unilaterally invades neighboring star systems, in order to establish protein factories to replenish his supply. Feeling threatened, the heaven realm sent Idaten and Benten to vanquish Bo Emperor Bill. Thus the sweaty hot battle between the muscle brothers (aniki) and Builders Army begins.
- Idaten: a young man wearing a cape
- Benten: a beautiful blue-haired maiden.
- Samson/Adon: musclebound men clad in Speedos The two hover about the hero in a satellite-like manner, firing shots from the holes in their bald heads. The pair eventually became the series' mascots, so it's quite likely that Samson and Adon are the "brothers" mentioned in the title.
- Uminin: A hidden option
- Protein: Build up item.
- Bomb: Increases bomb stock by 1. Character has 10 build levels, while option has 5 build levels.
Lucas M. Thomas of IGN rated the Wii Virtual Console game 7.5 (good) for being the weirdest and most nonsensical Import to come to the American Virtual Console so far. Scott Sharkey of 1up.com listed the PC Engine game's sequel as having one of the worst game box covers of all time.
Cho Aniki Aniki no subete is a soundtrack based on the video game. It was released by NEC Avenue in 1993-03-21, then by Columbia Music Entertainment in 1998-05-21.