Neon Genesis Evangelion (video game)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion 64 Game Box.jpg
Publisher(s) Bandai
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
  • JP: June 25, 1999
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer (Unlockable)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a video game released for the Nintendo 64 video game console; it was based on the 1995 - 1996 anime series of the same name and the related full feature animated film The End of Evangelion, which was released subsequently to the anime series in July of 1997. The video game was only released in Japan in 1999.

The game plays through most of the major battles from both the Evangelion series and End of Evangelion film, except for the battles with Gaghiel, Matarael, Iruel, Leliel and Armisael. Half of the levels are side-scrolling, 3D fighting levels, with the player controlling an Eva, while the other half involve their own styles of play.

The game has 13 missions, each focusing on one of the major enemies of the series.


Scene from the game, showing Shinji in Unit 01 fighting Sachiel. For most of the game the player controls Unit 01.

The gameplay is mostly a fighting game between the Evas and Angels. There are three ways the player can play. The most common gameplays is Plain Fighting, where the player takes control of an Eva on a "3D-2D" Course, walking back and forth, attacking the enemy. The battles are mainly focused on pressing correct commands to activate cinematic attacks and grabs known as "Actions", while basics attacks are secondary. Another gameplay style used in the game is weponring. Various parts of the game include minigames as missions, where the player takes control of the Eva's weponring in order to accomplish a mission or objective. The final gameplay element used is free-for-all, where the player is still on a "3D-2D" Plane, but can move freely back and forth. This mode is used in missions 12, 12.5 and 13.

There are also modes outside the missions, such as a training mode named Simulation Mode. In this mode the player selects an Eva that has been unlocked in story mode and practices by shooting un-collared poly-models of different Angels, including ones that are not featured in the Story Mode, and receive a ranking based on how many Angel models are destroyed and how many shots are fired. It is possible to activate a Vs mode by using cheat codes, in which two players can select Evas with different weapons. The other unlockable modes are a sound test and Action Viewer, where the player can review all the Actions executed during the game.

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