Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad

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Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad
Shock Troopers 2nd Squad.png
Arcade flyer
Director(s)Yasushi Okahara
Producer(s)Nobuyuki Tanaka
Designer(s)Kenji Ishimoto
Composer(s)Masahiko Hataya
Masaki Kase
Platform(s)Arcade, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network
  • NA: June 24, 1999
Virtual Console
  • NA: December 27, 2012
May 18, 2016
Genre(s)Run and gun
Mode(s)Single-player, two-player co-op
Arcade systemNeo-Geo
DisplayRaster, 304 x 224 pixels (horizontal), 4096 colors

Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad (ショックトルーパーズ セカンドスカッド) is a run and gun arcade game developed by Saurus and published by SNK in 1998 for the Neo-Geo arcade and home platform. It has no connection with the first Shock Troopers game. 2nd Squad was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console service in the North American region in 2012.[1] SNK Playmore released it for iOS, Linux and Windows via Humble Bundle and Steam in 2016.[2][3]


The gameplay system has been drastically changed because only four characters are selectable and there is no team mode from the first Shock Troopers. The graphics use pre-rendered sprites and the action is more violent. A major new feature is an ability to ride some vehicles, as in the Metal Slug games.



Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad for the Neo Geo was given a positive review by Classic Game Room despite being considered not as good as its predecessor.[4] According to Hardcore Gaming 101, "Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad is often viewed as a disappointing follow up the original. Just like with Gunstar Super Heroes, Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad really only makes the mistake of sharing its name with a superior game. If judged by itself, it is really a great game and if it had been released as a stand alone with a different name, it would be recognized as such, rather than as an inferior sequel."[5] The Virtual Console release of the game received a score of 7/10 from Nintendo Life.[6]


  1. ^ "Shock Troopers 2nd Squad". Nintendo of America. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "SHOCK TROOPERS on Steam". 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  3. ^ "The Humble Store: Great games. Fantastic prices. Support charity". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  4. ^ "Classic Game Room - SHOCK TROOPERS: 2nd SQUAD review for Neo-Geo". YouTube. 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  5. ^ "Shock Troopers". Hardcore Gaming 101. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  6. ^ Dillard, Corbie (2013-01-08). "Shock Troopers 2nd Squad Review - Neo Geo". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2016-08-03.

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