Ultraman: Towards the Future (video game)

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Ultraman: Towards the Future
Ultraman SNES cover.jpg
SNES box art featuring Ultraman fighting Majaba
Developer(s)BEC
Publisher(s)Bandai
Platform(s)SNES[1], Sega Genesis
ReleaseSNES:
Genre(s)2D fighting
Mode(s)Single-player[3]

Ultraman: Towards the Future (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, "Ultraman")[4] is a multi-platform fighting video game based on the contemporary Ultra Series, Ultraman: Towards the Future. This game has received mostly negative reviews due to its high difficulty and its poor graphics.[5]

Plot[edit]

Ultraman Great is the ultimate warrior and protector of peace in the entire universe. For eons he's been fighting an intergalactic battle against Gudis, an evil virus that attempts to wipe out all competing life forms. Now the Gudis virus has infected Earth, producing a horrifying group of giant mutant monsters to carry out its goal of the complete obliteration of every organism on Planet Earth. Great now must battle Gudis and his mutant monsters on Earth. But the Earth's polluted atmosphere poses a threat to Ultraman and he has to become part of a human's molecular structure. Jack Shindo has the ability to transform into Ultraman Great by using his Delta Plasma Pendant (which holds Ultraman within his molecular profile) to transfer his molecules into that of the interstellar hero. [5]

Gameplay[edit]

Cast in the role of the titular Ultraman, Ultraman Great, the player must defeat many of the same monsters that appeared in the original series:[1]

  • Gudis
  • Bogun
  • Degola
  • Barrangas
  • Gudis II
  • Zebokon
  • Majaba
  • Kodolar
  • Kilazee

As a one-on-one fighting game, Ultraman can punch, kick, and grapple his opponent, in addition to using a variety of various special moves that must be charged. However, in order to actually defeat his opponent, Ultraman must deplete their continually-recharging life bar, and at that moment hit them with the Burning Plasma (which is his most powerful attack). As the game continues, different enemies may develop ways to evade the final blow. Ultraman must adapt to their changing ways. [1]

Reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly gave the game a C- and wrote that "For those not up-to-date on their superhero merchandisers, Ultraman is the chrome-domed crusader featured in a syndicated TV show and countless product tie-ins. In this game he’s pitted against second- and third-string, non-marquee-value Tokyo bashers (Degola, Gudis, a giant mosquito named Majaba) in three-minute rounds. Talk about being faithful to the original — the action here is so stiff you half expect those three silhouettes from Mystery Science Theater 3000 to pop up in the corner of the screen and start making snide comments."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gameplay/story overview". MobyGames. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  2. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  3. ^ "# of players information". SNES Central. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
  4. ^ "Japanese title". SuperFamicom.org. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
  5. ^ a b "Additional overview". Video Game Den. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
  6. ^ https://ew.com/article/1992/06/12/ultraman/