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The Bionic Commando Database

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I obtain a copy of Bionic Commando?

Because NES cartridges are no longer being made, it's doubtful you will find Bionic Commando in a retail store. You can get a cheap used copy at amazon.com. GameStop/Funcoland is always good, because they carry many old games. ($15 last time I looked.) Also, certain stores like Electronic Boutique sell used games, and you might be able to find a copy there. If none of those stores are in your area, you can try flea markets, and garage sales. If all else fails there's always ebay. If you're looking for the ROM, you can obtain it from several sites, but not mine. Go to your favorite search engine and type "BIONIC COMMANDO ROM" and you should find it.


Where can I obtain a copy of Top Secret?

I have no clue, but if you find out, I'd love to get a copy! If you're looking for the ROM then go to your favorite search engine and type "TOP SECRET ROM".


The end guy looks an awful lot like... You know...

Okay, here's the deal. In Japan the game was called "Top Secret: Hitler's Revival". Instead of fighting the Badds you fought against the Nazis. The end guy was indeed Adolph Hitler, and there were swastikas everywhere. When the game was moved to the US, the Nintendo censors wouldn't allow such ties to the Nazis. Thus they changed all the names, and altered some of the graphics. I personally feel it was a pointless change, seeing how the game tells you to -kill- the Nazis. (I think we would all prefer killing Nazis instead of Badds.)


How many different systems has Bionic Commando been made for?

Bionic Commando exists on multiple platforms, however the version that we know and love exists only on the Nintendo Entertainment Systems, and the Famicom. The Famicom version had a different title, and several differences. To see a list check out my Top Secret Page. The other versions existed as an arcade game, the Commodore 64, the Atari ST, the Spectrum System, the Amiga, the Amstrad CPC, the Game Boy, and the Game Boy Color called Elite Forces. Supposedly, it's being remade for the PS2. For more information check out the Platforms Page.


What is the main character's name?

This has been, and always will be, unknown. The character's name is mentioned only once in the NES version at the ending. The name used is 'Ladd'. Although many would be okay with this, the name changes in the Game Boy version to 'Rad Spencer'. So which is it? Well, because there is no 'L' in any of the Japanese alphabets, often times when translating they would get confused when to use an 'L' or an 'R'. So was it supposed to be Ladd or Rad? Considering that the NES version had several typos, we can pretty much assume that the translation was done improperly, and that our hero's name is 'Rad'. Also, by the time the Game Boy version came out, they probably would have fixed any translation problems. So we can assume that his name is indeed 'Rad'. But wait, there's more! In the Bionic Commando Worlds of Power novel, (Yes, there was a book too.) the name used is "Jack Markson". Well what the heck! Anyway, this discussion will continue as to what his real name is. Me? I think 'Rad Spencer' is the way to go. It's like, totally rad dude!


Has Top Secret been translated to English?

With all the games out there that have been translated you would think that it would be... You thought wrong. Sadly, Top Secret only exists in its original Japanese state. It would be very nice to see it translated, and a few people have done some work towards that goal, but we still don't have a translated version yet. (Why not?!)


Why are there two pictures for medicine in the game when they do the same thing?

I have no idea, but if you find out, please let me know. You may also note that they're referred to as Recovery Pills, but in fact it is a liquid.


Your web page is -way- too detailed. Don't you have a life?

Um... No.

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