Bionic Commando (Universe)

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Bionic Commando, known in Japan as Top Secret, is a game universe created by Capcom with its first game being released in 1987. In addition to games, the universe includes a couple comic books, soundtracks, action figures, and various other forms of merchandise.

My first experience with Bionic Commando was in the late 1980s with the NES game, which is also my favorite game in the series. Unfortunately, Capcom has never really treated the game with the respect it deserves, and most of the games in the series have just been remakes or concept games. They tried to reboot the franchise in 2009, but the game was poorly received, and it's unlikely much more will come out of it.

Games

Although there are 20 total releases in the Bionic Commando series, most bearing the title "Bionic Commando," there are really only seven different games.

Title Platform Version Released Regions
Bionic Commando Arcade Arcade 1987-03-?? Japan, USA
Bionic Commando Amiga Arcade 1988-??-?? UK, Europe, USA
Bionic Commando Amstrad CPC Arcade 1988-??-?? UK
Bionic Commando Atari ST Arcade 1988-??-?? UK
Bionic Commando Commodore 64 (NTSC) Arcade 1988-??-?? USA
Bionic Commando Commodore 64 (PAL) Arcade 1988-??-?? UK
Bionic Commando MS-DOS Arcade 1988-??-?? USA
Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Arcade 1988-??-?? UK, Europe
Bionic Commando NES NES 1988-07-20 USA, Japan, UK, Europe, Australia, South America
Bionic Commando Game Boy Game Boy 1992-07-24 Japan, USA. Europe
Bionic Commando: Elite Forces Game Boy Color Elite Forces 2000-01-?? USA, Australia
Bionic Commando: Rearmed PlayStation 3 Rearmed 2008-08-13 World
Bionic Commando: Rearmed Windows Rearmed 2008-08-13 World
Bionic Commando: Rearmed Xbox 360 Rearmed 2008-08-13 World
Bionic Commando: Rearmed Black Berry Rearmed 2009-04-23 World
Bionic Commando PlayStation 3 Reboot 2009-05-18 USA, Russia
Bionic Commando Xbox 360 Reboot 2009-05-18 USA, Europe, Russia
Bionic Commando Windows Reboot 2009-07-28 USA, Europe, Russia, South America
Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 PlayStation 3 Rearmed 2 2011-02-01 World
Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 Xbox 360 Rearmed 2 2011-02-01 World

Comics

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