Bandai Namco has launched a special Gundam Game 35th anniversary website to commemorate all games made for the mecha space opera series.
While the first Gundam anime aired in 1979, the first-ever Gundam video game was released 35 years ago. The first Gundam game was Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Hot Scramble for the Famicom. It was released in August 1986 as a video game adaptation of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, which aired in Japan from 1985 to 1986.
If you had to guess its genre, chances are you think it was some strategy game, right? Hot Scramble was more of a hybrid that featured one part third-person side-scrolling, and the other part was a first-person open-space shooter. The platforming parts involve taking control of the Zeta Gundam to navigate through stages while taking out enemy Mobile Suits. The open-space shooting parts have boss fights against tough foes, flagships, or even asteroids.
If you’re curious about the gameplay, you can watch a full clear in the video below:
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays is the latest console game that was released for Nintendo Switch. Check out the Gundam Game 35th anniversary website for a look at the entire history of Gundam video games. Bandai Namco is also celebrating the anniversary with a bunch of sales for Gundam games.