Super Robot Wars Alpha (スーパーロボット大戦α) is part of the Super Robot Wars franchise, and was published for the Sony PlayStation by Banpresto. It is the initial game of the Alpha Timeline, which spans the Playstation and the Sony Playstation 2 platforms. Chronologically, Alpha is directly followed by Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden. The series continues on the Playstation 2 with 2nd Super Robot Wars Alpha and concludes with 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha.
Alpha is notable for being the first game in the franchise to feature fully animated attacks, as well as pioneering the Skill Point System, which affects the game's difficulty and influences which optional pilots and units will join the player's roster, among other things.
Series Included In AlphaEdit
- Aim for the Top! GunBuster
- Aura Battler Dunbine
- Banpresto Originals (not a TV or movie series)
- Masoukishin The Lord of Elemental
- Brave Raideen
- Getter Robo
- Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3
- Mazinger Z
- Mobile Suit Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
- Mobile Suit Z Gundam
- Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
- Mobile Suit Gundam F90 (manga, debut)
- Mobile Suit Gundam F91
- Mobile Suit V Gundam
- New Mobile Report Gundam Wing
- Nagahama Romantic Trilogy:
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Super Beast Machine God Dancouga
- The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (debut)
- Giant Robo: The Animation
In the year 179 of the New Western Calendar, the One Year War broke out between the Earth Federation and the Duchy of Zeon, but after the war a large object crashed to Earth, landing on South Atalia Island. An investigative team from the Extra-Over Technological Investigative Institute discovered that the object was an alien battleship with highly-advanced technology. Despite the warnings of Dr. Bian Zoldark, the Federation hides the evidence of intelligent alien life, and uses the time to increase their military power. Bian founds the Divine Crusaders to utilize the Extra-Over Technology found on the ship to devise weapons capable of protecting the Earth from alien forces, should the planet become embroiled in the conflict.
During this time, the economic troubles caused by the Federation's buildup saw the rise of many anti-Federation movements, such as the Neo-Zeon, who had retreated to the asteroid Axis. In response, The federation establishes special forces units, such as the Titans and OZ. Other forces, such as the Demon Empire (from Brave Raideen) and Dr. Hell also threaten the earth, but are pushed back by the teams of Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, and Raideen.
Super Robot Wars Alpha allows the player to create their own character, giving them a name and birthdate, and selecting from 8 appearances: four male and four female, The player then chooses another template and name for the character's significant other. In Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation, The templates for the protagonist and his or her significant other would become the basis for the following characters:
- Kusuha Mizuha -- considered the canonical pilot of RyuKoOh. "Shy" female archetype.
- Brooklyn Luckfield -- considered the canonical pilot of KoRyuOh. "Hot-blooded" male archetype.
- Ryoto Hikawa -- considered the canonical pilot of the Huckebein MK III. "Shy" male archetype.
- Rio Mei Long -- considered the canonical pilot of the AM Gunner. "Hot-blooded" female archetype.
- Tasuku Shinguji -- "Weird" male archetype.
- Leona Garstein -- "Cool" female archetype.
- Yuuki Jaggar -- Is not named until Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2. "Cool" male archetype.
- Ricarla Borgnine -- Is not named until Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2. "Weird" female archetype.
Other original characters appearing in the game include the following:
- SRX Team
- Levi Tolar
- Masaki Andoh
- Lune Zoldark
- Ring Mao
- Irmgult Kazahara
The Sega Dreamcast version of Alpha featured 3D battle animations, in contrast with the Playstation version's 2D sprites. An additional super robot, the G-Breaker from Bandai's Sunrise Eiyuutan, was also included, making this the first game in the franchise to feature a mecha from a game produced by a different company.