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Super Robot Wars L

by Brunom1

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Original Thread: Robot 101 is essential curriculum - Let's Play Super Robot Wars L



What game is this?
Super Robot Wars (SRW) L was the last game of the series to be released on the Nintendo DS and, while the series has a couple of games released in the west (plus a few patches or, recently, Singapore-based English releases), it is completely understandable if you’ve never heard of it.
SRW games are, essentially, massive crossovers of mecha anime that have been built around a solid strategy game – all the different stories are tied together by an original plot.
L tends to be the less famous of the three DS games; most people have played W and it’s regarded as the best, K is infamous for its many problems (including, but not limited to, plagiarized music and a MC whose biggest achievement was becoming the SRW meme) but L never really garnered a lot of attention.
Mechanically, though, it follows in K’s footsteps but gives it a few needed tweaks.

Why LP this game?
As I said, L isn’t that well-known (I confess that I haven’t beaten it myself) and that leads to the lack of available summaries. It doesn’t have a MNeidengard guide, which is a rarity, and the only one is available is, by the author’s own admittance, lacking a lot of plot detail.
I wanted to play this one for a while, so I figured I’d do an in-depth guide for it along the way.

What series can be found here?
L’s list borrows a handful from K’s, though it also adds some old veterans and newcomers:
Shows making their debut in L are both Iczers, Dancouga Nova, Linebarrel and Macross Frontier (which went on to be in everything for a good many years).

How will you play this game?
Well, since there’re almost no summaries available, I’ll just have to cook one up from scratch. I’ll usually follow whatever names I find in wikis to keep in line with previous translation works, unless I see something being horribly mistranslated. Don’t think that’ll happen, though.

I will TRY to update about once per week but don't hold me to that. As I often said during the MX LP, my free time has been about cut in half, so things will be posted whenever possible. Barring something going horribly wrong, I will absolutely finish this but don’t expect another six-month clear like before.

And, as always, series spoilers are allowed as long as they are tagged but original story spoilers are OFF LIMITS.

Mission list:

Ye Olde Super Robot Discotheque

1) Macross Frontier

2) Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V

3) Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

4) Banpresto Originals

5) Linebarrels of Iron

6) Beast Machine Armor Dancouga Nova

8) Koutetsushin Jeeg

9) Mazinkaiser OVA

10) Fight, Iczer-1!

11) Super Electromagnetic Robo Combattler V

12) Marriage of God and Soul Godannar

13) Gaiking - Legend of Daiku Maryu

14) New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

15) Rebuild of Evangelion

16) Iczer Reborn/Adventure! Iczer-3!

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