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Senjō no Ōkami
戦場の狼

May 1985




 
 
Senjō no Ōkami (Wolf of the Battlefied) is a classic in every way possible. This game was so perfect and so successful that an entire genre got named after it.
Introducing the 'Commando' game: overhead viewpoint, military setting, bullet-dodging gameplay and a macho, guns ablaze, let's-kick-some-ass war-lovin' vibe. All right, high five, let's put some warheads on foreheads, etc.
Sign of the times. But no, this isn't just an 80s thing - war has always provided a solid dramatic backdrop for this kind of action: a lone soldier, infiltrating and engaging the enemy front line against seemingly insurmountable odds. Yeah baby, born to kill and all that.
Senjō no Ōkami is a clever, intelligent and action-packed shooting game full of flair; a genre-defying upgrade of Taito's 1982 classic Front Line. Distributed ouside of Japan as 'Commando', the game was worldwide smash. The snappy 'shoot and grenade' gameplay is easily understood, and it hides a much tougher challenge than it first appears: the screen quickly swarms with enemy soldiers, each eagerly trying to get a few extra stripes on their uniform.
Capcom set a huge benchmark here, and were onto something really big. They knew it, too: the similar Gun.Smoke (1985) appeared a mere six months later, and the competition immediately followed suit. SNK's Ikari (1986) and Data East's Heavy Barrel (1987) stand out as the most worthy heirs.
A Schwarzenegger movie (related by name only) and innumerable console & home computer conversions saw 'Commando' go stellar by 1988, albeit mostly in crude form. Only the original arcade allows an insight into why the game was such a phenomenon.
 

 
 
 
 

 

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Senjō no Ōkami
戦場の狼

FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 27 Sep 1986
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CAP-SJ
Size (cm) 14 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
The Famicom Commando offers quite a few twists over the arcade original, throwing in a few extra items and power ups to keep things interesting.
A timeless classic.

Standard FC cardboard packaging, 1Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Capcom Generation Dai 4 Shū Kokō no Eiyū
カプコンジェネレーション 第4集 孤高の英雄

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 12 Nov 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1235G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The 4th Capcom Generation pack presents three landmark overhead action games from Capcom:
- Senjo no Ōkami (1985)
- Senjo no Ōkami II (1990)
- Gun.Smoke (1985)
Each game is presented with dedicated option screens, horizontal / vertical modes, art galleries, sound tests, & hint sections.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Capcom Generation Dai 4 Shū Kokō no Eiyū
カプコンジェネレーション 第4集 孤高の英雄

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 12 Nov 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-01701
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The 4th Capcom Generation release delivers three classic 'Commando' games from Capcom:
- Senjo no Ōkami (1985)
- Senjo no Ōkami II (1990)
- Gun.Smoke (1985)
Features detailed option screens, memory card features, vertical and horizontal screen modes... The works.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Capcom Generation Dai 4 Shū Kokō no Eiyū [Capcore]
カプコンジェネレーション 第4集 孤高の英雄 [カプコレ]

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 31 May 2001
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-86814
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
'Capcom Collection' re-release of the fourth Capcom Generation pack:
- Senjo no Ōkami (1985)
- Senjo no Ōkami II (1990)
- Gun.Smoke (1985)
Disc content remains identical.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Capcom Retro Game Collection Vol.4
カプコン レトロゲーム コレクション Vol.4

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 25 June 2005
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-87363
Size (cm) 21 x 15 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Third release of the 4th Capcom Generation collection:
- Senjo no Ōkami (1985)
- Senjo no Ōkami II (1990)
- Gun.Smoke (1985)
Repackaged inside a hardback, A5-sized book featuring extended instructions & hints sections.

A5 hardback book with PlayStation CD-ROM disc.

Capcom Classics Collection
カプコン クラシックス コレクション
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 2 Mar 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66317
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Massive 22-game collection featuring all 16 titles of the Capcom Generation series, plus 6 bonus games:
- Section Z (1985)
- Ares no Tsubasa (1986)
- Tatakai no Banka (1986)
- Top Secret (1987)
- Lost Worlds (1988)
- Final Fight (1989)
A fantastic collection; the games are really well emulated. Only the amateurish menus and presentation let the package down a little.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection
カプコン クラシックス コレクション
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 7 Sep 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05104
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
The 16-game Capcom Generation collection makes its way onto the PSP, with 3 bonus titles thrown in for good measure:
- The King of Dragons (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1992)
- Ultimate Ecology (1994)
19 games in total.

Standard PSP case, PSP UMD disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection [Best Price]
カプコン クラシックス コレクション [ベストプライス]
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 13 Sep 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05280
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'Best Price' re-release of the PSP Capcom Classics Collection. Content remains the same: all 16 games from the Capcom Generation set, plus:
- The King of Dragons (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1992)
- Ultimate Ecology (1994)
19 games in total.

Standard PSP case, PSP UMD disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection [Best Price]
カプコン クラシックス コレクション [ベストプライス]
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 11 Oct 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66852
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
The PS2 Capcom Classics Collection gets a 'Best Price' re-issue.
Content remains identical: all 16 titles of the Capcom Generation set, plus:
- Section Z (1985)
- Ares no Tsubasa (1986)
- Tatakai no Banka (1986)
- Top Secret (1987)
- Lost Worlds (1988)
- Final Fight (1989)
22 games in total.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 



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