M2’s Masanori Yagi talks Assault Suits Valken Declassified.

The Assault Suits mecha action games arguably deserve a little more attention than they enjoy here in the West. Back in the 1990s, their distinct blend of platforming and run ‘n’ gun design did indeed see ports from their native Japan to the rest of the world – sometimes in a heavily localised form – and they generally impressed critics of the era.

There have been somewhat more recent re-releases of Assault Suits games too, including to the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles. And yet mention of their name on these shores doesn’t quite court the same warm, nostalgic response enjoyed by loosely comparable titles such as Contra or Metal Slug.

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