Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
Buy On
  1. The deep combat, unique character designs and intriguing plot offer something for both the strategy fan and the giant robot enthusiast.
  2. A few minor issues barely put a dent in this anime-inspired strategy role-playing game, which delivers a great story and dozens of interesting missions.
  3. 78
    If you like the turn-based strategy RPG genre (such as Fire Emblem), you're almost guaranteed to enjoy this game. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, a lot of thinking, and a lot of losing. With that mindset, you can really enjoy this entry in Banpresto's long line of mecha SRPGs.
  4. Game Informer
    The game may actually be a little text heavy at times, and the early hours are a tad simplistic, but overall this was a pleasant surprise. [Aug 2006, p.93]
  5. 75
    Though it may not be deep in terms of strategy, the storyline and experience to be found in Super Robot Taisen is hard to beat.
  6. Play Magazine
    The game's depth and customization is quite strong, as is its sweeping storyline, but the overall presentation, and user interface especially, are quite unfriendly to those who don't live and breathe grid-lined maps and screens overflowing with stats. [Aug 2006, p.65]
  7. 70
    Underneath the stylized art and strong anime-bent of Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation lies a glowing core of light strategy gameplay with some very gratifying customization elements.
  8. 70
    Another surprising feature in Original Generations is the amount of customizability featured in this game. You'll be able to level up character attributes, learn new skills, customize your mechs, switch weapons out, and even assign pilots to specific mechs. There's so much to do that it can actually get rather confusing.
  9. While this game doesn't break any boundaries and delivers some somewhat clich├ęd anime style storytelling, there's no denying that the game offers an underlying charm that fans of the genre can sink their collective teeth into.
  10. 65
    It's the only game out there where characters shout the words "That doesn't even count as damage!" at their enemies. Not bad... not bad at all.
  11. Nintendo Power
    Super Robot Taisen has enough gameplay to keep strategy-starved gamers occupied for even the longest summer road trip. [Sep 2006, p.83]
  12. But a game 4 years late is a game 4 years old, and strategy-RPG players can find more intriguing fare available for the GBA.
  13. 60
    If you didn't know what "taisen" means, you can probably give it a pass.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2006
#12 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AlanF.
    Nov 7, 2006
    Really, really, *really* enjoyable. Each path through the game is over 40 missions long, and while the last half of the game is the same no Really, really, *really* enjoyable. Each path through the game is over 40 missions long, and while the last half of the game is the same no matter what path you take, it's still extremely entertaining. The level of customisation is great: everything from individual mechs, weapons, and even pilots can be customised. A great game! Look for Original Generation 2 coming out in November. Full Review »
  2. GinjiA.
    Oct 11, 2006
    One of the best game ever. Loved it, nice graphics, I think it's even better than OG2 the Japanese version.