The Neo Geo Pocket Color’s First RPG, Biomotor Unitron, Launches On Switch Tomorrow

In a surprise announcement, SNK has announced the next game in its Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection series, Biomotor Unitron. Released on the handheld back in 1999, this was the very first RPG for the system.

The game mixes sci-fi elements with dungeon crawling. You control a robot through these dungeons — which are semi-random a selected from a variety of pre-programmed layouts — and level up the character controlling the Unitron robot. As your level increases, so does your ability to control the Unitron. The game launched in Japan and North America, but never saw a European release.

As with all the Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection releases, Biomotor Unitron comes with a full-colour digital manual that you can flick through on your Switch. We’ve also got a small rundown of the game from SNK’s press release:

Originally developed for the NEOGEO POCKET COLOR in 1999, BIOMOTOR UNITRON was the first RPG for SNK’s handheld system and lets players experience an epic sci-fi fantasy world and battle mighty enemies as the humanoid battle robot Unitron.

Players take on the role of Unitron pilots as they explore dungeons to acquire various materials. These dungeons change their appearance every time a pilot enters them. A Unitron’s shape changes according to the pilot’s level – new weapons can be developed by synthesizing materials and parts, so everyone can create their own Unitron!

In the arena, the hall of fame of Unitron Masters, the strongest enemies gather, and players can battle it out with the strongest Unitron for the glorious title of “Master of Masters”.

The instruction manual included with the game is for the NEOGEO POCKET COLOR version. Therefore, some specifications may differ on Nintendo Switch. Trading functions are not implemented.

We can’t wait to get our hands on a slice of Neo Geo history with this one! Biomotor Unitron launches tomorrow (26th May) in North America and Europe for $7.99 / €7.99. You can check out the rest of the games in this Neo Geo series over on SNK’s official website.

Will you be picking this one up? Or have you played the game before? Let us know in the usual spot!

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