Jack Shindo's just a regular guy, until he fires up his Delta Plasma Pendant to scramble his molecular structure and become... ULTRAMAN, the ultimate warrior for peace in the universe!
Ultraman is an original Japanese supertiero, who made his first appearance on the Super Famicom, but he also battled rubberized Japanese monsters for years on American TV. Since Ultraman's poised to return to the U.S. in an all-new show, this game features a monster gang that's totally different from the Japanese version of the game.
Uttraman's good-looking, straightahead beat-em-up fare that's short on maneuvering but long on combat. You basically just try to get into a creature's face and slug it out, but it ain't easy!
In this adventure, Uitraman's ancient enemy, Gudis, a gigantic virus has infected the Earth. This germ drives any creature over 100 feet tall wacko, and Ultraman must take on nine vile creatures. Now the 'Man is a true heavyweight, emphasis on the "heavy". He stands 197 feet tall and weighs in at a massive 58,000 tons, but his foes are bigger still! Geoige Foreman, sit down! However, Ultraman only has three lives, and he can only maintain power for three minutes per life.
Ultraman's opposition is ultra bizarre... from their names to their looks. For example, Gudis looks like a slimey stuffed bell pepper. Bogun has a head at each end of its slug-like body. Degola looks like Bigfoot on steroids. Barrangas, Gudis II, Zebokan, Majaba, Kodalar, and Kilazee won't win any beauty contests either, but they look really good -- for monsters.
The Bigger They Are...
Be prepared for some fancy finger moves. The gameplay is good, but you end up punching every button on the SNES controller. Ultraman has 10 offensive and defensive Ultra moves including the Ultra Spin Kick and the ultra-slick Ultra Back Flip. When he gets close enough to grab a fist-full of monster, he can make an Ultra Throw.
ProTip: Practice quickly activating the Ultra Shield (press Up and then hit V). It's critical versus some monsters.
These techniques are great for softening up the opposition, but the keys to beating the beasts are four special weapons, the Knuckle Shooter, the Arrow Beam, the Magnum Shooter, and particularly the Burning Plasma. In every fight you must first wear down your monstrous opponent, then you quickly select Burning Plasma and blast the thing before its power recharges. Learning what tactics work against what beasts is what Ultraman is all about.
- Bet as close as you can when you Fire Burning Plasma (L-4). It loses potency If you're far away.
- Barrangas continually advances on Up and wait for him to approach, that way you can easily press Y to bring up the Shield and then immediately hit A for an Ultra Spin Kick or B for the Ultra Upper Cut.
A Basic Beating
Ultraman's simple fun, but it isn't simple- minded. All the Ultra moves look cool, and you must learn to use them all to beat the beasts. In Expert mode the game will eat your lunch. Players who dig Japanese latex monsters will freak over the sharp graphics. The sounds are just right, from the heroic Ultraman music to the monstrous screams. Ultraman is ultra cool.