Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Bionic Commando (US set 2)

Bionic Commando (c) 03/1987 Capcom.

The player takes on the role of 'Super Joe', an elite Commando who is equipped with a bionic arm; an ingenious device that acts as an advanced grappling hook and must be used to traverse the many platforms and ledges that make up the game's levels. The arm can also be used to destroy the enemies that populate the levels, as well as to retrieve bonuses and weapons that are occasionally dropped by parachute.


Main CPU : 68000

Sound CPU : Z80

Sound Chips : YM2151

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1024

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


This game is known in Japan as "Top Secret".

Many Capcom employees consider this to be one of the most difficult games Capcom ever released in arcades.

There are several songs available in the test mode that are not used in the actual game. The game's main character, 'Super Joe', made his first appearance in the 1986 game, "Speed Rumbler".


1. Bionic Commando (1987)

2. Bionic Commando (1988, NES) (called "Top Secret - Hitler's Revival" in Japan)

3. Bionic Commando - Elite Forces (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color)


Music by : Harumi Fujita


* Consoles :

Nintendo Game Boy (1992)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Capcom Classics Collection")

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Capcom Classics Collection")

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2006, "Capcom Classics Mini Mix")

Sony PSP (2006, "Capcom Classics Collection Remixed")

* Computers :

Atari ST (1987)

Commodore Amiga (1987)

Commodore C64 (1988)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

Amstrad CPC (1988)

Commodore Amiga (1988, "Amiga Gold Hits 1")