Lost In Translation/Bionic Commando

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Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando marquee.
No screen shot.
Bionic Commando control panel.
Manufacturer Capcom
Released 1987
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
256 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
1,024 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
917,760 bytes (896.25 KiB)
MAME ID bionicc · bionicc2 · topsecrt

About The Game

Bionic Commando has the player take 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.


Released in March 1987.

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 1985 game, "Commando".


  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

Cabinet and Artwork


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")
Box art the Go! port of Bionic Commando.
Atari ST (1987)
Commodore Amiga (1987)
Commodore C64 (1988)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)
Amstrad CPC (1988)
Commodore Amiga (1988, "Amiga Gold Hits 1")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Capcom Game Music VOL.2 28XA-203[1] 1988-03-25 Alfa Records CD version.
Capcom Game Music VOL.2 ALC-22923[2] 1988-03-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Capcom Game Music VOL.2 ALR-22923[3] 1988-03-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Capcom Game Music VOL.2 SCDC-00195[4] 2002-07-24 Alfa Records CD version.
The Best Of Tim Follin CZCD 007[5] 2007-07-12 Binary Zone Interactive CD version.
Bionic Commando - The Soundtrack N/A[6] 2008-06-23 Sumthing Else Music Works Digital download only.
Bionic Commando / Dead Rising CPDA-10055[7] 2009-06-10 Suleputer CD version.
Bionic Commando "The Soundtrack" SE-2056-2[8] 2009-07-28 Sumthing Else Music Works CD version.
Bionic Commando "The Soundtrack" N/A[9] 2009-07-23 Sumthing Digital Digital download only.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.