Bravoman (超絶倫人ベラボーマン, Chō Zetsurin Jin: Berabōman, lit. "Super Unequaled Human: Bravoman"), which has also been known as Bioboxer and Brabo-Man, is a 1988 beat 'em up/horizontal scrolling shooter hybrid arcade game, developed by Now Production and released by Namco for the arcades, only in Japan. It was later ported to the PC Engine in Japan and the TurboGrafx-16 in North America in 1990. This version was also released outside Japan simply as Bravoman. In 2007, this same version was released on the Wii Virtual Console.
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The plot starts up when Hitoshi Nakamura, a typical car insurance company salaryman (who is also a caricature of Namco's then-62-year-old founder, Masaya Nakamura) encounters an alien named Alpha Man from Planet Alpha (misspelled as "Alfa" in the English TurboGrafx-16 version). Then Alpha Man tells Arnold that an evil scientist named Dr. Bomb is planning to make an "End the World" weapon. Then Alpha Man gives Hitoshi an odd metal rod, a tuning fork, and a 100-yen coin (the standard unit of Japanese currency required to operate arcade video games), which turns him into Bravoman, a bionic tokusatsu hero who possesses telescopic limbs that can be used to fight against Dr. Bomb and his henchmen across thirty-two stages (in the arcade; it is only twenty-two in the PC Engine version).
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