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Become an ace pilot and strike like a hero in HARDCORE MECHA!

Mercenary Tarethur O’Connell, an ACE pilot of Hardcore Defense Corp, were drawn into a conspiracy rebellion during a mission. Facing continuous battles and overwhelming conflicts, Tarethur starts to re-think about what he is fighting for..

【Game Info】
HARDCORE MECHA is a 2D platformer action game, full of enthusiasm for classic robot designs, aiming to maximize the game feel by focusing on the detail and feel of each mecha.
Experience an immersive story with Campaign Mode, which focuses on rich level designs and a seamless transition of gameplay and animation cutscenes. Survival Simulation Mode and Multiplayer Mode will keep the game on after completing the main chapters! Unlock and drive in total of 42 mechas, upgrade and gain new skills and attributes for an ultimate battle of steel!

Apart from Online PVP mode, you can now enjoy HARDCORE MECHA with friends anytime, anywhere! Challenge your friends for a face to face battle with Local Wireless mode for up to 4 players! Or share your Joycon with a friend for an instant battle on the same screen!

【Game Features】
- Ultra-fine 2D animation and well-polished animation cutscenes
The skeletal animation with both strength and fineness fully demonstrates the characteristics of each mecha, the smooth movements also laid the foundation for great game feel. Fully voice-acted animation cutscenes with a total length of over 40 minutes, aiming to provide an immersive story experience.

- Operate and drive mechas of different styles
American style, Japanese style, Super style, Realistic style; each mecha has its own unique tactical value. With no presets of combo moves, it is entirely up to a player to manually utilize the moves and tactics, creating the ultimate strikes and bring out their maximum combat effectiveness.

- A vivid world of Mecha
Encountering over 50 types of enemy mechas with various designs and details in all kinds of scenes such as mineshaft, underwater, urban, and space. Survive, breakthrough and improve skills and equipment in between level and missions.

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Release date:
October 15, 2020
up to 4 players
Action, Role-Playing, Adventure
Lightning Games
RocketPunch Games
Game file size:
11.1 GB
Supported Languages:
Japanese, English, French, Korean, Russian, Chinese
Supported Play Modes:
TV mode

TV mode

Tabletop mode

Tabletop mode

Handheld mode

Handheld mode

ESRB Rating:

Play online, access classic Super NES™ games, and more with a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

This game supports:

Individual DLC

Art Gallery


This DLC contains digital concept arts and additional commentaries of 'HARDCORE MECHA'.
Consists of over 70 pieces of mecha and character artworks, the 'Gallery' mode can be activated in the game after downloading this free DLC.

We welcome all our Ace pilots to visit the world of 'HARDCORE MECHA'!

Thunderbolt Otome


This DLC includes a multiplayer mecha "Thunderbolt Otome".
Thunderbolt Otome can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

Created by simulation battle developers in private, according to their preferences. Although it has exactly the same performance as the original Thunderbolt, it unexpectedly increased the pilot’s moral.

Primary Weapon - Beam Rifle
Fires a semi-automatic beam rifle.

Secondary Weapon - Chest Vulcan
Small caliber vulcan gun.

Light Melee - Energy Blade
Slashes with the arm-mounted Energy Blades. Can perform a three-hit combo.

Heavy Melee - Shield Shock
Blasts the enemy with an electric shock. Press again to release another pulse.

Uses a shield to block attacks from the front.

Round Hammer Particle Cannon


This DLC includes a multiplayer mecha: Round Hammer Particle Cannon.
Round Hammer Particle Cannon can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

Round Hammer Particle Cannon is a model modified to test the Siege Cannon model. It retains the original heavy armor, but lacks mobility. Also, to prevent the test data being used by enemies, it also comes with a self-destruction system.

Primary Weapon (Normal Mode) - Particle Shotgun
Heavy Particle Cannon spread firing mode.

Secondary Weapon - Shock Wave
Release high-power particles to the front to knockback the enemy.

Light Melee - Graphite Scrambler
Forms temporary electric shock to temporarily disrupt the movement of the enemy.

Heavy Melee - Self-destruction System
Detonates an explosion with a large effective radius to destroy test data.

Primay Weapon (Sniper Mode) - Heavy Particle Cannon
Giving up mobility, sets up the shield and transforms into a turret.

Mecha Painting Set 1


This DLC contains 5 different mechas' paintings.
Paintings can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

・Thunderbolt, Painting "Wish of Edgar"
・Crimson Flame, Painting "Black Iron Fortress"
・Geier EVOL, "Psychological Warfare"
・Knell A3, Painting "Giant Rise"
・Round Hammer Siege Cannon, Painting "Red Brick"

DLC Pack【Fighter Pass】


This DLC Pack includes:

■ Mecha Painting Set 1
■ Graeme & Vulphaes
■ Shepherd Jäger & Morris
■ Round Hammer Particle Cannon
■ Pilot Pack 1

Pilot Pack 1


This DLC includes 3 multiplayer pilots: Tarethur O'Connell, Edgar Fieldbach and Aylatanya Kiruna.
Tarethur O'Connell, Edgar Fieldbach and Aylatanya Kiruna can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

【Tarethur O'Connell】
Tarethur O'Connell is an ACE pilot for Hardcore Defense Corp., a merc with a simple but effective combat style, equipped with pistol, grenade and combat dagger.

【Edgar Fieldbach】
Edgar is a support pilot of Hardcore Defense Corps., an outgoing robot anime fan, excellent in penetrating weak spot of the enemy, equipped with SMG and grenade.

【Aylatanya Kiruna】
Lt. Aylatanya, a vigorous and speedy UNF intel officer, good at jamming enemies, equipped with pistol, jamming grenade and grapple gun.

Shepherd Jäger & Morris


This DLC includes a multiplayer mecha "Shepherd Jäger" and a multiplayer pilot "Morris Yasir".
Shepherd Jäger & Morris can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

Shepherd Jäger is a model with its melee attack strengthened around its sabre.

Primary Weapon - Throwing Knife
Throws a high speed dagger to disrupt the enemy.

Secondary Weapon - Shoulder Vulcan
Fires two vulcans on the shoulder at the same time.

Light Melee - Iaido Combo Slash
Performs a 2 hit combo slash.

Heavy Melee - Iaido Heavy Slash
Performs a heavy slash.

Shepherd Jäger and Morris Yasir can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

Morris is the captain of Hardcore Defense Corp., a stoic warrior and sword master, equipped with pistol, rocket launcher and katana.

Graeme & Vulphaes


This DLC includes a multiplayer mecha "Graeme" and a multiplayer pilot "Vulphaes Bonaparte".
Graeme and Vulphaes Bonaparte can only be used in Local Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer and Training.

Modified Golem adjusted to the feature of the pilot, suitable for melee combat. The ride for Vulphaes Bonaparte.

Primary Weapon - Dagger Attack
Launches quick attack with AT Dagger

Secondary Weapon - Chest Vulcan
Small caliber vulcan gun.

Light Melee - Martial Arts
Performs 2 combo melee strike

Heavy Melee - Iaido Heavy Slash
Loads HE round then performs a large scale strafing.

Light Melee(Battle Damaged) - Ram
Performs a tackle.

Secondary Weapon(Battle Damaged) - Chest Vulcan
Small caliber vulcan gun.


Vulphaes is the ACE Pilot of Musbel, a wild red-hair merc who is very good with guns and knives.