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Rodea: The Sky Soldier (Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea in Japan) was originally an game for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS, but since the production on the 3DS version was taking longer than expected, the Wii version was shelved in 2013 and a Wii U port was started, since the Nintendo Wii was considered obsolete at this point. But despite these setbacks, the Wii version was available as an tie-in with the first series of the Wii U games. Published by Kadokawa Games and designed by Prope and Yuji Naka; this game was released in Japan on April 2nd, 2015, and worldwide on November 13th, 2015, the game emphasize flight-based gameplay and a touch of problem-solving.

The setting consists of the Naga Empire facing an severe energy shortage and Emperor Geardo's solution is to invade Garuda. But his daughter has an more pacificatory idea and steals an relic that Geardo needs to completely invade the floating continent. She tries to escape, but doesn't quite make it. Faced with imminent capture, she breaks the Key of Time in half and sends Rodea into the future. 1,000 years later an young mechanic named Ion finds and repairs the currently amnesiac Rodea. Faced with the reprise of another invasion from the Naga Empire, the duo sets off to disable the four Chronos Towers to halt the invasion.

Here 's the first trailer.


Rodea: The Sky Soldier provides examples of:

  • Amnesiac Hero: 1,000 years after the prologue, Rodea barely remembers anything, except his promise to save Garuda.
  • Attack Its Weak Point :
    • The turtle enemies are invulnerable until they're flipped over.
    • The shark bombers can only be destroyed by attacking their engines on their wings.
    • The bosses guarding the Chronos Towers needs to be struck on ah certain area to expose the rest of their vulnerable spots.
    • And the second battle against Emperor Geardo revolves around attacking the red crystals on his body.
  • Big Bad: Emperor Geardo is the main antagonist who wants to invade Garuda to harvest its natural resources.
  • Boss Banter: Orthos, Rylus, Kelvis, Valghis, and Geardo take the time to call Rodea out for betraying them or for being the obsolete model.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: An hidden conversation points out that Rodea's life would be easier if he rides in the Ion Wave, but doing so would ruin the point of the game. 
  • Child Prodigy: Ion has been inventing robots for her friends and family since she was five years old.
  • Clock Punk: Only because Rodea has an gear on his right shoulder and the four Chronos Towers have an collection of moving gears on top of them.
  • Determinator: Once Rodea makes an promise, he'll do whatever it takes to fulfill it.
  • Ear Worm: The music in the trailer.
  • Facial Markings: Some of the R-series robots have an marking (like an blue X in Valghis' case) somewhere on their face.
  • Fanservice: The reward for getting all of the Legacy Medals in the 3DS version is an image of Ion wearing nothing but an bra with the rest of her regular outfit.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: In contrast to his left arm, Rodea's right are has been rebuilt by Ion; who added an large gear to help cover the shoulder joint. 
  • Fetch Quest:
    • The first time this happens, Rodea has to find three oil canisters so Ion can fix her airship when it breaks down in Chapter 3.
    • And in Chapter 8, Rodea needs to find nine items so Ion can fabricate an trio of bombs.
  • Flawed Prototype: In the eyes of Geardo and most of the R-series, Rodea is this for betraying the Naga Empire and being the prototype for the rest of the R-series.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ion has not only repaired an technologically advanced android; but she also invented her own radar, built an handful of bombs from common materials, and manages to keep her own airship functional.
  • Genre Savvy: In response to Ion threatening to repair Rodea's attitude after she heard one of his sarcastic remarks, he immediately starts acting like an robot to avoid winding up on the operating table.
  • Giant Mook: When you trigger an ambush, it isn't rare to be fighting an larger version of an common enemy.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Rodea was initially loyal to Emperor Geardo until he and Princess Cecilia found out that Geardo wanted to invade Garuda. After that, his loyalty lies with saving Garuda.
  • High-Class Glass: Kelvis wears an gold monocle to compliment her white uniform and haughty attitude. 
  • Hostage for Macguffin: Rylus takes Ion hostage to use her as an bargaining chip for Rodea's half of the Key of Time. 
  • Hostage Situation: Rylus holds Ion hostage and tries to throw her into the abyss when Rodea refuses to surrender his piece of the Key of Time.
  • I Gave My Word: Rodea takes his promises very seriously. So seriously, that even if it's been an millennium and he's lost his memory, he'll still try to fulfill it. 
  • Ill Girl: Sonia has an cold in the beginning of the game, which is why her brother, Tonio is gathering medicinal herbs in an early level.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Rodea can be quite caustic at times, but he's genuinely determined to save Garuda from being invadeed by the Naga Empire.
  • Killed Off for Real: While the R-series where spared in the alternate timeline Rodea created, Geardo gets this treatment on account of losing the final battle.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The third area of Garuda is an volcanic region with hazards like superheated caves and lava.
  • MacGuffin: The Key of Time is an ancient relic that Geardo needs to transport his forces forward through time to invade Garuda and Rodea has half of it.
  • Machine Monotone: After he's been resurrected, Rodea's voice has an emotionless, robotic echo to it. And it stays this way until Ion teaches him the importance of emotions.
  • More Dakka: Rather than improve the damage that each bullet causes, the upgrades for the Machine Gun Gear revolves around making it fire faster and longer.
  • Mr. Exposition:
    • Ion explains the various traits of Garuda throughout the game,
    • Rodea starts explaining his origins after he regains his memory.
  • Never Live It Down: Rodea was almost killed by Ion's first set of bombs because she didn't install an remote detonator on them in Chapter 8. Even after getting over it towards the end of the next level, he's quick to bring this up in Chapter 19, when Ion gives him an new set of explosives to place.
  • Opening Crawl: After completing the prologue, you're treated to an scrolling message that explains the Naga Empire's energy crisis and why Geardo's daughter left him.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Due to Ion misinterpreting exactly how long she set her bombs, Rodea was almost consumed by the resulting explosion as he flies out of an air duct.
  • Properly Paranoid: Considering how Garuda was almost conquered by an mechanical army, the villagers have an good reason to be scared of Rodea.
  • Reason You Suck Speech: The R-series were supposed to be completely loyal to Emperor Geardo. But since Rodea has turned his back on the Naga Empire, they won't hesitate to call him out for betraying them.
  • Smug Snake: Valghis is constantly gloatingly that he predicted Rodea's every move in an condescending tone.
  • Smurfette Principle: Out of the five R-series robots, Kelvis is the only girl.
  • Snark to Snark Combat:
    • Something happens, Ion remarks about blindly following her gut instinct, Rodea promptly criticises her.
    • Rodea refuses to do something for Ion, she threatens to turn him into scrap metal or reminds him that she's the one who repaired him.
    • Rodea gets ambushed, Ion calls the chrome-plated enemies cute, Rodea sarcastically calls her out or that they're not cute if they're trying to kill him.
  • Spider Tank: Taken literally in the sense that there's an common enemy that is an tank, walking around on four spider-like legs.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • Rylus almost pulls this off by grabbing Ion and leaping into the abyss, but Rodea winds up saving Ion at the last minute.
    • Kelvis tries this in your second battle with her by encasing you inside an energy field with several bombs inside it.
    • And on an less dramatic note, there is an flying enemy that destroys itself as it tackles you.
  • Teleport Spam:
    • Kelvis teleports around the arena for four or five times before she stop to attack and goes back to warping around the arena after waiting for an short period.
    • Additionally, there's an ring-shaped enemy that continually warps around an given area, until it stops to fire an energy blast.
  • Time Skip: The first level of the game ends with Rodea wasting away in an desert. Fast forward an 1,000 years with hardly any information on went on since the Naga Empire's failed invasion to the day Ion revives Rodea.
  • Timed Mission: In Chapter 19, you only have a few minutes to defeat Kelvis before the bombs that you planted explode.
  • Verbal Tic: Rylus refers to himself as "this one" every time he should be using an first-person pronoun.
  • Video Game Flight:
    • In the Wii version, Rodea can fly for an indefinite amount of time, but he can only fly towards nearby objects.
    • On the 3DS and Wii U port he can only fly for around 280 meters before consuming the energy crystals that he collected throughout the level. But he can also fly towards anything that he sees.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: One of the game's central themes is that even machines have hearts. It's just that the evil ones are too busy following their orders or ambitions to care...until it's too late. 
  • World in the Sky: Garuda is an collection of floating islands in the sky.
  • You Are Number Six: Before they got their names, the R-series where known only by their serial numbers.
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