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Cyber Troopers Virtual-On (電脳戦機バーチャロン Dennō Senki Bācharon, roughly "Computer Fighting Machine Virtual-On") is a series of video games created by Sega AM-3 (Amusement Research and Development Department 3, later renamed Hitmaker). The original series was first published for arcades in February 1995. The game features fast, action-oriented gameplay requiring quick reflexes. It has seen four iterations to date and has been ported to several video game consoles.

The mecha designs for all instalments of the series were created by robot designer Hajime Katoki. Related merchandise released for sale include plastic models, original soundtracks, Gashapon trading figurines and audio drama CDs.


Virtual-On features mechs called Virtuaroids, or VRs, that are large robots the player controls in battles against enemy VRs, and its twin-stick control, in which two joysticks, complemented by an array of controls, are used by players. Additionally, in the plot of the first game, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On (Virtual-On: Operation Moongate), the Virtual-On's arcade machine is actually a remote operation device sent from the future in search of "Virtual-On Positive" (VO+) pilots.


In the Virtual-On universe, Virtuaroids became relatively easy to produce when the creation of matter through, "reverse conversion," and the virtuaroids themselves, were discovered. They are produced by first constructing a working skeletal frame, then installing the, "V-connector," and lastly creating their armor through reverse conversion. Later in the series, the V-converter would be responsible for the full creation of the Virtuaroid, including the skeletal frame.


  1. Cyber Troopers Virtual-On (1st game): Released between 1995 and 1996 for arcades, Sega Saturn, and PC. The Saturn version of the game is one of few games that supports the SEGA Net on the console. It also features the Sega Twin Stick Peripheral. The game features M.S.B.S. v3.3 (Arcade), v3.3s (Sega Saturn) and v.3.3w (Windows PC), among others.
    1. Virtual-On Episode 2.42 One-Man Rescue (novel sequel)
    2. Virtual-On: Fragmentary Passage (prequel novel)
  2. Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram (2nd game)
  3. Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force (3rd game): Released exclusively in Japanese arcades in 2001, and re-released for Japanese Xbox 360 in 2010, it was the first game in the series to be released after AM3 was renamed to Hitmaker, and features a new system of gameplay where players are teamed up in pairs to oppose another pair, with a leader/subordinate ruleset. The machines use a card system found in other arcade machines to keep player data. The game features M.S.B.S. v7.5, v7.6 and v7.7.
  4. Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Marz (4th game)
  5. A Certain Magical Virtual-On

Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram[]

Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram (電脳戦機バーチャロン オラトリオ・タングラム) is the 2nd instalment

Released between 1998 and 2000 for arcades and Sega Dreamcast, with special peripheral device, the Twin Sticks, and in 2009 for Microsoft Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade service. Very few VOOT arcade units made it outside of Japan. The US release of VOOT on Dreamcast had many features such as Cable Versus and Custom Virtuaroid locked for unknown reasons, and the game was not released in Europe. Later versions for the arcade incorporated a VMU slot for imported colours created on the Japanese version of VOOT on Sega Dreamcast. The game features M.S.B.S. v5.2 (Early Arcade), v5.4 (Arcade), v.5.45 (Sega Dreamcast), v5.6 (Rare Bonus disc addon) and 5.66 (Late Arcade and Xbox 360 XBLA).

Virtual-On Marz[]

Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Marz (電脳戦機バーチャロン マーズ) is the 4th instalment

Released in Japan and the United States in 2003, exclusively for the PlayStation 2. It uses the VO: Force rules for gameplay and graphics, and is the first Virtual On game to have a single-player story mode, which follows on with the Virtual-On universe. As the PlayStation 2 has no official Twin Sticks, the game's controls rely on the PS2's DualShock controllers. The game features M.S.B.S. v8.5.

The Virtuaroids Temjin 747J, Ahparmd the HA-T and Fei-Yen the Knight from the Virtual-On series appeared in the Japanese, turn-based strategy game Super Robot Wars Alpha 3. This was the first occasion of characters from a video game series, owned neither by Banpresto nor their parent company Bandai Namco, appearing in a Super Robot Wars game. Of note about the game is that if the other pilots in the game remove their suits, approach the Virtuaroids and try to speak to their pilots, the Virtuaroids would say that they were being remote-piloted by pilots in another plane or dimension.

Audio drama[]

Little is known about these drama CDs because there has been no translation or transcript in the English speaking community as of yet.
*Cyber Troopers Virtual On Counterpoint 009A Episode #16. The S.H.B.V.D. (Special Heavy Battle Virtuaroid Division), including Black Onyx and Mimmy Salpen's search for the original Fei-Yen. Track Listing:
::• 01. fragment
::• 02. prologue
::• 03. intermission_1
::• 04. black onyx
::• 05. fade to black
::• 06. formidable tolerance
::• 07. belgdor corporate anthem
::• 08. on X-band
::• 09. procession
::• 10. intermission_2
::• 11. cyber imaginary space
::• 12. magical wonderland
::• 13. m.s.b.s. Ver.3.01
::• 14. intermission_3
::• 15. harmless harmony
::• 16. my sweet chocolate
::• 17. dislocation
::• 18. am r&d dept. #3
::• 19. burned by the fire
::• 20. conversation piece
::• 21. another future
::• 22. delta junction
::• 23. intermission _ 4
::• 24. maximum momentum
::• 25. party a go go
::• 26. love will tear them apart ...
::• 27. epilogue
::• 28. absent lovers
*Cyber Troopers Virtual On Cyber Net Rhapsody Episode#14. A more comedy-oriented audio drama, Cyber Net Rhapsody Episode#14 focuses on a pair of Virtual-On players who find themselves transported into the actual game, and stars the original Fei-Yen unit. It features Fei-Yen singing various songs and orchestral remixes. Track Listing:
::• 01. Next ~壊れかけたドアの向こう~
::• 02. D_Sequence #1
::• 03. main title
::• 04. D_Sequence #2
::• 05. 危機~逃亡
::• 06. D_Sequence #3
::• 07. Theme of Fei-Yen
::• 08. D_Sequence #4
::• 09. Love14
::• 10. D_Sequence #5
::• 11. 戦闘
::• 12. D_Sequence #6
::• 13. Believe
::• 14. D_Sequence #7
::• 15. 大団円
::• 16. Appendix

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