Release: Sep 18, 2011 - Author: SoundOfDarkness - Translator: Tony Montana
Captain Commando is a futuristic sidescolling beat'em up from Capcom. It was released in gambling halls in 1991. In 1995, the SNES Version was released. But in comparison to the Aracrde Version, the SNES Version was censored.
In 2026, the entire has been run over by crime. Captain Commando and his 3 Commando fellas head out to end crime on earth and the whole galaxy for good. But they're not dealing with regular criminals here. Among their enemies are many supervillains whose powers and skills top are much more sophisticated than the powers and skills from regular humans. And of course, they have to defeat the leader named Scumocide (like that name) as well.
Captain Commando, leader of the Commandos. He's equipped with "Energy Gloves" to electroshock or torch the enemies.
Ginzu the Ninja, Ninjitsu master. He's very agile and can dissect enemies with his sword.
Mack the Knife, an alien warrior and mummy look-a-like. He attacks with his two special knives he can melt his enemies with.
Baby Head, a highly intelligent baby riding his home-made robot.
Differences with no consideration in the following comparison:
The Arcade Version contains a multiplayer function for 4 players, in the SNES Version it's restricted to 2 players.
Moreover, the character names have been changed for any version outside of Japan: Mack is called Jennety in the Japanese Version, Ginzu listens to Sho, Baby Head is Hoover and the big boss Scumocide is known as Genocide in Japan.
There are less guns to pick up in the SNES Version. Among other things, one particular kind of enemy is missing in the SNES Version which is one of the reason for that.
The screens from the SNES Version needed to be edited to make it suitable to the screens from the Arcarde Version (size, aspect ratio). Please excuse the miserable quality.
Compared are the Censored SNES Version and the Uncensored Arcade Version. The worldwide SNES Versions are equal, except for the different character names.
Delineation of Character
Even Mack's and Ginzu's delineations of character have been censored. Only the Aracrde Version contains the info that Ginzu is capable of dissecting his enemies and Mack can melt with the enemies with his attacks.
Blood / Smoke
Blood splatters when Ginzu hits his enemies with the sword, missiles or fire weapons in the Arcarde Version. It also splatters when the own character gets hit by enemies. But there's no blood splatter when Mack hits his enemies with the knife. Pink-colored smoke goes up instead. The SNES Version only contains the well-known Capcom effect for hits.
Most of the enemies get dissected by a lethal hit of Ginzu. In the SNES Version, they just drop dead. The animation remains unchanged. Here's an example.
Being lethally hit by Mack means melting. Only the skeleton and a wet spot is left over. In the SNES Version, the enemies simply drop dead again.
The enemy gets pulverized by Captain Commando's lethal hits by flamethrower or similar fire attacks. The SNES Version also contains the burning itself but the enemies just blink away.
Only in the Arcarde Version, two of the enemies in the first level are permitted to smoke. They just enter the scenery in the in the SNES Version.
Sometimes, enemies with little mechas show up. In the SNES Version, these things are completely missing and regular enemies show up instead. (screens only from the uncensored version)
One kind of enemy drops a fire weapon when he dies. These enemies have been entirely removed from the SNES Version. (screen only from the uncensored version)
Stun Gun Chicks
The lovely chicks with their stun guns show more skin in the Arcade Version.
The girls that could be related to Blanka from the Street Fighter series attack by spitting caustic green slime. They're just tossing bombs in the SNES Version.
In the Arcarde Version, the boss in level 3 turns into a monster first while the monster is in front of the glass container at once in the SNES Version. Not necessarily censoring, the lower hardware of the SNES might be the reason for that.
Level 7 Boss
The level 7 boss' name has been changed from Blood in the Arcarde Version to Boots in the SNES Version.
Possibly not censored but I'd like to mention it anyway.
Only the Arcarde Version contains a little final sequence including credits. The SNES Version repeats the commandos instead.