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History Of Mega Man Explored

simoniker posted about 11 years ago | from the dr-wily-close-to-retirement dept.

Classic Games (Games) 32

Thanks to GameSpot for their large feature charting a comprehensive history of Capcom's Mega Man. The article explains: "Mega Man recently celebrated his 15th anniversary, and the Blue Bomber is showing no signs of giving up the fight for everlasting peace", and goes on to document more than 30 Mega Man-related titles, from the original NES version, which sported "totally appalling box art" in the States, through the 3D stylings of the Mega Man Legends series, and the VR-styled RPG gameplay of the Mega Man Battle Network series. The mammoth article ends on the hopeful: "Here's hoping Capcom sees fit to grace a current or future system with a good, honest 2D - or 2.5D, at the very most - Mega Man IX."

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First Post (-1, Troll)

Icephreak1 (267199) | about 11 years ago | (#7248783)

I stole my copy of Megaman along with my NES. Best mission of my life.

- IP

second post?screw it ill actually read the article (0)

UltimaL337Star (641853) | about 11 years ago | (#7248827)

the megaman collection has really gone freakin far, but with all the holes and gaps in the storylines and the question if many of the games even take place in the same universe it's starting to seem like the final fantasys

Re:second post?screw it ill actually read the arti (2, Informative)

FortissimoWily (703397) | about 11 years ago | (#7250365)

"the megaman collection has really gone freakin far, but with all the holes and gaps in the storylines and the question if many of the games even take place in the same universe it's starting to seem like the final fantasys"

Aside from plot holes in some of the individual games, the series itself is fairly consistent, and all but one of it's five sub-series do take place in the same universe, albeit not in the same time.
To break it down;
The original series games (the ones starring Mega Man, Forte, Dr. Wily, with 8 Robot Masters per game) take place in 20XX.
The X series titles (which star Mega Man's ancestor, Mega Man X, along with Zero, and a plethora of animalistic robot bosses) take place in 21XX.
The Zero series (where Zero from the X series has been awakened in the future to protect the rights of innocent Repliroids) takes place in 22XX.
As you can see, that's 3 centuries right there.
Then, after that, there's the Legends series (3D adventure games, where another Mega Man iteration has to search for treasure underground, and fight Sky Pirates), which are set several thousand years after those first three.
Last of all, there is the Battle Network/EXE series, which is the only one not in continuity with the others - it's an alternate setting that takes names and elements from the other sub-series, and remixes them into an internet-themed action-RPG with plenty of geekish jokes (as well as nods to the other series) to boot.
Also, a mistake too many people make (and it messes with their view of how good the continuity of the Mega Man franchise is) is to think that all of the heroes bearing the name "Mega Man" or "Rockman" are the same person - they aren't. For example, Mega Man X is related to the original Mega Man, but he isn't the same robot. MegaMan.EXE (from Battle Network), and MegaMan Voulnutt (from Legends) aren't related to Mega Man or Mega Man X at all. Lastly, Zero (co-star of the X series, and star of the Zero series) is Mega Man X's best friend.

Anyhows, yeah, the continuity isn't like some people think it is - it's really pretty solid. I hope that the above clears up any confusion :)

Re:second post?screw it ill actually read the arti (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | about 11 years ago | (#7250588)

It is my understanding that Mega Man and Mega Man X are in fact the same person; he was awakened from a time capsule at the start of Mega Man X for SNES.

Re:second post?screw it ill actually read the arti (1)

FortissimoWily (703397) | about 11 years ago | (#7250698)

"It is my understanding that Mega Man and Mega Man X are in fact the same person; he was awakened from a time capsule at the start of Mega Man X for SNES."

I'm afraid Mega Man and Mega Man X aren't the same robot. According to the first X game's intro, X was the first of a new generation of robots, who could think, feel, and make their own decisions.

Also, when asked if Mega Man and X are one and the same, series creator Keiji Inafune stated that they aren't. The interview where he said so can be found here, on Planet Mega Man [planet-megaman.com] , in both video and transcripted forms. According to the written transcript;

"Sean: Many changes occur between Rockman and Rockman X in the game series. Though X7 is about to release, we're hoping that you might be able to give us some insight. Is Rockman X a new robot or is he a rebuilt form of the original Rockman? And if so, will we find out what happens to all of Rockman's most prominent allies and enemies?

Keiji: Yes, actually, the original Mega Man and the Mega Man that appears in the Mega Man X series of course very different, and when I created these, this Mega Man X series, I kept that in mind."

Re:second post?screw it ill actually read the arti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7252248)

Who fucking gives a shit? Seriously - get a girlfriend, get a life, get some friends, stop being a faggot. You have way too much free time on your hands. YOU SUCK COCK FAGGOT!!!

I have a cannon on my left arm u insensitive clod! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7255305)

If you don't give a shit, don't bitch, you're only wasting your time, and waving a flag saying "flame me"

Re:second post?screw it ill actually read the arti (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | about 11 years ago | (#7254345)

According to the first NES megaman game, Rock is also the first of a new generation of robots, who could think, feel, etc.

And regarding Keiji's comments during the interview, surely Capcom would never ret-con the MegaMan franchise? That would interfere with the tight continuity established by the NES games. ;)

Maga Man for the GB (1)

PatrickThomson (712694) | about 11 years ago | (#7249283)

When I bought my original gameboy in 1996ish it came with a choice of Mega Man 3 or Mario&Yoshi games free. Dunno what that has to do with anything but I feel compelled to post.

In Soviet Russia... (-1)

I'm not a script, da (638454) | about 11 years ago | (#7249648)

...post compells you!

What a country!

Re:Maga Man for the GB (1)

Inda (580031) | about 11 years ago | (#7249688)

I too feel compelled to post about not knowing who Megaman is.

The game name sounds like the sort of game mum and dad would buy for birthdays. They would have heard a children's TV presenter say the word 'mega' and happily parted with cash... ...but they were poor and I bought my own games. Megaman or some other game with a space-aged title? No real choice.

Thanks for listening too.

Gay-O! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7249597)

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Fighting for peace? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7249694)

Isn't that like fucking for chastity?

Re:Fighting for peace? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7251636)

That post wasn't a troll, you cocksmoking mods. But since this is the video games section maybe you're all eight years old and shocked (SHOCKED!!!!!!) by the sight of the F-word. SUCH FOUL LANGUAGE, OBVIOUSLY HE IS A TROLL

Missing at least one game. (2, Interesting)

AtaruMoroboshi (522293) | about 11 years ago | (#7249733)

I looked for it but didn't find Cannon Spike (GunSpike in Japan) for Dreamcast on the list. Megaman is playable as a secret character in this 3-d rendered but mostly 2-D gameplay shooter.

Developed by Psikyo, and published by Capcom.

.

Re:Missing at least one game. (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 11 years ago | (#7249947)

I've had Cannon Spike... mediocre. It was quite dull, way too short and easy. It took me, what, 15 mins to beat it the first time I played. I returned it to the store the other day.

One is to expect something better from the company that developed Zero Gunner 2. -_-''

Re:Missing at least one game. (1)

AtaruMoroboshi (522293) | about 11 years ago | (#7249988)


how did you possibly beat that in 15 minutes? unless I'm mistaken it has limited credits, and it gets insanely hard too. I'm pretty sure I've never beaten it. ...unless you played it on the really easy difficulty modes.

Zero Gunner 2 is definitely a much, much better game though!

Re:Missing at least one game. (1)

DarkZero (516460) | about 11 years ago | (#7250090)

I looked for it but didn't find Cannon Spike (GunSpike in Japan) for Dreamcast on the list. Megaman is playable as a secret character in this 3-d rendered but mostly 2-D gameplay shooter.

I'm also sort of surprised that they didn't sneak in Megaman.EXE's appearance as a secret playable character in the new Onimusha fighting game Onimusha Buraiden, which could've added a touch of news to the history.

Re:Missing at least one game. (1)

AtaruMoroboshi (522293) | about 11 years ago | (#7250212)

not to mention Zero from Megaman X being a playable character in the recent SNK vs Capcom for Neo Geo. (coming to ps2 early next year)

.

And many others: (1)

Thedalek (473015) | about 11 years ago | (#7250219)

Also no mention of Megaman: The Power Battles, Megaman 2: The Power Fighters (both arcade games), Marvel Vs. Capcom 1 & 2, and the semi-Mega cameo in Pocket Fighter (Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix): Felicia can morph into a pink MegaMan (MegaCatWoman?).

Oh, and Rockman: Battle & Fighters for the Neo Geo Pocket Color.

And EXE Transmission for GameCube.

My question: So why isn't there a MegaMan puzzle game yet?

Re:And many others: (1)

AtaruMoroboshi (522293) | about 11 years ago | (#7250434)

actually, a lot of those were mentioned in the other related games section.

as for a puzzle game, sure, why not!

Re:And many others: (1)

Thedalek (473015) | about 11 years ago | (#7250643)

Well, color me stupid.

I just didn't notice that there were multiple pages of "Related Games."

Still, the Super Gem Fighters Mini Mix thing wasn't mentioned.

Now I just need to find an ISO of the UK version of Megaman: Battle & Chase.

At least one? (1)

Inoshiro (71693) | about 11 years ago | (#7251085)

It's amazing how much is wrong with the report on a once over. Where's the listing for MegaMan Soccer, MegaMan Extreme series, MegaMan Network Transmission(!)?

How could they get MM1's pause trick wrong? It worked on every single weapon because the collision detection code would rerun every pause/unpause cycle, not just on the elecman gun (it was just really easy to use on elecman due to the larger beam size).

The report seems like a rough draft, not a comprehensive guide.

Re:At least one? (1)

AtaruMoroboshi (522293) | about 11 years ago | (#7251119)

MegaMan Network Transmission is the new Gamecube game right?

that's in there, inexplicably in the related games section.

Oh, I see. (1)

Inoshiro (71693) | about 11 years ago | (#7251562)

They've laid it out with a max of 3 or 4 games per page, with the big names left out of the main index. This makes it harder to skim :-/

rough draft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7254107)

Some guys here seem to have missed out the list there called "related games." The soccer game is in there. The others you mentioned? - I've already forgotten, sorry, because the article is a bit longer than something I would call a draft.

I guess, nobody can know all the stuff of such a long runner. I remember how I once tried to explain to a normal person something about the Streetfighter series. It was years before the Marvel vs Capcom or Capcom vs SNK stuff. I simply said to him that Streetfighter II Turbo didn't came after Super Street Fighter II but after Streetfighter II and that there is Super Street Fighter II Turbo too, and they are all different incarnations. His Reaction was like...uhm do you know the movie Scanners?

good games vs. nostalgia (1)

DS-1107 (680578) | about 11 years ago | (#7249788)

I remember myself playing megaman 1-6. I loved them all, loved them, nothing was bad, and hearing the music from time to time only made me see clearly how great the series where!

lo' here comes gamespot, and I suddenly remember the awfull boxart, the worthless bosses and weapons in the 4+ games and I despair; my mind is at turmoil - what is this, how can I hold this series to the skies, long for 1-8 collection coming 2004, how?

This surreal feeling comes over me, that perhaps the kids [slashdot.org] where right, perhaps I'm wrong, and all those oldies I still care for in my heart, are not really good, but boring and worthless; I whimper.

...And yet playing megaman Zero today makes me only remember the goodness of then, and hopefully I'll see it again 2004 beating flashman, gutsman, elecman, cutman again, my nemises from the past.

Re:good games vs. nostalgia (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | about 11 years ago | (#7250615)

Time to bust out FCEultra [sourceforge.net] and show those young whippersnappers what's what!

megaman X (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7249997)

a skilled X series player is intresting to watch as they tend to move so fast though the levels and use every trick in the book and do it so fluidly even during boss fights either with zero or X... theres an art to all of these games but the x series expanded on that. i personaly would like to see it expanded more

My God... The Pain!!! (1)

wingnut2600 (657362) | about 11 years ago | (#7252233)

Wow... that article was an ordeal. 33 pages of Mega Man games.

I have decided to whittle it down for the people with dial-up modems (such as myself):

There have been several Mega Man series for multiple platforms. Each series is excellent, then, as the the series progresses, they lessen in quality and cease to be innovative.

The best part of the article is the comparison with the Japanese version of the same game.

I fondly remember sitting at my friend's house in grade school, watching him play Mega Man, while eating srawberry Yoplait yogurt and drinking "New" Coke...

Re:My God... The Pain!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7252261)

yOU Fucked that gay friend of yours in the anus, didn't you? admit it fucktard, you are teh ghey - you fucking homo. i bet you watched how to lose a guy in 10 days and fucking shit your pants because it was

Re:My God... The Pain!!! (1)

wingnut2600 (657362) | about 11 years ago | (#7252332)

Wow... I was wondering if the Yoplait yogurt story would elicit that response. That is too bad that a person that says spells "gay" as "ghey" was able to pervert and distort my childhood memory in such a way. If only he would have finished his story about "How to lose a guy in 10 days;" I bet it was hilarious.

I have a feeling that this person is just jealous that my friend had "New" Coke and Yoplait yogurt while he had plain, generic yogurt and was drinking Shasta while playing his Atari 7200, which he thought was just as cool as a NES.
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