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Obscure and forgotten Mega Man games

6/2/12 6:00pm
tl;dr

 13 games in the Classic series I consider to be obscure or forgotten.

Editor's Note: I had no idea there were some many games in the classic series. Nice work Mega Silver!

Any person who's played Mega Man games has most likely played 1-10 maybe Mega Man & Bass and Mega Man: Dr. Wily 's Revenge, but what about the Blue Bomber's racing game or Monopoly/Mario Party  style game? Some of these games aren't very good. In fact, some are downright horrible, but they're still forgotten. So… 

Lets get this list started!

 

 Mega Man V - Game Boy 1994

 

I already reviewed this game, so I'll summarize the story. A new group of enemies named the Stardroids attack Earth and Mega Man has to stop them with this new weapon, the Mega Arm. Also Dr. Wily isn't the final boss in V.

Is this game worth playing? Yes!

  Mega Man's Soccer - 1994 SNES

 

Don't have much to say about this game either, it's just soccer but with Mega Man characters. While the game has good music, the gameplay is boring. Plus the game has no ending unless you use a Game Genie or Pro Action Replay.

Is this game worth playing? No!

Mega Man Battle & Chase - PS1 1997/1998

Skip to 3:45 for gameplay

Battle & Chase is a Mario Kart style game with three gameplay modes: Grand Prix, Time Trial, and Versus Mode. This game was only released in Japan and the PAL regions. It was planned to be released in North America, but Sony of America did not approve the game because the market was already flooded with racing games. Fortunately, the game was included with the Mega Man X Collection in 2006. The games controls may take a little time to get used to but when you are comfortable with them, the game plays rather nicely.

Is it worth playing? Yes!

Mega Man: The Wily Wars - Mega Drive 1994 

Yet another game I looked at, Wily Wars is the Super Mario All-Stars of Mega Man. It takes Mega Mans 1, 2, and 3 and gives them the 16-bit treatment and actually saves your data rather than using passwords. There's even an extra game in Wily Wars called Wily Tower , which you unlock after beating all of the other games. Wily Wars isn't perfect, it suffers from major slowdown in some spots and the music is a hit or miss, but the gameplay is still the same. You will have to download the rom onto your computer or get a reproduction cart since this game was never released in the US in cartridge format back in '94.

Is this game worth playing? Yes!

 

Mega Man - Game Gear 1995

This game was licensed by Capcom and developed by Freestyle and US Gold and was only released in the U.S. Mega Man GG is basically a mix of Mega Man 4, 5, and a little bit of 2 in to one cart. Sounds sweet right? Well, the game suffers from some major vertical scrolling issues, you can't see whats above or below you at times and the game tends to be extremely difficult due to the fact that you have no continues and the vertical scrolling issue. Mega Man GG is also a rare game and has never been ported to anything else.

Is this game worth playing? No!

Mega Man/Mega Man 3  - PC 1990/1992

These games where the first and only MM games for the personal computer. The controls seem to be the worst part of the game even though the game in general looks like crap. The game wasn't developed by Capcom, but by Hi Tech Expressions who made many crappy NES games like Barbie.

Is it worth playing? No!

Mega Man LCD games - 1991/1992

Only two Mega Man games were ported to the LCD Tiger Electronic games, Mega Man 2 and 3. You would think the games would be crap due to the limitations, but you actually go through stages, battle some Robot Masters, and Dr. Wily.

Is it worth playing? Maybe.

Wily & Light's Rockboard: That's Paradise - Famicom 1993

I'm going to guess this game wasn't released back in 1993 in the US because of the simulated gambling in the game. This game is basically like Monopoly and Mario Party. You can have up to 4 players and you can play as Dr. Light, Dr. Wily, Dr. Cossack, Roll, and Kalinka and you want to buy spaces to build whatever your character wants. Dr. Wily for example wants to build skull castles and Roll wants to build hospitals. You lay traps on tiles so other players loose money or get sent to a difernt part of the map. You would have to have a lot of time on your hands to play this game since it doesn't seem to have a battery backup.

Is this game worth playing? Maybe.

Super Adventure Rockman - PS1/Saturn 1998

FMV intro and story

Skip to 3:02 for gameplay

This FMV game was released in Japan only and you could compare the game to a Sega CD game like Mad Dog McCree. This is probably one of the darkest Mega Man games in the Classic series, as military people die, Roll could die, and even the planet could explode! Even Keiji Inafune who had little to nothing to do with this game said " Did they really need to go that far?!" Also during this time Capcom was branching out the Blue Bomber by "selling it to the lowest bider." The game looks interesting, but it doesn't fit at all with the rest of the games in the series.

Is it worth playing? Maybe.

Rockman Battle & Fighters - Neo Geo Pocket Color 2000

This game is a port of the Power Fighters and Power Battles games released in Japanese arcades a few years earlier, but a lot of the music from the arcade versions is missing and the graphics aren't as good. The story and endings are still present. Like many of the other games on this list, Battle & Fighters was never released outside of Japan. You can play Power Fighters and Power Battles in the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the Gamecube and PS2 anyways, so you don't need to bother with this game.

Is it worth playing? No!

Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future - Wonderswan 1999

This is sort of a sequel/port of Mega Man & Bass on Bandai's Wonderswan with new stages and bosses. The game uses the music from Mega Man & Bass just on limited hardware so it kind of sounds like it's on a Game Boy. To sum it up, the game is better than the PC games and the Game Gear game but not as good as the Game Boy games. However, this game does offer a challenge for fans looking for a difficult Mega Man game.

Is it worth playing? Maybe

Rocman X - Famicom/Pirate game 1995

The last two games are pirate games, the first being Rocman X for the Famicom developed by Sachen. I don't really know if I should count this one as a Mega Man game since, you play as a blue and white robot who throws boomerangs. Maybe it's ripping off Power Blade more since both characters throw boomerangs. I'll give credit to Sachen though, since the graphics look OK and the controls work but the game sounds awful and you die easily.

Is this game worth playing? No!

Rockman 8  - Game Boy 1999

This game is a super hack of Mega Man III for the Game Boy created by Yong Yong. The game has 5 Robot Masters, Frost Man, Clown Man, Tengu Man, Grenade Man, and Rock Man. The bosses at the end of the stages are random things like a car or robot penguin. The game is full of glitches and can reset itself if a certain glitch occurs. This game also has no ending.

Is it worth playing? No!

 

 

So that was the list of obscure and forgotten Mega Man Classic games. I looked at the good, the bad , and the ugly. Hoped you found the list interesting and informative.  Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment.

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