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Mega Man (game)
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|Game Title(s):||Mega Man, Mega Man 1, Rockman|
|Game mode(s):||Single Player|
|Platform(s):||Nintendo Entertainment System|
Mega Man, known in Japan as Rockman (ロックマン, Rokkuman) and sometimes disambiguated as Mega Man 1, is the first Main series game in the Classic era and the first of the Mega Man series as a whole, developed and published by Capcom and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987-89.
Though more basic in its execution than later games, it established the core gameplay elements and characters used throughout most of the Classic era and eventually spawned the Mega Man franchise of games and other media. It has been re-released in collections like the Mega Man Legacy Collection, and also received an enhanced remake for the PlayStation Portable as Mega Man Powered Up in 2006.
Mega Man marks the beginning of the Classic era storyline, starting after the creation of a batch of humanoid robots - including household robots Rock and Roll - by Dr. Light in the year 20XX (or 200X). When Dr. Wily steals and reprograms six of the robots, Rock is converted into Mega Man and sent to stop the evil doctor.
Unlike most later games, the game's story is not shown in-game and has been described differently depending on the source. Although the core is typically the same and the above story events can be inferred from later games and reference materials, the North American manual outlines the plot as follows:
"Brilliant scientist Dr. Wright [sic] conceived the construction of fully-operational human-like experimental robots to perform specific everyday duties. Dr. Wright, and his assistant Dr. Wily, encouraged with their very first near-human robot -- MEGA MAN -- proceeded to develop six additional Humanoids, all programmed to perform prescribed rituals: (...)
But, with the exception of MEGA MAN, all of Dr. Wright's near-human robot experimentation went awry. Assistant Dr. Wily turned disloyal, re-programming Dr. Wright's Humanoids, now bent on destroying opposition so Dr. Wily could control the world and its resources.
Resisting re-programming, MEGA MAN is chosen the defender of the universe and its inhabitants. MEGA MAN dares to single-handedly penetrate seven separate empires of Monsteropolis, eliminating the leaders and followers of these sovereignties."
The protagonist and player character. Formerly a human-like household robot designed by Dr. Light, Rock was reconfigured into the fighting robot Mega Man to stop Dr. Wily's plans. He has the ability to take and use his enemies' weapons as he defeats them, allowing him to exploit their weaknesses.
The brilliant scientist who created Mega Man, his sister Roll, and the advanced robots stolen and reprogrammed by Dr. Wily. He has converted Rock into Mega Man and sent him on a mission to preserve world peace. He appears only in the game's ending.
His name is given as "Dr. Wright" in the game's North American manual.
Dr. Light's rival and possible former assistant, depending on the version of the story. He has stolen and reprogrammed six of Dr. Light's robots, and is waiting for Mega Man in his fortress.
Rock/Mega Man's sister, who stays at the lab with Dr. Light. She appears only in the game's ending.
|Adhering Suzy||A square, one-eyed robot that moves between walls horizontally or vertically, stopping for a random amount of time when it touches something.||5||4||300||Cut Man's stage, Ice Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2, Dr. Wily stage 3|
|Big Eye||A large, one-legged enemy that only moves by jumping, making low or tall jumps at random.||20||10||10,000||Cut Man's stage, Guts Man's stage, Elec Man's stage, Ice Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 1|
|Blaster||A wall-mounted gun that periodically opens to fire a sequence of four shots in a set pattern. Only vulnerable while attacking.||1||1 (contact)
|200||Cut Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2|
|Bombombomb||A bomb that is launched upwards from the bottom of the screen and splits into four smaller bombs at its peak. Shots go through them.||-||1||-||Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2|
|Bunby Heli||A helicopter robot that flies sideways, swooping down or up at Mega Man when he comes near.||1||3||500||Cut Man's stage, Guts Man's stage, Elec Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2|
|Changkey||A flame that launches into the air in groups of three, which then drop down at an angle. Only vulnerable while falling.||1||2||200||Fire Man's stage|
|Crazy Razy||A robot that runs at Mega Man and rarely shoots. Destroying its bottom half or getting too close causes the upper half to detach, flying around and swooping at Mega Man; attacking the upper half first destroys it completely.||1 (top)
|500 (each half)||Ice Man's stage|
|Foot Holder||A floating platform that moves in random, erratic patterns, occasionally firing shots to both sides.||-||3 (contact)
|-||Ice Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 1|
|Gabyoall||An enemy confined to a platform that speeds up when Mega Man is on the same height. It is too flat to shoot normally and buster shots merely stun it, but special weapons destroy it in one hit.||1||3||200||Elec Man's stage, Ice Man's stage, Fire Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage|
|Kamadoma||A small, flea-like robot that jumps around quickly.||1||2||300||Cut Man's stage, Elec Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 1|
|Killer Bomb||A rocket that spawns endlessly from the right side of the screen and flies forward in a wave motion. Destroying it causes an explosion that can harm Mega Man.||1||3 (contact)
|800||Fire Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 1, Dr. Wily stage 2, Dr. Wily stage 3|
|Mambu||Flies across the screen from right to left, occasionally stopping to open its shell and fire bullets in eight directions. Respawns infinitely and is only vulnerable while attacking.||1||1 (contact)
|800||Cut Man's stage, Guts Man's stage|
|Metall||Hides under its helmet until Mega Man comes near, then shoots bullets in three directions. Only vulnerable while attacking.||1||1 (contact)
|500||Guts Man's stage|
|Pepe||A penguin that spawns endlessly from the right side of the screen and flies forward in a wave motion.||1||4||500||Ice Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 3|
|Pickman||A stationary construction worker robot that rapidly throws pickaxes at Mega Man in an arc when he is near. Only vulnerable while attacking.||10||3 (contact)
|1,500||Guts Man's stage|
|Screw Driver||A screw mounted to the floor or ceiling, which periodically extends to fire two bursts of bullets in five directions. Only fires when Mega Man is near and is more difficult to hit when not attacking.||3||1 (contact)
|500||Cut Man's stage, Fire Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2, Dr. Wily stage 3, Dr. Wily stage 4|
|Sniper Joe||A robot with a gun and shield that periodically fires at Mega Man, jumps straight up, or hops away from him backwards. Only vulnerable while attacking or jumping.||10||4 (contact)
|5,000||Bomb Man's stage|
|Super Cutter||Cutter blades that are endlessly fired from an indestructible machine in the background. They fly in an arc at Mega Man.||5||4||500||Cut Man's stage|
|Thunder Block||A stationary block that periodically creates a beam of electricity next to it.||-||4 (beam)||-||Elec Man's stage|
|Watcher||A green ball that appears in groups of five, floating in from the top or bottom. When it is level with Mega Man, it extends its eyestalks and fires lasers from them.||1||4 (contact)
|800||Elec Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 4|
Each Robot Master boss yields a weapon the first time he is defeated, and has a particular weakness to at least one other weapon. Unlike later games, the Robot Masters will still be there when revisiting a stage.
These bosses are fought in Dr. Wily's fortress. They yield no weapons, but may have weaknesses.
|Yellow Devil||Dr. Wily stage 1||Thunder Beam|
|Copy Robot||A clone of Mega Man that copies his attacks.||Dr. Wily stage 2||N/A|
|CWU-01P||Dr. Wily stage 3||Super Arm|
|Wily Machine 1 (phase 1)||Dr. Wily stage 4||Fire Storm|
|Wily Machine 1 (phase 2)||Dr. Wily stage 4||N/A|
Mega Man has a selection of weapons available that grows as he defeats Robot Masters. These weapons can be select from the pause menu, and only one can be active at a time; switching to a different weapon causes existing projectiles from the previous one to disappear.
Apart from the standard Mega Buster, all weapons cost weapon energy to use, which can be refilled by finding pick-ups in stages or automatically after defeating a Robot Master.
|Mega Buster||Mega Man's standard weapon, which does not use Weapon Energy. Shoots forward in a straight line, and up to three shots can be on the screen at a time.||Start of game|
|Rolling Cutter||Throws a cutter blade like a boomerang, which returns in a loop. It can pass through enemies and hurt them repeatedly.||Cut Man|
|Super Arm||Picks up designated blocks, which are only found in a few stages. These blocks can be carried around and thrown, causing them to shatter.||Guts Man|
|Thunder Beam||Releases a winding beam of electricity forward and straight ones in up and down directions.||Elec Man|
|Ice Slasher||Shoots an icy projectile forward that usually deals no damage, but temporary freezes enemies. Can freeze Burner Block flames to turn them into platforms.||Ice Man|
|Fire Storm||Fires a flame forward and briefly surrounds Mega Man with a fireball shield, both of which harm enemies.||Fire Man|
|Hyper Bomb||Throws a bomb that bounces and takes a while to explode. It goes through enemies without harming them.||Bomb Man|
|Magnet Beam||Creates a temporary platform in front of Mega Man. The longer the button is held, the longer the platform becomes, which remains attached to Mega Man and can be repositioned until the button is let go.||Item in Elec Man's stage|
Six Robot Master stages are available from the start, which can be selected and played in any order. Beating the boss of each stage awards Mega Man with his weapon, and his life and weapon energy are fully restored. Uniquely to this game, the boss remains in the stage even when replaying it later, and must be fought again at the end.
After clearing all the Robot Master stages, Dr. Wily appears in the middle of the stage select screen; selecting him sends Mega Man to Dr. Wily's fortress, which consists of four stages that can only be played in a set order. No weapons are awarded for beating these stages, weapon energy is not recovered, and the player cannot return to the stage select in between them.
These items may drop from defeated enemies or be found inside the stages:
|1 UP||Awards an extra life.||Random drops, 1 each in: Guts Man's stage, Ice Man's stage, Bomb Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2, Dr. Wily stage 4|
|Energy Pellet (small)||Restores 2 units of life energy.||Random drops, various stages|
|Energy Pellet (big)||Restores 10 units of life energy.||Random drops, various stages|
|Score Ball||Drops only from defeated enemies and increases Mega Man's score bonus. 1,000 points are awarded for each ball brought to the end of the stage.||Random drops|
|Weapon Capsule (small)||Restores 2 units of weapon energy.||Random drops, various stages|
|Weapon Capsule (big)||Restores 10 units of weapon energy.||Random drops, various stages|
These items can be obtained in other ways:
|Magnet Beam||Unlocks the Magnet Beam weapon for the rest of the game, which creates temporary platforms and is needed to complete the game. Requires Super Arm to obtain.||Elec Man's stage|
|Robot Master core||This unnamed item appears after defeating a Robot Master (in his own stage only). Touching it ends the stage and awards Mega Man with the Robot Master's weapon.||Robot Master stages|
|Yashichi||Refills Mega Man's life and weapon energy completely and awards 100,000 points. Only one exists, shortly before the boss gauntlet at the end of the game.||Dr. Wily stage 4|
Relation to other Games
Game Boy series
- Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge - Reimagines many elements from Mega Man 1, including four Robot Masters (Cut Man, Ice Man, Fire Man and Elec Man) and their respective stages.
Ports, Remakes and Compilations
- Mega Man: The Wily Wars - Contains ports of the first three Mega Man games with enhanced sound and graphics.
- Rockman Complete Works - Contains enhanced ports of Mega Man 1-6.
- Mega Man Anniversary Collection - Includes the Rockman Complete Works ports.
- Mega Man Powered Up - Enhanced remake with new stages, bosses and other content.
- Mega Man Legacy Collection - Contains accurate ports of Mega Man 1-6.
Mega Man Legacy Collection
|Name||Time Limit||Unlock condition||Related Games|
|MM1 Remix 1||6:30:00||Open at the start||Mega Man|
|Yellow Devil (challenge)||2:15:00||Open at the start||Mega Man|
|Craig's Challenge||8:00:00||Open at the start|
|MM1 Remix 2||??:??:??||Complete 3 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1 Robot Rush||??:??:??||Complete 3 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|Wily Machine 1 (challenge)||??:??:??||Complete 3 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1 Mega Mix||??:??:??||Complete 6 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1-2 Mashup||??:??:??||Complete 6 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1-3 Mashup||??:??:??||Complete 17 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1-4 Mashup||??:??:??||Complete 17 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1-5 Mashup||??:??:??||Complete 27 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|MM1 Robot Rush (No Items)||??:??:??||Complete 44 or More Challenges to Unlock||Mega Man|
|Icon||Title||Unlocked by||Related Games|
|Rock and Roll||Stop Dr. Wily's plans and complete the original Mega Man.||Mega Man|
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. 4
- "Cut Man Stage" - Music; plays only in the Wii U version.
- "Mega Man Retro Medley" - Includes the above. Plays in Both Versions.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Music tracks from the previous game return
- Cut Man - #876
1994 animated series
A version of this game's backstory is adapted in the episode The Beginning of the 1994 Mega Man animated series. All Robot Masters from the game appear on the show, with Cut Man and Guts Man as part of the main cast.
- Mega Man North American manual, 1987, "THE MEGA MAN STORY".