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Mega Man 4

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General information
Game Title(s):Mega Man 4, Mega Man IV, Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
Developer(s):Capcom
Publisher(s):Capcom
Release Date(s):
NES:
JP: December 6, 1991
NA: January 1992
EU: January 21, 1993
Virtual Console: 
Wii:
JP: February 9, 2010
NA: April 19, 2010
EU: April 16, 2010
AU: April 16, 2010
3DS:
JP: October 17, 2012
NA: April 25, 2013
EU: April 25, 2013
AU: April 25, 2013
Wii U:
JP: June 12, 2012
NA: June 11, 2013
EU: June 11, 2013
AU: June 11, 2013
Genre(s):Action, Platformer
Game mode(s):Single Player
Platform(s):Nintendo Entertainment System

Mega Man 4, known in Japan as Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!! (ロックマン4 新たなる野望!!, Rokkuman 4 Aratanaru Yabō!!, "Rockman 4: A New Evil Ambition!!") is the fourth Main series game in the Classic era of the Mega Man series, developed and published by Capcom and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991-1993.

Story

Mega Man and Dr. Light receive a call from Dr. Cossack.

With Dr. Wily still missing after the events of Mega Man 3, a new threat emerges when Siberian scientist Dr. Cossack gives humanity an ultimatum to surrender to him or face destruction at the hands of his eight Robot Masters. Joined again by his canine companion Rush as well as new ally, the suitcase robot Eddie, Mega Man heads to Russia by train to take on this new enemy.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

After defeating all the Robot Masters and making his way through Dr. Cossack's citadel, Mega Man encounters Dr. Cossack, piloting the Cossack Catcher. However, as he is about to destroy the machine, Proto Man teleports in with Cossack's daughter Kalinka in tow, who begs Mega Man not to harm her father, revealing that Dr. Wily had been blackmailing Cossack by kidnapping her. Shortly after, Dr. Wily shows up, yelling at Proto Man for betraying him before retreating to his own fortress.

Kalinka helps Mega Man investigate Dr. Wily's fortress.[1] Fighting his way through it, he eventually encounters the Wily Machine 4 and destroys it. However, Wily escapes unharmed and retreats deeper into the fortress, where he waits for Mega Man with the Wily Capsule. After destroying the capsule, the fortress collapses, and Mega Man takes a train from a nearby station back to his home, where Dr. Light and Roll are waiting for him.

Characters

Mega Man

Mega Man.

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.

Dr. Light

The brilliant scientist who created Mega Man, his sister Roll, and several other advanced robots. He has once again sent Mega Man on a mission to preserve world peace, this time pairing him up not just with the robot dog Rush, but also his robotic suitcase, Eddie.

Dr. Wily

Dr. Wily.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Dr. Light's rival scientist, who has been missing since the last game. He turns out to be the manipulating force behind Dr. Cossack, blackmailing him by kidnapping his daughter.

Dr. Cossack

Dr. Cossack.

The Russian scientist, Dr. Mikhail Sergeyevich Cossack, has unexpectedly announced his plans to take over the world with his eight Robot Masters. Mega Man must travel to his Siberian citadel and stop him.

Kalinka

Kalinka.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Dr. Cossack's only daughter. She has been kidnapped by Dr. Wily to blackmail her father, but is rescued by Proto Man and helps Mega Man by investigating Dr. Wily's fortress.

Proto Man

Proto Man's sprite.

Mega Man's brother and prototype, who seems to be going his own ways after his various altercations with Mega Man in Mega Man 3. He works behind the scenes to rescue Kalinka from Wily while Mega Man goes after Cossack.

Rush

Rush's sprite.

Mega Man's canine companion, who makes his first appearance in this game. Rush can be called to transform into various forms or vehicles that aid Mega Man's movement, with his Rush Coil springboard form being available from the start. Other transformations can be unlocked throughout the game.

Eddie

Eddie.

Dr. Light's cybernetic suitcase, known in the manual as Flip-Top. He shows up at set points in various stages to grant Mega Man a random helpful item, such as Energy or a 1 UP. If Mega Man leaves the screen without taking it, Eddie will be back with a different item when Mega Man returns.

Roll

Roll's sprite.

Mega Man's sister, a household robot who helps Dr. Light around his lab. She only appears in the ending, picking up Mega Man from the train station with Dr. Light.

Gameplay

Like most games in the Classic era, Mega Man 4 is a side-scrolling platformer. Players take control of Mega Man, who can run, jump, slide, shoot and climb on ladders to make his way through eight Robot Master stages in any order before taking on the more linear "fortress" stages. Defeating a Robot Master grants Mega Man his weapon, and sometimes a new mobility item from Dr. Light; all of these can be used in place of the standard Mega Buster in exchange for weapon energy, which is recharged when Mega Man picks up certain items found throughout stages and dropped by enemies. Bosses (as well as some smaller enemies) are typically weak to one or more special weapons, which can be used to take them down more easily and quickly than with the Mega Buster alone. He may also collect up to 9 Energy Tanks from the stages, which can be used at any time for a one-time full health refill.

Like many Mega Man sequels, Mega Man 4 strongly builds on its predecessor(s) and plays very similarly, but also brings something new to the table. The main addition to this game is the ability to charge the Mega Buster (now called "New Mega Buster") by holding down the fire button, with a partial charge resulting in a larger shot and a full charge firing an even larger one that deals triple damage. Also new is the robotic suitcase Eddie, who appears at set points in some stages to give Mega Man a random collectible item. Rush returns as a mobility tool for Mega Man, boasting the same standard "Coil" (springboard) and unlockable "Jet" and "Marine" (submarine) forms as in the previous game; however, his Rush Jet form has been changed to a platform more akin to the original Item-2, flying forward constantly and only allowing Mega Man to steer it up and down rather than having full control.

Mega Man 4 is the first game in the series to feature completely optional upgrades, appearing here in the form of the Balloon Adapter and Wire Adapter, two supplemental mobility tools/weapons that can only be acquired by finding them hidden in two of the Robot Master stages. It is also the first game to feature two distinct "fortresses" that must be played one after the other to complete the game, a concept that would be repeated for the next two numbered installments.

Enemies

Minor Enemies

Name Sprite Description HP Damage Stage(s)
100 Watton MM4 - 100 Watton.png Flies to the left or right and tosses bombs down, which burst into sparks in five (primarily downward) direction when they are close to Mega Man. Destroying a 100 Watton darkens the room, rendering most platforms and walls invisible. 1 6 (contact)
4 (bomb)
2 (sparks)
Bright Man's stage
Battan MM4 - Battan.png A grasshopper that Mega Man can stand on. It hops to the right with pauses until it either falls into a hole or reaches a set point where it turns around. N/A N/A Bright Man's stage
Battonton MM4 - Battonton.png A bat that starts on the ceiling and takes some time to wake up, then chases Mega Man. If it touches him, it flies back onto the ceiling. Can only be harmed while it is awake. 2 3 Skull Man's stage, Pharaoh Man's stage, Drill Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2
Biree MM4 - Biree.png An invincible hazard that goes around platforms. N/A 2 Dr. Cossack stage 3, Dr. Cossack stage 4
Docron MM4 - Docron.png A skull on wheels that drives left and right. They spawn endlessly from a dispenser on the ceiling, which can be destroyed. 1 (Docron)
4 (dispenser)
4 Dr. Cossack stage 2, Dr. Cossack stage 4, Dr. Wily stage 2
Dompan MM4 - Dompan.png Walks left and right and occasionally jumps. Destroying it releases fireworks, which turn the lights back on if the room was previously darkened by shooting a 100 Watton. 1 4 Bright Man's stage
Gachappon MM4 - Gachappon.png A stationary machine that can either spit projectiles forward or fling balls in an arc, depending on Mega Man's position. 16 6 (contact)
2 (projectiles)
Bright Man's stage, Dust Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2
Garyoby MM4 - Garyoby.png Moves back and forth, speeding up while Mega Man is at the same height. It deflects buster shots, but some special weapons can harm it. 3 2 Ring Man's stage, Dive Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 3, Dr. Wily stage 1, Dr. Wily stage 2
Gyotot MM4 - Gyotot.png A fish that swims back and forth and jumps out of the water when Mega Man is near. 1 4 Dive Man's stage, Toad Man's stage
Haehaey MM4 - Haehaey.png A small insect that flies forward and drops glowing projectiles. 1 4 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Pharaoh Man's stage
Helipon MM4 - Helipon.png Glides around, following Mega Man and eventually dropping straight down. It remains on the ground after falling and shoots projectiles forward. 1 4 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Drill Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 4
Hover MM4 - Hover.png A platform that hovers slightly above the ground and starts moving when Mega Man steps on it. It shoots projectiles left and right and falls if it goes over an edge. N/A 1 (projectile) Pharaoh Man's stage
Imorm MM4 - Imorm.png A large worm that suddenly appears and drops from the ceiling when Mega Man gets close, then crawls left and right. 2 4 Skull Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2, Dr. Wily stage 4
Jumbig MM4 - Jumbig.png A big enemy that hops or makes larger jumps at random. 15 7 Dive Man's stage, Drill Man's stage, Dust Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 1, Dr. Cossack stage 3, Dr. Cossack stage 4
Ladder Press MM4 - Ladder Press.png Moves up and down on a ladder and periodically closes, aiming to catch Mega Man between the spiky ends. N/A 4 Dr. Cossack stage 1, Dr. Cossack stage 2
M422A MM4 - M422A.png Hovers in place in the water. While Mega Man is near, it quickly descends, then goes back up. N/A 4 Dive Man's stage
Mantan MM4 - Mantan.png A manta ray that swims to the side. It is very flat, but occasionally turns its body on its side to move up or down, making it easier to hit. 2 5 Dive Man's stage
Metall EX MM4 - Metall EX.png Hides under its helmet until Mega Man comes near, then becomes active. Three variations exist:
  • Shoots in three directions, walks, then shoots again and goes back into hiding;
  • Shoots in three directions, jumps, then goes back into hiding;
  • Spins in place, shooting three consecutive bullets forward and having more health than other Metalls.

All types look the same and can only be harmed when not hiding.

1
3 (spinning)
3 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Drill Man's stage, Dust Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 1
Metall Swim MM4 - Metall Swim.png Hides under its helmet until Mega Man comes near, then shoots three projectiles forward and swims up a few times before hiding and falling down again. Can only be harmed when not hiding. 1 3 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Dive Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 1
Minoan MM4 - Minoan.png Hangs from the ceiling and drops down when Mega Man approaches or shoots at the holder that keeps it attached. Once on the ground, it goes left and right. 2 (Minoan)
1 (holder)
4 Bright Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 2, Dr. Wily stage 3
Mono Roader MM4 - Mono Roader.png A wheel enemy that drives left and right. While Mega Man is near, it closes itself, becoming invincible and rapidly spinning around. 3 4 Ring Man's stage, Drill Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 1
Mummira MM4 - Mummira.png A mummy robot that appears from a hidden revolving door in the back wall to throw its head at Mega Man, then disappears again. Its health does not reset when it disappears. 6 6 (contact)
2 (head)
Pharaoh Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2
Pakatto 24 MM4 - Pakatto 24.png A shielded cannon that periodically shoots forward, becoming vulnerable for a very brief time. 1 4 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Drill Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 3, Dr. Cossack stage 4
Puyoyon MM4 - Puyoyon.png A blob that moves on the ceiling, then drops down when Mega Man comes near and crawls towards him. 2 4 Toad Man's stage
Rackaser MM4 - Rackaser.png Parachutes from the sky with an umbrella. Once it lands, it shoots the umbrella forward, then walks around. 4 4 (contact)
2 (umbrella)
Toad Man's stage
Ratton MM4 - Ratton.png A sewer rat that moves by jumping towards Mega Man. 2 4 Toad Man's stage
Ring Ring MM4 - Ring Ring.png A Saturn-like enemy that slowly floats after Mega Man. 1 4 Ring Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 3
Rock MM4 - Rock.png A rock that falls when Mega Man triggers it and breaks into pieces when it hits the ground. Destroying it early prevents it from breaking apart. 1 6 (rock)
4 (fragments)
Drill Man's stage
Sasoreenu MM4 - Sasoreenu.png A scorpion that digs out of the sand, quickly dashes forward, and buries itself again. 4 4 Pharaoh Man's stage
Sea Mine MM4 - Sea Mine.png An invincible sea mine that floats in place until Mega Man comes near, then flashes and explodes. N/A 6 (contact)
2 (explosion)
Dive Man's stage
Shield Attacker MM4 - Shield Attacker.png Flies left and right within a set range and can only be harmed by attacking from behind. 4 4 Skull Man's stage, Dust Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 4, Dr. Wily stage 3
Skeleton Joe MM4 - Skeleton Joe.png Throws bones in an arc. Any attack that does not destroy it causes it to crumble for a short time before regenerating and regaining its health. Charged shots can destroy it, and the Time Stopper prevents it from crumbling. 3 4 (contact)
2 (bone)
Skull Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 1
Skullmet MM4 - Skullmet.png A stationary enemy with a skull helmet that lobs projectiles forward in an arc and can only be harmed from the front. 3 6 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Skull Man's stage
Super Ball Machine Jr. MM4 - Super Ball Machine Jr..png A cannon that periodically fires balls diagonally upwards, which bounce very quickly between walls. 4 (Machine)
1 (ball)
6 (contact)
1 (ball)
Skull Man's stage
Swallown and Coswallown MM4 - Swallown.png A bird followed by three smaller Coswallowns. It swoops down from the sky, then the Coswallowns fly at Mega Man. Coswallowns will still attack even if the big Swallown has been destroyed, but doing so quickly can keep them from spawning. 2 (Swallown)
1 (Coswallown)
4 (Swallown)
3 (Coswallown)
Toad Man's stage
Taketento MM4 - Taketento.png A ladybug-like robot that flies forward on a propeller. When it comes close to Mega Man, it drops the propeller and starts spinning and chasing him through the air. 2 4 Pharaoh Man's stage, Drill Man's stage, Dust Man's stage, Dr. Wily stage 2
Togehero MM4 - Togehero.png Slowly flies foward, going up and down in a zig-zag pattern. 1 4 Skull Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 1, Dr. Cossack stage 2
Tom Boy MM4 - Tom Boy.png A slinky that can go off platform edges and drop straight down to a lower one. 6 6 Dr. Cossack stage 1, Dr. Cossack stage 4
Totem Polen MM4 - Totem Polen.png A totem pole that randomly spits projectiles from any of its heads. If Mega Man tries to get over it, it will jump straight up. 8 6 (contact)
2 (projectile)
Bright Man's stage
Up'n'Down MM4 - Up'n'Down.png Rockets straight up from pits when Mega Man comes close, then slowly gyrates down. 1 3 Dust Man's stage, Dr. Cossack stage 1, Dr. Cossack stage 4
Wall Blaster MM4 - Wall Blaster.png A wall-mounted cannon that aims at Mega Man, but is limited in its directions. 5 4 (contact)
2 (projectiles)
Ring Man's stage

Minibosses

Name Sprite Description HP Damage Stage(s)
Escaroo MM4 - Escaroo.png 16 4 (contact)
2 (bombs)
Toad Man's stage
Kabatoncue MM4 - Kabatoncue.png A giant hippo on a tall platform that releases homing missiles. Mega Man can shoot the segments of the pillar the platform is on to bring it closer to the ground, but they regenerate over time. 16 4 (contact)
2 (missiles)
Ring Man's stage
Moby MM4 - Moby.png A giant whale that releases fast-moving horming torpedos, or drops four mines from the sky while sucking Mega Man in. 14 6 (contact)
4 (torpedo)
2 (mine)
Dive Man's stage
Whopper MM4 - Whopper.png A stationary pair of eyes surrounded by rings, which deflect shots. It attacks by launching its rings very quickly in multiple directions, which fly a random distance before returning and briefly leave the eyes vulnerable. 9 4 Ring Man's stage

Robot Masters

Name Sprite Description Stage Weapon Weakness
Ring Man MM4 - Ring Man.png Ring Man Stage Flash Stopper Rain Flush
Dive Man MM4 - Dive Man.png Dive Man Stage Dive Missile Skull Barrier
Skull Man MM4 - Skull Man.png Skull Man Stage Skull Barrier Dust Crusher
Pharaoh Man MM4 - Pharaoh Man.png Pharaoh Man Stage Pharaoh Shot Flash Stopper
Bright Man MM4 - Bright Man.png Bright Man Stage Flash Stopper Rain Flush
Toad Man MM4 - Toad Man.png Toad Man Stage Rain Flush Drill Bomb
Drill Man MM4 - Drill Man.png Drill Man Stage Drill Bomb Dive Missile
Dust Man MM4 - Dust Man.png Dust Man Stage Dust Crusher Ring Boomerang

Fortress Bosses

Dr. Cossack's citadel

Name Sprite Description Stage Weakness
Mothraya MM4 - Mothraya.png Cossack Stage 1 Ring Boomerang
Square Machine MM4 - Square Machine.png Cossack Stage 2 Dust Crusher
Cockroach Twins MM4 - Cockroach Twins.png Cossack Stage 3 Drill Bomb
Ring Boomerang
Cossack Catcher MM4 - Cossack Catcher.png Cossack Stage 4 Dust Crusher

Dr. Wily's fortress

Name Sprite Description Stage Weakness
Metall Daddy MM4 - Metall Daddy.png Wily Stage 1 Dust Crusher
Ring Boomerang
Tako Trash MM4 - Tako Trash.png Wily Stage 2 Ring Boomerang
Wily Machine 4 (phase 1) MM4 - Wily Machine 4 (phase 1).png Wily Stage 3 Ring Boomerang
Wily Machine 4 (phase 2) MM4 - Wily Machine 4 (phase 2).png Wily Stage 3 Drill Bomb
Wily Capsule MM4 - Wily Capsule.png Wily Stage 4 Pharaoh Shot

Weapons

Name Sprite Description
Mega Buster MM3 - Mega Buster.png (sprite reused from Mega Man 3)
Ring Boomerang MM4 - Ring Boomerang.png
Dive Missile MM4 - Dive Missile.png
Skull Barrier MM4 - Skull Barrier.png
Pharaoh Shot MM4 - Pharaoh Shot.png
Flash Stopper MM4 - Flash Stopper.png
Rain Flush MM4 - Rain Flush.png
Drill Bomb MM4 - Drill Bomb.png
Dust Crusher MM4 - Dust Crusher.png

Rush Transformations

Name Sprite Description
Rush Coil MM4 - Rush Mega Man.pngMM4 - Rush Coil.png
Rush Jet MM4 - Rush Mega Man.pngMM4 - Rush Jet.png
Rush Marine MM4 - Rush Mega Man.pngMM4 - Rush Marine.png

Other

Name Sprite Description
Balloon Adapter MM4 - Balloon Adapter.png
Wire Adapter MM4 - Wire Adapter.png

Stages

Ring Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Dive Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Skull Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Pharaoh Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Bright Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Toad Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Drill Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Dust Man's stage (Mega Man 4)Mega Man 4 Boss Select Screen
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Items

Name Sprite Description
1 UP MM3 - 1 UP.png Grants Mega Man an extra life.
Balloon Adapter File:MM4 - Balloon Adapter item.png
Energy (small) MM4 - Energy (small).png
Energy (large) MM4 - Energy (large).png
Energy Tank File:MM4 - Energy Tank.png
Weapon Energy (small) MM4 - Weapon Energy (small).png
Weapon Energy (large) MM4 - Weapon Energy (large).png
Wire Adapter MM4 - Wire Adapter item.png

Relation to other Games

Classic era

Mega Man Legacy Collection

Challenges
Name Time Limit Unlock condition Related Games
Square Machine (challenge) ??:??:?? Complete 10 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
MM4 Remix 2 (challenge) ??:??:?? Complete 13 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
MM4 Robot Rush ??:??:?? Complete 17 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
MM4 Mega Mix ??:??:?? Complete 17 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
MM1-4 Mashup ??:??:?? Complete 17 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
Wily Machine 4 (challenge) ??:??:?? Complete 17 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
All appearing blocks ??:??:?? Complete 35 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
Dr. Wily Forever ??:??:?? Complete 35 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
MM4 Robot Rush (No Items) ??:??:?? Complete 44 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
All appearing blocks (No Items) ??:??:?? Complete 50 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man
All Robot Rush (No Items) ??:??:?? Complete 50 or More Challenges to Unlock Mega Man


Achievements
Icon Title Unlocked by Related Games
MMLC - A New Ambition!!.png A New Ambition!! Escape the Skull Castle and complete Mega Man 4. Mega Man 4

Super Smash Bros. series


Name Source Game Weapon Assist Trophy Smash Tour Item Boss Stage Mii Costume Enemy Trophy Spirit Music
Dive Man Mega Man 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A Wily Castle (Wii U and Ultimate) N/A N/A N/A 895 - SSBU - Dive Man.png File:SSBU - Mega Man 4 Medley.oga

File:SSBU - Mega Man 4 - 6 Retro Medley.oga

Drill Man Mega Man 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 894 - SSBU - Drill Man.png File:SSBU - Mega Man 4 Medley.oga
Eddie Mega Man 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A File:SSB4 - Eddie.png N/A N/A
Mega Man (Classic era) Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6, Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Super Adventure Rockman, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters Mega Buster N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 864 - File:SSBU - Mega Man.png N/A
Skull Man Mega Man 4 Shadow Blade, Mega Man's Custom down special 1

Skull Barrier (obtained from Skull Man)

N/A N/A N/A Wily Castle (Wii U and Ultimate) N/A N/A N/A 896 - SSBU - Skull Man.png File:SSBU - Mega Man 4 Medley.oga

File:SSBU - Mega Man 4 - 6 Retro Medley.oga


References

  1. "Kalinka- Dr. Cossack's only daughter. Even though she was kidnapped by Dr. Wily, she still supports Mega Man by investigating Dr. Wily's castle." - Mega Man Legacy Collection Database info on Kalinka

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