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Mega Man

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In the future city of Monsteropolis, the use of robot labour has helped civilization grow more than ever before. At the forefront of this technology is Dr. Light and his assistant Dr. Wily, who are commissioned to build six robots to handle a variety of specific tasks. They are named Bombman, Gutsman, Iceman, Cutman, Elecman, and Fireman in reference to their individual prime functions. Dr. Wily, however, has bigger plans and chooses to take control of the robots and let loose destruction in a bid for world control. Dr. Light fights back with the best tool he has, an experimental human-like robot, Rock aka Mega Man, who had been tested to perform cleaning duties. Now properly armed, it's up to Mega Man to take on the maverick robots, fight his way into Dr. Wily's castle, and end this madness.

Mega Man is a side-scrolling platformer. Mega Man has the ability to jump and fire his weapon. He must travel to the levels of the six robot masters and defeat them in combat. By doing so, Mega Man is able to acquire their power for his own. These powers can then be used interchangeably with his main weapon and target the weaknesses of specific enemy bosses. Additionally, some hidden areas of the levels can only be accessed by using certain captured robot weapons. A special Magnet Beam ability can also be found which can be used to create steps.

Travelling throughout these levels, Mega Man is confronted by an army of lesser robot creations. Destroying these usually yields energy capsules (for refilling Mega Man's Energy), weapon capsules (for refilling Mega Man's special robot weapons), and extra lives shaped like Mega Man's head.


Mega Man NES Fireman's stage
Mega Man NES Bombman's stage
Mega Man NES Title screen
Mega Man NES Japanese title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Rockman" -- Japanese title
  • "ロックマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

What a classic! NES Jonathan Hollas (25)
A delightful game—if you play it in the right frame of mind. NES PCGamer77 (3028)
Possibly most innovative game ever NES Bregalad (914)
Another Side-scrolling, jumping adventure. It's classic, though! Definitely worth playing! NES J. David Taylor (28)

The Press Says

NES Archives NES Sep 23, 2008 A- 91
Quebec Gamers NES Apr 15, 2013 8.6 out of 10 86
Just Games Retro NES Sep 25, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 NES Sep 07, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Virtual Console Reviews Wii 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tilt NES May, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Mag'64 Wii Jan 16, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Random Access NES 2005 6.7 out of 10 67 NES Jan, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
The DOS Spirit NES May 15, 2011 3 out of 6 50


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When Capcom was producing this game, there were several names considered for the main character. Knuckles Kid was one suggestion, as was Rainbow Man (because the main character changed colors whenever he used a different weapon). They finally went with the name Rockman, which was changed to Mega Man when the game was released in the United States and Europe.

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