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Mega Man (NES)

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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 Bombman's stage
Mega Man NES Gutsman's stage
Mega Man NES Selecting which boss to go up against
Mega Man NES Elecman's stage

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

What a classic! Jonathan Hollas (25) unrated
A delightful game—if you play it in the right frame of mind. PCGamer77 (3028) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Possibly most innovative game ever Bregalad (914) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Another Side-scrolling, jumping adventure. It's classic, though! Definitely worth playing! J. David Taylor (28) unrated

The Press Says

1UP! Oct 25, 2004 94 out of 100 94
NES Archives Sep 23, 2008 A- 91
Nintendo Land 2003 91 out of 100 91
Player One Nov, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Game Freaks 365 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
neXGam 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play May, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Random Access 2005 6.7 out of 10 67
HonestGamers Jun 20, 2013 6 out of 10 60
The DOS Spirit May 15, 2011 3 out of 6 50


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The Yellow Devil(who's in the first Wily stage) was renamed the "Rock Monster" for the original U.S. release of Mega Man(this also applies to Mega Man 3). The reason behind this was Nintendo of America's being squeamish about the use of the word "Devil" in its games. The PS2 and Xbox versions of Mega Man Anniversary Collection(also Megaman 2: The Power Fighters), however, refers to the Yellow Devil by its original name.

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WildKard (12157) added Mega Man (NES) on Apr 10, 2004
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