Relearning Mega Man: Mega Man 1 (NES) Complete w/ Review

So I have a long history with the Mega Man games growing up. 2 was the first one I played thanks to a cousin, and 3 being the first I owned, and eventually 1, 2 and 4. Starting with 3 then going back to playing 1 was a struggle at first. Seeing how 1 isn’t as polished as the later games in the series from its play control, difficulty and the weird scoring system. But i still enjoyed it! I think first time finishing it long ago was via Game Genies codes. So when I began streaming I wanted to get back to some of my gaming roots with the mega man titles. I came up with Relearning Mega Man to do such a task. I’d start relearning and finally completing the early MM titles 1-7. I would do each part of the series as a possible 2-parter: first stream being fighting the Robot Masters, 2nd and any others going through Wily’s Castles, or whoever is the big enemy’s castle prior to Wily. Considering I know 3 the best, 3 is likely to be one stream and may play it with the MM3 Improvement hack. These are my adventures with Mega Man 1.

THE VIDEOS:

THE REVIEW:
Mega Man 1 was released by Capcom in 1987. Comparing this to the later games is rough due to the differences between the first title and later games in the series. Mega Man puts you in the role of the super robot Mega Man as he fights Dr. Wily. To get to Wily, you need to beat the 6 robots that he reprogrammed for nefarious deeds first. Traveling through each world is a reflection of which Robot Master lives there. Guts Man’s area is a construction zone, Elec Man’s stage has many electric beams and so on. Beating one of the Robot Masters will gain you their special weapon and a ton of points. This weapon can be used against enemies throughout other stages and the other Robot Masters themselves. Each Mega Man game has an order, or multiple, to progress through the game to beat one Robot Master and use its weapon against the next one. The Robot Masters paths are compared to playing rock, paper, scissors. Finishing off the 6 Robot Masters will open up Dr. Wily’s castle where you’ll use all those weapons, and a special support item called the Magnet Beam, to fight your way through Wily’s horrors and stop him from trying to take over the world.

Graphics & Sound:
Graphics are clear and colorful, which is what we all came to expect from a Capcom title over the years. You can see the little details in the landscapes as you fight off robots and many of your enemies have a number of details too. The backgrounds look great and are not just a static field of color, even when you’re inside a Robot Master’s base or Dr. Wily’s castle. There is a lot of flicker and slowdown when there’s a number of objects on the screen but that tends to go fast. The music is the start of the kind of tracks we came to love from the Mega Man games. All the tracks are catchy, and I love the Robot master theme and the theme when you fight one of Wily’s beasts in his castle. You may find yourself whistling Cut Man’s theme often! All the music in this game has a mechanical flair to it. Sound effects are clear and make sense, Mega Man’s gun makes “pew pew pew” sounds, Elec Man’s beam sounds like electricity overflowing through a circuit, and so on. Hitting enemies result sin a mechanical pounding sound, which makes sense with the enemies you’re going up against, along with the explosion when you kill them off.

Play Control:
Here’s where things get rough. MM1 isn’t as polished and as tight as the later games. Mega Man doesn’t stop on a dime after a jump and slides slightly to the right or left, resulting in you falling off a platform or ledge or into an enemy if you don’t think about where you’re jumping to. You can lose control too easily if you keep getting hit by enemies and end up losing a lot of health or a life.

Challenge:
This game is hard, and that’s even if you use the “pause trick” when using larger weapons like Elec Man’s beam or Cut Man’s scissors. Game also has no energy tanks so you’re stuck trying to grind for life in places or taking on a boss in one shot. The final boss gauntlet of 4 of the Robot Masters before Wily is quite rough, and some of the enemies in stages will wipe you out before you realize it. In later MM titles, going through the passage to the Robot master is a safe zone where you can catch your breath, heal and have a drink of water. Not here. There’s enemies in the passageways to the Robot Masters so you can make it to a passageway at full health, and end up having one hit left in life if you’re not careful navigating up to the boss. Though some spots are grind areas to refill health and weapon energy.

In all I do recommend this for anyone loving the Mega Man games, just go into playing this knowing it’s not as polished and don’t try to do things you would in Mega Man 2 and later. Especially play this if you wanna see the evolution of the Mega Man Classic series on the NES.

RATING: 3.5 ENERGY TANKS OUT OF 5

 

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Upcoming Stream Content: RetroRevisited, Relearning Mega Man, and Final Fantasy

retrorevisited

So I’ve mentioned before and done a couple blog posts regarding them, RetroRevisited and Relearning Mega Man are 2 series I’m doing on stream on Twitch, and uploading to youtube later. Both these series I’ll do new editions of monthly. Unlike Arcade MAME Mondays and FF4 Fridays these series will be monthly.

RetroRevisited:
RetroRevisited is me replaying series of games I haven’t played in 20 something years. The current list includes:
TMNT 1-4 -nes/snes -TMNT1 going till 1st continue, TMNT 2 and 3 using Konami Code for extra lives so stream isn’t short.
SMB 1-3, World -nes/snesplaying normally
Castlevania 1, 3, 4 -nes/snesNo Castlevania 2 since it’s an adventure title and I barely played in to begin with.
Ninja Gaiden 1-3 -nesplaying normally
Sonic 1-3 -genesisplaying normally
Donkey Kong Country 1-2 -snes –finish first world
Super Star Wars trilogy -snes –possibly use extra life codes like i did with Contra/Super C due to difficulty to prevent short stream.

Contra/Super C, MUSHA/Task Force Harrier EX/Silpheed, and Tecmo Super Bowl are done and I need to do blog posts on them eventually. Pretty much my rules are going through one set of lives till first game over/continue. Some games I’m doing additional things for. I might add DKC3 for the DKC 1-2 run later and Sonic & Knuckles to the Sonic run too. Some streams may be two parts if I have really good runs, which I’m partially expecting when muscle memory kicks in for some titles. Even though I did runs on my own a few months ago for Castlevania 1 and Ninja Gaiden 1, I’ll do them again and hope for the best once more. I’ll soon put up a poll on Twitter for which games should be next for this series.

 

Relearning Mega Man:
I’ve always been a big fan of the Mega Man titles from growing up. I still have my Mega Man 1-4 carts now, MM2-4 being complete, MM1 being cart and manual only. So I had gotten out of practice on a lot of them over the years so I came up with this as a reason to replay, relearn, and finish them. I’ll be doing classic Mega Man 1-7. 1-6 being the NES titles, 7 being for the SNES. I might pop in Mega Man Reloaded for the psp in there as a bonus, this being the psp remake of MM1 with the additional Robot Masters Time Man and Oil Man.

The plan with the series is at least 2 streams for each game, some cases may be 3. First stream being the Robot Masters and learning my way through Wily’s Castle, or whoever may belong to the first Castle. Next stream(s) restarting from the Castle by password and fighting our way to the end. Also depends on how late I start and if i feel like keep pushing to the end. I’m aiming for Mega Man 3 being 1 stream seeing I know that game the best between the Robot masters, Doc Robots, and Wily, and I’ll be playing the Improvement hack of MM3. Hopefully I won’t screw up as bad as i did playing the Roll-Chan 3 version with Improvement hack. lol

So far, we have Mega Man 1 done, March will be Mega Man 2 at some point:

 

Final Fantasy:
So I plan to get back to my SquareEnix/Final Fantasy roots on stream soon once I knock off some other content first (as of this writing), including doing another FF6 Worlds Collide seed. This will include: FF1-3, FF4 Ultima, FF6 Woosley Uncensored, FF7 Crisis Core, along with Chrono Trigger, and FF Adventure, Secret of Mana and Seiken 3, so 10 titles. Not doing FF5 since I recently finished the gba port, but may include it in the listing at a later date. I’m changing around FF4 Fridays to probably just FF4 Free Enterprise till I figure things out. FFF4 psp I still wanna do, but separate from the main FF wheel seeing I wanted to play the og game, Interlude, and After Years. I’ll be playing these alongside the FF6 Return of the Dark Sorcerer hack. Needing advice please.

 

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Roll-Chan 3

Alternate titles for this post being Roll-Chan 3 (or WOW did I suck at MM3 last night! lol)

So last night I finally decided to do that Roll-Chan 3 stream I’ve really wanted to get out of my system since I started streaming. Roll-Chan 3 is the 3rd in a series of hacks for the Mega Man games replacing Mega Man with his sister Roll instead. All graphics for Mega Man in-game, openings, and endings were changed as well as her animations. When getting the hack, you can choose to add Roll’s classic look in a dress, or her battle outfit in Mega Man 8. I always chose her classic look.

So I paired Roll-Chan 3 with the Roll-Chan version of the MM3 Improvement hack, which adds a very nice opening with graphics to the game, and a lot of graphical touches in backgrounds and gameplay. Very much worth getting!

So I’ve mentioned before MM3 is my fav and one I’m best at. Things went well at first, then fell right into the toilet when I hit the Doc Robots and their stages. Then things went poopy again in parts of Dr. Wily’s Castle, especially fighting his Pinbot and Gamma. I’m chalking it up to being out of practice or it was just getting late too. lol Hopefully I’ll do better when I hit MM3 in my Relearning Mega Man series. lol

So you can get the Roll-Chan 3 Improvement hack here:
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2799/

And the normal Mega Man 3 Improvement hack is here:
http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/992/

And here’s the run itself:

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Mega Man 3 Endrun Stream

I have a long history with Mega Man 3. First MM game I played was 2 from a cousin and loved it. Received 3 one year for Christmas, I think. I devoured it and played it for hours, learning the order for fighting the 8 Robot Masters, learning the Doc Robots, and figuring my way through Wily’s Castle, along with help from Nintendo Power issues. MM3 is the MM title I’m best at, with MM2 a close 2nd. I also own MM1 and 4 and don’t remember them as well as I used to.

So since I started streaming I figured my first Twitch stream would be redoing my MM3 endrun video, and it was a success. I wanted to redo it from the phone emulator video since I had forgotten i have the bluetooth controller at the time and the video has the full vitual gamepad. Here’s the uploaded MM3 endrun video now. I’ll likely edit this post, and video links, if/when I do a full MM3 longplay via Twitch or Youtube. Actually this post may just get tossed when I reach MM3 during my Relearning Mega Man series. Who knows.

 

 

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