Near-Human Robot or Man of Steel?
|Release Date:||December 17, 1987|
|Ratings/Suitable For Age Group?:||
E for Everyone (Mild Cartoon Violence)
|Port To Other Game Systems:||
|Part of Franchise:||
Included in Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4, XBOX1, Switch, Nintendo 3DS) [Direct Port of NES] and
in Mega Man Anniversary Collection (PS2, GameCube, Xbox) [Direct Port of NES].
Cartridge is becoming increasingly rare and rising more dramatically in price (at least, in the St. Louis, MO metropolitan area).
|Add'l Game System Peripheral Needed To Play?:||N/A|
|1 or 2 Player:||1 Player|
|Number of Reserve Players:||Start with 3 Players total|
Yes — comprised of 28 bars.
|Continue?:||Yes - Unlimited|
|Perspective/Orientation Gameplay:||2D and Horizontal/Vertical (Retraceable/Freedom to Backtrack); Freedom to choose the order of battles between the 6 Robot Masters|
|Number of Levels:||10 (6 Robot Master Stages and 4 Dr. Wily Stages)|
|Checkpoints?:||At predetermined locations in a stage (typically near halfway point) and inside the gates before a Boss|
|Uninterrupted Play?:||Upon death of Mega Man, play stops and resumes from last checkpoint.|
Yes - Dr. Wright and Roll (but, not playable)
P (default weapon)
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|Person/Place Being Saved:||Monsteropolis|
|Objective/Goal:||Defeat all 6 Robot Masters and Dr. Wily|
|Additional Secret Codes:||?|
|Trivia/Little Known Facts:||
Together, the tandem is Rock and Roll, but the Americanized title was chosen because it was believed that it would have a better reception.
Mega Man features only six Robot Masters, unlike any of its many sequels.
However, there has been talk of a Bondman, who was dropped before the final six were chosen. Bondman's powers would have involved glue or some other evidence of bonding. Upon his ultimate removal from the game, his powers may have been transferred to Iceman's.
In future remakes of the original title, two other Robot Masters were created to fill the design and complete the octet. These bosses are Timeman and Oilman.
Met is one of the enduring and endearing characters found throughout the Megaman series.
Mega Man was one of the Nintendo game characters featured on Captain N: The Game Master.
Mega Man was featured along with a number of other games from similarly-high profile series of the day (Super Mario Bros., The Legend Of Zelda, Ninja Gaiden, StarTropics, DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Castlevania) in a special gaming guide.
Officially released by Nintendo, the NES Game Atlas, was printed in 1991. The publication, replete with road signs on its cover, dissected 18 of the best titles the NES had to offer at the time, and created intricately-detailed maps and tips for each game.
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