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Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
Let's begin by revisting one of the Blue Bomber's more obscure outings, via The Gaming Historian.

 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
They really aren't worth your time! Try the Game Boy or Genesis offerings instead if you want to dive into the lesser-known entries.
 

Falselogic

Techno-Threadcromancer
(they/them)
Much more fascinating in that the first was basically a fan game and the other was a different game that required the swap in order to get published.

I really recommend watching the video above!
 

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
As somebody who got himself a Mega Drive mini mostly because it's the only legal way to play the Wily Wars nowadays, this thread is relevant to my interests!

I had the Mega Man 3 DOS game. I got it, I don't remember how, after my favorite cousin and I spent all Christmas day finishing the NES Mega Man 3 that Santa got for him. I think the disappointment I felt as soon as I got to the Robot Master select screen in my DOS copy was a critical formative lesson in my childhood and made me understand disappointment and grief as constants in life.
 
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Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Having played a bit of the Wily Wars, I don't like it at all. It's really off. I played Mega Man III and there's weird stuff like Hard Man seems to have double hit points and the easy platforms at the end of Top Man's stage are now insanely dangerous for some reason. The handling of Mega Man also seems looser somehow. Also the art style hasn't been transposed across well in my eyes.

It's no sin that it's different to the originals, but I hate the changes I've noticed.
 

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
I played Mega Man III and there's weird stuff like Hard Man seems to have double hit points and the easy platforms at the end of Top Man's stage are now insanely dangerous for some reason. The handling of Mega Man also seems looser somehow.

Yeah, I noticed that. The Top Man platforms are insane now. But I do think it's an interesting peek at Mega Man history and I don't think the art style is that bad. I'd only recommend it to Mega Man fans, though.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Yeah, I noticed that. The Top Man platforms are insane now. But I do think it's an interesting peek at Mega Man history and I don't think the art style is that bad. I'd only recommend it to Mega Man fans, though.

I'd argue that. I'm not a genius at paying games; I'll never be doing frame perfect tricks and I'm not hugely sensitive to lag. However, Mega Man is the one series I'm unambiguously good at and the lag sticks out like a sore thumb. It's harder, but not for good reasons. Stuff I'd find trivial in the original is a chore. There's a general lack of care to the whole thing. I'd much sooner play 7 than that, and 7 was done in three months.

So it might be better for people who don't have opinions on Mega Man, is what I'm trying to say.
 

zonetrope

(he/him)
The main appeal of Wily Wars for me when it came out was the far-off idea of seeing the first three Mega Man games in 16-bit, as someone who didn't have either a Genesis or their new-fangled subscription service. It's little more than a curiosity now.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
I remember having a floppy disc with a Mega Man game on it but when I tried to play it on my computer at the time, it ran at ludicrous speed and I was much too young to figure out how to fix that, so I always thought it was just broken or something.
 

madhair60

Video games
This isn't meant to be a hot take but I honestly, genuinely and sincerely love Mega Man 7. It's full of fun little things that elevate the slightly pedestrian stage design. I've never understood some of the hate it gets.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Me neither!
It's got some faults, sure, but nothing ruinous. And they're mitigated quite a bit with the Super Armor in the Legacy Collection
 

Tiers in Rain

Gaming Replicant!
After watching that video I kind of feel bad for hating on the DOS games for so many years.

This isn't meant to be a hot take but I honestly, genuinely and sincerely love Mega Man 7. It's full of fun little things that elevate the slightly pedestrian stage design. I've never understood some of the hate it gets.
Same for me. I always really enjoyed MM7.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I love Mega Man 7 as well! I intended it as "the real Mega Man team could do a better job in their sleep" thing. Mega Man 7 is a great SNES game.
 

4-So

Spicy
MM7 has a lot of charm but I only recently began to appreciate it. Didn't care for it as a teenager or when I revisited it in Anniversary Collection; Legacy Collection 2 made me reconsider my previous opinions. Still not sure I like it but I certainly appreciate it for what it is. The final Wily fight can go straight to hell, though.
 

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
So it might be better for people who don't have opinions on Mega Man, is what I'm trying to say.

Well, for people who don't have opinions on MM I'd recommend the NES games - they are the better ones. WW is for MM and Genesis fans only (the console one, not the Peter Gabriel one).

As I have said before, Mega Man V on Game Boy is LEGIT. (The same cannot be said for Mega Man III on Game Boy.)

You have my sword, sir. We'll make our stand on this hill.
 

LBD_Nytetrayn

..and his little cat, too
(He/him)
Yeah, I noticed that. The Top Man platforms are insane now. But I do think it's an interesting peek at Mega Man history and I don't think the art style is that bad. I'd only recommend it to Mega Man fans, though.

The main appeal of Wily Wars for me when it came out was the far-off idea of seeing the first three Mega Man games in 16-bit, as someone who didn't have either a Genesis or their new-fangled subscription service. It's little more than a curiosity now.

The first time I seriously played through Wily Wars (rather than just the unlocked Wily Tower), I had a bit of trepidation from everything I'd heard.

But I loved it. As someone who has played the original three games countless times, I found it interesting to not only see what graphic design and sound choices had been made throughout each, but the slight difference in how they played offered a renewed sense of challenge.

I knew these games well, but how well? It was a good time finding out, and I loved it.

Would I recommend it as someone's first Mega Man experience? Heavens no! But as an opportunity to see something I know and love so well with a renewed freshness akin to seeing Super Mario All-Stars for the first time? I definitely recommend it for that.

The tops were a bit nuts, though.

This isn't meant to be a hot take but I honestly, genuinely and sincerely love Mega Man 7. It's full of fun little things that elevate the slightly pedestrian stage design. I've never understood some of the hate it gets.

After renting and beating both, when I had the opportunity to buy one or the other, I chose 7.

Not a great call on a financially prospective level, but I enjoyed it way more.

As I have said before, Mega Man V on Game Boy is LEGIT. (The same cannot be said for Mega Man III on Game Boy.)
Mega Man 1 on GB is brutal.
You have my sword, sir. We'll make our stand on this hill.

I liked III quite a lot, but IV and V just blow it out of the water in every way

The Game Boy Mega Man games get better as they go.

Can't stand Willy's Revenge. II is better.

III is better still, but fairly middle of the road, which makes sense, as it's the middle child of the five. A fine game.

IV is where you start to see the true potential, and V is like GB Mega Man unleashed.

Actually, I'm not even sure that V is necessarily better than IV, but the wholly original content gives it that edge needed to break out.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I’d give V a nod over IV just by merit of the fact that a few of IVs levels tend to be a bit repetitive; lots of repeated screens in that one.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Can't stand Willy's Revenge.

I really like Wily's Revenge. It's the best that music has ever sounded, for one. I will admit the difficulty is really punishing and memorisation based, but it feels sublime to play. The later Game Boy games are better.
 

WildcatJF

Red After Image
(he / his / him)
Is there any sort of GB Mega Man collection or no?

When the Anniversary Collection was released a "Mega Man Mania" project was also announced for the GBA that would compile the five GB Mega Man games, but this never came to fruition. As Super MMX notes, you can get all five on the 3DS eShop for under $20 (they are $2.99 each).
 
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