Behind The Pixels – Mega Man 3

Megaman3_boxThey’ll be no debating the hardcore credentials of Bubble Man this week as we look at Mega Man 3, also known as Rockman 3: The end of Dr Wily!?

Why are you shouting?

I’m not. That’s the name of the Japanese version, including the exclamation mark.

Oh ok. I thought you were still mad about Bubble Man.

I wasn’t mad, you were!

Sounds like you’re mad to me.

Ok I’m just going to ignore this and move right along. In Mega Man 3, Dr Light decides to construct a gigantic, peace-keeping robot called Gamma. Why he didn’t do this from the start I’m not sure. He could’ve at least built Gamma right after Mega Man 1 to stop Dr Wily from attempting world domination again.

Why would he when he has Cena Man to stop him?

To power Gamma, Light constructs eight robot masters to gather Energy Elements (or crystals depending on the version you’re playing) from various worlds. Since it’s a pretty big project, Light decides to recruit someone to assist him.

Good plan. It’s tough to do all of this by yourself. I’m guessing he hires someone who is just as intelligent as he is?

He does.

I’m guessing someone who he’s known for years?

That’s correct.

And that would be, who?

Dr Wily.

…Dr Wily?!

wilyApparently Wily has turned a new leaf. Light doesn’t need any psychiatric assessment to determine whether Wily is outright bullsh*tting him or not. Wily just rocks up and is like, “Hey I’m good now. Can I help”? and Light basically replies, “Ok”.

Seriously?! Why would Light trust him after two Mega Man games?! At least wait until a few more like, I dunno, like after Mega Man 10?!

In any case, the two build Gamma and the new eight robots to mine the crystals they need to power Gamma.

And of course, they all malfunction, right?

You guessed it! The eight robots go crazy for some damn reason so Mega Man’s off to murder them for the crystals. At various points throughout his quest, Mega Man clashes with Break Man AKA Proto Man. This is the first time Proto Man makes an appearance in the series though, if you recall my breakdown of Mega Man 1, he’s mentioned in the backstory of the Japanese version of the game.

Now before we continue, you said Light and Wily designed the robots together?

They did.

Did they build specific ones, or did they build them together?

I’m not sure… Why do I have a feeling this is going to lead to robot man criticism?

I wasn’t going to criticise anyone. I’d just like to know who’s responsible for the creation of Top Man.

What’s wrong with Top Man?

You’ve got all these bad ass robots in this game, like Shadow Man and Gemini Man, but you design a robot which is basically a spinning top?

Maybe they were running out of ideas?

They had plenty! Wily could’ve redeemed himself for Bubble Man’s creation with Water Man!

topmanReally? You’re still mad about Bubble Man? Looks, there’s nothing wrong with Top Man. He spins around and… Shoots spinning tops… I guess you’re right however, there is logic behind designing at least one bad robot per batch.

Why?

People will know who to kill first when they pick up the game for the first time. Based on looks alone, people are going to assume Top Man is the easiest to kill. I mean, I did when I was a kid. You’re telling me if you played Mega Man 3 for the first time you’d start off on Hard Man?

That’s a very good point. Now I think about it, I probably would’ve started off on Bubble Man if I picked up Mega Man 2 for the first time.

Back to the story. After defeating the eight robots, Mega Man returns home only to find out Wily was lying this whole time!

No sh*t he wasn’t!

Not only has Wily stolen the crystals, he’s stolen and reprogrammed Gamma for world domination!

Come on! Seriously?! How was Light that stupid to trust Wily from the start?!

Maybe he thought Wily did change his ways. Maybe Light thinks deep down there’s good in a person no matter how bad they are. Then again for someone that smart, Light isn’t that bright.

Pun intended?

Not really but I’ll take it. Mega Man now has to defeat Wily and the world destroyer Gamma. The blue bomber defeats the duo but the evil scientist’s castle collapses on them. Proto Man rescues Mega Man and leaves Wily for dead.

Good! That’s exactly what should happen! It’s like Proto Man knew Wily was going to return for another fifty games.

But we both know that didn’t happen. That’s all for Mega Man 3. Next week we’ll continue with series with the fourth installment of the series. Thanks for reading!

Behind The Pixels – Mega Man 2

megaman2Mega Man 2, also known as Rock Man 2: Mystery of Dr Wily in Japan, is responsible for putting the 8-bit blue bomber on the map. It’s regarded as being one of the best in the series as well as being one of the best NES games.

Let’s not forget that’s awesome soundtrack. Best in the series.

Some would argue that Mega Man 3 has the best soundtrack.

Some would argue that, but they’re wrong.

Anyway, Mega Man 2 takes place in the year of 200X. It’s been a year since Mega Man defeated the evil Dr Wily. Now the evil doctor has returned seeking revenge for his defeat, and this time he’s created eight of his own robots to do his bidding.

Wily built all of them?

All of them.

All eight of them?

Yes.

We’re certain Wily designed all eight? Are we sure he didn’t reprogram Dr Light’s robots again, or reprogram at least one of them?

For the third time, yes these robots are Wily’s creations? Why do you keep asking this?

MM2BubbleManIf Wily is meant to be pure evil, why design a robot who shoots bubbles?! How is Bubble Man dangerous?

The name of the weapon you get is called Bubble Lead. Bullets are made from lead. Therefore, the bubbles are bullets.

Seriously? That’s your answer? Why not just redesign him and call him Water Man? Was Wily just saving Water Man for a later game?

There never was a Water Man in any of the Mega Man games.

…That’s even worse! Bubble Man is officially the first water-based robot master. He should have a powerful high-pressured water cannon, not crappy bubbles.

Don’t go crapping on Bubble Man’s bubbles! His weapon is the only weapon that can damage the final boss.

How?! How, out of ALL the weapons in Mega Man 2, are bubbles the weakness of the final F#$@ing boss!

bubbleleadWell, that’s kind of a good point. You can charge up a powerful fireball when you defeat Heat Man. You can fire off streams of boomerangs when you defeat Quick Man. You can throw razor-sharp buzzsaws when you defeat Metal Man.

You can flash when you defeat Flash Man. Why can’t we just flash the final boss to death?

Because you don’t “flash” the boss, you stop time. Look, you don’t have to like Bubble Man’s bubbles, but you got to give him props for his awesome stage music.

I’m more of a Wood Man theme fan, but Bubble’s is good too.

Back to the story, or what little there is of it, Wily wants revenge and Mega Man battles him and his eight robots. Mega Man defeats them all as well as Wily. The evil doctor surrenders and peace is restored.

That’s it?

That’s it. The end. See, not much of a storyline going on here.

So, if I wasn’t raging about Bubbles this post would’ve ended a long time ago.

Pretty much! See you next week for Mega Man 3!

F#$@ing bubbles…