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April 22, 2011
This is more or less my favorite NES Mega Man game. It's a hard pick between this one and MM4, but I think MM3 has to ultimately win.
They brought back the challenge with this one. Pound for pound I think this is tougher than MM1, although you now have a password system and can carry tons of Energy Tanks and extra lives, the levels and bosses themselves are easily harder.
I love this game even though there's a robot master called Top Man. I don't know why Dr. Wily thought this would be a scary or intimidating robot master for a stage, and to make matters worse his stage mini-bosses are giant kittens that throw balls of yarn at you. But in any case he's such a poser he's the first boss that I take out in this run. My best guess is that Dr. Wily is a Blur fan and named Top Man after the Blur song called Top Man, which is off their 1,995 album, the Great Escape. Funnily enough, most people really hate the song Top Man. (I like it.)
Anyway, this game is so hardcore, you have to fight all the bosses twice, as you normally would, plus you have to fight all the bosses from MM2. They also brought the Yellow Devil back, but he's much easier in this game than in MM1.
Now, this is one of the few MM games that you can cheat the heck out of using some odd Controller-2 button codes. If you do that, it'll make this game really, really easy.
This game also introduces another "feature" more thoroughly: character development. Just the right amount, if you ask me.
Had to use an Energy Tank against Protoman :\ 16:04
Top Man - 0:11
Shadow Man - 4:00
Spark Man - 7:11
Magnet Man - 10:23
Hard Man - 13:46
Snake Man - 17:27
Gemini Man - 21:54
Needle Man - 26:33
Top Man - 2:45
Shadow Man - 6:32
Spark Man - 9:29
Magnet Man - 12:53
Hard Man - 16:43
Snake Man - 20:41
Gemini Man - 25:57
Needle Man - 28:50
Doc Man Stage #1 - 29:46
Doc Man Stage #1 Fight #1 - 31:10
Doc Man Stage #1 Fight #2 - 35:12
Doc Man Stage #2 - 35:47
Doc Man Stage #2 Fight #1 - 37:57
Doc Man Stage #2 Fight #2 - 39:43
Doc Man Stage #3 - 40:17
Doc Man Stage #3 Fight #1 - 41:36
Doc Man Stage #3 Fight #2 - 43:18
Doc Man Stage #4 - 43:56
Doc Man Stage #4 Fight #1 - 45:21
Doc Man Stage #4 Fight #2 - 47:26
Proto Man Mini Stage - 48:00
Wily Stage #1 - 48:59
Wily Boss #1 - 51:08
Wily Stage #2 - 51:55
Wily Boss #2 - 53:17
Wily Stage #3 - 54:51
Wily Boss #3 - 56:24
Wily Stage #4 - 57:07
Wily Boss #4 - 57:59
Wily Stage #5 & Boss #5 - 1:02:36