Mega Man: Battle & Chase, known as Rockman: Battle & Chase (ロックマン バトル＆チェイス,Rokkuman Battoru Ando Cheisu?) in Japan, is a racing game released in 1997 for PlayStation in Japan and Europe, and released in North America in 2006 as part of Mega Man X Collection for PlayStation 2 and GameCube.
A new-hit show called Battle & Chase has been released. It is an extreme racing show, that pays off a large amount of money to the winner: 10 million Zenny. Soon, word reaches out to everyone and many robots decide to enter for their own gain, and it becomes a challenge where the stakes are high, and the reward is higher. When word reaches Mega Man, he decides to enter to use the prize money to fix Doctor Light's computer, which had broken after a thunderstorm. In the end of the tournament, Doctor Wily appears and steals the prize money for his own evil purposes, and the player must race against Bass (when not playing with him) and Wily to recover it.
*Dr. Wily is unlocked after completing the game. Only playable in Versus and Time Attack modes.
**In the Japanese version Duo is unlocked only by loading a special save from a Dengeki PlayStation magazine CD or using a cheat device. When starting the game with the save, a cutscene will introduce Duo and his machine, he replaces Bass in the opening race, and the message "デューオ登場" ("Duo Appears") appears in the title screen. In other versions he is unlocked after obtaining all four hidden parts that appear after defeating the Black Troop members. Only playable in Versus and Time Attack modes.
Mega Man: Battle & Chase was originally scheduled for a release on the PlayStation in North America in April 1997,[Citation needed] a month after its Japanese release. Despite appearing in a number of magazine advertisements, the game was ultimately not released in North America, due to Sony Computer Entertainment feeling there were already too many mascot-based racing games in the market at that time. The game did not see an English release until it was released in the North American release of Mega Man X Anniversary Collection.
Most of the voice-overs and the appearances of the characters Plum, Chest and Ripot were removed from the non-Japanese versions for unknown reasons.
The two loading screens can be interacted. Each player can accelerate Auto (Player 1) or Eddie (Player 2) by pressing the X button, and the Baccone eyes can be moved.
The secret Extra Parts have resemblance to four Robot Masters. The Hammer Body is similar to Knight Man and attacks with a spiked ball, Retro Engine ("Retro Turbo Engine" in Japan) resembles Turbo Man's engine, Sky High Wing resembles Gyro Man's propeller, and the Blade Tires resembles Slash Man's legs.
On the Mega Man and Roll courses, the player can see at the start a "Resident Evil " logo together with a Capcom logo.
The cars of Mega Man and Proto Man, Rush Roadstar and Red Striker, appear as toys in the game Mega Man ZX. They also appear in the racing sidequest in the Highway area of Mega Man ZX Advent, where the player can ride on them.
There is also a Mega Man race game for cellphone called Rockman GP. It was released in 2004 in Japan and only has three racers.
If the game is completed without a defeat with Roll or Guts Man in the Japanese version, a karaoke will appear after their endings with the musics "Kaze yo Tsutaete" (with Roll) or "Ah Otoko Ichidai" (with Guts Man).
In the promotional video of the game that came with the Japanese version of Mega Man 8, it can be noted several changes happened from it to the final version, some of them being different item icons, the character faces doesn't move, Roll's car ability to "fly" for a short time, and a course not present in the final version.