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Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
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Japanese promo art of Rockman World.

Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, known as Rockman World (ロックマンワールド Rokkuman Wārudo?) in Japan, is the first Mega Man game for the Game Boy in 1991. The game was also released for the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Overview

The game recycles content from the original Mega Man for NES and its sequel, Mega Man 2. At the start of the game, only four Robot Master stages are available to choose, all of which are from Mega Man. The second four Robot Masters, all of which are from Mega Man 2, are fought as bosses in the Wily Castle. This would become a staple of the Game Boy games until Mega Man V, the only Mega Man game for Game Boy not to recycle large amounts of content from the NES games.

Story

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North American box art.

Thanks to the efforts of Mega Man, the super robot created by Dr. Light, Dr. Wily's ambitions did not come to fruition. Peace had returned to the world, but Dr. Wily had secretly altered the industrial robots developed by Dr. Light. After everything that had happened, Dr. Wily had not abandoned his desire for world domination. In order to stop Dr. Wily from realizing his dream, Mega Man headed to the city.

Once the four Robot Masters are taken down, Mega Man heads to the Wily Castle only to discover that four more Robot Masters await him there. To make matters worse, Dr. Wily has constructed a new powerful robot, a Mega Man Killer known as Enker. Enker has the ability to absorb Mega Man's shots with his lance and return a powerful blast of energy at him with his Mirror Buster; however, Enker is defeated, and Mega Man chases Wily to his Wily Station above the Earth, using Enker's own Mirror Buster to defeat him. After the battle, the Wily Station is destroyed and Mega Man returns to Earth inside a space shuttle.

Bosses

First Four Robot Masters

Unlike its NES counterpart, only four Robot Masters are available to choose from in the start of the game. These four are taken from the original Mega Man.

Model No. Name Weapon Weakness
DLN-003 Cut Man Rolling Cutter Fire Storm
DLN-005 Ice Man Ice Slasher Thunder Beam
DLN-007 Fire Man Fire Storm Ice Slasher
DLN-008 Elec Man Thunder Beam Rolling Cutter

Second Four Robot Masters

After the first four Robot Masters are defeated, four others must be fought in the Wily Teleport System inside the Wily Castle. These Robot Masters are taken from Mega Man 2.

Model No. Name Weapon Weakness
DWN-011 Bubble Man Bubble Lead Quick Boomerang
DWN-012 Quick Man Quick Boomerang Time Stopper
DWN-014 Flash Man Time Stopper Ice Slasher
DWN-015 Heat Man Atomic Fire Bubble Lead

Mega Man Killer

Model No. Name Weapon Weakness
MKN-001 Enker Mirror Buster Mega Buster

Final Boss

After Enker is defeated, Mega Man must fight the Wily Machine I in Wily Station.

Form Weakness
Form 1 Atomic Fire
Form 2 Mirror Buster

Reception

General critical reception for Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge has been above average, a popular opinion being that the game retains the respectable Shoot 'em up gameplay of the earliest NES entries in the series.[1][2][3][4][5] "What makes this game especially attractive to adults," proclaimed Entertainment Weekly's Bob Strauss, "is that you can begin your quest on any one of four stages, thus avoiding that linear, start-over-again-from-scratch quality that only 12-year-olds find hypnotic."[5] The use of old stages and bosses has not been universally positive. GamePro was disappointed by the game's lack of originality but preferred its use of recycled content to poorly made new content.[4] In a 2007 retrospective of the Mega Man franchise, 1UP.com writer Jeremy Parish found the use of rehashed details acceptable for its original release, but believed that Dr. Wily's Revenge "hasn't really held up".[6]

Reviewers have also commented on the game's high difficulty level. Craig Skistimas of ScrewAttack stated that certain parts of the game simply require one to have played before in order to succeed.[1] Allgame contributor Colin Williamson noted the game as extremely hard due to its "pixel-perfect jumps", the "sheer number of attackers and flying bullets", and a lack of checkpoints within each stage.[2] IGN editor Lucas M. Thomas pointed out that the large size of the player character within the small Game Boy screen makes dodging enemy attacks overly challenging and sometimes impossible. He furthermore observed the difficulty to be compounded by a lack of helpful Energy Tanks introduced in the NES Mega Man sequels.[7]

The readers of GamePro voted Dr. Wily's Revenge the best handheld game of 1991.[8] Nintendo Power readers voted it the fifth-best Game Boy game of that year.[9] In North America, Dr. Wily's Revenge was released under Nintendo's Player's Choice best-seller label in 1996.[10] The game was followed by four sequels on the Game Boy, of which the first three similarly recycle content from the NES games.[7][6] In Japan, the game was made available on the Nintendo Power cartridge service on March 13, 2001.[11] Capcom had planned to release a full-color compilation of all five Game Boy games on the Game Boy Advance in 2004, but the project was cancelled.[12][13] In 2011, Dr. Wily's Revenge was released as a Virtual Console launch title on Japan's Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS.[14] The game made its way to PAL region and North American eShops later that year.[15][16]

The character Enker, who debuted in Dr. Wily's Revenge, appeared as a boss in the Game Boy game Mega Man V and as a playable character in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Mega Man Soccer.[17][18] A downloadable stage in Mega Man 10 features Enker as its boss and his Mirror Buster weapon as the reward for beating him.[17]

Screenshots

Trivia

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Unused Title Screen for Mega Man (Gameboy)

  • The game was originally meant to be called Mega Man World outside of Japan as the Rom had sprites with the word "World" in the title screen, but for unknown reasons the title screen was changed to only Mega Man.
  • The title on the package is given as Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, but the actual on-screen title just says Mega Man.
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Mega Man Dr. Wily's Revenge (GB) Alternate Ending Theme

Unused Track

  • The game has an unused track for the ending. Although the song isn't used during the ending as originally intended, it is, however, used in an early prototype version of Fire Man's stage that can be accessed through the use of a GameShark code.[19]
    • Oddly, defeating Fire Man at this stage earns the player Atomic Fire, rather than Fire Storm.
  • The concept of fighting two groups of Robot Masters (4 in each group) would later be used in Mega Man 7 and 8.
  • If the player obtains the Special Weapons from the Mega Man 2 Robot Masters at the end of Wily's castle and end up dying before defeating Enker, the stage will restart from the beginning, and the player loses any weapons obtained from those Mega Man 2 bosses. This makes this the only classic Mega Man series game (and quite possibly only game in the entire series) in which it is possible to lose Special Weapons that have been obtained.

See also

References

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