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The Mega Man franchise, (also written as MegaMan and Megaman) known as Rockman (ロックマン Rokkuman?) in Japan and other Asian countries, is one of Capcom's best selling video game series, having over 50 games for multiple systems separated in seven series.[1] The series usually contains a namesake character, Mega Man, as the main character.

Series Info

This is basically a summary of the series and other various info that has to do with the series in general. This information does not relate to one game in particular but to all the games.

Keiji Inafune, the designer and illustrator of the original Mega Man game, is considered by many the creator of the series. He worked in most Mega Man games from 1987 to 2010, mainly as a designer and producer.

Series ordered by release:

Ordered by Timeline:

Mega Man series

The original Mega Man series, in which Mega Man battles the evil scientist Dr. Wily. This series spawned multiple spinoffs.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man NES, Wii, 3DS, Wii U 1987
Mega Man 2 NES, Wii, 3DS, Wii U 1989
Mega Man 3 NES, Wii, 3DS, Wii U 1990
Mega Man 4 NES, Wii, 3DS, Wii U 1991
Mega Man 5 NES, Wii, 3DS 1992
Mega Man 6 NES, 3DS 1994
Mega Man 7 SNES 1995
Mega Man 8 PlayStation, Sega Saturn 1997
Mega Man & Bass SNES, GBA 1998, 2003
Mega Man 9 Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 2008-2009
Mega Man 10 Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 2010

*Mega Man 1 to 3 was re-released in Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Mega Man 1 to 6 in Rockman Complete Works, and Mega Man 1 to 8 (with the two arcade games) in Mega Man Anniversary Collection.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge Game Boy, 3DS 1991
Mega Man II Game Boy,3DS 1991
Mega Man III Game Boy,3DS 1992
Mega Man IV Game Boy,3DS 1993
Mega Man V Super Game Boy*,Game boy,3DS 1994

*A peripheral for the Super Nintendo. A Game Boy Advance remake for all five Game Boy games was planned, but was soon cancelled.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man: The Power Battle Arcade 1995
Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters Arcade 1996
Mega Man's Soccer SNES 1994
Mega Man: Battle & Chase PlayStation (Europe) 1997
Mega Man (PC) PC 1990
Mega Man 3 (PC) PC 1992
Mega Man (Game Gear) Game Gear 1994
Mega Man: The Wily Wars Sega Genesis 1994
Mega Man: Anniversary Collection PS2/GameCube/Xbox 2004
Mega Man: Powered Up PlayStation Portable 2006
Mega Man Pinball Mobile Phone 2004
Mega Man: Rush Marine Mobile Phone 2009
Street Fighter X Mega Man PC 2012

Japanese only

These are games of the Mega Man original series that were released only in Japan.

Game Platform Release Year
Wily and Right's RockBoard: That's Paradise NES 1993
Super Adventure Rockman PlayStation/Sega Saturn 1998
Rockman Complete Works PlayStation 1999
Rockman and Forte: Mirai Kara no Chousensha Wonder Swan 1999
Rockman Battle and Fighters Neo-Geo Pocket Color 2000
Rockman Collection Special Box PlayStation 2 2003
Rockman Power Battle Fighters PlayStation 2 2004
Rockman Tennis Mobile Phone 2007
Intuition! Rockman Mobile Phone 2008
Rockman Diver Mobile Phone 2011

Other countries

These games were released only in China or nearby countries.

Game Platform Release Year
Rockman Gold Empire PC 1999
Rockman Strategy PC 2001-2002

Mega Man X series

The Mega Man X series is the continuation of the original Mega Man series, taking place a century later. The Maverick Hunters Mega Man X and Zero fight against Maverick Reploids and the seemingly immortal Sigma.

This series introduced advanced techniques such as dashing and wall-climbing, and introduced wearable armors.

Game Platform First release year
Mega Man X SNES, PC, Wii, Wii U 1993
Mega Man X2 SNES, Wii, Wii U 1994
Mega Man X3, X3 Remix SNES, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC 1995, 1996-1998
Mega Man X4 PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC 1997, 1998
Mega Man X5 PlayStation, PC 2001
Mega Man X6 PlayStation, PC 2001, 2002
Mega Man X7 PlayStation 2, PC 2003, 2004
Mega Man X8 PlayStation 2, PC 2004, 2005
Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man Xtreme Game Boy Color 2001
Mega Man Xtreme 2 Game Boy Color 2001
Mega Man X: Command Mission GameCube, PlayStation 2 2004
Rockman Collection Special Box PlayStation 2 2003 (Japan-only)
Mega Man X Collection PlayStation 2, GameCube 2006 (USA-only)
Mega Man Maverick Hunter X PlayStation Portable 2006

Mega Man Zero series

The next series off the Mega Man X series. It tells the story of what happened to Zero after the events of the Mega Man X series.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man Zero Game Boy Advance 2002
Mega Man Zero 2 Game Boy Advance 2003
Mega Man Zero 3 Game Boy Advance 2004
Mega Man Zero 4 Game Boy Advance 2005
Mega Man Zero Collection Nintendo DS 2010

Mega Man ZX series

The Mega Man ZX series takes place after the Mega Man Zero series. All previous heroes appear as Biometals that certain persons can Megamerge with to become a Mega Man.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man ZX Nintendo DS 2006
Mega Man ZX Advent Nintendo DS 2007

Mega Man Legends series

The Mega Man Legends series is the series after Mega Man ZX and the thought-of-end of the Mega Man series. It takes place thousands of years in the future in a world covered by water, with only a few tiny islands over the vast oceans.

Game Platform First release year
Mega Man Legends PlayStation / N64 / PC / PSP* 1997
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne PlayStation 1999
Mega Man Legends 2 PlayStation / PC / PSP* 2000

*The PlayStation Portable versions were released only in Japan.

Japan only

Game Platform Release Year
Rockman DASH: 5tsu no Shima no Daibouken! Mobile Phone 2008
Rockman DASH Golf Mobile Phone 2003
Kobun Flies? Mobile Phone 2001, December 2001 (Xmas version), 2003, 2004
Kobun Punishment Mobile Phone 2001, 2004
Kobun Assembly Mobile Phone 2001, 2004
Roll's 15 Panel Mobile Phone 2002

Mega Man Battle Network series

The Mega Man Battle Network series takes place in a more realistic world in which virtually everything in life is intertwined with the Internet. Most of the population use NetNavis, sentient programs who inhabit the Internet. This series does not take place in the original timeline.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man Battle Network Game Boy Advance 2001
Mega Man Battle Network 2 Game Boy Advance 2001
Mega Man Battle Network 3 White Game Boy Advance 2002
Mega Man Network Transmission Nintendo GameCube 2003
Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue Game Boy Advance 2003
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge Game Boy Advance 2003
Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun Game Boy Advance 2004
Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon Game Boy Advance 2004
Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team ProtoMan Game Boy Advance 2005
Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel Game Boy Advance 2005
Mega Man Battle Network 5 Double Team DS Nintendo DS 2005
Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar Game Boy Advance 2006
Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar Game Boy Advance 2006

Japan only

Game Platform Release Year
Rockman.EXE WS WonderSwan Color 2003
Rockman.EXE N1 Battle WonderSwan Color and Game Boy Advance 2003
Rockman.EXE 4.5 Real Operation Game Boy Advance 2004
Rockman.EXE Phantom of Network Mobile Phone 2004, 2005 (Battler's Tower)
Rockman EXE: The Medal Operation Arcade 2005
Rockman.EXE Battle Chip Stadium Arcade 2005(V1), 2006(V2), 2006(V3)
Rockman.EXE Legend of Network Mobile Phone 2007
Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star Nintendo DS 2009

Mega Man Star Force series

The Mega Man Star Force series takes place around 200 years after the Mega Man Battle Network series.

Game Platform Release Year
Mega Man Star Force: Leo Nintendo DS 2006
Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus Nintendo DS 2006
Mega Man Star Force: Dragon Nintendo DS 2006
Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Ninja Nintendo DS 2007
Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Saurian Nintendo DS 2007
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace Nintendo DS 2008
Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker Nintendo DS 2008
Shooting Star Rockman: Wave Change! On Air! TV game 2007 (Japan only)

Crossovers and cameo appearances

Games in which Mega Man characters have appeared in, and, in most cases, is playable.

Playable cameos

Games which Mega Man characters are playable.

Game Platform Release Year Playable characters
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes Arcade/Dreamcast/PlayStation 1999 Mega Man and Roll
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes Arcade/Dreamcast/PlayStation 2/Xbox 2000 Mega Man, Roll, Tron Bonne and a Servbot
SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos Arcade/PlayStation 2/Xbox 2003 Zero
Cannon Spike Arcade/Dreamcast 2000 Mega Man
Onimusha Blade Warriors PlayStation 2 2003 MegaMan.EXE and Zero
Namco × Capcom PlayStation 2 2005 (Japan only) Mega Man Volnutt, Roll Caskett, Tron Bonne and Servbots
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes Arcade, Wii 2008 (Japan only) Mega Man Volnutt and Roll
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Wii 2010 Same as Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes, with the addition of Zero.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2011 Zero and Tron Bonne.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2011 Same as Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, but with more cameos.
Street Fighter × Tekken PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita, iOS 2012 Bad Box Art Mega Man
Project × Zone Nintendo 3DS 2012 X, Zero, Tron Bonne and Servbots
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Nintendo 3DS
Wii U
2014 Mega Man

Cameos only

Games which the Mega Man characters are not playable, or are indirectly playable as cards.

Game Platform Year of 1st release Cameo
Capcom Quiz: Hatena? no Daibouken Game Boy 1990 (Japan only) Guts Man, Elec Man, Quick Man, Wood Man, Dr. Wily, a Wily Castle and Mets appear in the game.
Adventure Quiz: Capcom World Arcade 1989 (Japan only) Dr. Wily is the second boss.
Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2 Arcade 1992 (Japan only) 11 characters from Mega Man 3 and stones shaped as Rush and Mega Man in one map.
Mighty Final Fight NES 1993 Mega Man face in one billboard in the ending.
Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix (Pocket Fighter) Arcade
PlayStation
Saturn
1997 The character Felicia can use a Mega Man costume, and 10 characters from the classic, X and Legends series appear in the background of the Running Battle mode. One of the defeat scenes has the character exploding like Mega Man.
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Arcade
PlayStation
Saturn
1997 The character Norimaro can use a Mega Man costume, and there are Mega Man banners in one stage.
Street Fighter Alpha 3 various 1998 "Mega Man Drink" billboard in one stage.
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash Neo Geo Pocket Color 1999 Several Mega Man cards
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2 Expand Edition Neo Geo Pocket Color 2001 (Japan only) Several Mega Man cards
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS Nintendo DS 2006 Several Mega Man cards
Auto Modellista PlayStation 2
GameCube
Xbox
2002 Servbot figures that can be placed in the garage.
Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 PlayStation 2 2006 A big-headed Mega Man X figure appears in the title screen.
Capcom Classics Collection Remixed PlayStation Portable 2006 Mega Man and Cut Man can be seen in one of the illustrations from Captain Commando.
Boktai series Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
2003 (first game) Several references to the Mega Man Battle Network series and Mega Man Star Force.
Capcom Girl's Mind Puzzle Mobile phone 2007 (Japan only) Roll (from the classic series), Tron Bonne and Servbots appear in the game.
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege PlayStation 2
PC
2004 The second costume of the character Jacques Blanc has a Servbot replacing his Oni Gauntlet.
Dead Rising series Various 2006 (first game) Several cameos, including costumes of Mega Man characters and Servbot masks.
Onimusha: Soul PC 2012 Tron Bonne is a playable character.
Minna to Akashic Heroes Mobile 2012 Promotional cards that can be obtained by defeating Proto Man, Bass and Wily Machine in 2012 from July 27 to July 31.
Minna to Capcom All Stars Mobile 2012 Capcom crossover that includes the Mega Man series.
Street Fighter x All Capcom Mobile 2013 Capcom crossover that includes the Mega Man series.
Otoranger Mobile 2013 Several Mega Man characters appeared in promotional events.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Nintendo 3DS 2015 Mega Man's armor is one of the costumes for Felyne helpers, and his weapon is based on Rush.

Homages

Mega Man homages in official non-Capcom related games.

Game Platform(s) Year of 1st release
Rokujouman
Segagaga Dreamcast 2001
Sega game with parodies of other games, including the PlayStation version of Rockman 2 as "Rokujouman" (六畳マン).[2]
LSNIMMegaKonatan
Lucky Star: Net Idol Meister PSP 2009
The game contains a mini-game named "Mega Kona-tan" (メガコナタン? Konata Izumi), where the titular character must climb Waku Waku Douga comments as high as possible to defeat Metal Miyuki (メタルミユーキ?), a giant copy of Miyuki that resembles Proto Man. In the U-18 Meister Ending, Konata changes into Mega Kona-tan to save the world.[3]
MegaVillainRobes
Magicka PC 2011
The DLC pack "Mega Villain Robes" from July 2012 contains three robes based on Ice Man, Fire Man and Elec Man.[4]
Double Dragon Neon reference 1
Double Dragon Neon PlayStation Network
Xbox Live Arcade
2012
The boss of the fourth stage, Airlock, is the Super Combat Bot Mecha Biker, a blue robot riding a red bike. After the Mecha Biker is taken down from his bike, he attacks with three shots, a charge shot or sliding. When defeated, he explodes into energy spheres. Also, there are two shutters before the boss.[5]

Cancelled games

Cancelled video games and ports.

Game Platform
Mega Man X3 3DO
Mega Man: Anniversary Collection Game Boy Advance
Mega Man Universe PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Mega Man Legends 3 Nintendo 3DS
Rockman Online PC
Maverick Hunter Unknown

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