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American cover and promo art. An homage to the North American covers from Mega Man and Mega Man 2.

Mega Man 10, known as Rockman 10: Threat From Outer Space!! (ロックマン10 宇宙からの脅威!! Rokkuman 10 Uchū kara no Kyōi!!?) in Japan, is a game from the original Mega Man series. Like its predecessor, Mega Man 9, it is a downloadable title and is based on the look and feel of the early NES titles. It was announced by Nintendo Power in December 9, 2009 and was released in March 2010 for the WiiWare service, Xbox Live Arcade, and PlayStation Network.[1]

Story

In the year 20XX, an outbreak of a robotic-virus known as the "Roboenza" (ロボットエンザ Robottoenza?) runs rampant across the globe, infecting and disabling robots, hampering daily life for humans. Roll becomes infected with the virus, and the situation becomes worse as time passes and a cure is not found. One month after the outbreak, several infected robots become berserk and attempt to take over the world. One day, Dr. Wily appears in Dr. Light's lab with his capsule damaged and asks for help. Mega Man saves Wily from crashing and Wily says that Roboenza-infected robots attacked his spaceship and stole the parts to a medicine-making machine he had been working on to cure the virus. Mega Man agrees to retrieve the stolen parts from the eight Robot Masters. Before he begins, Proto Man arrives to help Mega Man, believing the job to be too big for just one of them and the two join forces to acquire the cure. Meanwhile, Bass sets out on his own to challenge these new robots.

After taking down four Robot Masters, Dr. Wily presents what he claims is a prototype cure for Roll and asks if Mega Man is feeling Roboenza symptoms, to which Mega Man says he's feeling fine. After the last one is defeated, Mega Man comes down with Roboenza and is nearly incapacitated as Dr. Wily reveals that it was him behind the disease and that all robots who want the cure must serve under him. Roll gives her sample of the cure to Mega Man, who recovers and goes after Wily. During the fortress raid, Proto Man comes down with Roboenza as well, only to be saved by Mega Man who acquired an extra sample of the cure. A similar incident happens to Bass, the difference being that it's Treble who provides him a cure.

After chasing Wily out of his new fortress into his space base and defeating him once again, our heroes discover that, ironically, Wily has become dangerously sick himself (probably with real Influenza). Unable to allow Wily to die, he is taken to the hospital, where he escapes a few days later. Surprisingly, perhaps out of debt to having his life saved, Wily leaves behind enough of the cure to restore the infected robots.

New Features

In Mega Man 10, similar to the later Mega Man X games, players will be able to start off with one of multiple characters, each with their own unique attributes which could potentially add replay value. Similar to Mega Man X4 and Mega Man & Bass, the character of choice is selected at the start of the game and can not be changed. Playable characters include:

Another feature is "Mega Man Challenges", which is a "mode that will allow players to practice-up on their skills and prepare for the hair-raising adventure ahead of them."[2] There are a total of 100 challenges. Most are playable from the challenges menu, while a few must be completed or unlocked in the main game, specifically boss battles of varying difficulty. Proto Man and Bass cannot be used to clear challenges in the challenge mode, but can clear them in the main game.

Like Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10 has 3 difficulty settings. This time Hard Mode is unlocked by completing the game rather than paying for it. Unlike in Mega Man 9 where difficulty settings only affected the placement of enemies, items and some of the stage elements, in Mega Man 10, many enemies and bosses have different attacks in different difficulty settings. Easy Mode is also added for easier game play.

Bosses

Rockman 10

Japanese cover.

Robot Masters

Model No. Name Weapon Weakness
DWN-073 Blade Man Triple Blade Commando Bomb
DWN-074 Pump Man Water Shield Thunder Wool
DWN-075 Commando Man Commando Bomb Wheel Cutter
DWN-076 Chill Man Chill Spike Solar Blaze
DWN-077 Sheep Man Thunder Wool Rebound Striker
DWN-078 Strike Man Rebound Striker Triple Blade
DWN-079 Nitro Man Wheel Cutter Chill Spike
DWN-080 Solar Man Solar Blaze Water Shield
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The Mega Man 10 Stage Select screen.

Wily Castle Bosses

  1. Weapons Archive
  2. Crab Puncher
  3. Block Devil
  4. Rematch with the eight Robot Masters and Wily Machine 10
  5. Wily Capsule

Special Stage Bosses

Model No. Name Weapon Weakness
MKN-001 Enker Mirror Buster Ballade Cracker
MKN-002 Punk Screw Crusher Mirror Buster
MKN-003 Ballade Ballade Cracker Screw Crusher

Levels

The levels have been officially named as Old Castle, Highway, Iceberg, Stadium, Sewage, Minefield, Cyberspace, Sun Reactor, and Wily Castle. The first four can be seen on the official site, under Overview, and Wily Castle can be seen in the game. The other names are part of the game's music data, but Old Castle is called only "Castle" and Sun Reactor "Sun".

Downloadable Content

Downloadable content for Mega Man 10.[3]

ModePriceRelease dateDescription
Bass Mode 200 Wii Points/160 MS Points/$2 April 5–9, 2010 Bass becomes available as a playable character.
Special Stage 1 100 Wii Points/80 MS Points/$1 April 5–9, 2010 Extra stage with Enker as boss.
Special Stage 2 100 Wii Points/80 MS Points/$1 April 26–30, 2010 Extra stage with Punk as boss.
Special Stage 3 100 Wii Points/80 MS Points/$1 April 26–30, 2010 Extra stage with Ballade as boss.
Endless Attack Mode 300 Wii Points/240 MS Points/$3 April 26–30, 2010 Endless stage.

See also

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • In the American cover and promotional art, Sheep Man, Solar Man, and Blade Man can all be seen drawn similar to the way Spark Man and Top Man were drawn for the cover of Mega Man 3, more robot-like than human.
  • Blade Man shares his name with a Robot Master from Mega Man 3 (PC).
  • This is the first game of the numbered series to have a unique song for the Robot Masters, the Wily Bosses, Wily Machine and Wily Capsule.
  • Once a player downloads Bass, the title screen will be altered to feature Bass's face next to Proto Man's.
  • The game's title screen is the only one that features a character besides Mega Man in the main numbered series.
  • The Special Stages are remakes of stages from the Game Boy game the bosses had originally appeared, with some improvements and different enemies. After beating a boss in the Special Stages, Mega Man acquires his special weapon. These three weapons are exclusive to Mega Man.
  • Mega Man 10 has the distinction of being the only game in the classic series that can be played from start to finish with only the Mega Buster without the need of tools or special weapons. Interestingly, because of the presence of the Mega Man Killers' special weapons, it is also the only game that can be played without ever using the Mega Buster.
  • In the "Vintage" trailer for the game, the music is a remake of the opening stage from Mega Man X with added lyrics.
  • It is a possibility that the Roboenza virus was a precursor to the Maverick Virus that commonly appears in the X series given, that every robot (save for Dr. Light's and Bass) that contracted it eventually goes berserk.
  • Erroneously, Capcom's official Mega Man 10 English website used artwork from the fangame Mega Man Unlimited, which was called Mega Man 10 at the time.[4]
  • Mega Man 10 is the only game in the classic series to use two different backgrounds for the Wily Fortress.
  • Mega Man 10 also holds the record for the most number of boss themes: one theme for the Robot Masters, one theme for the standard bosses in the Wily Fortress, and one unique theme each for the Wily Machine and the Wily Capsule.
  • The game is also the only one in the classic series to feature the Mega Man Killers, as they were characters exclusive to the Game Boy spinoff series until their appearance in Mega Man 10.
  • The backgrounds/level designs of Pump Man, Commando Man, and Solar Man's stages are reminiscent of Toxic Seahorse, Overdrive Ostrich, and Flame Mammoth's stages, respectively. This is supported by the overall design of the sewer (though in Mega Man X3, either the system doesn't pump as much water or X and Zero are heavy enough to push through the streams of water), the desert area (the construction stripes over a desert base along with occasional sandstorms were the mainstays of Overdrive Ostrich's stage), and the factory stages.
  • In addition, areas of Wily's base bear a slight resemblance to stages from Mega Man X games; the tower's elevator shaft is similar to Boomer Kuwanger's tower and the robot scrapyard is somewhat reminiscent of Morph Moth's level.

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