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Mega Man Xtreme
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Cover and promo art.

Mega Man Xtreme, known as Rockman X: Cyber Mission (ロックマンX サイバーミッション?) in Japan, is a spin-off title in the Mega Man X game series, developed by Capcom for the Game Boy Color. Mega Man Xtreme is said to chronologically take place in between Mega Man X2 and Mega Man X3, although gameplay-wise it is mostly a remix of the first two games. The game was followed by one direct sequel, Mega Man Xtreme 2, also for the Game Boy Color. The graphics and music are downgraded to 8-bit NES quality, due to the Game Boy Color's limits. The game and its sequel have been praised for giving gamers a glimpse at what the Mega Man X series would have been like on the NES. This game is currently available for download on the 3DS Nintendo eShop.

Gameplay

The game features similar gameplay as its predecessors. An action-platformer, players attempt a series of stages, collect various power-ups, and defeat the boss of each stage, assimilating its signature weapon. Mega Man Xtreme also features stages, enemies, and bosses from both Mega Man X and Mega Man X2.

Story

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Mother Computer

It is the year 21XX, where humans and Reploids coexist. Peace returned to the world thanks to the efforts of the Maverick Hunters. But one day, the Mother Computer of "Hunter Base", the Maverick Hunters' headquarters, has been hacked by an unknown source. All of its data was overwritten in an instant, and the resulting fake data has sent the whole world spiraling into chaos. The command center sends X out to face the as-yet unidentified enemy, who has resurrected Maverick data from the past.[1]

Main Characters

Bosses

Opening Stage:

Eight Mavericks:

Normal Mode:

Name

Weapon Weakness
Chill Penguin Shotgun Ice Speed Burner
Spark Mandrill Electric Spark Shotgun Ice
Storm Eagle Storm Tornado Spin Wheel
Flame Stag Speed Burner Storm Tornado

Hard Mode:

Name

Weapon Weakness
Wheel Gator Spin Wheel Magnet Mine
Magna Centipede Magnet Mine Silk Shot
Armored Armadillo Rolling Shield Electric Spark
Morph Moth Silk Shot Speed Burner/Rolling Shield

Xtreme Mode: Contains all eight Mavericks.

Sigma Fortress :

Name Weakness
Zain Shotgun Ice
Geemel Speed Burner
Bospider Shotgun Ice
Serges Speed Burner/Rolling Shield
Sigma Electric Spark/Speed Burner
Wolf Sigma Spin Wheel/Rolling Shield

Development

As a last minute decision by Capcom, the Japanese version of the game made its initial, inconspicuous debut as a playable demo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May of 2000.[2] The game was later shown again at the Tokyo Game Show the following fall.[3]

Haruki Suetsugu was the sole artist responsible for the game's character designs and cover art. The entirety of the game's cover illustration was done in Painter, forgoing the usual cell painted look of central figures, as Suetsugu wanted to give the whole image "a sense of summary as well as luxury." His only regret regarding the piece was that he didn't use crisper colors. The twins Middy and Techno were designed so that if one's helmet was turned 90 degrees, its shape would mirror the other's. Additionally, Middy was illustrated with soft, round lines, and Techno was given sharper, pointed angles, to better reflect their personalities. Going by his instructions to make "armor" characters, Suetsugu designed Zain and Geemel in contrast to one another by giving them heavy and light armor plating, respectively. Initially, he felt their illustrations would be too complex for the Game Boy Color's graphical capabilities, but he was greatly impressed with the outcome, praising the skills of the game's graphics designers.[1]

Gallery

Cover Art

Screenshots

See also

Trivia

  • Erroneously, Vile was referred to as his Japanese name, "VAVA" in the North American version. This error was not corrected in the Virtual Console re-release.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mega Man X Official Complete Works, UDON Entertainment Corp. 2009. pg.78-79. Retrieved on September 15, 2011.
  2. Harris, Craig (May 22, 2000). "Mega Man Xtreme". IGN. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  3. GameSpot Staff (August 14, 2000). "TGS Third-party Lineup". GameSpot. Retrieved September 15, 2011.

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