Mega Man – A Truly Hard Game

The Mega Man Series tends to be harder than most other games. But none of the other games in the main series get as hard as Mega Man 1.

When you start up the game, there`s no story at all. There`s no music or movement either. Just the title and “press start”. For story you`ll have to look in the manual of the game. The story is as follows: Dr. Wright and Dr. Wily make the very first near- human robot, Mega Man along with Roll, A housekeeping robot. Encouraged by their results, Dr. Wright and Dr. Wily make six additional robots to perform everyday tasks. But Dr. Wily reprograms the six helper robots to make them evil. With Mega Man still functioning correctly, Mega Man sets out to defeat the six evil robots.

When you press start, you are brought to a stage select screen highlighted over the robot named Cut Man. A lot of first time players do this stage first because you usually don`t know which robot to take on first. The levels of this game are run and gun sections ending with a hard bossfight. One of the best additions to Mega Man games is the ability to get the weapon of the robot master you beat. But don`t go taking on the coolest robot master you see, some of them are actually really hard. There`s a weakness order of which robots to fight first. My personal order is Bomb Man, Guts Man, Cut Man, Elec Man, Ice Man, then finally Fire Man. Mega Man isn`t super powerful at first. All he can do is jump and shoot. But the later games add more options, such as a slide and a charge shot. But we`ll talk about those later when we get to them.

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These are all of the robot masters on the stage select screen.

As you go off on your crazy adventure, there are enemies and platforming challenges that serve as obstacles. But don`t think it will be a cake walk! The controls are a little bit slippery so it almost feels like Mega Man`s always on ice. And those platforming sections are pretty hard! Either the enemies shoot a bunch of bullets or they are placed so it`s easy to get hit by them and fall into a pit or spikes. (Which is instant death.) So you better be ready to do these stages over… and over… and over… and over again. Feel like you need a break from video games?

Well TOO BAD because there`s no way to save in Mega Man 1. (Unless you have savestates which weren`t in the original.) So, you probably get it now… This game is HARD! I`m not fooling around when it`s probably the hardest game in the main series.

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Some of the bosses in this really hard game.  Bombman, Gutsman and Elecman.

One of the game`s strongest points is the level design. Since you could potentially begin with any stage first, the level design has to accommodate that. But! The tutorials is where the game shines… Instead of Roll popping out all like: Mega Man! Mega Man! Those blocks disappear and reappear so you better time your jumps! No! That`s not how the game does it! Instead… It teaches you with gameplay. It shows an easier challenge first. Then, It gets harder. That`s how the game does tutorials. Smart.

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Lots of variety in level design.

Once you beat all the robot masters… Oh! You thought the game was over after that!? Well too bad! Cause now you have to go through Wily`s Castle! There are four more stages you need to do, each with their own hard boss… yay…

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Dr. Wily makes his appearance.

So, you start off the first stage with one of the most annoying enemies in the game! Big Eyes! These stupid little things jump around and do A WHOLE BUNCH OF DAMAGE! After that you use one of the robot master`s powers to break some rocks. One of my favorite things about the Wily stages is that you usually use the powers you got on your quest to beat them since you`re at least supposed to have all the weapons in the game now. You go through the first stage peacefully until… Wait what? There`s just a bunch of walls you can`t get over. Nothing helps. Nothing works. And here`s where the game throws a sucker punch. There`s a little thing in Elec Man`s stage which gives you a super awesome weapon. But if you didn`t have Guts Man`s power when you got to that stage well… You have to go back to it a second time. And yes, you can actually replay stages unlike some of the other Mega Man games. If you get this little… ummmm… I don`t even know what the sprite is supposed to be… Some kind of gun I suppose? Anyway, once you get that, you`re set. The Magnet Beam is actually pretty useful. It lets you make some sections easier. The boss of the first Wily Stage is infamous… The Yellow Devil. But… if you use the glitch to beat him by shooting the elec beam and pausing a couple of times, you can beat him pretty easily. (You can`t do this on the legacy collection version.)

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The Yellow Devil, the hardest boss in the game.  He disassembles and reassembles throughout the battle!

After that, It`s just basically more of the same until you get to the last stage that is… You have to beat the six robot masters again… Two in the second Wily Stage then the rest in Wily Stage four. After you beat all of `em again, you finally get to fight the final boss… And let`s just say… It`s underwhelming… Wily flies in his ship thingy and shoots at you… That`s it. With all the robots defeated and Wily in prison,the land is restored to peace once again… Or at least until Mega Man 2.

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How I Got Mega Man 2

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Mega Man 2 is my favorite Mega Man game right

now, and boy do I have a lot to talk about! This little fan game called Mega Man Maker single-handedly got me into Mega Man. I originally got the game while I was playing a lot of Mario Maker but, I really didn`t like Mega Maker. A few weeks later when I was getting tired of Mario Maker, I picked Mega Maker back up again.

I started to wonder, what are Mega Man games like?

So I watched a couple of videos on Mega Man and played some of the games and I loved it. So, that`s how Mega Maker got me into Mega Man.

One of my favorites was Mega Man 2, and I wanted to play some of the other games. One small problem…

I was playing them on an emulator and if you know, emulators usually are a little buggy. A and B flipped around so you have to press B to shoot and A to jump so that would make me have to keep my hand in an akward position. Mega Man 3 just wouldn`t run properly for some unknown reason. Also, all other games besides Mega Man 1 were in Japanese. So I looked on steam one day and found something magical: Mega Man Legacy Collection. It was a compilation of Mega Man 1-6 and played super smoothly. So, if you like old retro games then give Mega Man Legacy Collection a try.

Super Mario Sunshine – Review

Super Mario Sunshine – the only game in which Mario runs about blasting baddies with a water-gun while frolicking acrobatically across the Isle Delfino Resort.  His water-gun isn’t just a random pick off of the supermarket shelves, though, it’s name is FLUDD and it is a helpful A.I. buddy on Mario’s sun-filled adventure.  FLUDD can blast bursts of water like a cannon but can also help Mario hover, blast-off like a rocket or even fire backward to increase running speeds to the point the team can run across water!  FLUDD is the main mechanic of the game and the whole world is a bit like a giant playground for the player to experiment and explore with Mario’s new buddy.

As usual, Mario is an acrobatics wizard, able to make amazing long jumps and triple jumps, wall jump in narrow spaces and perform his amazing ground pound maneuver in order to smash the baddies.  In Super Mario Sunshine, however, he adds an amazing helicopter jump that can be performed by rotating the analog stick while jumping, allowing a pinpoint high jump that can reach incredible heights and some pretty impressive distance when coupled with FLUDD’s abilities.

The story is a pretty solid Mario tale with a twist that I won’t spoil in case you haven’t played before, but it does run a similar course.  A princess thief targets Peach after tricking the island residents into blaming Mario for a huge mess that has been made on their island.  Eventually Mario must manage to not only clean up the mess and clear his name but also save his precious Peach from the sneaky thief.  All manner of adventure follows our plumbing powerhouse, as he releases sealed or captured “Shine Sprites” across the island (these parallel to the starts in Mario 64 pretty closely).  The sprites are very important to the island’s inhabitants as an energy source.  Mario will defeat zany bosses, collect red coins and clear obstacle courses like a parkour master on his journey and as the player increases in skill it can feel very satisfying to pull off some of the crazy maneuvers that can be performed.

All in all there are 7 levels with 9 sprites (Including the 100 coin shines) in each which is actually an increase from the 7 stars per course found in Mario 64, and that is counting the 100-coin bonus stars.  When enough sprites have been collected events will trigger, finally culminating in a final event in which Mario will confront the princess thief and save the day.  The events are triggered not by a set number of sprites overall but the player reaching a certain degree of completion in each of the 7 levels.  To me this can kind of make some of the “bonus” sprites seem kind of pointless, but as the game is so fun and most sprites are truly fun to save, I’ll give it a nod and pass.

Overall I will say that if you are looking for a platformer that is not too terribly difficult and has all of the polish you would come to expect from Nintendo then give Super Mario Sunshine for the Nintendo Gamecube a try.  Just don’t forget your sunscreen 😀

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