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Happy 25th, Mega Man!

By Kevin on Dec 17 2012 06:31 PM

His hairline shows no sign of receding
Mega Man, Rockman (Japanese name) or The Blue Bomber; we've all heard of at least one of those titles over the past twenty-five years. Whichever title suits your fancy, there's no escaping the fact that our Robot Master marauder celebrates his 25th birthday today on December 17th, 2012.

So, where did he come from and what's his purpose in life, you ask? He was created by a couple of doctor genius's by the names of Dr. Light and Dr. Wily back on December 17th, 1987. The two doctors also created and engineered advanced robots, to perform specific tasks to benefit the land of Monsteropolis. Not long after the robots were created, Dr. Wily became unruly and turned a cold shoulder to Dr. Light. Dr. Wily had a different plan in mind, though. He didn't want mankind to benefit from powerful robots. He wanted to use them as a tool to aid him in taking over the world. This is where our little mega-busting blue buddy comes into the picture. He's sent by Dr. Light to seek out and defeat the re-programmed bots in an effort to keep Dr. Wily from carrying out his evil scheme.

Our cybernetic humanoid, equipped with an arm cannon (commonly referred to as the Mega Buster), has busted more nuts and bolts than a grease monkey in a garage in Guangzhou, China (population approximately 13 million). Here's all 129 titles he's put under his belt in his twenty-five years of existence.


Main Series
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  • Mega Man (Rockman) – Famicom/ NES, 1987 (JP, NA), 1990 (EU)
  • Mega Man 2 (Rockman 2: The Enigma of Dr. Wily) – Famicom/ NES, 1988 (JP), 1989 (NA), 1991 (EU)
  • Mega Man 3 (Rockman 3: The Death of Dr. Wily) – Famicom/ NES, Arcade, 1990 (NA, JP), 1992 (EU)
  • Mega Man 4 (Rockman 4: A Newfound Ambition) – Famicom/ NES, 1991 (JP), 1992 (NA)
  • Mega Man 5 (Rockman 5: Blues' Trap) – Famicom/ NES, 1992 (NA, JP)
  • Mega Man 6 (Rockman 6: The Greatest Battle in History)  â€“ Famicom/ NES, 1993 (JP), 1994 (NA)
  • Mega Man 7 (Rockman 7: Fated Confrontation) – Super Famicom/ Super NES, 1995 (NA, JP)
  • Mega Man 8 (Rockman 8: Metal Heroes) – PlayStation & Sega Saturn, 1996 (JP), 1997 (NA)
  • Mega Man 9 (Rockman 9: Revival of Ambition) – WiiWare, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, 2008
  • Mega Man 10 (Rockman 10: Threat from Outer Space) – WiiWare, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, 2010
  • Mega Man: The Power Battle (Rockman: The Power Battle) – Arcade, 1995
  • Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters (Rockman 2: The Power Fighters) – Arcade, 1996
  • Mega Man & Bass (Rockman & Forte) Super Famicom, 1998 (JP); Game Boy Advance, 2002 (NA, JP)
  • Street Fighter X Mega Man – PC 2012
Re-releases & Collections:
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Rockman MegaWorld) – Mega Drive/ Seganet for Sega Genesis, 1994
  • Rockman Complete Works (Japan only) – PlayStation, 1999
  • Rockman Battle and Fighters (Japan only) – Neo Geo Pocket Color, 2000
  • Mega Man & Bass (Rockman & Forte) – Game Boy Advance, 2002
  • Rockman Collection Special Box (Japan only) – PlayStation 2, 2003
  • Mega Man Anniversary Collection (North America only) – GameCube/ PlayStation 2/ Xbox, 2004
  • Rockman Power Battle Fighters (Japan only) – PlayStation 2, 2004
  • Mega Man Powered Up – PlayStation Portable, 2006
Portable Games:
  • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge (Rockman World 1) – Game Boy, 1991
  • Mega Man II (Rockman World 2) – Game Boy, 1991
  • Mega Man III (Rockman World 3) – Game Boy, 1992
  • Mega Man IV (Rockman World 4) – Game Boy, 1993
  • Mega Man V (Rockman World 5) – Game Boy, 1994 (had additional Super Game Boy support)
  • Mega Man (NA only) – Game Gear, 1995
  • Rockman & Forte Mirai kara no Chōsensha (Japan only) – WonderSwan, 1999
  • Rockman Battle & Fighters (Japan only) – Neo Geo Pocket Color, 2000
  • Rockman Xover – iOS, 2012
Spin-off Titles:
  • Wily & Right no RockBoard: That's Paradise (Japan only) – Famicom, 1993
  • Mega Man Soccer (Japan/NA only) – Super NES, 1994
  • Mega Man Battle & Chase (Japan/Europe only until Mega Man X Collection) – PlayStation, 1997
  • Super Adventure Rockman (Japan only) – PlayStation/Sega Saturn, 1998
  • Rockman Online – PC (South Korean version only), Late 2012
  • Mega Man Universe – PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, canceled
Mobile Phone Games:
  • Mega Man, 2003 (JP)
  • Mega Man 2, 2007 (JP)
  • Mega Man 3, 2008 (JP)
  • Rockman 3 Dr. Wily no Saigo!?, 2004 (JP)
  • Rockman 4 Arata Naru Yabō!!, 2005 (JP)
  • Rockman 5 Blues no Wana?!, 2006 (JP)
  • Rockman 6 Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!, 2007 (JP)
  • Jump! Rockman, 2004 (JP)
  • Rockman Bug Sweeper, 2003 (JP)
  • Rockman Panic Fire, 2003 (JP)
  • Rockman Space Rescue, 2003 (JP, NA, EU)
  • Mega Man Rocket Christmas, 2003 (JP, NA, EU)
  • Rockman Slot, 2003 (JP)
  • Rockman GP, 2004 (JP)
  • Rockman Pinball, 2004 (JP)
  • Rockman DASH Golf, 2003 (JP)
  • Rockman DASH 15 Panel, 2002 (JP)
  • Kobun ga Tobun?, 2001 (JP)
  • Tide Coming Kobun, 2001 (JP)
  • Kobun Assembly, 2001 (JP)
  • Watch Kobun, 2001 (JP)
  • Rockman.EXE: Phantom of Network, 2004 (JP)
  • Rockman.EXE: Legend of Network, 2006 (JP)
  • Rockman X, 2007 (JP)
  • Rockman DASH - Grand 5 Island Adventure, 2008 (JP)
  • Rockman X2, 2009 (JP)
  • Rockman X3, 2010 (JP)
  • Rockman Tennis', 2010 (JP)
  • Mega Man Rush Marine, 2010 (JP)
  • Intuition! Rockman, 2010 (JP)
  • Rockman Diver, 2011 (JP)
  • Rockman the Puzzle Battle, 2011 (JP)
  • Rockman´s Sprite Logic, 2011 (JP)
PC Games:
  • Mega Man, 1990 (NA)
  • Mega Man III, 1992 (NA)
  • Rockman Gold Empire, 1999 (Taiwan)
  • Rockman Strategy, 2001 (Taiwan)

Mega Man X Series
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  • Mega Man X (Rockman X) – Super Famicom/ SNES, PC, Virtual Console, 1993
  • Mega Man X2 (Rockman X 2 versus the X-Hunters) – Super Famicom/ SNES, Virtual Console, 1994
  • Mega Man X3 (Rockman X 3) – Super Famicom/ SNES, PC, PlayStation, Sega Saturn 1995,1996
  • Mega Man X4 (Rockman X 4) – PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC, 1997
  • Mega Man X5 (Rockman X 5) – PlayStation, PC, 2000
  • Mega Man X6 (Rockman X 6) – PlayStation, PC (South Korean version only), 2001
  • Mega Man X7 (Rockman X 7) – PlayStation 2, PC (South Korean version only), 2003
  • Mega Man X8 (Rockman X 8: Paradise Lost) – PlayStation 2, PC, 2004
  • Mega Man Xtreme (Rockman X: Cyber Mission) – Game Boy Color, 2000
  • Mega Man Xtreme 2 (Rockman X: Soul Eraser) – Game Boy Color, 2001
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission (Rockman X: Command Mission) – GameCube, PlayStation 2, 2004
Re-releases & Collections:
  • Mega Man X3 – PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC, 1996
  • Rockman Collection Special Box – PlayStation 2, 2003
  • Mega Man X Collection (NA only) – GameCube, PlayStation 2, 2005/ 2006
  • Mega Man Maverick Hunter X – PlayStation Portable, 2005

Mega Man Legends Series
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  • Mega Man Legends/ Mega Man 64 – PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC, PlayStation Portable (Japan only), 1997, 1998
  • The Misadventures of Tron Bonne – PlayStation, 1999, 2000
  • Mega Man Legends 2 – PlayStation, PC, PlayStation Portable (Japan only) 2000
  • Rockman DASH - Grand 5 Island Adventure (Japan only) – Mobile Phone, 2008
  • Mega Man Legends 3 – Nintendo 3DS, Canceled

Mega Man Battle Network Series
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  • 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 Battle Network 3 Blue – Game Boy Advance, 2003
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun – Game Boy Advance, 2003
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon – Game Boy Advance, 2003
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Protoman – Game Boy Advance, 2004
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel – Game Boy Advance, 2005
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team – Nintendo DS, 2005
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar – Game Boy Advance, 2005
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar – Game Boy Advance, 2005
  • Mega Man Network Transmission – GameCube, 2003
  • Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge – Game Boy Advance, 2003
  • Rockman EXE WS (Japan only) – WonderSwan Color, 2003
  • Rockman EXE N1 Battle (Japan only) – WonderSwan Color, 2003
  • Rockman EXE 4.5 Real Operation (Japan only) – Game Boy Advance, 2004
  • Rockman EXE Phantom of Network (Japan only) – Cell Phone, 2004
  • Rockman EXE The Medal Operation (Japan only) – Arcade, 2005
  • Rockman EXE Battle Chip Stadium (Japan only) – Arcade, 2005
  • Rockman EXE Legend of Network (Japan only) – Cell Phone, 2006
  • Rockman EXE Operate Shooting Star (Japan only) – Nintendo DS, 2009

Mega Man Zero Series
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  • 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
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  • Mega Man ZX – Nintendo DS, 2006
  • Mega Man ZX Advent – Nintendo DS, 2007

Mega Man Star Force Series
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  • Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus – Nintendo DS, 2006
  • Mega Man Star Force: Leo – Nintendo DS, 2006
  • Mega Man Star Force: Dragon – Nintendo DS, 2006
  • Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Saurian – Nintendo DS, 2007
  • Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Ninja – Nintendo DS, 2007
  • Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace – Nintendo DS, 2008
  • Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker – Nintendo DS, 2008
We'll be honest, we never knew The Blue Bomber had 129 different titles listed in his resume. At only twenty-five years of age, we are sure Capcom will extend that list to much greater lengths in the near future. Here's to you, Mega man, and to many more years of Robot Master madness. We'll consume plenty of Energy Tanks in celebration of your birthday. Happy 25th, Mega Man!


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Comments: 8

Cant wait for him to be in smash bros.

View Postdswag, on 17 December 2012 - 09:00 PM, said:

Cant wait for him to be in smash bros.

What gives you the impression that he will be? :hmm:
My favorite series of Megaman is the Megaman X series. This is mainly because of the addition of Zero. Secondly I would choose the Legends series. They were just fun and different. Lastly, I would say Battle Network. I did not play the games much but I did follow the cartoon show for that series and it was fantastic.
My personal favourite series is StarForce, with my favourite game being StarForce 3. Keeping with my usual deal when it comes to long-running series, I only recently got into it, starting from watching NT Warrior on Cartoon Network a few years ago.

It's a real shame to see Capcom treating such a major milestone with such disrepect, though. The only thing MegaMan has going for him for this anniversary celebration is an officially supported "fangame" called MegaMan X Street Fighter and eventual re-releases of the first six MegaMan games on the 3DS Nintendo eShop.

I'm still hoping that Capcom has some sort of surprise right hook waiting to smack everyone with, but given their track record as of late, that hope isn't very great.
*sigh* MegaMan was such a good character it's a shame that they barely do anything with it now.
My favorite series is the MegaMan X series. Mainly because of X4 and X5.
Other then that my second favorite is the pretty much the sequel to MegaMan X, the MegaMan Zero series because of the way it plays and the fact that Zero is so awesome. :zero:
Great article!  It was fun to scroll down and see all the different games and platforms.
Great article it is hard for me to have just one favorite they were just all so good in their own right


This is stage from the Street Fighter X Mega Man game I decided to upload that Capcom and a fan released