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Mega Man: The Wily Wars

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Mega Man: The Wily Wars
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Mega Man on the Sega Genesis? Who would have thought.
Protagonist(s): Mega Man
Genre(s): Action
Platform
Platform(s): Sega Genesis
Release: JP: October 21, 1994
NA: December 31, 1994
EU: April 3, 1995
AU: April 1995
Developer(s): Minakuchi Engineering
Publisher(s): Capcom
Country: Japan
Series: Mega Man


Mega Man: The Wily Wars (known as Rockman Mega World; ロックマンメガワールド in Japan) is a compilation of three Mega Man games that were originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in October 1994 for the Sega Genesis. It was developed by Minakuchi Engineering, the same company behind the Game Boy Mega Man World games and Mega Man X3.

The game saw a physical release worldwide, with the exception of North America, where the game was offered as a downloadable title via the Sega Channel service. The game was later included as one of the games on the Sega Genesis Mini.

Eventually, in 2021, Capcom announced that the game would be re-released in the west for the console and that the game would be released as a special edition with bunch of collectibles being packaged with the game itself.

Why It Rocks

  1. Similarly to Super Mario All-Stars, this game features the original Mega Man, Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3, all with improved graphics and sound.
  2. Some of the bugs that were present in the original versions were fixed, even the ones that skips a level, though unfortunately, some glitches that can be exploited for speed running in the original are no longer present like the pause glitch.
  3. There's finally an added save feature instead of a password, with up to 3 save files, which would go on to become a mainstay in the series starting with the 32-bit era with Mega Man 8 for the classic series and Mega Man X4 for the X series.
  4. After beating all three games, a new mode is unlocked, which is known as Wily Tower, which features 3 new Robot Masters, combines elements from all three games and allows the player to pick a variety of weapons and items from the three games to use in stages, for example, the game lets you carry both the Magnet Beam and the Rush Jet.
  5. The Wily Tower bosses are pretty challenging, with Hyper Storm H having 2 health bars.
  6. Some music tracks sound amazing in Genesis style, like Top Man's theme, and some of the original tracks featured in Wily Tower are great too, including the final Wily stage theme.
  7. It's perfect for people who wanted to buy altogether the games or for the people who only have a Sega console.
  8. Oddly enough, despite being a compilation, there is a story in The Wily Wars, which is innovative for a classic compilation, Dr. Wily, after his defeat in Mega Man 3, decides to travel back in time in an attempt to win the previous three adventures, and now Mega Man must stop him.

Bad Qualities

  1. The game may experience some slowdown, though this can be used as an advantage to some of the harder bosses, like the infamous Yellow Devil in the first game.
  2. Some of the music tracks may sound inferior to the NES versions.
  3. The controls are somewhat stiffer compared to the NES games, so it will take veterans of the series a little bit to get used to the controls.

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