Welcome to Mega Man Month! Every weekday in January I’ll be listing three things I love about the original Mega Man series. Let’s go!
The box art
Mega Man on Game Gear isn’t exactly a high point for the Blue Bomber. It’s got its fair share of problems, but its box art isn’t one of them. Well, as long as you don’t think about it too much. Mega Man looks awesome on here, and the purple Game Gear stripe goes really well with the classic Mega Man art. I guess it’s a little weird to just have the basic robot master art floating there in space… with Wily’s head also just… floating there. But at first glance it’s cool!
Valiant effort with the music
The Game Gear’s sound chip was pretty much the same as the Master System’s, which was, let’s call it “chirpy.” Still, you have to hand it to US Gold for their work in translating these NES tunes to the Game Gear’s meager sound system. Like Wily Wars, these aren’t straight instrument swaps. They went ahead and tried to make these songs work with the Game Gear’s instrument set, and they really don’t sound terrible, which is saying something for the Game Gear.
Actually, I can’t think of a third thing I like about this one. Mega Man for Game Gear just isn’t very good. Know what? How about this grasshopper guy? Yeah, I like this guy. He’s great. Let’s go with him.
That concludes our first week. Come back on Monday for a duo of arcade fighting games, Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters.