#47: Mega Man 4

Released In: 1992
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom

      After the events of Mega Man 3, Dr. Wily is presumed dead and the world is at peace. But then a new threat arises. A mysterious Russian scientist named Dr. Cossack creates eight new Robot Masters and starts on a destructive path similar to that of Dr. Wily. Once again, Mega Man is called in to save the day. Mega Man must defeat Bright Man, Pharaoh Man, Drill Man, Ring Man, Toad Man, Dust Man, Dive Man, and Skull Man before making his way to Dr. Cossack's icy Siberian fortress. But when he finally gets there, he discovers a shocking twist: Dr. Wily is still alive and he's been blackmailing Dr. Cossack into doing his bidding!

Syd Lexia: Mega Man 4 was the last truly great Mega Man game released for the NES. While it was not as good as Mega Man 3, it did have a bunch of really cool features. First, there was the addition of the chargeable Mega Buster. Secondly, this was the first Mega Man game since the original where you could replay the levels of Robot Masters that you had already beaten. Finally, it had a twist. This was the first Mega Man where they teased an end boss other than Dr. Wily. And unlike Mega Man 6 where it had become obvious that you were going to fight Wily at some point, the ruse was actually convincing in this game. I remember being genuinely disappointed that Wily wasn't in the game... that is, until I beat Dr. Cossack. I can still recall that first time, when I was about to kill the good doctor and then Proto Man suddenly appeared with Cossack's daughter Kalinka and explained the situation. Suddenly, I was on my way to good old Skull Castle to confront Dr. Wily. At that point, I marked out. Big time.

Valdronius: If youíve been keeping track, you may be wondering if the Mega Man series got progressively worse as games were released. This may or may not be true, but in my opinion, Mega Man 4 was where things started to go downhill. A roster of uninteresting Robot Masters, coupled with the incompetent Dr. Cossack, left much to be desired. Skull Man and Ring Man may have looked cool, but their weapons were seriously lacking in the awesomeness department.

DarkMaze: Enter the chargeable mega buster! Perhaps thatís why my memory of Mega Man music stops at number three. After that, I seem to remember all the stage music as being "WHIRRRRRRRRRRR!"


Because I held the B button down all the time, you see. Get it? Humor? Okay, just forget it.

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