Things are going fine for the first annual Robot Master Expo—until Dr. Wily’s saucer flies by and remotely reprograms some of the robots in the display cases!
Mega Man happens to be visiting the expo at the time of the attack, but to Wily’s shock, the evil scientist’s new miniature Remote Controller has no effect on the blue bomber. (Or at least that’s my head-canon of it, since the game doesn’t explain this part.) Since Mega Man is right there to see the turmoil, he jumps right into action to stop Wily.
The game takes you through a quest to stop the reactivated Robot Masters. It also introduces Ballade, Wily’s newest creation. In the end, though, Ballade turns out to not be all that he seems...
the games are gettin’ good! I considered this to be the best game in the series...
until I played Mega Man V
This game features a plot this time (somewhat of a departure from the previous Game Boy games), the opening has some awesome digitized pictures (hang out on the title screen for a bit to see it), and there are cool cut scenes throughout.
There is story throughout the game, which I personally like to see; Dr. Light actually talks to you for a change (imagine that!). Plus, there’s items, items, items! Dr. Light’s Item Replicator is good stuff! Collect P-Chips and bring them to Dr. Light and he can make some great items for you. Check out the Weapon Tanks, and definitely don’t forget the Energy Balancer (EB machine).
Also, during the game, charge up your Mega Buster somewhere where you have a bit of space and fire it off. It’s now so powerful that it has a kick to it! Be careful though; if you fire it while too close to the edge of a platform, or while in the air, Mega Man could very easily knock himself backward right into a pit. Watch out where you use it.
This game can be tricky and some of the stages seem to go on forever. There are often alternate routes you can take (so if you’re having troubles on one, try the other), and don’t forget to look for Mega Man’s ever-helpful brother hiding in secret rooms.
Talk about complicated passwords! These will remember all your items and
how many P-Chips you had! (Press the
button to assign a letter. Press
to switch letters, and
to confirm the password.)
This takes you to the second battle with Ballade (as far as you can go—sorry!) with all the items, 9 lives, and 999 P-Chips. (Thanks to Richard Bunnell
for the full P-Chips part.)
Another website has created a password generator for Mega Man IV. I haven’t personally tested the passwords it creates, but it’s worth checking out!
There are tons of items in this game, though most can only be obtained by collecting P-Chips and taking them to Dr. Light. Spell out “BEAT” and you’ll be able to use the cute little attack bird. Spell out “WILY” to continue through the game. (Generally finding these is not difficult as most are in plain sight.)
- B: It’s in Toad Man’s stage.
- E: Find it in Bright Man’s stage.
- A: Pharaoh Man’s stage. You can drop Rush Coil onto one of the blocks as you jump across, or Criedel suggests using the Ring Boomerang.
- T: It’s in Ring Man’s stage.
- W: Visit Crystal Man’s stage.
- I: Search Napalm Man’s stage.
- L: It’s in Stone Man’s stage.
- Y: Check out Charge Man’s stage.
- Rush Coil: Obtained by defeating Toad Man.
- Rush Jet: Get it by defeating Charge Man.
The ending begins with Dr. Wily falling to the ground wearing a backpack, which he uses to help him escape. The place starts to blow up, so Mega Man tries to flee it. He escapes the space fort with Ballade’s help, and then the game goes to cut scenes showing Mega Man fighting the Robot Masters in this game. It’s fun to watch the quick bits—you just have to see what he does to Stone Man! Another cool thing is they play Mega Man’s theme song, but as in Mega Man 4’s
ending, it’s slowed down a lot and they don’t play the entire thing. Oh well.
Once the demo is over, the music changes and you see the old-style drawing of Mega Man (the one used in Mega Man I and Mega Man II) standing (once again) on stars. Then the background fades in to reveal an open field with mountains in the background and a setting sun.