Dr. Cain uncovered a strange capsule during a dig and immediately examined it. The device had been left behind by the late Dr. Light, and inside was the most unusual robot Dr. Cain had ever seen. “Mega Man X” could think and reason and do many other things that no robot could. Using X as a prototype, Dr. Cain built another robot, though he had to change a few things that he either didn’t understand or couldn’t duplicate. Even so, this new robot was far beyond anything the planet had seen, and quickly Dr. Cain put his new design on an assembly line, mass-producing these “Reploids” so that they could benefit humanity.

Dr. Cain, though an intelligent scientist, was nowhere near as brilliant as Dr. Light had been. He didn’t realize that he’d just created exactly what Dr. Light had feared: a race of robots that could think and make decisions, but that possessed no form of a conscience. With dangerous creatures like these, something was bound to go wrong.

And of course something did.

One of the Reploids attacked his fellow human workers, apparently having decided that robots were superior to humans. This Reploid was eliminated, but already others were coming to the same conclusion as the first. Scattered Reploids all over the planet were going “Maverick” and some were stopped only after heavy losses. Finally a Maverick Hunter squad was developed, with Dr. Cain’s best robot, Sigma, as the leader. For a while this squad kept the Mavericks in check.

Then Sigma himself went Maverick, and took the rest of the squad with him.

Mega Man X could not remember his past, and was unsure of his destiny. But he was determined to try to stop this force which he, indirectly, helped create. So he set out alone, one small robot among many, to deal with Sigma.

He didn’t even get past Vile.

Luckily a robot named Zero came to X’s aid. Now, the two stand alone against the hundreds of Maverick robots, with nothing but skill, luck, and Dr. Light’s capsules to aid them...

This game features great graphics and game control, and since it’s on the Super Nintendo, Capcom was able to do more with it. The disappointing part is that it isn’t Mega Man, Dr. Light is dead—and where’s Dr. Wily, and Proto Man, and Rush and Roll and Beat and Eddie and Tango and...

Differences between the SNES and PC versions

As you may or may not know, there exists a CD-ROM remake of the original SNES version of this game. I haven’t had the chance to play it much yet (darn thing bombed on me the first time I tried it and now refuses to play), but I have been told many times that the game is pretty similar to the SNES version. Here is a list of differences I’ve been informed about by various people:

In short, I have to say this: if you have both a PC and a SNES and want to know which version of the game to buy, get the SNES version. Although the PC has some neat features (such as saving the fireball, or typing xstuf and getting everything instantly), the play control is nowhere near as good, and therefore it simply isn’t as much to play.

Play Control: 5
Near-perfect control and nicely-sized sprites makes this a joy to play.
Graphics: 4
I found the graphics to be very clean and detailed.
Animation: 4
X’s sprites look nice and move well. Enemies likewise.
Music: 4
The music is moving and touching, and Storm Eagle’s is a big favorite.
Sound Effects: 4
Very appropriate.
Plot: 3
Like a lot of the games, you have to read the manual to get a significant portion of the plot, but some of it is told during the game.
Difficulty: 3 (normal)
The game isn’t terribly difficult, although like nearly any Mega Man game, the final boss might throw you a bit of trouble.
Replay Value: 5
In terms of sheer game play, this game is really near-perfect and a lot of fun to play.
Polish: 4
There’s a lot of attention to detail everywhere, even the password screens.
Overall: 90%
A truly great game. One of the best games of this game play style around. It’s a darn shame Capcom didn’t do this good of a job with the original series.

+ Plus:
The Mets on the password screen are a nice touch.
- Minus:
It should have been either a Mega Man game or its own separate series, not something somewhere in between.
What teleporting hatches? Sorry, this game was done like Mega Man 1 for the 8-bit Nintendo. You fight the bosses in the following preset order: Boomer Kuwanger, Chill Penguin, Storm Eagle, Armored Armadillo, Sting Chameleon, Spark Mandrill, Launch Octopus, Flame Mammoth.
Use Rolling Shield or Homing Torpedo.
Use X-Buster, Shotgun Ice, or, better yet, the fireball. You need to hit the gem on the spider’s back when it is vulnerable (which is when the spider is on the ground).
Stay on the walls and use Chameleon Sting or Homing Torpedo. Try to take out the eyes first.
Take it out with the Boomerang Cutter or X-Buster and good use of your boots!
Sigma’s Dog:
Use Shotgun Ice, the X-Buster, or a fireball. Stay on the walls.
Sigma 1st time:
Chuck a fireball at him for a quick finish. If you don’t have it, use the following technique and he won’t touch you: climb up the left wall and hang out in the upper corner while Sigma follows you. After he hits the left wall twice and starts for the right wall, drop down, firing a normal arm cannon shot (don’t bother charging up because you’ll still only take one unit of damage) or the Electric Spark (which does two units of damage). Right as Sigma lands, before he can block, fire again then start climbing the wall again. Repeat.
Sigma 2nd time:
The pressing question is: how many fireballs would it take to defeat this guy? (The world may never know...) At any rate, using fireballs is difficult because the only time you can hit him with one is when the claw platforms shoot up toward Sigma’s head to bring you two face-to-face. Staying on the platform and at full power to pull off just one fireball is difficult. It’s easier to use powered-up X-Buster shots, or the Rolling Shield, if you can hit with it. Stand on one of the robot’s hands so that only one of X’s feet is actually on the platform (the other will be hanging in space), and the lightning won’t hit you.

Note: if you die to any of these three last bosses, you have to start over with his dog again (and with the same storyline, too!). Don’t fear using up your Sub-Tanks, though, because you can refill them between battles. Fully charge up the Rolling Shield to create a barrier around you. Use it to defeat the green caterpillars emerging from the walls. Stay there until you have full tanks, full weapons, and nine lives. It doesn’t take long at all.

3 6 7 6 | 4 6 2 7 | 5 1 4 2 This gives you all the items; you’re ready to get your fireball and take on Sigma! Note: the passwords do not remember that you had the fireball; you must get it again each time you turn on the game.
8 6 4 4 | 1 1 3 2 | 6 2 5 8 Need an edge? This will give you all of the items and all of the enhancements but no Maverick weapons! (Thanks to Dekar for finishing this one off.)
5 6 1 8 | 1 1 4 7 | 4 3 8 4 From Manx O’Mega, this gives you all the enhancements but nothing else; in case you’re having troubles with the game, possessing the enhancements will help you through it.
1 3 6 7 | 4 8 5 7 | 7 6 4 6 Like to search? Here’s all the weapons and no enhancements or items! (Discovered originally by accident. This password cannot be obtained through normal game play.)

Create your own passwords with the Password Crack or Generator!

X starts out with a pitifully-sized energy meter, but you can add more units by finding Heart Tanks. Here’s the rundown on all items you can find:

Heart Tanks

Sub-Tanks Enhancements
First of all, the Bubble Bat that debuted in Mega Man 2 makes a cameo appearance near the beginning of Armored Armadillo’s stage. To find him, don’t ride the spiked rail car that’s in the opening of the stage. Walk to the right and he’ll be hanging on the ceiling. About 8 times out of 10 this lone Bubble Bat will give you a 1-up when you defeat it, and you can scroll him back onto the screen as often as you like. This is a great place to get lots of lives. You can also use the bats in the beginning of the stage to fill your Sub-Tanks. Charge up the Rolling Shield to make it go quicker.

The Fireball Capsule:

Capcom threw this in to be funny, and the best part, I think, is the sound effect X makes when he fires it. To get this elusive item you need to possess all the weapons, Heart Tanks, and Sub-Tanks, as well as all four enhancements (Helmet, Boots, Armor, and X-Buster). Basically this means you need to gather all the items in the game but the fireball itself.

Once you meet these requirements, head off the Armored Armadillo’s stage. The fireball is obtained from a capsule like the armor enhancements. This capsule appears just above the first gate that leads to the room where you fight the Maverick. To reach it, leap off the last rail car as it’s in midair soaring over the wide pit, and you should be able to grab the wall and climb up if not land right where the capsule is. You’ll know you’re in the right spot because you’ll find an energy capsule up there.

There is a catch of course, and each version of the game seems to have different requirements. For the SNES and X Collection versions, you must actually visit the capsule’s location five times (easiest way is to commit suicide by jumping into the pit to the left, and coming back). In the PC version I’m told you must have a full energy meter and perhaps full Sub-Tanks as well, but only one trip is required. Either way, the same guideline applies: if you get to the location of the capsule and it’s not there, pick up the energy capsule, jump into the pit, and try again.

Once you get it, throw the fireball with a quarter-circle forward motion (just like Street Fighter). That is: down, down-forward, forward, then the fire button. You must be on the ground and have full energy to fire it. On the other hand, you can use the fireball to destroy almost any robot in the game with one hit—including Sigma’s dog and Sigma’s first form!

Stage Changes

Basically, X is standing on a cliff, wondering things like what’s his destiny, and what Dr. Light expects of him, and why he has to fight. (He does this in every ending...) Then, when the story is over, the scene changes and X is running along the highway, and names of robot friends and enemies are displayed. Capcom always ends this with “And Mega Man X”...Does anyone else besides me find this to be extremely corny? Oh well... Interesting note: if you wait around at the ending screen long enough, Sigma eventually appears and threatens that he’s not through yet. A definite plug for Mega Man X2 if you ask me!

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