GAME BOY GAMES

A question often comes up of where in the timeline, if anywhere, the Game Boy games fit in. There are actually two parts to this question:

Did the games even “happen”?

According to the storyline, did the Game Boy games even occur? Although there is no complete proof, I’m becoming more and more convinced that they did for various reasons:

  • Enker from Mega Man I for Game Boy, one of the more recurring of the minor characters, shows up in several other original series games.
  • Tango in Mega Man V is shown in a lot of Capcom art and productions such as Mega Man & Bass, although he isn’t a character in any other game than the one where he was introduced. However, it seems pretty assured that he exists, which means Mega Man V must also have occured.
  • Enemies such as Enker from the previous four Game Boy games make a reappearance in Mega Man V. If Mega Man V happened, the other four must have as well.

Where do they go in the timeline?

If you agree that the games exist in the timeline, the only other thing to decide is where they go. Most people take the simple route of:

  • Mega Man 1
  • Mega Man 2
  • Mega Man I
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Man II
  • Mega Man 4
  • Mega Man III
  • Mega Man 5
  • Mega Man IV
  • Mega Man 6
  • Mega Man V
  • Mega Man 7
However, there are at least two places, if not more, where this can’t be the case for the simple fact that Wily is in them all.
  • No games can occur between Mega Man 3 and Mega Man 4 for NES because during this time Dr. Wily was “dead” and out of the picture.
  • It is doubtful that Wily did anything between Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 since he was apparently in captivity for most of this time, and he was working with Dr. Light for the rest of it. The first game where he clearly escapes (and therefore is out and about to cause trouble) is Mega Man 4.
  • No games can occur between Mega Man 6 and Mega Man 7 since Wily was definitely in prison then.
We can see, then, that the timeline would go something more along the lines of this:
  • Mega Man 1
  • Mega Man 2
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Man 4
  • Mega Man I
  • Mega Man II
  • Mega Man III
  • Mega Man 5
  • Mega Man IV
  • Mega Man V
  • Mega Man 6
  • Mega Man 7
As you can see, that rather bunches them up together, but there’s really nothing saying this couldn’t be the case. There’s also no real indication as to what order the Game Boy games occured in (except that Mega Man V was definitely last); however, I don’t see any reason they couldn’t have taken place in numerical order. The above placement still isn’t final since the Game Boy games could have taken place later (but not earlier) than they are placed. It is, however, a start.

The only remaining problem is placing the Books into all this. I have not settled on a final order, which is why the Game Boy games are not listed on the booklist. However, it would probably be something along the lines of:

  • Mega Man 1
  • Mega Man 2
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mini-Book 0
  • Mega Man 4
  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Mega Man I
  • Mega Man II
  • Book 3
  • Book 4
  • Mega Man 5
  • Book 5
  • Book 6
  • Book 7
  • Book 8
  • Book 9
  • Book 10
  • Mini-Book 1
  • Mega Man III
  • Mega Man IV
  • Book 11
  • Mega Man V
  • Mega Magic
  • Book 12
  • Mini-Book 2
  • Mini-Book 3
  • Lands of Confusion
  • Mini-Book 4
  • Book 13
  • Book 13 1/2
  • Mega Man 6
  • Book 14
  • Book 15
  • Mega Man 7
  • Power Battle
  • Book 16
  • Of Flesh And Steel
  • Book 17
  • Book 18
  • Mega Man 8
  • Power Fighters
  • Day To Live
  • Mega Man & Bass
The positions of especially the first three Game Boy games can be shuffled around some because there is really little to anchor them. This is, however, a beginning.


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