Blast From The Past: Mega Man 3

Put the kids to bed, it’s that time again. It’s time for another edition of “Blast From the Past!” This time the Blue Bomber acquires the Nostalgia beam from Nostalgia man. Sorry that I decided to go in that direction, it just came to me and it felt like one of those can’t possibly fail moments. Anyway, now that that’s out-of-the-way, Everyone has their favorite Mega Man game. From coast to coast, planet to planet, the debate about which Mega Man game is the best. The consensus seems to favor Mega Man 2. Don’t get me wrong, Mega Man 2 is a great video game. Do I feel that Mega Man 2 is the greatest Mega Man game like most of the fans think? That’s where you lose me. Mega Man 3 in my opinion is the best Mega Man game in the series. Why do I feel this way? well, to find that out keep on reading about The Super-Fighting Robot!”

Mega Man 3 debuted in 1990. I was three at that time but I received the game a little bit later in my lifetime so maybe 6 or 7, something like that. It was Christmas time and I was at my grandma’s house in Jersey City celebrating the reason for the season with my grandma. I love Christmas-time and this Christmas would be no different. This was the Christmas that I received Mega Man 3 as a gift and thus, Mega Man had another new fan. The game starts out like a typical Mega Man game. Rock needs to defeat the 8 robot masters and defeat Dr. Wily. You know, typical Mega Man stuff. That’s where Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 go their separate ways. The game-play that was masterful in Mega Man 2 was pushed forward with Mega Man 3. The same “you pick who to fight” was brought back and has been a mainstay in Mega Man games for years. Mega Man 3 was going to have to do somethings to put it ahead of MM2 other than being one of my Christmas Presents. What do you know, MM3 did just that!

As you may know by my earlier posts, I’m a sucker when it comes to good video game music. Cue Capcom and Mega Man, the perfect partnership. Mega Man needs great music to accompany him through levels while he kicks some Robot-ass and Mega Man 3 didn’t disappoint with the music. All the music is memorable in this game and has sparked some lyrics being added along to the already amazing musical tracks. If it wasn’t Top man’s stage, it’s Snake man. If it isn’t Hardman(please, hold snickers about his name till after) it’s Shadow man. All the Robot master stages have memorable music. Great music is a great way to add to the replay value of a game.

New and old coming together. Mega Man 3 achieved this sometimes hard to do achievement without skipping a beat. Mega Man was given a new mode of transportation in the lines of RUSH, the robot dog. Why wouldn’t a robot boy want a robot dog who could transform into a jet/sub/spring combo? I know I would. Another addition was Proto man, Mega Man’s brother along with his own memorable “whistle” theme. You knew when Proto man was close by and you could tell by the music that something big was about to go down. MM3 did another smart thing and it was sneaky of the developers in doing this. If Mega Man 2 is considered by most to be the best, why not have the best in the next installment. After beating the 8 MM3 robot masters, you had to fight the 8 MM2 robot masters. How awesome is that? Mega Man being able to slide on the ground was an added bonus and who doesn’t jump/slide into the Robot master door? I know I always do!

Now, with every good game, there are good points and there are bad points to argue over for years to come. Mega Man 3 is no exception. Mega Man 3 has way more good points that bad but still it has some bad points. For starters, the game is Really Hard! That alone could be enough to scare some gamers away, especially in this day and age when games aren’t exactly what some of us grew up with. Being really challenging is was makes Mega Man games special and what makes players throw their controllers through TV sets and walls. A game being difficult as the only real negative could be taken as me whining about the game but that really I my opinion is the only real downside to Mega Man 3 but that is a huge downside. Music is amazing like all Mega Man games as well as all Capcom games in general. It wouldn’t be a Mega Man game without great music. The new characters fit in perfectly, well except maybe Hard man. Rush adds a new way to travel that was great to see new ideas work for the franchise.If, and this is a BIG IF, Mega Man 3 wasn’t so damn hard, I could give it a 10. In my opinion it’s that good a game. However, seeing as though it is that hard, it will receive a 9/10 from me. It’s time to get back into our DeLorean and back to the present.  This wraps up another “Blast From The Past,” hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned as next time, we will be heading to Duckburg, home of Scrooge Mcduck. If you haven’t figured it out by now, the next “Blast From The Bast” will be about Ducktales for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Keep an eye out for it!

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