In 1994 Mega Man
made the leap to the Super Game Boy
in an all new adventure, Mega Man 5
(Rockman World 5
went all out for this title and abandoned its practice of recycling old robot master
s from their NES
games and reusing them in Game Boy
games. Plus, this is the only original series Mega Man
game not to have Dr. Wily
as the final enemy.
Trouble begins when a powerful robot named Terra comes to Earth and brings his cohorts, the Stardroids, with him. They've come to take over the planet and proclaims that nobody can stop them. Mega Man jumps into action and tries to cut Terra down to size, but his blaster is useless against the invader and Mega Man is quickly knocked out. The Stardroids begin seizing control of key cities. Mega Man awakens in Dr. Light's lab where the elderly scientist tells the Blue Bomber that he's replaced his standard blaster with the new mega arm. Instead of powering up his blaster, Mega Man can now powerup his arm and shoot a big punching fist at the enemies. However, while his fist is disengaged from his arm Mega Man is unable to fire his weapon. Knowing when to shoot and when not to shoot is a key element of this game.
The P-Chips from Mega Man 4 for Game Boy have returned and can once again be used to buy special items such as energy tanks and 1-ups. Mega Man can also purchase some new items, such as the Magnet Hand (allowing the mega arm to grab and retrieve items) and the Clobber Hand (allowing the mega arm to punch repeatedly at a target). The energy balancer also returns to automatically charge up depleted weapons. Be on the lookout for secret alien crystals that Dr. Light can use to make a special energy allocation device. Rush the robodog is back with his springboard and jet abilities and also along for the ride is a new character, Tango the robocat. Tango has the ability to go berserk and attack every enemy on screen at random until his energy meter depletes. He also sports a pretty neat meow for a Game Boy character. If you search long enough around the levels you might even find Proto Man lurking around with special items.
Four Stardroids have seized control of key cities on Earth and four more are waiting on nearby planets. After clearing Earth Mega Man can move on to the rest of the solar system. The Stardroids are named after each planet in our solar system, therefore their names are...
Once the Stardroids
are defeated Dr. Wily
reveals himself to be behind the whole scheme. He was using the Stardroids
to try and take over the planet. Mega Man
launches an attack against his space fortress in a side-scrolling shooter a la Gradius
- a first for Mega Man
. Dr. Wily
's space fortress is a maze of traps and obstacles full of enemies from past Mega Man Game Boy
games including the previously new robot master
(with his Sakugarne
, and Ballade
. Unfortunately Mega Man
cannot acquire the special weapons of these rehashed robots. Dr. Wily
is waiting at the end of the space fortress, and although Mega Man
fights him, he's not the final enemy. As a last-ditch maneuver Dr. Wily
activates an ancient robot from another planet: Sunstar
. However, Sunstar
does not obey Dr. Wily
and the space robot shoots him back to Earth
and engages in a final battle with Mega Man
for the fate of Earth
This is Mega Man's first and only foray on to the Super Game Boy, meaning that the game sports limited colors when played on the SGB as well as a bright blue border featuring Metools. The game plays in the usual monochromatic format on a standard Game Boy. A Game Boy Color conversion was planned at one point, but apparently the project never reached completion and therefore was never released. By far Mega Man 5 for the Super Game Boy is the best of the portable Mega Man series. It features new challenges, new levels, new robots, and lots of secrets to find. The game should be easy to track down at stores that deal in used Game Boy games, but finding a new copy of the game will be difficult, most likely. A fair number of cartridges were produced, however, so luck is on your side with this game. Failing that, you're better off picking up the 2004 Game Boy Advance anthology of Mega Man's Game Boy adventures, Mega Man Mania. Note that this is Mega Man's last appearance on a portable console until Rockman and Forte in 1999 for the WonderSwan.