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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom
Mega Man 4 (NES)
Mega Man 4 (AKA RockMan 4: Aratanaru Yabou!! or ロックマン 4 新たなる野望!! Rokkuman Fō Arata Naru Yabō!! in Japan) is a 2D action-platform run & gun video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It is the fourth game in the original Mega Man series and was originally released in Japan in 1991. This game is the sequel of Mega Man 3 and the prequel to Mega Man 5, released in 1992. Dr. Wily is back and you have to defeat him!
The second and third iteration of the Mega Man series for the NES were certified hits and considered to be among the best made for the game console. So when Capcom hinted at Mega Man 4, fans were expecting nothing less than perfection given the improvements done with the last two episodes. Did it make the cut? Let’s find out.
A new villain, Dr. Cossack is out to destroy our hero in his bid for world domination. He engineers eight robot masters to help him on his evil plan. These were meant to be the bosses of each level but they ended up disappointingly easy to beat. Well, at least most of them. Drill Man and Skull Man seem fine but the rest were a letdown and would rank among the worst bosses ever seen in a game.
Good thing the controls were carried over from the previous releases. It has remained solid, sensitive, and to the point. You’ll need it as you fight your way through the different levels of the game.
Graphics was always a strong point for the Mega Man series and Mega Man 4 is no exception. There are new notable visual effects like the rain from Toad Man level, which looks nice. As usual, colors are put into good use and Mega Man 4 uses the entire palette available on the NES.
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Mega Man 4’s musicians seem to have ran out of instruments to include as all tunes use the same ones throughout the game. There are a few memorable tunes but nothing to impress. The sound effects is annoying to say the least and some are just too loud for comfort.
If you’re out shopping for more Mega Man action after you have gone through 1 to 3, Mega Man 4 might be worth a try. But if you’re looking for the same greatness set by its predecessors, you’ll be disappointed. It is one of the best run and gun games ever!
Mega Man 4 has been ported to Nintendo NES (this version), Sony PlayStation, mobile phones, Microsoft Windows, and Virtual Console.