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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Throwback Thursday: Mega Man 3

Today's 'Throwback Thursday' is a trip back to 1991 and Nintendo's Mega Man 3. Many hours of my childhood were spent playing (and dying lots) on this game unless we caved in and used the good old Game Genie (Google it kids). Despite some critics/reviewers back then saying that this game could be too difficult at times, Mega Man 3 once scored quite highly in multiple reviews from different sources.

The back of the box states: "Mega Man 3 explodes in back-to-back robot battle!", which is very much true. You play as Mega Man and find yourself jumping and blasting through multiple worlds controlled by different robot masters in order to gain their powers for future use. 
The game doesn't force you to fight them in any particular order, instead letting you select which of the levels you want to start with. 

The Robot Masters

The above picture shows the 8 robot masters for you to defeat, each with their own unique levels before the boss fight. Once you've defeated them, its time for the final encounter against an all too familiar face in the Mega Man series; Dr Wily. 

Mega Man 3 was the first of the series to introduce the 'slide' action (to avoid attacks and generally slide under things), as well as your robo-canine companion; Rush, who would learn new abilities to aid Mega Man when you completed a certain amount of levels. 

The game also featured a pass-code system to enable you to resume the game from a certain completion rate. For nostalgia purposes, here's a photo of the game manual that me and my brother wrote lots of codes into:

Looking back now, not a lot of that page makes sense until I'm actually playing the game and experiment with whereabouts the codes take me.

Now aside from being terrible at playing this game, I also absolutely adore its soundtrack, so much so that I have a copy on my computer to listen to whenever I like. If you've never played Mega Man 3 but are willing to give it a try, I can bet you will also appreciate the awesomeness of it's soundtrack. 

If you'd like to see a video of me playing this game (along with other games) then head on over to my YouTube channel:

If you ever played this game and want to get all nostalgic with me, or if there's any particular game you'd like me to take a look at, then feel free to contact me on the Pixel Punk Facebook page, or over on my Twitter: @pixelpunkplays.


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