Super Adventure Rockman (スーパーアドベンチャーロックマン Sūpā Adobenchā Rokkuman) is an interactive movie game and prime spin-off for the classic Mega Man series of video games from Capcom. Its gameplay is a combination of adventure game and shooting game. The game alternates between animated cutscenes, making decisions from a list of text options or arrows, and fighting in a first-person shooter mode.
The game was released only in Japan, on June 25, 1998 for Sony PlayStation and September 23, 1998 for Sega Saturn.
In the 21st century, ancient ruins suddenly appeared in the Amazon Rainforest in South America. The United Nations called scientists around the world to discover everything possible about the ruins. The scientists discovered that there was a strong eletromagnetic field around the ruins that was capable of ceasing almost all the machinery that got close to it, including robots. Nothing electronic could reach it, making the investigation a difficult one. One year later, the U.N. ceased the investigation, claiming the ruins were from the Maya civilization. They named the ruins "Lanfront Ruins" and the pyramid "Temple of the Moon".
Three years after this, Doctor Albert W. Wily, now working together with Doctor Thomas Light, went to investigate the ruins because the electromagnetic field started increasing, this being a good chance to clear his name. A few days later, Wily uncovered an ancient alien super computer inside the temple, Ra Moon, which revived his various Robot Masters from Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 by analyzing the information about them in Dr. Wily's laptop. Wily thought it would be a great chance to conquer the world.
Three weeks after Wily found Ra Moon, the electromagnetic field begins to affect all the machinery and electronics around the world. Roll falls into a coma because of the electromagnetic field, and Wily makes a worldwide broadcast saying to the world surrender for him in two weeks, or else he will shut down all machinery, which would effectively kill Roll and all the robots around the world, and without them, humans would die as well. Dr. Light quickly immunizes Mega Man and his brothers (the Robot Masters from Mega Man 1: Cut Man, Elec Man, Ice Man, Fire Man, Bomb Man, and Guts Man) from the electromagnetic field, and sends them to stop Dr. Wily before it's too late. During the adventure, Mega Man and his comrades fought their way to the source of Electromagnetic field, Ra Moon, battling the Robot Masters from Mega Man 2 and 3 in the process. In the end, Mega Man manages to destroy Ra Moon and the electromagnetic field ceases, Roll recovers and all the machinery around the world starts functioning again.
- Metal Man
- Bubble Man or Heat Man (Mega Man can fight only one of them; Proto Man will defeat the other.)
- Flash Man
- Quick Man (optional, but skipping the fight means that the player cannot obtain the Quick Boomerang.)
- Shadow Man
Episode 2: To the Death! Wily Numbers (死闘！ワイリーナンバーズ Shitou! Wairī Nanbāzu)
Episode 3: The Final Battle!! (最後の戦い！！ Saigo no Tatakai!!)
- Ai Orikasa: Rockman (Mega Man)
- Takeshi Aono: Dr. Wily
- Shōzō Iizuka: Dr. Right (Dr. Light)
- Konami Yoshida: Roll
- Ryōtarō Okiayu: Blues (Proto Man)
- Norio Wakamoto: Narrator
- Other characters: Akimasa Ohmori, Akio Suyama, Kenichi Ono, Kōsuke Okano, Megumi Tano, Nobuyuki Furuta, Showtaro Morikubo (Heatman, Quickman), Yuriko Fuchizaki (Cutman)
The game was adapted into the Archie Comics Mega Man comic, and set between Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3. As a result, the Mega Man 2 Robot Masters are here recreated by Ra Moon, while the Mega Man 3 set is created by Ra Moon from blueprints on a computer owned by Dr. Wily. Proto Man, going by his Mega Man 3 alias of Break Man, also joins Wily's forces while he is based in the Lanfront Ruins, and is accidentally responsible for damaging Roll prior to the planet-wide blackout. One of Mega Man 3 bosses, Shadow Man, who in his game of origin was originally an unidentified alien robot, is in the comics revealed to be a creation of Ra Moon who served as its escort when it traveled to Earth. Only a few of the original Mega Man game Robot Masters appeared in the adapt as allies of Mega Man, who is also joined by Break Man and the Mega Man 2 bosses to battle Ra Moon and the mind-controlled Mega Man 3 bosses. Ra Moon is also revealed to be the creator of the Stardroids from Mega Man V, and sends a signal reporting its demise to them after it is defeated by Mega Man.
Worlds Collide (which crossed over into Sonic the Hedgehog) occurred inbetween the comic's adaptation of Super Adventure Rockman, and included a moment of Ra Moon being interested in the blue Chaos Emerald, only for Wily to demand he makes a Met rice cooker. Additionally, Wily and Doctor Eggman used many of their resources including Ra Moon to create both the Skull Egg Zone and the Wily Egg.
- The opening and ending themes of the game, Electrical Communication and Brand New Way, are the same from the Japanese version of Mega Man 8.
- Although the game states that the story happens in the Amazon Rainforest, the map shown in the game (See above) shows Chocó, a department in the west of Colombia, that isn't related to the Amazon Rainforest. However, this region is also a rainforest.
- The indicated area is also very close to the Las Tangaras Bird Reserve.
- Additionally, the Maya civilization didn't live in South America; they lived in what is now Mexico and Guatemala.
- Keiji Inafune considers Super Adventure Rockman to be one of the worst titles of the original series due to the overall darker tones it takes in comparison to other entries in the series, like helicopters with human pilots being taken down by Wily.
- Quick Man is the only Robot Master in the game that Mega Man tries to make peace with.
- Some fans speculate that this is because Quick Man is Dr. Wily's second-in-command and the most popular Robot Master of Mega Man 2.
- Before the fight, it is revealed by Wood Man that Shadow Man has been completely destroyed and cannot be rebuilt. Shadow Man is also the only Robot Master not to be shown revived by Ra Moon at the end of the game.
- This may have to due with Shadow Man's integrated circuit being destroyed, though this may not be the case, as Shadow Man does reappear in other games, though whether or not the Shadow Man that does appear in later games is a copy is debatable.
- The continuity of this game is not made clear, the latest the game could occur before is Mega Man 5, due to the lack of that game's Robot Masters and the appearance of Beat.
- Super Adventure Rockman in Capcom's site (archive)
- All cutscenes from Super Adventure Rockman with English subtitles in YouTube
- Super Adventure Rockman gameplay video in YouTube
- Super Adventure Rockman in Mega Man PC Website: Dr. Cossack's Lab.
- Super Adventure Rockman in The Mega Man Home Page.
- Stated by Keiji Inafune in the book Mega Man Official Complete Works, 1UP's Retro Gaming Blog
|Super Adventure Rockman|
|Mega Man • Beat • Rush • Dr. Light • Roll • Proto Man • Dr. Wily • Ra Moon|
Cut Man • Guts Man • Ice Man • Bomb Man • Fire Man • Elec Man
|Metal Man • Bubble Man • Heat Man • Flash Man • Quick Man • Shadow Man|
Wood Man • Air Man • Crash Man • Snake Man • Needle Man • Gemini Man
Magnet Man • Hard Man • Top Man • Spark Man • Ra Thor • New Yellow Devil
|Metal Blade • Bubble Lead • Atomic Fire • Time Stopper • Quick Boomerang • Shadow Blade|
Leaf Shield • Air Shooter • Crash Bomber • Search Snake • Needle Cannon • Gemini Laser
Magnet Missile • Hard Knuckle • Top Spin • Spark Shock
|Enemies • Energy Tank • Information Card • Item Box • Lanfront Ruins • Proto Shield|