Getting Glitchy with Mega Man 2

Mega Man 3 is a game well known for its glitches, but how many do you know from Mega Man 2? Along with a variety of other NES glitches, Challenger Approaching has cataloged ten of these on video for all of us to see. What's more, they note that these work in all three versions of Mega Man Anniversary Collection, too!

...infinite Metal Blades? Now we're just playing God here; these are forces beyond our understanding, forces no man-- Mega or otherwise-- were meant to control.

Thanks for the tip, Bey-Heart!

The Nightmare Zero You Haven't Seen

Following Mega Man X2's 1-Up trick, here's another X series secret you've likely not seen. This time, however, it's due to a glitch. In the not so revered title Mega Man X6, it's supposed to be possible to face an ultra-powerful Lv. 4 Nightmare Zero. Not only that, but beating him unlocks Black Zero, which otherwise is only available by using a code when starting a new game.

This doesn't turn out to work, though. Why? To reach Lv. 4 Nightmare Zero, you need to collect 5,000 Nightmare Souls. But the game is also set so that upon gathering 3,000 Nightmare Souls, the Gate stages open up and encounters with Nightmare Zero and High Max no longer occur in the regular stages. In other words, Nightmare Zero goes away before you can get the requisite 5,000 Nightmare Souls. The only way to access this battle with Nightmare Zero now is via hacking.

I'm supposing the unlock code is in the game at all either because a programmer realized this flaw, or because someone decided not to include the Lv. 4 encounter in the game. Or perhaps it really has been a huge oversight all along. Considering X6 as rushed out exactly a year after X5, it's certainly possible...

Thanks for the tip, Flame!

Cinemassacre Looks at Glitches in Mega Man

Approximately one year ago, James "The Angry Video Game Nerd" Rolfe took a look at a number of glitches found across a number of classic (and not-so classic) games, including some titles from the Mega Man series (and if you missed that, you can find out more here). Since then, Rolfe's friend Mike (whose full name we won't be posting here) has been looking at more glitches found in the Blue Bomber's titles on their website, Cinemassacre. The first video apparently escaped our notice, but you can check it out here and find some really strange things you can do within the confines of Dr. Wily's castle walls in both Mega Man and Mega Man 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (no idea if any of them work on any other version-- feel free to tell us in the comments below!). But do be warned of Not Safe For Work language.

The second video is considerably fresher, but carries the same NSFW warning, naturally. Here, you'll find some weird things which the testers apparently missed in Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, and Mega Man 4 for the NES, as well as Mega Man 7 on the Super NES.

So, try them out for yourself at home! Amaze your friends! Confound your enemies! Bewilder judges in video game tournaments when things aren't going your way and you need a second turn!*

* Note: The Mega Man Network does not condone bewildering video game tournament judges when things don't go your way, and accepts no responsibility if they just throw you out instead of giving you another chance.

VC Mega Man X Glitching Out?

AWD! directed me to this GoNintendo story concerning Mega Man X on the Wii's Virtual Console glitching out. The user making claims these glitches occurred immediately after purchasing the title from the Wii Shop. In the first part of the video, the user starts the game to an intro stage with no environment; immediately teleporting to his death again and again. After, the video shows him re-downloading the game from the shop and running it again. This time it works normally until he dies, after which the game encounters various palette issues. Troubling indeed.

I already had bought and played through Mega Man X myself, with no noticeable quirks, but I decided to investigate anyway. I first tried running the game again normally, dying in the same places I noticed the user in the video die. No glitches occurred. Next I moved the game to play from the SD card to see if that would affect it, but again I encountered no glitches. Finally, I erased the game and re-downloaded, considering that maybe something had happened to the game on the network since it was initially released. Nevertheless, it ran fine even when I tried to invoke the palette changing deaths.

Considering this is the first I've heard of the issue, I'm left to conclude that circumstances of glitched Mega Man X downloads are pretty isolated and infrequent. We also cannot account for other potential issue's with the video maker's Wii that could be causing the glitches, and not the game itself. Nevertheless, if you downloaded Mega Man X on Virtual Console and experienced a problem with it you should report it to Capcom immediately.

The Angry Video Game Nerd Gets Glitched with Mega Man

We rarely get the chance to talk about everyone's favorite Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, in this space. Of course, part of the reason for that is clear. The Nerd is perhaps best known for his verbal thrashings of the very worst video gaming has to offer, and generally speaking, even the lowest of the low among Mega Man games is usually head and shoulders above the kind of fare he tackles. Mega Man X7? Sure, it's not the greatest the series has to offer, far from it. But compared to the likes of Action 52 or Deadly Towers, it's practically a diamond.

More recently, however, Rolfe has expanded his horizons, and has begun taking a look at games he likes, as well as entire platforms and other themes. And one such theme has brought Mega Man into the world of the Nerd.

His latest video takes a look at infamous and random glitches in a multitude of different games; some of them have been absolutely ruined by these malfunctions, while others have occurred only once, never to happen again. And there are still others which can be repeated and are fun to pull off once in a while (Super Mario Bros. 2's physics provide a good example of this).

At 3:54 into the video, he takes a look at not one, but two Mega Man glitches. The first takes place in Mega Man 2, occurring when you fight Air Man. By using Item-1 to touch the door to his chamber, Mega Man gets warped to a bizarre version of Dr. Wily's Stage 2, comprised entirely of textures from Air Man's stage.

Following that, he pulls out an old VHS tape of his initial run through Mega Man 5, and shows a one-off occurrence with one of the game's later bosses that he was unable to reproduce and might have stopped most gamers in their tracks, forcing them to retreat to a reset or give up. However, he persevered and conquered the bugged-out enemy whose tactics became unintentionally unfair.

To see it for yourself, just click on the following link. However, for those unfamiliar with The Nerd, be warned that he does tend to use a hefty share of foul language, which is the main reason we have chosen not to embed the video itself here.

By clicking this link, you claim full responsibility, so don't complain to us if you don't like what you hear.

That said, have any of you encountered this Mega Man 5 glitch yourself? How about any others?

One I remember well that can come in handy during Mega Man 3 is the "fake" Rush Jet. By acquiring the Shadow Blade in the wake of Shadow Man's defeat, you can select the item and then press right to highlight an invisible item. Leave the sub-screen, and you'll be in Rush mode colors with an empty meter. Just add some Weapon Energy, and away you go!

Thanks to "flammingheadman" for the reminder about this.