Capcom cranked out one last Mega Man game before the Super Famicom was completely replaced by the Nintendo 64, although it took several years for that game to make it to North America (and when it did, it arrived as a Game Boy Advance title). Mega Man and Bass included two returning Robot Masters from Mega Man 8, but the remaining six robots really didn't bring anything new to the series. Cold Man follows in the footsteps of characters such as Ice Man, Blizzard Man, Freeze Man, and Frost Man, for example. The original Mega Man series went into hibernation for a few years, returning with Mega Man 9 and eight new Robot Masters that try to break new ground. Splash Woman is the first female Robot Master in the series, proving that even rebelling robots can break through the glass ceiling. Bonus points to Capcom and developer Inti Creates for not giving into stereotypes by assigning the female role to Jewel Man. Still, some of the new designs are derivative of older creations. Tornado Man looks a heck of a lot like Gyro Man, while Magma Man has a lot in common with Needle Man and Napalm Man. Still, after all this time it's nice to have some new Robot Masters to observe, so in the end I say we go easy on the similarities and just enjoy the ride.
If you've enjoyed Robot Masters On Parade and would like to see more fantastic Mega Man artwork, then you should check out The Mega Man Network's Art Gallery. It contains all of the Robot Masters seen here plus character artwork of Mega Man & his many weapons, Proto Man, Rush, Dr. Wily, Bass, the Stardroids, the Mega Man Hunters, regular non-boss enemies, and so much more.
Robot Masters On Parade
- Part 1 (Mega Man, Mega Man 2)
- Part 2 (Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4)
- Part 3 (Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6)
- Part 4 (Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8)
- Part 5 (Mega Man and Bass, Mega Man 9)
(Some images via The Mega Man Network)