The other weekend I walked about a mile to my local Gamestop and finally picked up a Playstation 4. When I got it all hooked up, the first game I played on it was Mega Man 3. Why the fuck would I spend $300 to use one of the most powerful consoles ever known to man to play an 8-bit game first released in 1990?
Before we get to that particular riddle, let’s take in a little history. Mega Man was first released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. By all means, it was a largely forgettable side scroller, marred by difficult levels. Shit, I didn’t beat the original Mega Man until I was in my mid-20s. It wasn’t until the release of a sequel in 1988 that Mega Man really hit its stride. Mega Man 2 and 3 are considered top-shelf classics of the original Nintendo, and these are the titles which made the blue bomber so popular.
The plot of these games is simple enough. The evil Dr. Wily builds some evil robots to take over the world and it’s up to Mega Man to restore peace. Inevitably, good triumphs over evil, and the game ends with Dr. Wily in prison, from which he always escapes at the beginning of the next installment.
The original six 8-bit Mega Man games spawned countless spinoffs across nearly every known genre of video games. There are no less than nine distinct series of Megaman games. All told, there are more than 130 Mega Man games across all platforms. The cute robot has also starred in a handful of cartoon series and there are not one, but two separate rock operas (We gots to link or throw in a youtube video of this) dedicated to the character.
Today, Mega Man is still extremely popular, with new titles being released every year. The fandom is strong with this one, Mega Man merchandise seems more prevalent now than ever. Would it surprise you that there are hundreds of rad Mega Man tattoos out there? Let’s take a look at some truly badass representations of a classic form in tattoo ink.
So, why spend $300 to play Mega Man 3? For Christmas in 1990, I was given a physical copy of Mega Man 3. I don’t remember much from that period in life, but I remember every stage of that game perfectly, the soundtrack is burned into my brain. That 8-bit masterpiece is a doorway to my past, connecting my present-self with my younger incarnation. It is a portal I want to keep open for as long as I live. I’m honestly not sure if the Mega Man tattoo on my left shoulder helps with that, but, hey, it looks pretty cool.