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Mega Man Remastered

Hack of Mega Man


Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Mega Man series with a remaster of the first game that started it all!

Mega Man Remastered (formerly known as the Upgrade Patch) is a patch for the first Mega Man game, which enhances it in so many ways, without modifying the levels or graphics (minor graphics and palette changes, which are listed with all of the changes in the readme). To those that are familiar with the Upgrade Patch, you could consider this Version 1.7 of it.

Here are just a few of the changes that have been made to this game:

  • Converted to Mapper 4: MMC3.
  • Graphics format converted to CHR-ROM.
  • The game now has the ability to save and load your progress.
  • All-new titlescreen.
  • Boss-preview screen is now like Mega Man 2’s.
  • Gameover screen has been updated to look more like Mega Man 2’s.
  • Updated palettes for Cut Man and Elec Man stages.
  • Score and score balls have been removed from the game.
  • Select button toggles between obtained weapons (hence removing the pause feature).

This is the ultimate Mega Man enhancement patch!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Mega Man (USA).nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: 5DED683E
  • MD5: 4D4FFDFE7979B5F06DEC2CF3563440AD
  • SHA-1: 2F88381557339A14C20428455F6991C1EB902C99
  • SHA-256: 58FB9EF0C14C2947332929B9330D56C38A78040FD388274C39EFD84E8D5446C7




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User Review Information

Great hack! And makes you want more

Reviewed By: acediez on 07 Dec 2017

This hack is a great step towards making Mega Man 1 feel more in line with the rest of the NES series.

The first thing you’ll notice is Mega Man from the japanese title screen restored in a way that more or less looks like the designs from Mega Man 3 onwards. Personally I don’t like the “Remastered” title in there, I prefer when improvement hacks make it look like the original game received a silent update instead of separating themselves as their own thing.

The background color changes in some stages are surprising at first but later feel very welcome. It actually looks better now, and it’s easier on the eyes than the bright cyans that plagued the original version.

The score system removed seems like a silly thing to do on paper, but when playing I really appreciated not having the distraction of pointless items and not having the score on top (which constantly flickers on the original version). It’s a simple yet very welcome removal of a small distraction, specially since the game has trouble managing much stuff on-screen as it is.

Other reviews compare this unfavorably to “Mega Man 3 Improvement” which I think is a little unfair, comparing how different is the scope of the project. Yet they raise a very valid topic: this hack is a start, but makes you want to see further improvements in the future.

Besides slowdowns (which can be solved by overclocking and removing sprite limits when playing on emulator), I would love if the physics were adjusted to be more in line with other games in the series, specially. Less slippery, and without those weird changes in falling speed when walking off some moving objects.

Another thing is that I would really appreciate if this hack was available on the japanese version, without the changed title screen, for people who prefer the one in that version. It would potentially work great together with the “Rockman to Mega Man” hack, which retranslates the original Rockman game to english and keeps the original japanese title screen but changes the logo to “Mega Man”.

My only real complaint is that this doesn’t seem to work on hardware. I tried it on an Everdrive and all I got was a blackscreen.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
The Best Version Of The Original Mega Man So FarComboMan14 Feb 20191.0Yes
Great hack! And makes you want moreacediez07 Dec 20171.0Yes
Just a simple complant...UltraEpicLeader10005 Jun 20171.0Yes
Mega Man: Room For Improvement PatchRafaelele16 Jun 20161.6Yes
Few improvements, but improvements anywayThirteen 135525 Nov 20151.6Yes