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Mega Man 4: Free of Charge

Hack of Mega Man 4


This hack removes the charge shot and rebalances a number of other variables to try to match the pacing of the pre-charge shot Mega Man games (1-3).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Mega Man 4 (USA) (Rev A)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: 0FA8D2DADFB6E1DD9DE737A02CE0BFA1CD5FF65D
  • File CRC32: 9ED9D3AF
  • ROM SHA-1: C70DB279964E0F835427CA0A406D54A45AE7783A
  • ROM CRC32: 18A2E74F




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User Review Information

Surprisingly well done with a few issues.

Reviewed By: Sprite:D on 02 Mar 2021

I am personally a fan of the charge shot, so I thought that this hack wouldn’t work well, but the hack turned out to be surprisingly good - most of the game works well without the charge shot and most of the changes fit in perfectly. There are a few problems, though.

  • The refights against midbosses in Ring Man were removed. Which is weird, since every other midboss refight was kept, and the health of Ring Man’s midbosses was already decreased. Not having refights in the rooms where they appear leads to pointless, empty corridors, as there are no midbosses there anymore.
  • Some changes make weapons less useful. One particular example is the big, stomping enemy that appears in Dust Man and others - it was originally really tough to destroy, but Drill Man’s weapon destroyed it in one shot. Here, it’s pretty easy to destroy even without turbo buttons, which makes the weapon less useful.
  • The change to Wily Machine Phase 2 makes the weakness work differently - now you don’t need to detonate Drill Man’s weapon manually to deal high damage.

Aside from those issues, this was still a fun way to play this great game and the author did a great job.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Surprisingly well done with a few issues.Sprite:D02 Mar 20211.0Yes
Great rebalancing jobG30FF01 Mar 20211.0Yes
This hack understands game designPowerPanda25 Feb 20211.0Yes