[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Capcom’s First PC CD-ROM

August 19th, 2013 by Benj Edwards

Mega Man X CD-ROM advertisement - 1995Digging up video games in a mall ashtray

I was a huge fan of Mega Man X when it first came out on the Super NES in 1993.

…Well, I rented it, anyway, and I played it more than any other side-scrolling Mega Man game before or since. I loved finding the secret Hadoken fireball power up, which I read about in Nintendo Power.

Much to my present-day surprise (even though I owned this magazine when it was new), Capcom produced a version of Mega Man X for the PC, and on a CD-ROM no less. Has anyone out there played it? I’m wondering if the adaptation was any good.

[ P.S. Shortly after writing this entry, I tracked down a warez copy of Mega Man X for the PC, and it’s surprisingly well done. However, its utilization of MIDI music provides for a pretty surreal Mega Man experience — surreal in the sense that the tunes generally sound horrible compared to MM games that are famous for their music. ]

[ From Electronic Gaming Monthly, September 1995, rear cover ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s your favorite Mega Man game of all time?

10 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Capcom’s First PC CD-ROM”

  1. technotreegrass Says:

    I’m really curious about this 6-button controller that the ad mentions. Has anybody played with it, or can produce a pic?

    Mega Man II FTW.

  2. Jim Says:

    I’m more interested to see what the free 6 button controller looked like. My favorite MM game was probably Mega Man 3 for the NES.

  3. Multimedia Mike Says:

    Absolutely right about the quality of this port. I still have this disc, having fished it out of a clearance bin at KB Toy Store circa 1996 (along with an equally excellent port of one of the many Street Fighter II titles).

    I was especially surprised since I had picked up a floppy-based PC port of a (probably non-canon) Mega Man title years early that was atrocious.

  4. V Says:

    Mega Man 2 was my favorite. Though I was terrible at all Mega Man games and could only beat them with the Game Genie. Yes, I’m a little bit ashamed.

  5. t3hfr3ak Says:

    9 on my PS3 lol. I was never into Mega-Man back then, more into PAC-Man or Tetris. Meh, Atari mostly as you know lol.

    That being said, Rogue Legacy is pretty nifty and similar to the gameplay.

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    If you look in the picture, you can see a portion of the controller, with big round buttons… looks quite unconfortable to me to say the least lol.

    (sorry for double/triple post RW)

  8. JackSoar Says:

    I never played this version, although I do recall seeing it for sale around the same time that I was into playing the SNES version. Given that I had already purchased the cartridge for about $10, and that I did not have a PC at that time, there really wasn’t much point in getting the CD-ROM version… though I still secretly wanted it due to my love for the game, which remains to this day.

    As for favorite Mega Man game, for me it’s a toss-up between X and 2, the latter of which I only discovered when I bought it as my second choice after learning that the store was out of “Bart vs the Space Mutants.” Yeah, a definite happy accident there.

  9. Ant Says:

    FM MIDI? Heheh!

  10. Pseudo3D Says:

    Although tiny, the graphics look marginally better than the SNES version, but if the music sounds terrible, well, that is a deal-breaker.

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