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"My name's Mega Man, and I'm back for my 30th birthday bout." note 
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Mega Man 11 (Japanese: Rockman 11: Unmei no Haguruma!!, or "The Gears of Fate!!") is the eleventh mainline installment of the classic Mega Man series. It was announced on December 4, 2017 during the Mega Man 30th Anniversary stream. The game's graphics are 2½D, similar to Mega Man X8.

The story of the game revolves around Dr. Wily's so-called "Double Gear System" (one of the concepts on which he worked with Dr. Light in his youth), which augments robots' powers to unbelievable proportions at the risk of damaging their systems. In yet another bid to Take Over the World, Wily installs it into eight Robot Masters stolen while Dr. Light was checking on them. Realizing the threat that it could possibly unleash, Dr. Light installs a prototype copy of the system into Mega Man to give him a fighting chance against the rogue Robot Masters.

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You can see the reveal trailer here. There's a follow-up trailer on Nintendo's Twitter feed.

Released on October 2nd, 2018.


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  • 2½D: The graphical style is in a similar vein to Mega Man X8, with more cel-shaded graphics.
  • Abandoned Mine: Not exactly abandoned, as there are plenty of worker robots about, but Impact Man's stage still takes place in a mining colony.
  • Absentee Actor: Proto Man and Bass are nowhere to be found in this game. This is especially noticeable since both of them were playable in this game's immediate predecessor. This also marks the first Classic series Mega Man game where Proto Man doesn't appear since his debut. Word of God states that they were not included so that new players wouldn't feel alienated by having too many characters present at once.
  • Acid Pool: Scattered throughout Acid Man's stage. Special enemies can drop chemicals into the pits, changing their color from blue to yellow to red to green. However, the pits only deal damage to Mega Man in their "green" state.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom:
    • Three different sections of Torch Man's stage involve Mega Man being chased by a massive wall of fire.
    • An area in Block Man's stage has another one of these walls that attempts to crush Mega Man with grinding gears. However, it's less like a wall moving towards Mega Man and more like a conveyor belt moving the obstacles and Mega Man to the wall.
    • Several sections of the second Gear Fortress stage involve Mega Man being chased by a massive skull machine, destroying terrain in its path.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite:
    • When Mega Man has a Robot Master weapon equipped, the arm he fires with is constantly in an alternate form rather than defaulting to a normal arm. This gets especially weird in the case of the Pile Driver — despite its unusual asymmetrical color scheme, it defies this trope, though the "weapon arm" is always yellow whether or not Mega Man is using his otherwise orange arm.
    • Mega Man also has this when using his Mega Buster: the arm that he uses to fire it depends upon the direction that he is facing. As he has two visible hands whenever he is not firing his weapon, presumably he has a Buster built into both arms (something that was shown to be true in Super Adventure Rockman, though that game is officially non-canon).
    • Several enemies fall into this category as well, the most visually obvious being the Pickelmen who are literally ambidextrous, switching their throwing arm based on which direction they face.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: When Wily unleashes Wily Machine 11's true form, the room turns into a black swirling star-field with the strange, upside down pyramid-like gear structure in the background now active and spinning profoundly.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Blast Man's skin tone is a shade darker than the other Robot Masters'.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Comparing the voice tracks for the English and Japanese releases, Mega Man and Block Man have deeper and more serious-sounding voices in the English track, while the Japanese track gives them younger-sounding voices.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Double Gear System gives huge boosts to the Robot Masters using them. Mega Man must match them by using it himself.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Blast Man's stage takes place in the ruins of an amusement park and movie studio hybrid, with his boss room showing the wreckage of a roller-coaster and ferris wheel in the background.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Numerous.
    • The entire Double Gear system functions as this, giving Mega Man controlled access to more powerful weapons and Bullet Time. The entire game can be completed without using the gears, so they're primarily there to give new players an easier way into the game.
    • Rush can now be summoned with his own dedicated hotkeys (including individual ones for Coil and Jet), rather than having to go into the weapon select screen to access them.
    • On top of the weapon select screen and cycling through weapons with the left and right triggers, there's also a third quick-select option allowing the player to immediately switch to a specific weapon on the fly. On controllers it's mapped to the right analogue stick by default, while keyboards use the number pad keys for the same effect.
    • Weapon Get demonstrations now include a blurb that explains the usage in-depth and also allow the player to test the weapon with infinite energy and Power Gear charge.
    • Not unlike Mega Man X8, most shielded enemies can have their shields knocked aside for a second with a fully-charged buster shot, allowing players to take them down quickly rather than having to play the usual waiting game until they become vulnerable.
    • The Energy Balancer is more affordable than ever before, and there's even a second Balancer that redistributes weapon energy among all empty or partially full weapons.
    • At a certain point in the game, all consumable items from the shop (like E-Tanks and extra lives) gain a heavy discount, so you won't have to spend as much time grinding to buy supplies.
    • Unlike previous physical attack-based weapons like the Top Spin and Charge Kick, if Mega Man doesn't destroy an opponent with the Pile Driver, he gets pushed backwards on contact to mitigate the risk of suffering Collision Damage.
    • While previous games are no stranger to enemies that suddenly pop out of Bottomless Pits as soon as you jump over them, causing damage and then making you fall to your death, this game's version of that enemy instead causes damage and shoves you backwards, likely back onto the thing you were jumping off of, making them feel like a far less cheap version of that enemy type.
  • April Fools' Day: In 2018, Rockman Unity, an official Capcom blog, "revealed" all 8 of the Robot Masters, from ones that could conceivably be real (Whip Man and Necro Man), to the absurd (Shogi Man and Shower Man), to a bunch of references to other media ("Dark Roll" is designed after Popuko, Career Woman is a direct Shout-Out to Japanese comedian Chiemi Blouson, and Bit Man is highly reminiscent of Beck).
  • Arc Symbol: Gears, reflecting the new Double Gear system. Wily Fortress in particular is covered in gears.
  • Art Evolution:
    • The game, like Mega Man 7 and 8, has much more detailed designs for characters, objects and settings. Additionally, there are many elements in the game's design that take advantage of running on a more modern game engine, doing things that were not possible in the previous games (such as Block Man's Power Gear transformation).
    • Mega Man's design places emphasis on the joints in his body, taking some inspiration from his appearance in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U. In addition, instead of just changing Mega Man's color palette, Robot Masters' weapons will also slightly influence Mega Man's design, such as the Block Dropper giving him a stone fist and crown.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The secret part that allows infinite Double Gear usage also showcases its limits. The Speed Gear slows down everything, including moving platforms Mega Man needs to use to traverse a stage, so if one's out of reach you'll have to wait or switch the gear off. The Power Gear lets Mega Man charge up a Double Charge Shot or, if he charges long enough, the Final Charge Shot. Not only is there significant recoil when a shot is fired, the shot is lost if Mega Man takes a hit while holding the charge. The extensive time needed to charge the Final Charge Shot also makes it very impractical.
    • The Final Charge Shot. It does the same amount of damage as a normal Power Geared charge shot, but requires a lot more charging and instantly fills up the gear gauge if used under Power Gear, forcing an overheat after firing it. It does penetrate shields and has a larger hit box, as well as some of the few invincibility frames that the red shot doesn't ignore (Notably Block Man's while he's shifting to his 2nd phase), and can kill Gaboyalls. If used under Double Gear, it charges much faster and can be used 2-4 times depending on how long you need to hold each charge, but the normal Power Gear Charged Buster can be used close to twice as many times. In summary, while it does have some uses, it's rarely the best option out of all the weapons in the game.
  • Bad Dreams: Dr. Wily has a nightmare near the start of the game about his numerous defeats at the hands of Mega Man. That said, it also leads to Wily remembering his long-forgotten invention.
    Dr. Wily: Bad memories make the worst dreams. A genius of my caliber needs sleep to keep his brain in gear...
  • Bait-and-Switch: After the final battle, Wily announces he has one more trick up his sleeve, proceeding to jump in the same vein as the Speed Gear... only to immediately start begging for mercy once again.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Wily makes yet another comeback as this.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The day has been saved, and Robot Masters were restored back to normal, but Dr. Light plans to revive the friendship with Dr. Wily fell through, and Wily made it clear that he's going to attack again in the future.
  • Blackout Basement: Several parts of Torch Man's level are kept lit by enemies, and killing them will cause the level terrain (but not other enemies) to be shrouded in shadow. The Scramble Thunder, however, can keep these parts lit in their absence.
  • Blatant Lies: One of Wily's Boss Banter lines is "Wily always wins!"
  • Boss Banter: All of the Robot Masters get back in on this after years of silence following the eighth installment (and the first game's super-deformed remake), as does Wily. Suffice to say, the majority of them are quite chatty (and loud).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Robot Masters in this game are all created by various robot companies, but Wily used the Speed Gear to capture and reprogram them to wreak havoc.
  • Brand X: The trope name itself is mentioned in game. According to the description for Brushy, they were meant to compete with similar cleaning robots literally made by "Brand X."
  • Bullet Time: One of the Double Gear's functions allows Mega Man to overclock himself, perceiving time as slower than normal.
  • The Bus Came Back: Many old enemies make returns from past games, such as Lyrics, Tatepakkans, and Pickelmen. The Yellow Devil returns too, as Yellow Devil Mk. III.
  • Call-Back:
    • Tundra Man was created by Cossack Robot Laboratories.
    • A large chunk of 11's weakness chain is ripped straight from the original Mega Man: The electric weapon beats the ice robot, whose weapon beats the fire robot, whose weapon beats the explosive robot, whose weapon beats the brick-throwing construction robot. A little bit is taken from Mega Man 10's chain as well. Fuse Man's electric powers have no effect on a bouncy rubber ball, while Bounce Man is easily punctured by a sharp object.
    • A part that can be acquired from the lab increases the size of buster shots, making it easier to hit enemies. In Mega Man 5, the Charge Shot was the largest it's ever been, thanks to Dr. Cossack upgrading the Mega Buster to the Super Mega Buster, a modification that was retained for Mega Man IV and Mega Man V (albeit only in the opening cut-scene before Mega Man receives the Mega Arm). Unlike 5 and like IV, you don't lose a Charge Shot when taking damage (unless you're in Power Gear).
  • Call-Forward:
    • As revealed in flashbacks, one of the reasons Wily originally created the Double Gear system and got into robotics in general was to create robots that could be "real heroes." As it turns out, Wily's original desire would eventually come true with Zero.
    • Dr. Light's desire to explore artificial intelligence harkens forward to the day he would also succeed in creating it, with X.
    • Furthering the above two points, and as elaborated in Mythology Gag below, Mega Man's enhanced abilities with Double Gear activated are evocative of ones used by X in his games. As theorized on the Fridge page, X's "unlimited potential" and Adaptive Ability might've had some basis in Wily's project, especially when the ending sees Light offer up a Double Gear-equipped Mega Man to Wily as proof that their individual research can synergize together perfectly in spite of the ongoing conflict between them. In addition, one of the post-game upgrades you can buy in the shop is the Awakening Chip, which grants Mega Man infinite ammo for all of his weapons, much one of X's armor upgrades.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Employed often by the Robot Masters and Wily, either to signify their individual attack patterns or whichever aspect of the Double Gear system they're utilizing during their Turns Red phase. Mega Man likewise does this when activating one or both gears ("Speed Gear!" "Power Gear!" "Double Gear!") as well as when firing off his various Charge Shots, though he alternates between this trope and other voice clips that still manage to get the point across (such as "Speed up!" or "More power!").
  • Canon Welding: In the original American version of Mega Man 1, Dr. Wily and Dr. Light were schoolmates at Robot University and it was the cause of Wily's hatred due to being overshadowed. Not so much in the Japanese and other versions. Now in Mega Man 11, they did attend the Robot Institute of Technology together and Dr. Light did overshadow him.
  • Casting Gag: Two exist in the Japanese version to the Rockman.EXE anime.
    • Torch Man, a fire-themed Robot Master, is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi, who previously voiced Ken'ichi Hino (Mr. Match), an operator who loves fire-themed NetNavis.
    • Ice-themed Robot Master Tundra Man is voiced by Shinji Kawada, who previously voiced the ice-themed NetNavi ColdMan.EXE.
  • Combining Mecha: A mild example, but according to the game's official website (and his in-game Gallery file), Impact Man is actually comprised of three smaller pile-driving robots, all of which attack Mega Man at certain points in his stage. During the boss battle, Impact Man can use his Power Gear to summon six more of these robots to become an even larger menace.
  • Concept Art Gallery: Available in the "Specials Menu".
  • Continuity Nod: The premise of super-powerful robots that Mega Man must get upgraded to stand a chance against was also used in Mega Man V for the Game Boy.
  • Costume Evolution:
    • Roll's new design takes elements from both her designs (the original red dress from games 1-7 and Powered Up, and the modified red, black, and white dress from 8 and Mega Man & Bass), retaining the general design and color scheme of the latter, but greatly simplified to better resemble Roll's first dress, along with significantly shortening her sleeves and modifying the top of her dress into a hoodie.
    • Dr. Wily changed his look, too, taking on some elements from Mega Man Megamix. Most notably a black shirt and new tie, but there are some other details too, like a fancy belt buckle. His lab coat has also been subtly changed to resemble a trench coat.
  • Dance Battler: Tundra Man is a figure skater who pirouettes and dashes into Mega Man to deal damage.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Double Gear system is this in-story, as Dr. Light deemed it too dangerous for robots to use but was left with no choice once Wily installed it.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: As per usual with the Classic series, although this time a defeated Robot Master will be enveloped in beams of bright light before exploding, reminiscent of later X series installments as well as Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX.
  • Death Cry Echo: Mega Man and the main Robot Masters cry out when defeated, their first time doing so since the last entries with voice acting: 1996's Mega Man 8 and 2006's Mega Man Powered Up.
  • Death from Above: The Block Dropper weapon summons a row of blocks at the top of the screen which then rain down upon opponents below.
  • Desperation Attack:
    • Mega Man can activate Overclock when his HP reaches 4 or lower, which triggers both the Speed and Power Gears at once. However, after usage Mega Man enters a Power-Strain Blackout state where the Charge Shot is disabled entirely and he can only fire one shot at a time until he cools down, and only has 1 HP remaining.
    • Wily Machine 11 V2 has this too: at 5 HP it will continuously teleport and charge towards Mega Man at speeds that practically require use of the Speed Gear to even land a hit. However, Wily has perfected the prototype Double Gear used by Mega Man, and thus is able to having either gear running indefinitely without risk of overheating.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Chain Blast's non-Power Gear mode. You can actually do more damage, if you use all four bombs. But you either have to detonate them manually, or wait for them to explode. And you can mess up the chain if you're not careful. The Power Gear variant, by contrast, only does the damage of 3 bombs, but comes out fast, and detonates on impact, making it much easier to use.
    • Power Gear Buster qualifies as well. It actually charges pretty quickly, and the 2nd (red) shot bypasses boss invincibility frames. But the Power Gear's timer only gives you so much time to charge it, so you have to know pretty much exactly when you're going to fire in order to use it properly.
  • Difficulty Levels: Three gameplay modes are available — Newcomer, Casual ("Advanced" in Japan), and Normal ("Original Spec." in Japan). A fourth mode, Superhero ("Expert" in Japan), was not available in the demo. In the full game, all four are unlocked from the beginning.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Block Man manipulates stone blocks to fight with. He can also turn into a huge, towering brick Rock Monster when his health goes down to 18 HP or lower.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Wily threatens to turn Mega Man into scraps after the former discovers that the latter is utilising the Double Gear System.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The game's official album has "[RM11]", sung by Ayaka Fukuhara, Mega Man's Japanese voice actress.
  • Dub Name Change: The Japanese names of Impact Man and Bounce Man are Pile Man and Rubber Man, respectively. This makes them the first two Robot Masters besides Crash/Clash Man to have their names changed overseas.
  • Easier Than Easy: The "Newcomer" difficulty, which not only reduces the damage you take and increases the damage you deal to enemies, but also gives you an unlimited amount of Beat Calls and Spike Guards, which makes you immune to Bottomless Pits and Spikes of Doom, and additionally gives you infinite lives on top of all that.
  • Endgame+: Once you beat the game, you can make a clear save. From there, you can replay levels as you please with all the weapons and upgrades you've gained, and bosses will appear at the end again, as well as play any Wily Castle stage over. You also unlock two purchasable expensive parts that can break the game over your knee.
  • Eternal Engine:
    • Acid Man's stage takes place inside a chemical plant and is littered with acid pools and syringe needle enemies that shoot globs of acid.
    • Wily's new castle, the Gear Fortress, is outfitted with many, many moving gears and cogs, inside and out.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • New to this game is Anti-Eddie, an evil Eddie-like robot that takes away items from Mega Man. More specifically, it hides behind useful pick-ups and has to be gunned down before it can jump off-screen with the item in tow.
    • Most of the Robot Masters have the same jobs as Dr. Light's original creations.
  • Eureka Moment: While recovering from a nightmare, Dr. Wily suddenly remembers the word "gear", which makes him think about the Double Gear project he was working with Dr. Light on a long time ago — back when both doctors were still friends.
  • Explosive Overclocking: The Double Gear System gives robots increased combat abilities for a short time — at the (alleged) price of permanent damage to their internal systems. The only reason Light installs it into Mega Man is because it's the only way he can reasonably fight against Wily's new Robot Masters. After the end of the game, Dr. Light manages to work out the drawbacks of it, installing it in the robots at the lab so it can be further used for good. In a case of Gameplay and Story Integration, said upgrade can be purchased after beating the game, allowing Mega Man to use both gears without having to let them cool/recharge.
  • Foreshadowing: Elements of the Robot Master stages are designed to resemble the RM in charge of that stage. For example, the pyramids in the background of Block Man's stage bear a resemblance to Block Man, the antennae of the towers in the background of Fuse Man's stage's starting area look like the fuses on his helmet, Impact Man's constituent robots assault you throughout his stage, etc.
    • Wily Stage 2 starts with a gigantic spiked skull tank sitting on the left side of the screen that greatly resembled an Advancing Wall of Doom. Three guesses what starts chasing you down later in the level.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • During scenes that take place in Dr. Light's lab, you can see that one of the "monitors" is what seems to be a slow roaster in the process of cooking a turkey leg.
    • The screen with the miniboss fight in Torch Man's stage has a bunch of Metalls sitting around a bonfire in the background.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The Double Gear system was deemed too dangerous to develop, with Dr. Light citing the tremendous strain placed on robotic systems, only installing it on Mega Man with no other choice. The worst that the system can do to Mega Man is disable charge shots and leave him at minimal power after a Desperation Attack, which an E-Tank can mitigate.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Dr. Light has had access to the prototype Double Gear since before the series began, only revealing it when Dr. Wily decides to use it himself.
    • Mega Man is perfectly willing to use the dangerous Double Gear system if it would help stop the evil Robot Masters.
    • Activating both gears at once (which eventually reduces your health to 1, disables your Charge Shot and causes the longest amount of gear cooldown) is only available when you're close to death.
  • Graying Morality: The game reveals that Wily wasn't always that bad of a guy, wanting to use the Double Gear system to make heroes of robots, and that his Face–Heel Turn was the result of Light's callousness in shutting down his idea. Even Light admits that he regrets not figuring out a way to help him realize his vision instead of just telling him he was wrong.
  • Harder Than Hard: "Superhero", the notch above Normal difficulty. Not only do you take more damage, there are no health or energy drops in stages, as well as bosses being able to use their Gear abilities impunity from the start of their battles (and certain attacks being tweaked to be harder). And by no drops, this also includes no requisite recoveries in the Boss Rush. The only concession you get is that the items from Dr. Light's Lab are still able to tilt the game in your favor by stocking up on E-Tanks and other supplies.
  • Humongous Mecha: Block Man and Impact Man can each transform into a powerful, gigantic form with the Double Gear system (Power Gear, specifically).
  • Inconveniently Placed Conveyor Belt: Conveyor belts and negotiating the obstacles they're transporting are a common design feature of Block Man's stage.
  • It's All About Me: If his stage, a wrecked amusement park in the process of being rebuilt to center around himself, is any indication, Blast Man's got some serious narcissistic tendencies going on.
  • Just a Machine: Even in his younger days, Wily espoused the view that robots are nothing more than tools. Although, he did espouse that robots could could become "true heroes" using Double Gear, suggesting a deeper appreciation for them.
  • Later Installment Weirdness:
    • When Mega Man has a Robot Master weapon equipped, his appearance isn't just a palette swap, he actually has appearance similarities with the respective Robot Master.
    • The fortress map is now a fully fledged stage select screen, and its stages can even be replayed over and over unlike in previous Mega Man games note , in which the fortress stages were usually played back-to-back (like in the NES games or in 9 and 10) or individually (similar to the 16/32-bit era).
  • Lethal Joke Weapon: You wouldn't think rubber bouncing balls would be an effective weapon, but as it turns out Bounce Ball, being three Pinball Projectiles fired in a Spread Shot pattern that can hit multiple times before popping and can even be aimed up or down, is surprisingly powerful.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fuse Man rivals Quick Man in overall speed and attack power once he activates the Speed Gear. Bonus points for being an electricity-based Robot Master. The other bosses that use the Speed Gear (Tundra Man, Acid Man, Bounce Man, an the Yellow Devil MK-III) become this as well. Wily Machine 11 V2 also becomes this thanks to having both the Speed and Power Gears.
  • Logical Weakness: Going into detail would equal a lot of spoiler tags, but each Robot Master's weakness makes perfect sense when you think about it, and not just the elemental ones.
  • Mad Bomber: Blast Man shares Grenade Man's explosive tendencies and fondness for mayhem.
  • Man on Fire: Sparkey is a burning turkey Mini-Boss in Torch Man's stage, and cannot be attacked from behind while ablaze. He's one of Torch Man's camp safety assistants, and a lamp owl robot can reignite him should he be put out. There's a Record for keeping him extinguished throughout the fight.
  • Medal of Dishonor: The Pierce Protector item and Power Shield part can only be unlocked by dying from Spikes of Doom 5 times or taking 200 points of damage respectively. To even have them available for purchase at all is a sign of the game taking pity on you for your failure.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Dr. Wily's "Plan B", where he jumps backwards in slow motion with Speed Gear effects... before assuming his post-defeat Pose of Supplication.
  • Mundane Utility: The Double Gear system could be used to Take Over the World... or, as demonstrated in the final cutscene by Light, you could use it to give your robot assistant a bit of an extra kick.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The intro, with scientists choosing Dr. Light's robots with thought over Wily's Double Gear project, brings to mind how the Battle Network series is precipitated on Light researching internet rather than robots and getting funding from the government instead of Wily.
    • Mega Man's body, primarily his helmet and arm, changing to accommodate his new weapons is rather similar to MegaMan.EXE, the Battle Network incarnation of the character, when using Style Change (BN2 and 3) or Double Soul (BN4 onward). The game's character designer, Yuji Ishihara, worked on the Battle Network series as well.
    • One of the previews from Game Informer showed Mega Man in a form that looked almost exactly like Mega Man Star Force's Mega Man. The designers eventually confirmed that this was nothing more than a placeholder for Mega Man while using Tundra Storm, created by modeler Keiji Ueda as an in-joke, and was not intended to be shown to the public.
    • The effects of the Gears on Mega Man: Power Gear enhances weapons, enabling a Double Charge Shot and stronger special weapon attacks, whereas the Speed Gear basically slows down time. Both were first seen to some degree in the Mega Man X series. note  Given that the Classic series predates the events of the X series, it is entirely possible that these effects are a Call-Forward to X's considerably superior powerset and abilities.
  • New Weapon Target Range: Every time a new weapon or tool is obtained, the games goes into a demo screen where players can test the new gear.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Bounce Man looks very different from the others, with more robotic eyes that closer resemble those of Astro Man and Galaxy Man.
    • Most of the Robot Master weapons change Mega Man's color palette, one of his arms, and his helmet. The Pile Driver, on the other hand, takes this to another level by giving Mega Man an asymmetrical color scheme in addition to the arm and helmet changes (his right arm and right leg are orange; his left arm, left leg, and "underwear" are yellow; and the rest of his body is black).
  • Player Death Is Dramatic: When Mega Man is defeated, the game pauses for a brief moment as Mega Man is shown in his damage pose, then he cries out as he dies.
  • Playing with Fire: Torch Man mainly uses fire to attack. Where he differs from most of the other fire-based Robot Masters is his use of Torch-jutsu, a martial arts style of his own creation that relies heavily on kicks.
  • Power Copying: The series tradition itself gets a visual upgrade this time. Not only do Mega Man's colors change, but he also gets distinct features of the particular Robot Masters.
  • Power Up Letdown: Zig-zagged with the Speed Gear Booster part, which lets you move at normal speed while using the Speed Gear. While it's great if you just need to move quickly, which can take the edge off in situations like outrunning the wildfires in Torch Man's stage, it also removes your ability to rise or fall in slow motion, which is handy for situations like aiming in Bounce Man's stage.
  • Proactive Boss: In Impact Man's stage, three pile driver robots called the "Impact Brothers" charge you at certain points. Once you reach the end of the stage, the Impact Brothers combine into Impact Man. This is the first time a Robot Master doesn't even wait until the Boss Room to screw with the Blue Bomber.
  • Production Foreshadowing:
    • In the Mega Man 8 gallery in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, released in August 2017, there's a completely out-of-place Mega Man concept design which doesn't fit at all with any game in the entire collection... It's from this game, and shows off Mega Man's new aesthetic changes that he takes on when he changes weapons (specifically the Block Dropper). Even Capcom acknowledged this, calling out the Mega Man fans who noticed the out-of-place concept art.
    • In September 2017, a Nendoroid figure of Roll was announced, but it's based on her new design from this game, which was still unannounced at the time. Furthermore, the art used to promote it used the normal concept art instead of a Super-Deformed rendition that Nendoroids usually use.
  • Purposely Overpowered:
    • The Robot Masters, courtesy of Wily's Double Gear system, are stronger than Mega Man by default. To even the playing field, Mega Man undergoes upgrades to have Dr. Light install the Double Gear prototype Wily left behind decades ago.
    • Once you beat the game, you can continue replaying all the stages and refight bosses as you please. You also unlock two parts in the Lab that are 3000 Bolts each, but they give you infinite subweapon ammo and infinite Double Gear usage, as a reward for game completion.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite the many obstacles Wily puts in Mega Man's path, his resources are not infinite. Mawverne's enemy bio states that Wily had intended to build a second model with the opposite Gear, but didn't have the time to get the steel he needed. Similarly, Yellow Devil MK-III was meant to have the Power Gear, but Wily had to settle for the Speed Gear due to budget constraints. The fact that the Yellow Devil uses the Speed Gear a bit differently than Wily intended also counts.
  • Redemption Rejection: Dr. Light personally breaks into Wily's fortress to tell him that Mega Man is the perfect realization of his Double Gear system, used to fulfill his original goal of creating a "true hero." He then tries to convince Wily to change his ways and work together with him again, but Wily refuses and makes his escape.
  • Scenery Porn: The first screen of almost every Robot Master stage is very pretty.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Despite the prominence of the Double Gear mechanic, the game was designed and balanced with the ability to completely ignore them if you so wish, complete with an achievement. But it's not going to be an easy run to say the least. Especially at Wily Machine 11 V2, when he eventually just spams the Double Gear and becomes almost unhittable without excellent timing.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: At the end of the game, Dr. Light tries to reason with Dr. Wily that both of their dreams can work together by looking at Mega Man. However, Wily ignores this and only wants both of them kneeling before him in defeat. As Wily escapes, Light can only lament that his old friend will never return.
  • Smart Bomb: The Tundra Storm turns into this when powered by the Power Gear, allowing it to hit the entire screen for massive damage but costing a huge amount of weapon power.
  • Soft Reboot: The game changes up the character designs and brings up some new backstory between Light and Wily, and was deliberately designed as a sort of "jumping on" point for new fans, which is one of the reasons stated for why Proto Man and Bass are not in the game.
  • Spam Attack:
    • Thanks to being a Spread Shot where the projectiles bounce around instead of disappearing when hitting a surface, the Bounce Ball can easily fill the screen with projectiles.
    • As part of his Desperation Attack, Block Man mindlessly throws blocks at you non-stop after his Power Gear form is destroyed.
  • Spread Shot:
    • The Bounce Ball fires an initial spread of three bouncing balls out, which can be aimed. If used with the Power Gear, it fires six, three to the left and three to the right.
    • When used with the Power Gear, the Blazing Torch becomes a Spray Burst variety as the fireball sends out three flame shots in a diagonally downwards direction.
  • Springs, Springs Everywhere: Bounce Man's stage contains several colorful bouncy balls that act like springs, and there's a large trampoline platform you can catapult off of at one point too.
  • Stealth Pun:
  • Super Mode: The Double Gear System grants Mega Man abilities he normally wouldn't have: the ability to slow down the flow of time and an extra-powerful Charge Shot. The Robot Masters get in on it too, gaining new attacks and — in some cases — completely changing their appearance once they've lost half of their health. This is also utilized by the fortress bosses and Wily Machine 11's second form.
  • Super Prototype:
    • The Double Gear system that Mega Man uses is the prototype that Wily developed back at Robot University. In fact, the only other boss that uses an actual Double Gear system instead or either an individual Speed or Power Gear is Wily Machine 11 V2.
    • Ultimately subverted with the Double Gear system in Wily Machine 11 V2 being objectively better than Mega Man's as it's designed so it'll never overheat, which in the final phase of the fight allows him to leave his Speed Gear running indefinitely. This then gets double subverted after completing the game, as a part allowing players to also use Double Gear without risk of overheating becomes available for purchase in the lab.
  • Super Speed: An upgrade to the Speed Gear allows Mega Man to move at his normal speed while everything else onscreen is slowed down. Mechanically, this acts as Bullet Time but the implication is that Mega Man is moving at high speed.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: This game doesn't technically have a Wily Capsule, with the Final Boss instead presented as Wily Machine 11's true form. However, it uses several traits common to Wily Capsule fights, such as being a small pod, having homing shots, and teleporting when low on health.
    • The electrical beams in Fuse Man's level have a striking similarity to Force Beams/Quick Lasers that hasn't gone unnoticed.
  • Time Master: Using the Speed Gear allows Mega Man to slow down time. Robot Masters can also utilize this ability to their advantage as well.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Wily Machine 11's second form is Wily's perfection of the Double Gear technology, and it can use both the Speed and Power Gears without overheating, unlike the prototype installed in Mega Man.
  • Utility Weapon: On top of being the game's physical weapon, the fact that the Pile Driver propels Mega Man forward even in the air means it can be used as a Mega Man X-style mid-air dash.
  • Video Game 3D Leap: The first game in the Mega Man Classic series to be rendered entirely with polygonal graphics.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Wily turns down Light's proposal to atone for his antics and collaborate together once more like they did during their younger days, and flies off in his UFO, vowing to get back at Mega Man and Light someday.
  • Villain Has a Point: After his defeat, Wily points out that his defeat at Mega Man's hands is proof of how effective his Double Gear system is. Even Light has to admit that, through the Double Gear system, Mega Man has become the "true hero" that Wily initially wanted to create through his research, but unfortunately Wily has grown too bitter and resentful to work together with Light and combine their research further.
    • The above is subverted, however, if you played through the game without using the gears. At which point, the dialogue becomes strange, to say the least.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Block Man seems to have one during his final attack phase, when he's running low on health and just starts mindlessly throwing blocks at you non-stop.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Wily doesn't do a very convincing job of begging for mercy here, to put it lightly.
    Dr. Wily: "Spare me! I'm a helpless old man! Mercy, Mega Man!"
    Mega Man: "Enough! You can't fool me that easily!"
  • Vocal Evolution: Mega Man himself goes through this. After Ruth Shiraishi's infamous girlish portrayal of him in 8 and Cole Howard's somewhat passable kiddy one in Powered Up, the Blue Bomber now sports a much deeper, adult-like voice courtesy of Ben Diskin.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: One of the weapons essentially fires out bouncy rubber balls, and thanks to the nature of the game, one of the Robot Masters is weak to it. It's Fuse Man, as rubber doesn't conduct electricity.
  • World of Pun: Every single Robot Master in this game is a Pungeon Master. Their dialogue consists of 90% pun, 7% grunts, and 3% anything else.

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