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"In The Year Of 20XX AD... The world cheered Mega Man when at long last he captured and imprisoned Dr. Wily. But... Dr. Wily knew his schemes might end in failure and had planned for just such an occasion. Four robots had been hidden away and after six months without being contacted by Dr. Willy, they activate and begin searching for their master..."

The 7th entry and one of only three games (Mega Man & Bass was a case of No Export for You before its GBA port, and Soccer is considered non-canon) in the original Mega Man (Classic) series released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

In the closing of Mega Man 6, Dr. Wily was finally put in jail. What Mega Man didn't know was that he had robots hidden somewhere in his lab. After six months without Dr. Wily's input, the robots would activate, and search for him.

The Robots gave a city a surprising attack, looking for their master. Mega Man and Dr. Light watch the robots help Dr. Wily escape from a far distance. Mega Man goes out to stop Dr. Wily. Along the way, he encountered Bass, another humanoid robot, and Treble, his mean robotic wolf. They are also trying to stop Dr. Wily. The battle began...

Though built using the same engine as the first Mega Man X, and featuring a similar emphasis on storyline, gameplay-wise Mega Man 7 has more in common with the line of Mega Man games previously released on the Game Boy, featuring two sets of four Robot Masters instead of eight from the start, along with the item shop featured in the fourth and fifth Game Boy outings, and Mega Man and the various other enemies being scaled more like their Game Boy sprites than their NES ones (though, thankfully, without the insane jumps that this often entailed in the Game Boy entries).

Robot Masters:

  • DWN-049: Freeze Man, weak to Junk Shield / Scorch Wheel, gives Freeze Cracker.
  • DWN-050: Junk Man, weak to Thunder Bolt, gives Junk Shield.
  • DWN-051: Burst Man, weak to Scorch Wheel / Freeze Cracker, gives Danger Wrap.
  • DWN-052: Cloud Man, weak to Danger Wrap, gives Thunder Bolt.
  • DWN-053: Spring Man, weak to Slash Claw, gives Wild Coil.
  • DWN-054: Slash Man, weak to Freeze Cracker / Scorch Wheel, gives Slash Claw.
  • DWN-055: Shade Man, weak to Wild Coil, gives the Noise Crush.
  • DWN-056: Turbo Man, weak to Noise Crush, gives the Scorch Wheel.

On a side note, a fan-made NES style remake of this game can be found online.

This game is part of the compilations Mega Man Anniversary Collection and Legacy Collection 2.


  • Accidental Misnaming: In the opening scene, Dr. Wily is accidentally referred to as Dr. Willy with two Ls instead of one, as shown above. This is corrected in the Anniversary Collection, but future releases leave it untouched.
  • Advancing Boss of Doom:
    • King Gojulas, the T-Rex Mini-Boss in Slash Man's level, who drops in behind Mega Man and chases him into a corner, where Mega Man cannot progress until he defeats it.
    • HannyaNED, the Oni Mask Boss from Wily Castle 3, is fought in an area that automatically scrolls to the right, and Mega Man must constantly be moving forward to avoid contact with it.
  • A.I. Breaker: Hard to say if it was intentional or not, but several of the Robot Masters note  will have a flinch animation when hit with their weapon weakness which causes their A.I. to reset into a predictable, and in some cases, very exploitable pattern, making them almost laughably easy to beat.
    • On the other hand, Burst Man's weakness to Scorch Wheel, although it causes him to flinch and reset his A.I., can make him harder to beat, as opposed to easier.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Wily Capsule 7's sprite is flipped even when it has the asymmetrical Dr. Wily logo.
  • Animal Mecha: Robotic dinosaurs are a major theme of Slash Man's stage. Robot dinosaur fossils are also present in the background of Freeze Man's stage.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: This is the first Mega Man game to allow the player to restock supplies as well as automatically recharge weapon energy in between each Wily Castle level. This is also the first of the console games to introduce the item shop, where the player could max out their E-Tanks, W-Tanks, S-Tanks, and Extra Lives between stages.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Proto Shield, Proto Man's iconic shield, given to Mega Man after beating Proto Man in battle...Unfortunately, the shield works the same as how Sniper Joes use them, and can only block shots while standing perfectly still. If you move, jump, or shoot, it becomes useless, and what's worse, you cannot use any weapon other than the Mega Buster or any of the Rush abilities at the same time as the Proto Shield.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Shirokumachine GT Vs in Freeze Man's stage. They attack Mega Man by either throwing chunks of ice at him, or by causing icicles to rain from the ceiling with their roar.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mega Man, normally a pacifist, attempts to kill Wily at the end of the game.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Shade Man's level. The level starts in a cemetery with Mega Man fighting Astro Zombiegs, before entering a haunted castle full of enemies like Batton M48s, Raggers, Gilliam Knights that turn into werewolves, and a VAN Pookin.
  • Bittersweet Ending: After several years of chasing Dr. Wily and finally putting him in jail, Wily breaks out and runs amok again like nothing has changed, but to make matters worse, at the end of the game, although Mega Man does stop Dr. Wily's current rampage, Wily still escapes, Bass turns out to be an enemy, and Mega Man has to deal with the fact that he attempted to kill a living being (even if it was Dr. Wily). For all intents and purposes, Mega Man fails and Dr. Wily got exactly what he wanted; to escape prison.
  • Blackout Basement:
    • One of the rooms in Shade Man's stage is completely dark, which is especially dangerous sine the room contains a pit of Spikes of Doom. Luckily, the room can be illuminated by using charged buster shots or by lighting the torches with Scorch Wheel.
    • The first Dr. Wily stage contains sections where the room goes dark as long as Mega Man's feet are on the ground. Whenever he jumps, the room lights back up again.
  • Blow You Away: Bufoohs, the game’s version of Fan Fiend, try to blow Mega Man into bottomless pits or other hazards, but can also change their bodies to pull the Blue Bomber into them or just damage him on contact, similar to Hyper Storm H of the Genesis Unit.
  • Boss-Only Level: The Robot Museum has absolutely no enemies up until the end, where Dr. Wily reveals Mash, the robot clown.
  • Bowdlerization: Bass says "Damn" at one point in the original SNES version of the game. Likely due to changing ESRB standards over the years, and the general touchiness of using mild swearing in an E-rated game, the line was censored to "Darn" for all future releases like Anniversary Collection and Legacy Collection 2.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Try using the Freeze Cracker on Freeze Man and watch his reaction.
  • Bring It: Freeze Man reacts to everything you do. If you do nothing, he defaults to taunting you.
  • Call-Back: This game makes several references to previous games, but the most apparent is the robot museum stage. Glass tubes with various robot masters on display, with Wily making off with Guts Man (to be remodeled into a fortress boss later), and the music for that stage is a mix of Guts Man, Heat Man, and Snake Man's themes.
  • Car Fu: One of Turbo Man's attacks is transforming into a mini-car to run Mega Man down.
  • Charged Attack: The Noise Crush is a Collect Type, where Mega Man must bounce it off a wall to catch the ricochet to empower the next blast. The Wild Coil and the Mega Buster are Hold Types.
  • Collapsing Ceiling Boss: Guts Man G in Wily Castle 1.
    • To a lesser extent, the last of the Polar Bear robots from Freeze Man's stage can summon icicles from the ceiling with a Mighty Roar.
    • Freeze Man also uses his Freeze Ray to create rows of falling icicles from the ceiling.
  • Combining Mecha: Returning from Mega Man 6, Mega Man and Rush can combine into a single Jet Pack, rocket-punching machine. Bass and Treble eventually are able to do this as well.
  • Compilation Rerelease: Available through Anniversary Collection (PS2, GameCube) and Legacy Collection 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Steam).
  • Console Cameo: At the beginning of Junk Man's level, you can see several Famicom systems lined up in the background. Also, Rush Search may randomly dig up a Game Boy. These were removed from Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 on non-Nintendo systems, and were not restored for its Nintendo Switch port.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Cool Garage: Turbo Man's stage: bonus points for Turbo Man himself being the Cool Car for the garage.
  • Creepy Cockroach: The Gockroach S in Junk Man's factory-themed stage.
  • Darker and Edgier: On a lesser note, Mega Man is visibly frowning at all times instead of the blank look on his face from the NES games; 1-Ups no longer smile, either. On a greater note, the ending in particular stands out: Mega Man attempts to murder Dr. Wily and is seen walking away from the burning inferno of the Wily Castle, with his more usual blank expression occasionally cracking into a look of anger.
  • Death Course: What seems to be a nod to the Laser Hallway from Quick Man's stage, Turbo Man has a falling gauntlet of instant-death columns of fire.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: The bosses from Wily Castle suffer quite lengthy chain reaction destructions when they are defeated.
  • Dowsing Device: The first appearance of the Rush Search. This item makes Rush dig into the ground wherever he is summoned, and pull out whatever he finds. If used in the right spots, Rush can find items that can otherwise only be obtained by paying lots of bolts at Big Eddie's.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the original Japanese script, Mega Man tries to kill Wily, but is forced to stop once Dr. Wily reminds him that he cannot harm humans. In the English localisations, Mega Man claims to be "more than a robot" (and as such does not have to be Three Laws-Compliant) before (unsuccessfully) attempting to kill Wily). The latter has rather drastic implications that no later game would address.
  • Easily Detachable Robot Parts: Mash, the robot clown mini-boss's weakness is his detachable head.
  • Easter Egg:
    • There is a code that allows you to play a two-player battle mode. Both players can choose to play as either Mega Man or Bass, and both characters have a few secret moves that can be performed using Street Fighter-like command inputs.
    • If you hold B when selecting Shade Man's stage, the usual stage music will be replaced with a remix of the first level theme from Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts.
  • Episode of the Dead: Shade Man's stage, which also doubles as Halloween Episode. Being in a base based on a cemetery, most of the Mooks Mega Man has to fight are Astro Zombiegs.
  • Eternal Engine: Not all that uncommon in the Mega Man universe, Burst Man's and Junk Man's stages are some sort of chemical plant and junk smelting factory, respectively. Turbo Man's stage is this mixed with a Cool Garage.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Shade Man's stage is filled with Astro Zombiegs.
  • Evil Counterpart: Bass and Treble, for Mega Man and Rush.
  • Exorcist Head: Junk Man is able to spin his body and head separately, as we see in his intro animation prior to his fight.
  • Feed It with Fire: All the games use Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, but this was the first game to have boss enemies who became more powerful based on the weapon you used against them.
    • When you use Noise Crush on Shade Man, he gets charged up as if he was hit with his own shot. This does not work the other way around.
    • If you hit Spring Man or Turbo Man with the Thunder Bolt, they will each enter a supercharged form, giving them access to new abilities for a short time.
    • Freeze Man, if hit with his own weapon, the Freeze Cracker, will cause the game to freeze for a moment, and Freeze Man to cast the player an Aside Glance before healing his health.
  • Fictional Currency: The first Mega Man game to use Bolts as money (in place of the P Chips from IV and V), also an aversion to the usual Money Spider trope, as it makes sense that destroyed Mecha-Mooks would leave behind screws and bolts.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning:
    • Turbo Man, Freeze Man, and Cloud Man, respectively attack using a wheel of rotating flames, icy projectiles that can freeze Mega Man, and bolts of lightning.
    • The Wily Capsule shoots out projectiles of the three elements as well. The fire balls cause Mega Man to burst into flames for additional damage, the ice balls freeze him, leaving him vulnerable to the next attack, and the lightning orbs simply deal damage.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Burst Man's specialty is firing bombs encased in bubbles. These bubbles have the ability to encase Mega Man himself and send him floating up towards a ceiling full of Spikes of Doom. Mega Man can do this as well, of course, once he obtains the Danger Wrap from Burst Man.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The ending has a scene where a comet streaks across the sky, setting the stage for Duo and the Evil Energy in 8.
    • In the Japanese version of Shade Man's stage, after Mega Man offers to help Bass to Dr. Light's lab, he warns our blue hero that he hopes his kindness won't cost him his life, though this is Lost in Translation in the localization. Sure enough, he succeeds in wrecking Light's lab later in the game and stealing the enhancements meant for Mega Man and Rush.
    • There are three broken displays in the Robot Museum. One of them is Guts Man, of course, but the others two foreshadow Cut Man and Wood Man's return in the Saturn version of the next game.
  • Forklift Fu: Truck Joe from Turbo Man's stage tries to run Mega Man down with something that looks akin to a forklift-like machine with a spiked plate on the front, possibly a dangerously tricked out crate-pusher of some sort.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the introduction backstory, we see a newspaper headline of Dr. Wily having been arrested by Mega Man at the end of Mega Man 6. However, if you look at the lower right-hand corner of the newspaper, you'll see a quick cameo of Cut Man and Guts Man in something called Cut Man 2.
  • Funny Background Event: An amusing oversight in the Robot Museum, in the first room of Robot Master glass cases, if one looks to the far right and far left of the room, they will see Plant Man on display twice.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: When facing Cloud Man, if the Danger Wrap is used when entering the boss room at the exact right moment, it will hit Cloud Man above the screen and cause him to plummet to the ground, stopping his entrance animation and making him disappear. This causes the game to keep Mega Man frozen in place waiting for Cloud Man's entrance to finish, and after several more seconds, the screen will finally glitch and Mega Man will die.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Kanigance, the robot crab Mini-Boss from Burst Man's stage and Wily Castle 3.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In case you missed it, Mega Man gives thought to killing Wily as opposed to simply apprehending him. The American version goes a step further by having Mega Man threaten the doctor and actually attempt the deed. A Three Laws logic loop prevents the Blue Bomber from acting either way.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: The evil varieties, Shade Man has bat wings, and Bass gets a set in his Super Mode that are both devilish and metallic in appearance.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Beyond the standard weapons, and the fact that the Rush enhancements are no longer automatically obtained but have to be found/bought, there's also the R-U-S-H tiles, Beat's Whistle, the Energy Balancer, the EXIT option, Auto's Headbolt, and Proto Man's Shield — and that's not even including the basic Energy Tanks and Extra Lives!
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • Freeze Cracker, Wild Coil, and Danger Wrap can be aimed by holding up or down before shooting. Danger Wrap can also be aimed "forward."
    • You can severely reduce the damage dealt by burning attacks by mashing the buttons like you'd to escape freezing ones. This can be a huge help to mitigate the amount of damage some bosses, including the final one, do against you.
    • Van Pookin, the miniboss in Shade Man's stage, actually has a weak point right on the eyes themselves. Given that most shielded enemies need to be attacked when vulnerable or with an armor-piercing weapon, one might overlook this. However, defeating Vay Pookin by hitting the eyes actually opens up an alternate pathway through the level leading to a hot spot under a portrait of Dr. Wily where Rush Search can uncover an Energy Balancer so that you don't need to buy it from Auto's shop.
    • The Final Boss — infamous for its high difficulty — has a mechanic that isn't obvious. Each time they release four orbs, you can actually misdirect their Robo Teching by jumping, sliding and moving in different directions. The trouble is that the movements are very specific if you want to avoid taking damage completely and until this point, there hasn't been a boss quite like this in the classic series. You can also prevent him from releasing the orbs by shooting him with the Thunder Bolt right after hitting him with the Mega Buster, Freeze Cracker or Wild Coil, but it requires precise timing and isn't possible if Wily is too high up for the Bolt's reach, plus there's no incentive to try it out when you don't know about it since the Thunder Bolt doesn't damage Wily, so you really just have to guess this specific mechanic (or see it in a guide). For a No-Damage Run, it is absolutely essential to memorize how to react to every position the Wily Capsule may appear at. If you're out of consumables and want to still win, it's also essential to learn this as you can't spare too many hits.
  • Happy Ending Override: Mega Man 6's ending had Dr. Wily being finally imprisoned, but here he is shown having a backup plan to escape and Mega Man ultimately fails to arrest him at the ending.
  • Hover Tank: VAN Pookin, the Tank Mini-Boss from Shade Man's stage.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Wily Capsule's usual teleporting ability is replaced by this for some reason.
  • Invisible Block: Present in Cloud Man's stage as the invisible platforms variety. note 
  • Kaizo Trap: A downplayed example with Slash Man. Hitting Slash Man with the Freeze Cracker turns him into a frozen block that will slide around on the floor. He can still hurt you in this state.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Bass was created by Dr Wily? What a twist!
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: In the introduction stage, when Auto hands Mega Man a Met Helmet instead of his Iconic Blue Helmet, a short and off-key version of the usual Robot Master music plays, and Mega Man responds with a long Visible Silence.