First thing’s first, it needs to be said that Mega Man 3 has one of the best soundtracks in all of gaming.
Not only that, but it’s Title Theme is MY FAVORITE track of the NES era.
That’s right, not The Moon from Ducktales,
not the Super Mario Bros. theme,
but the Title Theme for Mega Man 3.
Give it a listen:
That business aside, Mega Man 3 was a truly awesome Mega Man game.
I mentioned yesterday that I’m still on the fence as to whether I like Mega Man 2 or 3 best, however I’ve found that as I’ve grown older I tend to favor 3 just a little bit more.
The game introduced several new features that would go on to become staples of the series.
The pair didn’t really add much in terms of gameplay, other than serving as a lame miniboss
and replacement for the numbered gadgets of the previous game respectively,
however their addition to the series canon personalized, and added character to a roster of characters that was actually pretty slim for the time.
More importantly however, Mega Man 3 gave us the slide maneuver.
While the slide has since been removed in those goddamn fuckin’ DLC games, I always found it to be a wonderful addition Mega Man’s limited repertoire of moves.
It expanded the level design by allowing you to enter narrow passages.
It sped up the pace of the gameplay due to your ability to progress faster through the stages.
It allowed the bosses patterns to be more aggressive, as you now had the ability to dodge quickly.
In all, it was a great innovation that changed Mega Man forever… Or at least until the DLC games.
That’s enough Blue Bomber cock-sucking though, let’s get down to who’s The Best MAN!
That would have to be:
This one was almost a 3-way tie.
However, by MANdate of MAN-law, there can only be one Best MAN, and that just happens to be Snake Man
As a kid, Gemini Man was my favorite, hands down.
Remember that Bubble Man helmet I had my mom make for me way back when?
Well, I also wanted her to make me a Gemini Man one.
I never got that helmet, but even so, I still loved Gemini Man.
He had great background music,
a neat fighting style, and probably the pimpest weapon in Mega Man 3: The Gemini Laser.
Next to Gemini Man, Shadow Man was a close favorite as well.
I don’t really buy into the whole “he’s awesome ’cause he’s a ninja thing,” however I find that his character, trademark shuriken weapon, and crazy stage made him standout nonetheless.
Don’t laugh at ninjas and Jesus just “because.”
YOU’RE LETTING THEM WIN.
Finally, we come to Snake Man.
Amongst the 3, Snake Man stands out as perhaps the most iconic design.
He’s got the crazy snake helmet, with the distinctive ponytail-like portion of the snake sticking out behind him.
He’s got a gimmicky weapon that travels across the floor and just happens to be vital to beating the game.
On top of that, his stage is wonderfully designed, with good, but not great, background music.
Also, the actual fight with Snake Man is pretty intense, largely due to the tiered nature of his arena.
In my eyes, Snake Man is the tortoise to the hares that are Shadow Man and Gemini Man.
He may not be the flashiest, he’s certainly not a ninja, but for some utterly intangible reason, he’s The Best MAN in Mega Man 3.
By the way, the best stage music in Mega Man 3 is Spark Man’s stage: