Monday, March 27, 2017

Fan-Mod Lets You Play as Roll in Game Boy Mega Man I-V


If you've ever dreamed of playing through the Game Boy Mega Man games as Roll, today is your lucky day...


Zynk Oxhyde has finished and released his Roll-Chan World mod, which swaps out Mega Man's sprite for Roll (both in-game and cutscenes). What's more, Roll is joined by her faithful feline companion, Tango, replacing Rush!





Not much else to be said than that. You can check out additional screenshots here and grab the download here!

23 comments:

  1. Uh. And I was just finishing Megaman IV a couple minutes ago.
    I question the why this is a thing but looking at the sprites and the cutscenes (including Weapon Get screens) I give up on arguments :3

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  2. I'm guessing aside from the graphics and text I'd assume the rest is the same? Still really neat though, gives me another reason to replay the GB games.

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  3. Can she use a broom as a weapon like in Powered Up?

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  4. Wow, really love that they went the extra mile adding her to the cutscenes and everything!

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  5. This series of hacks has been a really good excuse for me to replay the Game Boy games. A lot of care has been put into these hacks and even given the limitations and lack of proper editing tools, a lot of impressive spritework was done with the game. They're definitely worth a play if you like Roll and/or liked the Game Boy games.

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  6. Really don't get this fascination with Roll. I find her to be a rather bland character in the main games yet lots of modders and hackers spend all this time to put her inside a game. Am I missing something from Megaman 1-10?

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    1. If you want any sort of real explanation, it basically boils down to one thing: She's cute.

      I'm sure there are more detailed answers than that stemming from a variety of places, but honestly, everything seems to come back to that one opinion more often than not.

      Of course, there's always the whole "people want to play as a girl character" thing, too...

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    2. Loli attraction. That is what you are missing.

      This is not exclusive to Roll though, you're a cute blonde uh... "female" you better believe you're not "safe" from certain "fans". Roll is the equivalent of a Nanako romhack in place of Yu from Persona 4.... Oh jeez I just sparked something didn't I?

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    3. play or look up super adventure rockman. it is a bit dark but it puts an emphases of why roll is important the comics highlight her character very well throughout the series and while she is just kinda there she is very important to the series. if i remember hearing right she helps Dr.Light finish X and she is also a reason Blues sticks around in the games among other reasons. the Archie comics really maker her stand out as a character and technically she is the first female robot even if shes not a robot master

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    4. She's cute. That's all you need to know and that's pretty much the diving point of these things.

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    5. People just like her cutesy, simple character design, as well as her appearances in Marvel as well as Tatsunoko vs Capcom. Don't think there's anything more to it.

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    6. that's the whole point, dude. if the creators of something don't care to give a character something to do, well fan will do it.

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    7. Loli protagonist

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    8. It's not that she's "cute", plenty of other characters with arguably more importance to the MMU are cute. Aquaman.exe is cute, Data is cute heck servbots are cute has had playable appearances in crossover titles and play important roles in major game releases in the series, yet they don't have anywhere near the amount of fandom or dedication, Capcom fanboys those characters more than any fan does. Heck there are actual WOMEN type characters that have a semblance of importance to events and such that role swap playable characters in official main games but don't have a small tiny little fraction of a following.

      Yeah it's most definitely the Loliness.

      Also here's something I don't get in this specific case, if people actually wanted to give Roll depth in the absence of Capcom doing so, why go outta their way to retain Roll's regular attire, where is Roll's battle mode like Rokko Chan?

      Even official Capcom employees have a creepy fixation with Roll, with the official sexual references and unofficial.... Ahem!

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    9. Alright, well... I was seriously trying not to have the topic steer that'a way... but I guess it was inevitable.

      Incidentally, Anonymous (March 28, 2017 at 3:36 PM) raises a good point (though I don't think this was the point they were trying to make)... let's see Roll in her Upon a Star combat gear once in a while!

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    10. Come on. You're thinking about it WAAAAAY to much, guy. Roll is just the by default female counterpart to rock/Mega, so if someone make a mod consisting in playing as a female player, it's her (if someone wanted to make a mod for the X serie, it would be Alia, Zero Serie, Ciel...as simple as that it happen that theses people work on classic). there would be no reason to make a mod about data or aquaman.exe, for exemple. And as for the other women character who actually have something to do with the plot, none of them are more fitted as a counterpart of Megaman, which explain why she is choosed.
      They could make a mod about Protoman or Bass, but you sometime get the occasion to play as them officially anyway, and it would be missing the point of making a female player.
      Now for the fanbase and dedication, for as little devellopement she get in the game, she's still part of the main cast and a basis of the "megaman cast formula" (you know, blue hero, red Rival/allie, purple evil rival, pink or red girl) and as the first one, she is the most emblematic of the Red/pink girl, when someone make fan-art or something, the default choice of character will be on the hero or his comrad, allie, big bad or rival rather than the normal bosses or ennemis, and female character tend to get lot of fanart (just look at how easy it is to find Tron Bone or Roll casket compared to other Legend characters). Add that roll will get more fan-art than any Alia, Ciel, Prairie or Aile and Ashe (despite the latter two being actually main characters in their games) because there's more fan art of classic serie than the others.
      I don't say that there is not a lot of lolicon fan who like Roll for this reason. obviousely there are load of them, especially for the fan-art part, but that's not the point here. she's just the simplest choice if you want to mod something.

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    11. I am not challenging the Mega Man/Roll Man(?) Male/Female dynamics concept, I am talking about using any justification to at all shoehorn Roll into unorthodox roles, and the dedicated fandom of the character period. This specific case isn't even that bad an example of what I'm talking about, I'm more so referring to the general appeal of these types of characters.

      "if someone wanted to make a mod for the X serie, it would be Alia"

      That is what I meant by there are actual official role swap characters, I wasn't talking about random "important women" I was specifically referencing MMX8's Alia=X, Layer=Zero Pallette(OK not really womanly but still)=Axl.

      "there would be no reason to make a mod about data or aquaman.exe, for exemple."

      You are missing the point, you are thinking too narrow, I am saying there is no fan out there willing to say... mod Aquaman.exe's MMBN6 sprite into MMBN5 to play the entire game with or something. Even tho he's "cute" he just doesn't generate that kind of fan interest.

      I agree with you that Roll is well known, popular and iconic, but that is what I am talking about, why? Proto Man/Blues is the jealous, defective, shield wielding, atomic powered mysterious brother that finds no place in the world and lashes out finding his purpose, Bass is the anti Mega Man that doesn't want anything to do with his creator's agenda and wants to beat everything because of his own pride, eventually pitting him in positions of anti-heroism, Rush is a submarine, pogo, motorcycle, jet board and pack transforming robo dog among other things. Roll for up to 7 main games is just there, no not throwing buckets of sea or shooting boob missiles like in crossover games, not selling you items in shops, not even brooming.... Just there....

      And hey listen I don't mind people liking Roll just based on design and gender preference or anything, heck I like Cygnus Wing just on design alone, but there is a clear divide to how far fans take Roll compared to in my opinion any other Mega Man character and yes... *squints* *looks left*.. *looks right*.. I know I'll regret this but... even including Mega Man..........Himself!..... Ok, that's extra exaggerating, maybe not that far but still.

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  7. Neat-o, definitely gonna give these a playthrough.

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  8. Nice but same robot masters to fighting against. Maybe they should edit those robot masters into female robot masters ? I do not care about Roll but just suggest. :)

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  9. Amazing news, I'm loving all these hacks. Respects to the modder for all this work.

    More Roll is always good.

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  10. Roll-Chan World 2 crashes for me at the stage intro screen. This true for anyone else?

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