Released in Japan between 1987 and 1993, the original six Rockman games are among the most fondly remembered and treasured classic games not only on the Famicom, but in all of retro gaming. The original six Rockman game still fetch upwards of $100 each complete in box today, and near that for their NES Megaman counterparts.
Part of the lasting legacy of the original Rockman games goes back to the games themselves; their re-playability, perfect difficulty balance, varied and fresh game mechanics, and some of the best level design this side of Miyamoto’s notebook. Add it all up and you get a brilliant series of near perfect games.
The original 6 Rockman games were re-released for the PS1 starting in 1999 in Japan. Believe it or not, each game was sold separately, and the titles boasted no graphical upgrades to the games themselves.
You can also find all six games on the Megaman Collection discs for Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox… if you can stand to grind them out on any one of the three woefully inadequate controllers.
There is a better solution, and once again we have crafty game pirates to thank. The Rockman 6 in 1 pirate is exactly that: all six original Rockman games on one pirate Famicom cart. It is a must have for any fan of the series (guilty), pirates (guilty), or amazing Famicom games (guilty once again).
The cart has several variations, but the variations are slight. Some have varied artwork on the carts, and others have slightly different text colors on the menu screen. The menu screen is the same either way; regular san-serif text of each of the titles, I through VI. You move up or down to select the game. Pretty simple.
The games themselves are completely unaltered. No hack sprites or title screens; the games are exactly as you remember them (in Rockman form, that is). There are two notable changes to part 3 and 4, however. In Rockman 3 you start off with 30 lives. This is automatic, and no code is required. In Rockman 4, you start off with infinite lives. This is represented in games by a variety of letter combinations which changes each time you plummet into a hole or explode into floating blue orbs of glory.
Not surprisingly, the Rockman 6 in 1 pirate is not all that common, and highly sought after. It does pop-up on Ebay every now and again, and when it does it goes for in the neighborhood of $50 to $75. Not exactly chump change, but it is six completely awesome games on one cart, and the novelty of the cart alone is worth the price tag.