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Mega Man the Wily Wars SRAM+

Hack of Mega Man: The Wily Wars

Description:

Fixes the movement delay and increases fire rate by 67%.

Included is an optional version of the patch that on top of doing the above, also gives you 2x as much magnet beam ammo, allows 5 bullets to be on screen at once instead of 3, and allows you to slide in all games.

Should be applied to an UNMODIFIED 2.00 MB (2,097,152 bytes) european Mega Man the Wily Wars rom. Do not use the JP rom or patch this over Motzilla’s SRAM hack (which is included in the patch).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Mega Man - The Wily Wars (Europe)
  • (No-Intro version 20130710-102701)
  • ROM/File SHA-1: EA9AE2043C97DB716A8D31EE90E581C3D75F4E3E
  • Patched ROM/File SHA-1: CF8C4CB323C7B167EBD52C3F0486E4261F0DA2D5

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User Review Information

Game-Breaking But Feels Oh So Good

Reviewed By: Eldrethor on 14 Mar 2019

When The Wily Wars first became accessible to the world, the idea of a 16-bit remake of the first three Megaman games, plus additional content, seemed like a crazy-good thing. Too bad it had a cryptic save feature, ran at a native 50 Hz, and gave Megaman a painfully slow shooting speed, among other problems. The patches seen here correct these issues to a certain extent, but there’s a bit of roughness that can still use some polish.

Because the game was an online Europe-only release, it used a peculiar save method that isn’t typical for cartridges with battery backup saves, and it was capped at the PAL-standard 50 Hz speed. Both patches fix this issue by standardizing the save feature and bumping up the speed to a faster NTSC-grade 60 Hz. While the save feature is a relief, the speed increase causes the music to play at faster speeds, which isn’t a big problem, but it can be a bit jarring for players who are used to the slower beats of the original. Though with the trade-off being faster gameplay, I think it’s well worth it.

Another feature that’s common to both patches is the increase in bullet speed for the Mega Buster, which is a welcome feature because of how painfully crippling the base speed is, but this is where the patches run into a critical problem. There is a lack of button response when trying to fire multiple shots in quick succession. While it’s possible to get three or five shots on screen (depending on which patch you choose), there’s a strange lag gap between shots in which you’re unable to fire off another shot, and this is most obvious when trying to rapid-fire with a turbo button setting. It’s an annoying problem that’s a little less worse if you go with the Flow patch that allows five shots on screen, but the overall feel of the shooting is very off.

While the Faithful patch is a nice change for the game, the Flow patch is the one that steals the show. By enabling the slide ability across all three games, Megaman gains a colossal advantage over obstacles that would normally be very challenging, to the point of game-breaking. You can now slide under Big Eyes with ease, and Quick Man’s laser gauntlet can be beaten with far less effort. Purists may find it a bit excessive, but being able to dodge things more easily feels surprisingly good.

The last bit of icing on the cake is the removal of the movement delay, which results in a tighter feel of control over our hero. It’s a nice touch that’s overshadowed by the slew of other features here, but it’s a nice change from how things were in the base game. I can’t imagine going back to the way things were.

Overall, I enjoyed the Flow patch tremendously, more so than Faithful, and I highly recommend it. Sure, the firing rate needs some fixing, and the slide feature is definitely a game-breaker, but it makes the first two games a bit less frustrating and a lot more fun, and those pros make up for whatever cons are present.

Version 0.5 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Game-Breaking But Feels Oh So GoodEldrethor14 Mar 20190.5Yes
Still not quite accurate to the NES versionmushroomblue14 Feb 20180.5No
Nice addonsleepy11 Feb 20180.5Yes