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Title Screen

Mega Man 7

Also known as: Rockman 7: Shukumei no Taiketsu! (JP)
Developers: Capcom, unknown external company (Minakuchi Engineering?)
Publishers: Capcom (JP/US), Laguna (EU)
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: March 24, 1995
Released in US: September 1995
Released in EU: March 1995


EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Dr. Willy has escaped from prison, thanks to some robots he stashed away for just such an occasion! At least in Mega Man 7, they don't even try to pretend the main villain is someone other than Dr. Wily...

Due to “Bad Timing” on part of the dev team, the game was only in development for three months before it was released.

Sound Test

Got a good soundtrack, too.

Code C0062004 (C0062804 for the Japanese version) will load a sound test after the Capcom logo. The cursor used to choose between sound effects and music is invisible.

Object Viewer

Objective!

Code C0062002 (C0062802 for the Japanese version) will load a fairly complex object viewer after the Capcom logo. Controls are as follows:

  • Left / Right – Cycle through object animations.
  • A + D-Pad – Move object around.
  • B + Up or Down – Cycle through objects.
  • X + D-Pad – Flip object horizontally or vertically.
  • Y – Play current animation.
  • D-Pad (2P) – Move cursor.
  • Y + Left or Right (2P) – Change width of cursor.
  • Y + Up or Down (2P) – Change length of cursor.

Unused Beat Weapon

Beat?

Setting 7E0B9D to FF will allow you to select an unimplemented weapon, Beat, from the weapons subscreen. Beat will take the Super Adapter's place on the subscreen. Its icon has been removed from the game, however, replaced with a green M.

Beat!

This picture of the Rockman 7 prototype shows the removed icon. Note also that its position in the final matches its position in the prototype, while the B. Shield and S. Adapter have been moved around.

Rockman7Sample-BeatIcon.png

...not Beat.

Unfortunately, in both versions the weapon is completely unimplemented. Most likely, the Beat weapon would have acted like it did in Mega Man 5 and 6, with Beat flying into enemies while still allowing you to shoot your buster (but not charge it). In 7, the buster behavior is the same, but Beat will never appear to attack enemies, making it pretty much worthless.

This weapon was replaced some time in the game's development with the Beat Whistle, an item that lets you escape from bottomless pits.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

1P and 2P Cursors

Object Viewer ID #2C, Animations 01-02

Player one, get ready! Player two, get ready!

Variants of the stage select cursor that aren't present at all in the prototype. There is a 2P mode in the game, but it's a fighting game and the character select uses no cursor. There might have been plans for a cooperative version of the main game.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Objects and Animations

Mega Man

MegaMan7-MMUnused1.png Mega Man doing... something, I'm not really sure. Possibly meant for a cutscene.


MegaMan7-MMUnused2.png Mega Man has a throwing animation, similar to many weapons from games before it such as the Metal Blade. This being present possibly means the lineup of weapons could've changed drastically.


MegaMan7-MMUnused3.png A bunch of sprites for varying purpose in the intro stage. Not much to say about it.

Burst Man

Object Viewer ID #0C, Animation 06

I'm gonna blow you up!

This animation of Burst Man never appears in-game. Perhaps he was meant to shoot bombs out from his head?

Junk Man

Object Viewer #32, Animations 04-07

Spinny.

There are variants of the spinning drums found in Junk Man's stage.

Bigger. Biggest!

There are four different versions of the drum, and only the two smaller ones appear in the stage.

Bunby Met

Object Viewer ID #35, Animations 00-14

Flying mushy meat balls?

This object's graphics were removed from the final version. However, the prototype still has them.

Oh, it's one of those.

Probably meant for the intro stage, where they would come in from the background after Dr. Wily escaped from prison.

Waaah! I'm shrinking!

After dropping off the Mets, they'd retract their arms and fly off. Even in the prototype version, this object isn't used, however.

There's nothing particularly funny about rubble.

Rubble graphics also appear in this object pack.

Even though the prototype has some of the graphics of the object, the object animations only go up to 0A. The final's object animations go up to 14, meaning that the Bunby Met was worked on after the prototype. Unfortunately, whatever graphics were associated with the additional animations have been lost.

Time Bomb Platforms

Object Viewer ID #3B, Animations 00-07, 0B-10

One is used. Seven aren't. Makes perfect sense to me!

A whopping seven variants of the floating Time Bomb platform are unused in the game. The only version that's used is the 4-count platform moving right. The left-moving version isn't used at all.

Wily Saucer

Object Viewer ID #47, Animations 01-02

Here I come, Mega Man!

These two larger versions of the escaping Wily Saucer aren't used in the final, but were used in the prototype.

Bass

Object Viewer ID #4A, Animations 19-1A

blah blah blah...

Bass talking and standing upright while in his Treble fusion state. He never gets a chance to do this.

Blink blink

Bass standing upright in his Treble fusion state.

Shade Man Objects

Object Viewer ID #4F, Animation 05

Seizure time!

An odd object found in the same pack as the other Shade Man projectiles. Might have been meant to appear around Mega Man while petrified.

Eddie

Object Viewer ID #57, Animation 01

I'm not hyper! Seriously!

Eddie standing still. He constantly rocks back and forth in-game.

Dr. Light

Object Viewer ID #74, Animation 07

OBJECTION!

Dr. Light talking while pointing. Looks rather strange, which is probably why it wasn't used.

Hyper Bolt

Object Viewer ID #86, Animation 0E

Hyperactive Hyper Bolt

An odd image of the Hyper Bolt found with the rest of the graphics in Big Eddie's.

Hey, free stuff!

The black lines in the image fit perfectly with the Bolt counter in Auto's shop. Was this used for free items?

Huge Weapon Capsule

Object Viewer ID #8D, Animation 01

It's so huge!
I want one, dangit!

Definitely meant to be something that could be found with Rush Search, but none are placed in-game.

The item is fully functional, though, and acts like an instant W-Tank (similar to how the huge energy capsule acts like an instant E-Tank). It can be placed in-game by setting 7E19CA to 1F and 7E19CB to 0B. This will take the place of the first item on screen.

Unknown Item

Object Viewer ID #8D, Animation 06

Yeah, what is this thing?

Another item that never appears in the game. Perhaps this acted like an instant S-Tank?

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan US
RM7FinalTitle.png Megaman7Title.png

Just like all other Mega Man sequels before it, the subtitle was removed in the localization. In Japan the full title is Rockman 7: Shukumei no Taiketsu! (宿命の対決!, lit. "Showdown of Destiny!").


  • In the Japanese version, Roll or Auto may replace Dr. Light in the scenes explaining the abilities of the special weapon obtained, each with their own description.
  • The Japanese intro listed the previous six games with their release years, similar to Mega Man 10 fifteen years later.
  • The boss introduction scene has a small description of their stage in the Japanese version, such as "Don't Slip!" for Freeze Man's stage and "Champ of the Roads" for Turbo Man's stage.
  • Some of the weapons have slightly different names. For example, Scorch Wheel is Burning Wheel in the Japanese version, Noise Crush is Crush Noise, Thunder Bolt is Thunder Strike, and Proto Shield is Blues Shield.
Japan US
Period period period period period period. The hell with hesitation, I AM THREATENING!

There is a slight change to the ending. In the Japanese version, after Dr. Wily tells Rockman that robots cannot harm humans, Rockman stops charging his Buster and remains silent. In the American translation, the silence is replaced by a threat to kill Wily, although the text speed was not changed.

(Source: Rockman Perfect Memories)

Revisional Differences

  • For obvious copyright reasons, the version of the game emulated in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 removes both the Famicoms in the background of Junk Man's stage and the Game Boy that can sometimes be dug up with the Rush Search. These changes were not reverted for the Nintendo Switch release.
Original Release Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
Rockman 7-Famicoms & GameBoy.png MMLC2 MM7 JunkManLevStart.PNG
  • During the ending, there's a typo in the original English script, where Mega Man says, "I don't trust you, Wily! I gonna do what I should have done years ago!!" This was fixed in the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 where his line is, "I don't trust you, Wily! I'm gonna do what I should have done years ago!!"
  • In the original English script, Bass utters "damn" in Shade Man's stage. However, in Mega Man Anniversary Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, he says "darn".
  • Due to problems with emulating the SNES's Mode 7 capabilities, the closing movie animation, up to and including the "cast photo" scene, is not shown in the Mega Man Anniversary Collection. The Robot Master design credits are all shown right after the sound composer credits, while in the original SNES version, they were scattered throughout the list. Bass and Treble's names still appear during the credits.

Oddities

MegaMan7 Wily Intro.png

Dr. Wily is only seen from the chest up while he's hovering over Earth menacingly in the intro. Removing layers while this is happening reveals that he has some rather... odd proportions.

(Source: Sprites, Inc.)