Mega Man X3 (SNES)
|Mega Man X3|
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Dr. Doppler, whoever he is, is suddenly bent on world domination! Could Sigma be behind this? (Spoiler: Yes.)
Because Capcom was focusing their efforts on the PlayStation and Saturn at this point, development on X3 was outsourced to Minakuchi Engineering, who had previously worked on the Mega Man games for the Game Boy. Although the game is still good in its own right, many fans say the results show.
This game has the same exact Cx4 test that Mega Man X2 does, and it's even activated the same way. Hold B on controller 2, then turn the game on. It doesn't affect gameplay, it's just a developer's tool.
Oddly enough, continuing to hold B on controller 2 after the test will mute the Capcom logo jingle and cinematic intro music for one loop. This did not happen in Mega Man X2.
Starting at SNES address $03874C is programming for a map editor. Use these Pro Action Replay codes to reach it:
00A32D22 00A32E4C 00A32F87 00A33003
During gameplay, pause the game to enter the game's Map Editor mode. If you hold R while pausing, the text palette will be different (the background and text palettes will sometimes conflict). The controller instructions are as follows:
|Input||Controller 1 Function||Controller 2 Function|
|D-Pad||Moves screen.||Move tile cursor.|
|A||Toggles the game's sprite layers.||Copies current tile.|
|B + D-Pad||Faster cursor speed.||Faster cursor speed.|
|Y||Toggles index viewing for tiles(?).||Pastes copied tile.|
|L + R + X||Exits the Map Editor.||Cycles through tiles.|
Text index $02.
Text index $13 and $14. The same object viewer found in other Mega Man games. In this one, only the debug text remains...?
Unused Ganseki Character
This type of Ganseki Carrier isn't used in game. It flies back and forth with a large spike ball and will fire at X/Zero when they're in range. Unlike the other types of Ganseki Carrier that eventually drop what they're holding, this type does not. When you kill it, the spike ball drops to the ground. The ball reflects all shots and damages you, as expected.
Video footage can be seen here from 0:00 to 0:18.
Unused Wild Tank Behavior
The Wild Tank enemy is digging out of the ground in this screenshot. This type of Wild Tank is initially invisible. When the player comes close enough, the enemy "digs" upward by 12 pixels, creating a dust cloud. In the final game, all Wild Tanks appear above ground by default.
Video footage can be seen here from 0:18 to 0:36.
Unused Vertical Boss Door
An unused set of vertical boss doors can be found above Blast Hornet's boss room. They seem to work as intended, though the graphics either aren't loaded properly or no longer exist.
Video footage can be seen here from 0:37 to 0:57.
The back of the Mega Man X3 box sheds some light on this mystery! At one point, it was indeed possible, or at least planned, to drop in on Blast Hornet via the ceiling. This is rather strange, because nowhere else in Mega Man X3 does the game ever have you drop in from above on a boss.
Vertical boss doors were used in Mega Man X2.
A very odd boss that's completely unused in the game. It looks like a glitched Ride Armor, though its intended appearance is currently unknown. It drops from the top of the screen until it hits the floor, and then does absolutely nothing else until you destroy it. Despite the fact that it flashes when hit, it has no invulnerability time.
Video footage can be seen here from 0:57 to 1:36.
By forcing the selected weapon into an invalid slot, a letter W icon is displayed. Its intended palette is unknown (the colors change if, for example, the game switches control to Zero in the intro stage). For some reason, this also messes up the colors of other objects. It can be seen when playing as X with the PAR code 7E1EE214 by pausing, pressing up or down, then unpausing.
As tradition, the eight Mavericks had their names changed outside of Japan.
|Explose Horneck||Blast Hornet|
|Frozen Buffalio||Blizzard Buffalo|
|Gravity Beedbood||Gravity Beetle|
|Acid Seaforce||Toxic Seahorse|
|Electro Namazuros||Volt Catfish|
|Scissors Shrimper||Crush Crawfish|
|Screw Masaider||Tunnel Rhino|
|Shining Tigerd||Neon Tiger|