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Mega Man X3

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Mega Man X3
Publisher: Capcom (JP), Virgin Interactive (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (30 tracks)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-1210G
Sega Saturn
UK
£? T-7029H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-7029H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-7029H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-7029H-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?



Mega Man X3, known as Rockman X3 (ロックマン X3) in Japan, is the third game in the "Mega Man X" series - a spin-off of the Mega Man franchise with more complex platforming and a darker storyline. This game was originally made and released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as the third in a trilogy of Mega Man X games, and then ported to the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation.

This 32-bit version was released in Japan and Europe, but did not initially see release in North America; this version was later included in Mega Man X Collection for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2, which saw only an American release. Reportedly Sony initially rejected the game during its PlayStation approval process, likely for being a 2D game[1], which may have had a knock-on effect for a Saturn release.

Gameplay

Changes from the original SNES version include a redone, arranged soundtrack and placement of copious amount of anime FMVs. One major flaw in the port, though, is really long and frequent load times, which made many a fan prefer the SNES original.

While the PlayStation game with a 256x224 screen resolution (as was the case on the Super NES), the Sega Saturn does not support this resolution, and so opts for 320x224 with added borders either side. This means the PlayStation and Super NES versions are stretched horizontally to fill a 4:3 display while the Saturn version isn't. Given that the artwork was designed with this stretching in mind, this can give the Saturn game a more "squashed" look.

The Saturn version has higher quality full motion video than the PlayStation, with more frames of animation and a larger palette of colours.

Production credits

This article needs a list of production credits, either from the game itself, a manual, or other reliable source.

Uncredited

Like its original SNES release, Mega Man X3 lacks a staff roll, instead ending after its cast roll. The following information pertaining to this version's music is derived from the liner notes of the 2003 soundtrack release of Mega Man X1~6 and related interviews.

BGM Arrangement & Original Music Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Horiyama, Shusaku Uchiyama
BGM Arrangement: Yoshino Aoki[2]
Original Music Composition & Arrangement (for overseas releases): Makoto Tomozawa[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Mega Man X3/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SSM JP 19960510 1996-08.pdfSSM JP 19960510 1996-08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #22: "1996-08 (1996-05-10, 24)" (1996-04-26)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №55, p100/101
60
63 №385, p33
68 №1996/06, p73[4]
57 №45, p76/77[5]
70
23 №81
66 №18, p74/75[6]
57 №1996-07, p235[7]
67 №, p13Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[8]
Sega Saturn
61
Based on
10 reviews

Saturn, EU
MegaManX3 Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, JP
MegaManX3 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgMegaManX3 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
MegaManX3 Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
MegaManX3 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc

References

  1. File:UltraGamePlayers US 089.pdf, page 18
  2. http://www.squareenixmusic.com/features/interviews/yoshinoaoki.shtml
  3. http://www.dashrepublic.org/2012/03/18/exclusive-interview-with-makoto-tomozawa-dash-series-music-composer/
  4. File:MegaFun DE 1996-06.pdf, page 73
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega45UK.pdf, page 76
  6. File:SSM_UK_18.pdf, page 74
  7. File:SSM_JP_19960426_1996-07.pdf, page 237
  8. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 15


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Mega Man X3 (1996) | Mega Man 8 (1997) | Mega Man X4 (1997) | Super Adventure Rockman (1998)