Challenge - Information
The game's Challenge mode is the part of the game that you go
to under one of a few conditions: A) You've played the Robot Masters to death. B) You're bored with Construction mode. C) You want to experience a new definition of frustration while somehow managing
to have fun.
For the most part, Challenge revolves around the third option listed. It's
the part of the game where even the most experienced Rockman gamer can test
their skills on a total of 100 different missions involving Rockman and the
eight Robot Masters. Successfully completing all 100 gains you Blues as a
playable character (and coming from someone who has done the rigorous requirements
for this, it's one heck of a bonus).
To unlock a set of missions, you first have to have that character playable.
As mentioned above, defeating the Robot Masters with only the Rock Buster (no charged
shots) damages the boss instead of destroying them, and Dr. Right will repair the
boss and you can play as that character. 90 of the missions involve Rockman
and the eight Robot Masters, and the last 10 consist of survival missions against
the bosses in the game (think of Rockman: Complete Works/Rockman X2: Soul Eraser endurance battles). The Boss Attack challenges aren't made available until you've completed New Style at least once, however.
Missions are varied across a wide spectrum of tasks. Each one has a specific
goal, and you have usually a set means of accomplishing the task, which is made
plainly obvious to you. However, the challenges all have specific elements to
them which may make your day a bit less bright. They include:
HEALTH LIMIT: This regulates your starting HP (hit points). A great deal
of the challenges give you only 1HP, so you'd better bone up on not getting
TIME LIMIT: Many missions have a set time limit that you need to complete
the objective(s) in. If you fail, your character explodes. Whee!
ITEM PICKUPS: Other missions require that you collect a Retry Flag or
certain number of items, such as Score Balls. The vast majority of these have
unlimited time, although there are those annoying ones that give you a time
BODY COUNT: This revolves around destroying a set number of enemies or
Party Balls usually by any means necessary (Buster or Master Weapons). Some
of these are also timed, which makes things even more fun.
You can restart any Challenge you're in by hitting the Select button, but be
warned - you're allowed to pause, and Select is notoriously close to Start...