Before we finish up, Mega Mission 1 also included a set of 9 Jumbo cards. These cards are more than twice the size of the regular cards and include new artwork on the front side while sporting artwork pulled from the regular card series on the back. Only 5 of the 9 contain Japanese text that needs translating, providing supplemental information that acts as a sort of crash course on the story and characters. So before we finish up the series proper, let’s do a quick review with Jumbo Carddass’ Rockman X Mega Mission.
|Rockman X Mega Mission Jumbo II|
MISSION FILE Boss Character Data
Burnin’ Noumander Limited
Wheel Alligates Limited
Flame Stagger Limited
Bubbly Crablos Limited
Wire Hetimarl Limited
Boomer Kuwanger Limited
Storm Eagleed Limited
Sting Chameleio Limited
|Notes: “Chameleao” is here spelled “Chameleio” instead, I left it the same. The holo sticker on the front of this card and many of the others reads “X VS D” instead of the regular Mega Mission 1 set’s “X VS Σ”. The HP values are something which the card series uses to compare character durability, but holds no basis in the games or anywhere else. The “α” is the variable alpha, which here represents the added power of Limited.|
|Rockman X Mega Mission Jumbo V|
Rockman X Clear Buster
Rockman X Clear High Buster
Rockman X Clear Armor
|Notes: This file is all about X’s various power ups. The Clear Armor always comes equipped with the Clear High Buster.|
|Rockman X Mega Mission Jumbo VII|
|Notes: A Mission File about Limited, its origin and its strongest forms.|
|Rockman X Mega Mission Jumbo VIII|
|Notes: A Mission File about the current trifecta of evil. Their HP totals lack the “+α” because they were not infused with Limited during the experiments.|
|Rockman X Mega Mission Jumbo IX|
|MEGA MISSION STORY
About 3 months after the showdown with the Counter Hunters, a powerful new threat appeared before Rockman X. This new threat took the form of repliroids that should have already been destroyed by X in the past. X and Zero took action, setting out to discover the truth behind the incidents. During one battle, X’s buster was struck by a mysterious substance (Limited) which clung to it and seemed to become absorbed. This substance caused a mutation effect that powered up X’s buster. Though confused by this new power, X continued to face his threat head-on. Behind the scenes of each regenerated repliroid incident, a mysterious cloaked man (Incept Chaser) was lurking. While investigating the strange events, it was learned that the key figure behind the intrigue was a certain Dr. Doppler. Thanks to information uncovered by Zero, they located Doppler’s hideout in an old abandoned factory. There, X and Zero’s battle continued……
|Notes: This card summarizes the events of the first half of Mega Mission, placing it chronologically some 3 months after the end of X2. X3’s story tells that Doppler built his utopia a few months after X2, and was suspected of being corrupt several months after that. Even though there’s no mention that Doppel Town was already founded or his anti-virus put into common use, it’s hard to imagine Doppler would have been trusted and allowed to do these things if the Hunters already knew he was behind an incident like this. It’s possible that the events in Mega Mission occur over a long period of time, days, weeks, maybe months, but that’s probably reaching too far. Rockman chronology, gotta love it!|
Now that we’re all caught up, presenting our long-awaited exciting conclusion!
|Card No. 39||Description (Back):|
DATA: Held the function of producing Limited organisms. Its body was changed to the final battle form in order to settle the score with X.
WEAPON: Possession of all the anti-Rockman X data collected by the returning Limiteds.
|Notes: The mother computer of all Limited has grown up quite a bit since we last saw her in card 33. Is this the body of the ultimate organism?|
|Card No. 40||Description (Back):|
|Title (Front):||Rockman X Mega Mission Story 21
Mother Limited transformed its own body to Repligigant form to challenge Rockman X to one more final round. Rockman X is in for one grueling battle against that monstrously huge figure!
|X VS M-LIMITED|
|X vs Mother Limited|
|Notes: “Gigant” means giant, rooted from the Greek language. It was the name for Messerschmitt’s enormous Me-323 carrier during World War II, which is how the term became popular in Japan. It wouldn’t be an X series finale without a behemoth of a boss to tackle. X has been through a lot to get to this point. No backing down now!|
|Card No. 41||Description (Back):|
|Title (Front):||Rockman X Mega Mission Story 22
Determined to take on Limited, Rockman X felt a refreshing surge of power welling up within him. Zero too was determined to help Rockman X, despite his injuries. The two came together to form their most extreme combination attack, the Double Buster! The Repligigant Mother Limited was annihilated!!
|X & ZERO VS M-LIMITED|
|X & Zero vs Mother Limited|
|Notes: Overcoming all adversity, X and Zero have found the strength to defeat the evil. Yesssss! But, is the Limited nightmare really over?|
|Card No. 42||Description (Back):|
|Title (Front):||Rockman X Mega Mission Epilogue
Rockman X and Zero managed to evacuate the abandoned factory just before it was destroyed by Mother Limited’s explosion. However, the sound of Doppler’s voice resounded in their heads.
|A New Adversary Has Emerged|
|Notes: X and Zero have escaped the flaming inferno, but so has Dr. Doppler. Some have suggested that this was the mission that X and Zero were on when they were recalled back to the Hunter Base, as seen in X3’s intro, thus leading directly into the game. This is only fan speculation though, since the details of the cards don’t match well with the game and sourcebook-given backstory of X3. Capcom has later come to acknowledge the Mega Mission series as “Bandai/Carddass’s original stories,” implying they are meant as gaidens and making them probable non-canon to the main X series. When first released however, many fans viewed them as the true bridge between the events of the games. Rockman canon has always been open to fan interpretation, so I invite you to decide for yourself!
Coming up next time, Mega Mission 2: Versus Revenge Limited!
|ROCKMAN X MEGA MISSION, END|
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