R3’s Alt Ad Art

My scheduled update is taking too long, so here’s something small but fun to tide you over. It’s an advert for Rockman 3 that ran in Japanese gaming magazines in 1990. As a point of interest, it actually uses an alternate version of the Japanese box art.


Famicom Family

As the boss characters appear, Rockman is ready for them!!

20XX A.D., Peace has returned thanks to the efforts of the super-robot “Rockman”. Defeated, Dr. Wily has reformed himself and agreed to cooperate on the development of “GAMMA”, a giant robot for the sake of protecting world peace. Then suddenly… Robot rebellions break out all over the planet! Is Dr. Wily up to his old tricks again? Or is this some sort of alien invasion? With his trusty dog Rush by his side, Rockman is more powered up than ever!! Get ready for a climactic showdown!!

Rockman 3
The End of Dr. Wily!?

Family Computer Casette
ROM Cartridge Action Game
On sale September 28 for the sticker price of 6,500 yen

This version has quite a few little differences from the final piece. All the bosses’ faces in lined up in the same row. Gamma also looks a little different with his light and shadowing, and different enemy characters are shown.

Here’s the same image from Rockman Memories. It’s text-free, but in a much lower quality.

Compare to the normal Rockman 3 box art below:

Think I like the alternate version better, personally. Too bad it wouldn’t fit properly on a Japanese Famicom box.

6 Comments to "R3’s Alt Ad Art"

  1. RADIX's Gravatar RADIX
    2011/04/04 Monday - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Bit odd that the only RM whose eyes have those shines in them is Hardman’s…

    Another great find. 🙂

  2. 2011/04/06 Wednesday - 10:01 am | Permalink

    I’m gonna sound like a noob, but, I’m betting there’s a LOT of stuff on Memories and Perfect Memories that wasn’t included in R20, yeah? BTW, the Japan ad is going up on the Database as soon as I’m able. Very nice!

  3. 2011/04/06 Wednesday - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. You saved me some cash with the info.

  4. Flame's Gravatar Flame
    2011/04/09 Saturday - 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Huh. Gamma in the unused pic has only one eye… hmmm. interesting.

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