Plot : OK—I admit it—the storyline in this game is really, really generic. Really. It's basically the same as the other five games—Dr. Wily has created robots that are out the destroy Mega Man and he must kill or be killed. Simply brilliant. Anyhow, in the third installment of the series, you team up with a neat mechanical dog of yours named Rush. He helps you jump and can even be turned into a floating platform you can ride on...weird. One of the coolest things you can do in the game is use your fallen foes powers on other enemies. Coolness.
You've no doubt seen my obsession with Mega Man...just look around the site. Icons, wallpaper and logos strewn with Mega Man graphics. Well, lookie here maw, here's the source of this madness!
Challenge: A+. Well, in addition to beating the usual eight robots, you have to conquer four additional bosses from Mega Man II—another beauty, by the way—before you face even more robots and levels, eventually leading to Dr. Wily himself. This is a difficult game, yet it keeps you going. I don't often find myself so enthusiastic after dying.
Me : Damn, Shadowman just kicked my ass! That's OK, though, you know what I did wrong? I forgot to slide, and I jumped instead.
Of course to the casual observer (you) that exchange seems phony and lame, but I guess I'm just trying to say that you will keep at the game with great enthusiasm. Or maybe that's just me.
Graphics: A. I think the NES was only capable of displaying 64 colors on screen at once. When playing Mega Man III it seems like every single color is in use. In contrast to drab, boring backgrounds on some games, MM3's is colorful, pleasing to the eyes, and in some places animated! The good use of shadows only adds to the effect.
Sound: A+. By far the best music on any NES game...save for Tecmo Super Bowl, perhaps. Every single track is completely memorable and immerses you in the game. Capcom his the nail right on the head.
Fun: A+. Definitely the best platform game ever to grace the NES, which says a lot because the majority were of the said genre..."NONSTOP ACTION THAT WILL KEEP YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT™" ... *Cough*
Overall: A+. I was fortunate; I acquired the cartridge in an auction for a Top Loading NES. DOUBLE ECSTACY. The best of the Mega Man series by far. If you don't own this game, I hate you. Really. I HOPE YOU DIE. But if you do have the game congratulations. :D