A long while back, a Legends of Localization reader sent in a question about one of the old Game Boy Mega Man games:
Hi, I’ve been following LoL for a while, and I’m curious about something pertaining to Rockman World 5 (Mega Man V)’s ending.
I’ve read somewhere that apparently in the Japanese version, final boss Sunstar/Sungod willingly blows himself up after being moved by Mega Man’s speech. By contrast, the English version has him involuntarily blow up as a result of a damaged fusion reactor. For a Mega Man game, I find this to be a fascinating character change, and I’d like some confirmation on just how the Japanese ending goes.
Let’s take a look at the scene in question in both languages:
|Rockman World 5 (Game Boy)||Mega Man V (Game Boy)|
|Japanese Version (basic translation)||English Version|
|…Are you okay?|
Here, hold on to me.
We’ll get you repaired at Dr. Light’s laboratory.
|Are you OK?|
Here, grab my shoulder.
I’m sure you can be fixed at Dr. Light’s lab.
|Rockman… Why… Why are you helping me?||Megaman… Why? Why are you helping me?|
|Because we’re fellow robots, of course.||Because we are both robots.|
|Rockman. We robots were created by humans to be tools of war.||Yes. And we were both created to fight!|
|No!! You’re wrong, Sun God!|
I’ve been fighting just now too, but I… I’ve been fighting to make the world peaceful!
And so that humans and robots can live in harmony…!
|No, you’re wrong!|
I only fight when I am forced to protect the world from those who would pit machines against man.
I believe humans and robots can live in peace!
This peaceful world you speak of was unimaginable for my civilization, but with your help, maybe it CAN become a reality.
But, for that to happen, this fortress must be destroyed.
A powerful bomb has been planted inside me, and there’s little time until it explodes.
I want my final act to be a helpful one, as the kind of robot you speak of.
But I will never know. My fusion reactor is going critical, and when it does, it will destroy this entire fortress.
|Go!! Quickly!||Leave now!|
In the original Japanese scene, the final boss comes to realize that perhaps it is possible for humans and robots to coexist peacefully, and that:
- The hero is probably the only one who can do it
- This fortress of evil robots must be destroyed
On top of this, the boss states that a bomb inside him has been activated, and although he probably has little choice to begin with, he decides to blow up the fortress along with himself in a final act of valor.
In the English scene, the script begins the same, but the final boss doesn’t seem convinced by the hero’s argument. He doesn’t realize that the hero can help humans and robots coexist peacefully, and he doesn’t clearly sacrifice himself for that goal. Instead, he simply tells the hero to run away before his energy source blows up.
So it seems that the rumor is true: the ending of the English version is different from the original Japanese version. Granted, it’s not a particularly heavy story, but there’s definitely a nice little character arc that was lost in translation. I don’t know if this scene has any connection to later games – I would assume not, but let me know if I’m wrong. In any case, hopefully this offers a little bit of insight into the ending for fans of the series!