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Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future
Box artwork for Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future.
Developer(s) Bandai
Publisher(s) Bandai, Capcom
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Platform
System(s) WonderSwan
Players 1
Preceded by Rockman & Forte
Series Mega Man
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Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future (also translated as Mega Man & Bass: Challenger from the Future in the English version) is a sequel to Rockman & Forte (Super Famicom, 1998), developed by Bandai in cooperation and under license by Capcom, Inc., released in 1999.


The Dimensions attack Symphony City in Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future, (C) 1999 Bandai and Capcom, Inc.

The year 200X. A group of robots calling themselves the Dimensions attacked Symphony City, a city where people and robots lived in peace. Though without any witnesses, the one leading the Dimensions with overwhelming power was a robot like Rockman. He was said to be a dark and wicked person completely obsessed with destruction. Rockman, who heard this news at Right's laboratory, took off to the scene despite being under maintenance. At the same time, Wily saw the dark Rockman, and to ascertain the mystery he sends Forte to the city. Just who is this dark Rockman really?!

R-SHADOW: "My name is Rockman Shadow! I am a robot with great power. I won't forgive those who don't obey me!"

ROCKMAN: "Stop your harming of everyone! Who the heck are you? How can it be you look just like me?"

FORTE: "I've come to end the life of Rockman who I hate this day, but somehow this situation is different than usual."

ROCKMAN: "Forte, I don't have time to be concerned with that now. I must hold back those robots!"

FORTE: "Ch! It can't be helped, Wily's laboratory is near this city. I won't carry out our war of attrition here!"

Note: The year is given in the game as 200X, but this is often considered either a typographical error or a canonical mistake as Forte (Bass) was not created until Mega Man 7, which took place in the 20XX time period (ca. 2013), so a date of 200X is impossible.

Extended story[edit]

Mega Man and Bass come to confront R-Shadow in Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future, (C) 1999 Bandai and Capcom, Inc.

In the year 2016, only one year after King's Robot Rebellion had been quelled (in Rockman & Forte), a futuristic robot came through a time warp and began to attack Symphony City, a city recently developed where robots and human beings could live together in peace (as Dr. Light had originally intended). This robot called himself R-Shadow (or Rockman Shadow) and bore a striking resemblance to Rockman and was accompanied by an army of powerful robots known as the Dimensions. Once there onslaught ensued, Rock was sent with Rush by Dr. Light to investigate and was surprised that R-Shadow looked almost exactly like him, except for his green armor and the visor covering his face. At the same time, Forte was sent by Dr. Wily to see who this new "intruder" was because the attack was in close proximity to his new lab. Thus, for the time being, the two had to set aside their differences and face the new threat set upon the world.

R-Shadow came from the mid-21st century, to be more precise, from the time period that Dr. Wily visited with the Time Sled that he stole a few years prior from the Chronos Institute in order to steal futuristic technology. Wily (according to the Mega Man II manual for the Game Boy) had traveled 37.426 years into the future, which from the year 2010 would have been to the year 2047. In that year he "kidnapped" Rockman and reprogrammed him, turning him into a robot named Quint. That, however, was six years ago (so it would be 2052 in their time). Was this new threat, R-Shadow, Quint, and thus, Rockman, but from the future?

As Rockman (and Forte) got a chance to speak with R-Shadow, he claimed to be Quint, and having returned to his own present time, he spent a few years in anger and then built up an army of his own to return and get revenge on Rock for his past humiliation.

Would Rockman and Forte be able to defeat these time travelers with their advanced technology or would the world be forced to bend to their will?

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