A fun little game that Nintendo unfortunately seems to have forgotten
about, Joy Mech Fight's story was seemingly inspired by Capcom's highly
successful Mega Man series. However, rather than a platform
hopper, we have a rare sight among NES titles - a two-person fighting
The mode select screen. You
could do the "Tour" which was basically the story mode, or have any
combination of players and computer-controlled fighters duke it out.
I'm no speaker of Japanese, but from what I can tell, the story
revolves around two scientists who have made several robots for the
good of mankind. Long story short, one of them turns evil and
tries to use
the robots to conquer the world. The good doctor (who probably by
no coincidence resembles Dr. Light of Mega Man) takes the one
remaining robot and programs him to fight in an attempt to stop the
As the game begins, you start out only able to control "Pinky", (I
that's his real name, these screens are from a partially translated
ROM) who is pretty generic, toting the ususal fireball and dash attack
seen in most fighting games. His variation on the fireball
involves throwing his own head at the enemy and mysteriously growing a
new one, as seen above.
Each player has three 'lives' in each battle. When a character's
life bar gets depleted, they will take a moment to pull themselves
together as they switch to their next life bar. At this time, the
character who managed to KO the other will regain a bit of life.
The match continues until one player loses all three lives.
Pinky is the victor
After each victory, the Dr. Light look-alike will reprogram the
defeated robot, and you will be able to control him in subsequent
The claw-bot defeats the fire bot,
who defeats the drill bot, who defeats the cyclops bot
Here's a handy feature. Before entering each match, you can check
out your chosen robot's special moves via an in-game tutorial.
It's a crime that things like this weren't incorporated into fighting
games from day one.
After clearing out all the 'normal' robots, you'll face a boss.
The first of these looks like an ostrich, strangely enough. He
to charge and peck at you, then throw you while you're blocking, but if
you make good use of projectiles and jumps you should be able to defeat
After a brief recap of all your victories in the round, you will move
onto the next wave of baddies.
Oh no, they have an evil Pinky in
After the first stage, you won't be able to reprogram any of the robots
you defeat to assist you. Then again, most of them are just
slightly toughened-up clones of the first eight fighters, so I guess
having four or five Pinkys to choose from would be kind of redundant.
If there is one thing I dislike about this game, it is that Joy Mech
shares a common flaw with many fighting games, that being the
'cheeze" factor. It's often easy to defeat your opponents simply
learning a special move or two and then using them repeatedly.
isn't as much of a problem against a human player, but against computer
opponents it can make the game pretty tiresome.