Swim or Die! [ IMAGE ]

I made a comic about this very same issue, except pertaining to Mega Man instead of The Legend of Zelda, almost six years ago. Seeing as very few of the Links that appear in the various games in the series are actually the same Link, this can be easily explained. Now Mega Man, on the other hand, who is the same hero throughout his series cannot be as easily explained away. Nonetheless, it’s easy to understand why Capcom chose to follow this formula. They’re trying to avoid being Dragon Ball.

In the Dragon Ball series, as Goku gets stronger his enemies have to get stronger too. In episode 3 of Dragon Ball Z, Goku’s power level is 330. At this point Goku is arguably the strongest person on Earth. In episode 223, Goku’s power level is now 150,000,000… WTF?! That’s just dumb, but what’s even dumber is that his friends are comparable in their own power levels too. Sure Goku is still stronger, but the difference between their levels is not like the difference between 330 and 150,000,000.

So rather than dealing with the idea that Mega Man, or Link, has to continuously retain his abilities and strengths from the previous installments, the video game developers simply choose to press reset and start fresh.

source: Johan Vinet


  • Sammer

    Well, in Dragon Ball it’s the Power Level, in One Piece it’s the reward money and in World of Warcraft it’s the whole stat system. 300k life and 100k dps anyone?

    • Randomesque

      Given the exponential rise of stat ‘power’, does that mean in the next WoW expansion, we’ll all be powerful enough to destroy the planet with the flick of our finger?

  • 3Doubloons

    Doesn’t Megaman have the in-universe explanation that he destroys the weapons he accumulates after each crisis passes to avoid the power getting to his head and becoming the next crisis?

    • Kintrex

      I thought the explanation was that Dr. Light doesn’t think Dr. Wily will ever build new robots to fight against. Maybe I’m getting Bob and George mixed up with canon.

  • DB fan

    Link can’t swim because he’s carrying a sword, shield, and a host of other items. You try swimming with all that extra weight and see how it goes. He needs something magical to overcome that weight, usually something like Zora’s Flippers.

    “That’s just dumb, but what’s even dumber is that his friends are comparable in their own power levels too.”

    While I agree it’s silly, all his friends either

    a) Had their potential unlocked by Guru on Namek
    b) Trained with King Kai
    c) Are a Saiyan

    Ignoring stall tactics such as the solar flare and tri-beam, the non-saiyan characters are still mostly useless after the saiyan saga so it’s not a big deal anyway.

    • K7

      Wolf Fang Fist!

    • kit

      I agree with DB fan ..
      the added weight of the sword alone as well as his other things he is dragging around and the fact link is usually wearing boots would indeed make it hard to swim for anyone… ( i dare someone to go and try swimming in boots! with a life guard present of course)

      seroulsy if anyone should be made fun of for swimming physics it should be the elder scroll series there is no way anyone could swim while wearing full plate mail and lugging what equals the inventory of a small store around…