The Misadventures of Tron Bonne
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The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, known in Japan as Tron ni Kobun (トロンにコブン?, lit. "Tron and Henchmen"), is a video game that was developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation. Released in Japan in 1999 and in North America and Europe in 2000, the game is part of the Mega Man Legends (Rockman DASH) series and the prequel of the first Legends game.
Rather than focusing on the "good guy" characters of Megaman Volnutt and Roll Caskett, the game follows series anti-hero Tron Bonne, sister of the criminal Bonne family of air pirates. The Japanese counterpart included PocketStation support whereas the North American and European version did not. The game is considered by many to be one of the rarest PlayStation games.
Unlike other games in the Mega Man series, TMoTB bears three distinct play styles, each related to a specific mission. Players are tasked with completing (with gradual difficulty) "moving-box" puzzle stages (containers of various contents in Teche and Primiki Harbor), a Descent-like adventure stage, and several action stages similar to the remainder of the Mega Man Legends series (robbing a bank near Gold City and exploring the Nakkai Ruins themselves). Another gameplay aspect is a collection mission built into one of the action missions, located in Sart Farm, where you must gather pigs, cows and horses. Players can choose freely among the three stage types at any time, but each level may only be cleared once. The only exception is the Nakkai Ruins, which can be explored anytime, however the player may only collect Diana's Tear (by defeating the boss) once (afterwards the boss room will be empty).
Instrumental in the game's story is the interaction between Tron and her army of forty loyal Servbots. Each Servbot is given a personality and a few other traits, and the player's investigation and interaction is rewarded with money for the loan, additional parts and weapons for the Gustaff, or other assistance. Servbots also play a role during the adventure and action stages (limited to seven, three or one, depending on the type, generally one leading the others, and called "sniper"), assisting Tron in her quest by ransacking houses or defeating minor threats as the situation and their individual skills warrant. A Servbot's skills may be increased by putting him through training exercises (attack and speed), going on missions (brains) or by disciplining him in the Torture Room (thus lowering the sloth level); in both cases, the effect of the action is determined by a minigame. Some Servbots express their special skill by minigames or by special items.
The family's leader, Teisel, is seeking an ancient ruin (the Nakkai Ruins) to try and uncover a gigantic Refractor (Diana's Tear) that will sell for lots of zenny. He has a short rendezvous with Bon Bonne, but he and Bon are quickly subdued and captured by Glyde (for Teisel defaulting on his 1,000,000 zenny loan), a rival air pirate in the service of Mr. Loath. Tron finds out that the funds used to build the Bonnes' flying fortress was funded by Mr. Loath, and can only watch helplessly, having chosen to act as Spotter for the mission. She is delivered an ultimatum—pay off the loan (of one million zenny), or Teisel and Bon will not be seen again. Seeing no other options, Tron suits up in a custom Gustaff mecha and, along with her army of 40 identical Servbots begins her quest to pay the ransom through any means possible—especially by theft.
During repeated bank robberies, Tron meets and to an extent befriends officer Denise Marmalade, who repeatedly fails to stop her, even when engaging Tron in her own police-issue mecha. In the ruins Tron explores for valuable artifacts, including Diana's Tear that Teisel was meant to find, helps the restless spirit of a man that died trying to find the Fountain of Youth (which was, in fact, a primitive form of root beer), and helps two Diggers fall in love.
After various adventures, Tron brings the one million zenny to Mr. Loath, who then claims that Teisel also owes interest on his loan, to the sum of two million zenny. She proceeds to acquire the requested money, and is then told that she owes interest on the interest. Realizing that Loath will never let Teisel and Bon go, she too is captured and placed in Teisel's cell.
At this point, the player takes control of her Favorite Servbot (who has the distinctive "red head parts"), who sets off on a rescue mission. Though the Favorite Servbot succeeds in freeing Tesiel, Tron, and Bon Bonne and defeats Glyde, Loath is still able to activate the Colossus. The Bonnes at first try to attack it with the Gesselschaft's weapons, but the Colossus' return fire causes Tron to be very seriously injured and Tesiel to get thrown overboard. Thus, the Favorite Servbot and his Servbot crew must now take on the Colossus in the Gustaff. They succeed, Loath and Glyde are defeated, and the Bonnes, reunited, set off for Kattelox Island. At this point, the events of Mega Man Legends takes place.
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne was first revealed in December 1998. A Capcom representative said that although a release was not confirmed yet, the staff would to announce it in a short time due to the popularity of the first Mega Man Legends game. In June 1999, Capcom announced it would include a demo of the sequel Mega Man Legends 2. The demo was meant to provide better graphics and a larger scale universe. It consisted of three selectable events, two being boss fights (against Tron's crabbot and a giant ape-ish Reaverbot, which can be considered as "easy" and "hard", respectively) and the last one the full exploration of the Forbidden Ruins).
Tron Ni Kobun also came with a pre-release demo (or according to Capcom, Trial Version) of Rockman DASH 2 (Mega Man Legends 2). Contrary to some popular belief, this demo isn't by any means a "prototype" or a "beta" of sorts. According to the official Japanese Rockman DASH website by Capcom, the demo is "completely independent" from the final retail product of the game. The demo is known as Rockman DASH 2: Episode 1 ~ Roll-chan Kiki Ippatsu!.
The game has the same voice acting from the rest of the other Legends games for its main characters. In the North American version, Tron Bonne is voiced by Caroly Larson, while Teisel is voiced by Rob Smith (Tesshō Genda in Japan). This is the only game in the Legends series where Ikue Ōtani (who also voices Ash's Pikachu) does not provide Bon Bonne's voice for the North American version. The Japanese version of the game features two vocal songs, "Love Letter" and "Magic!", both sung by Mayumi Iizuka, Tron Bonne's Japanese voice actress.
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According to Media Create sales information, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne was the 212th best-selling video game in Japan in 1999 at 61,127 copies sold. Eidos reported light sales of the game, among other releases, for its first quarter financial results ending June 30, 2000.
In a 2007 retrospective of the Mega Man series, Jeremy Parish of 1UP.com ranked The Misadventures of Tron Bonne as "Worth it!", with comments focused on the gameplay and the playable characters. GameSpot called it a "bridge" between Mega Man Legends and its sequel and that some fans would not find it appealing.
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