Note: Most info here is conjectural and based on opnions, not actual information.

Key Differences

The key differences between the original Mega Man series (which I call the "Robot Timeline" or "Hardware Timeline") and the MMBN/MMSF series ("Program Timeline" or "Software Timeline"):

Robot TimelineProgram Timeline
Places have the same name from the real world Places have fictional names
Drs. "Right Light" and Albert W. Wily were possibly born and raised in North America Drs. Tadashi Hikari and Wily were possibly born and raised in Japan (Electopia / Nihon)
Dr. Light focused on robotics like his friend Wily Dr. Hikari focused on programs, while Wily worked on robotics
Thanks to both Light and Wily (although Light gains more credit, angering Wily), the robotics field becomes highly advanced Dr. Hikari's project is selected instead of Wily's (making him bitter), and A.I. and internet advance more than robotics
Although robotics is more advanced, advanced Cyberspace is also present (although not as much as MMBN), as seen in MMX4, MMXtreme, and MMZ3. Apparently little work was done in this field, and robotics advanced to the point of having bionics in nature Although the cyberspace is more advanced, advanced robotics is also present (although not as much as original series), examples being the military machines in MMBN3 and the CopyBots/Copyroids. In 22XX they become obsolete due to Matter Waves, which are like "solid holograms" with varying functions
Dr. Wily tried to conquer the world to show that he is superior to Dr. Light. Dr. Light is still alive. Dr. Wily tried to destroy the world that choose Dr. Hikari over him. This happen after Hikari passed away, and Wily appears to be older than his original counterpart. As the period is similar, the two scientists may have born some years earlier.
Nothing is known about Light's Wily's families. Dr. Cossack has a daughter. Drs. Hikari and Wily have sons. Nothing is known about Cossak's family (unless one considers Bass.EXE as his "son").
Duo is a powerful alien robot Duo is a gigantic and extremely powerful alien program
Long period of war Long period of peace
No sights of aliens after 20XX (possibly lacking plans of making contact) Aliens in 22XX (mainly due to WAZA/WAXA making contact with Planet FM)

Robot Timeline (+)

  • Mega Man and Mega Man 2
    • Rockman The Puzzle Battle (alternate version of MM1)
    • Mega Man Powered Up (alternate version of MM1)
      • Rockman Go Go! (alternate version of MMPU)
  • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Man II
  • Mega Man 4
  • Mega Man's Soccer
  • Tobe! Rockman (Mega Man's training sections between MM3-5)
  • Mega Man III
  • Mega Man Rush Marine
  • Mega Man 5
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Rockman Tennis
  • Mega Man (Game Gear)
  • Rockman Panic Fire
  • Mega Man IV
  • Mega Man V
  • RockBoard
  • Super Adventure Rockman
  • Rockman Space Rescue
  • Mega Man (PC)
  • Mega Man Pinball
  • Rockman Slot
  • Mega Man 3 (PC)
  • Chokkan! Rockman
  • Mega Man 6
  • Mega Man 7
  • Mega Man: The Power Battle
  • Mega Man 8
  • Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
  • Mega Man: Battle & Chase
  • Rockman Strategy (in an alternate timeline)
  • Rockman Bug Sweeper (a game played by Auto or Mega Man's training section)
  • Rockman no Dot Art Logic (played by Auto or someone else)
  • Rockman Solitaire (played by Auto or someone else)
  • Mega Man & Bass
  • Rockman Poker (during MM&B)
  • Rockman GP (during MM&B)
  • Rockman & Forte: Mirai Kara no Chousensha
  • Rockman Gold Empire
  • At least 1 year passes
  • Mega Man 9-10
  • Rockman Diver (Mega Man is decommissioned due to his expiration date)
  • Mega Man X series
  • Elf Wars
  • Mega Man Zero series
  • Mega Man ZX series
  • Mega Man Legends series

Program Timeline (+)

  • Mega Man Battle Network
    • Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star
  • Mega Man Network Transmission
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3
  • Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge / Rockman.EXE N1 Battle
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4
  • Rockman.EXE 4.5 Real Operation
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5
  • Rockman.EXE: The Medal Operation
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6
  • Rockman.EXE Battle Chip Stadium
  • Rockman.EXE Phantom of Network
  • Rockman.EXE Legend of Network
  • Mega Man Star Force series
  • Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star

Mega Man Omniverse

  • Robotic Timeline (Capcom)
    • Robotic Timeline+ (Capcom + side games and licensed games)
    • Bad Box Art Timeline (Monstropolis)
      • Street Fighter X Tekken
    • Mega Man Powered Up
    • Rockman Strategy (Duo stays on Earth)
    • Mega Man's Soccer's unused ending (Mega Man is apparently destroyed after playing soccer, leading to Proto Man continuing his fight for everlasting peace?)
    • Maverick Hunter X
    • Mega Man X2 (Zero / Black Zero)
    • Mega Man X3 (Zero appears / Doppler appears)
    • Mega Man X5 (Eurasia destroyed by Hunters / Eurasia crashed)
      • Mega Man X5 (X remembers Zero / X forgot Zero)
    • Mega Man X6 (Zero found / Zero M.I.A.)
    • Zero is sealed > MMZ series / Zero stays (longer) > X8 and MMXCM
    • Mega Man ZX (Vent / Aile / Both?)
      • Mega Man ZX Advent (Ashe / Grey / Both?)
    • Mega Man Universe (cancelled game)
    • Maverick Hunter (cancelled game)
    • Marvel vs. Capcom series (Earth-30847)
    • Street Fighter X Mega Man
    • Mega Man Megamix
    • Rockman manga
    • Ruby Spears
    • Archie Comics
      • Sonic the Hedgehog comic (pre-Genesis Wave)
      • Sonic the Hedgehog comic (post-Genesis Wave)
      • Sonic Boom comic
      • Other worlds from Capcom and Sega (comic version)
    • Dreamwave Comics
    • Man of Action
    • Mega Man 2 (Worlds of Power)
    • Rockman X-X4 manga
    • Irregular Hunter Rockman X manga
    • Rockman X5 manhua
    • Rockman X The Novel
    • Rockman Zero manga
    • Rockman ZX manga
    • Rockman DASH manhua
    • And others...

  • Program Timeline (Capcom)
    • Program Timeline+ (changes done in Operate Shooting Star)
    • Boktai (another dimension/planet/universe/timeline/whatever that made contact with the original at least 4 times)
    • Anime Timeline (EXE and SSR)
      • Rockman.EXE WS
    • MegaMan NT Warrior (manga)
    • Battle Story Timeline
    • SSR manga
    • SSR Tribe manga
    • And others...
  • Rockman Xover Timeline(s)
  • Real World Timeline (Mega Man is a franchise created by Capcom) ;P
    • Captain N (Mega Man lives in Videoland)
    • Upon a Star (Mega Man is a video game character. Goes well with the Goemon anime)
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

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