Classic Gaming- Mega Man X2: (1994)

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The original of Mega Man X was wonderful in terms of both gameplay, graphics and storytelling when it was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1993.  The setting for Mega Man X2 takes place shortly after the events from the original X game and includes a few surprises that made the game more interesting.  When the game starts one of the first things that stands out includes how cool the intro was.  Out of all the Mega Man games prior to X2 this game gives players a detailed visual presentation that emphasizes the plot & setting for this title prior to reaching the start menu.  When you start Mega Man X2 you start out with lower health then what you are given in some of the previous games in the series.  The good news is that as the game progresses players will have the opportunity to expand their health meter along with gathering weapons from defeating boss characters in their respective stages.

Mega Man X2 had included some pretty exciting additions to the series including the ability for players to operate machinery in certain stages along with improved in game mechanics and enhanced graphics.  The improved graphics of this game can be credited to the Cx4 chip which was developed by Capcom which played a significant role in enhancing the quality of Mega Man X2 overall.  One of the most fantastic things about Mega Man X2 includes the branching storyline aspect of this game.  In Mega Man X2 players are required to collect the missing parts of Zero after his destruction in the prequel.  If players are unable to collect all of Zero’s components they have to face off against Sigma and a resurrected Zero who seeks vengeance against Mega Man for his own destruction.  However, if you are able to find the various components for Zero you end up dealing with a clone version of him along with Sigma.

The final stage along with the boss battle in this game can seem overwhelming at times.  After defeating Zero players have to battle Sigma not once but twice.  The first time you Sigma is during his “Neo” form and if you somehow manage to survive that encounter you get to battle him in his “Virus” state.  Almost everything about Mega Man X2 was terrific including the storyline development which heavily focused on the events of the 1993 prequel.  In terms of action platform games of the 90’s Mega Man X2 not only delivers in terms of quality gameplay but also in relation to storytelling which contributes to the overall replay value of the game itself.

Classic Gaming- Mega Man III: (1990)

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We all remember how awesome the first two Mega Man games were during the late 80’s.  Not only were the first two Mega Man titles challenging but they were also very fun to play once you got the hang of them.  Even though, the first two Mega Man games were challenging they both pale in comparison to Mega Man III which was released by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990.  While some people might argue that Mega Man III was not as good as the second installment most people would definitely agree that its more difficult then the first two installments for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Unlike second game Mega Man III does not have an intro it just takes players directly to the start screen and they just begin playing after choosing the first boss they want to battle.

It did not seem to matter which stage you played they were all very difficult since there were too many ways to lose. The first boss you battled as Mega Man was usually the most difficult because you had no special weapons to start out with which made defeating him very difficult to some people.  The boss order for this game is important because there are some bosses who are tougher than others along with the fact that weapons you gain after defeating each one is a vital part of helping one progress throughout the game.  While opinions may vary on who the most difficult bosses in the game were the truth is Mega Man III in general required a significant amount of trail & error in order to make progress.  Stage Bosses such as Shadow, Magnet, Gemini, and Spark man were difficult but things only seem to get worse after you defeat all eight bosses on the select screen along with entering Dr. Wily’s Castle similar to Mega Man II.

The only difference with Mega Man III from II is that the levels in Dr. Wily’s castle are insanely difficult to complete.  This was a case where the password system was especially useful in Mega Man III because similar to  Mega Man II  it would help players pick up where they left off in terms of progress made throughout the game.  Wily’s Castle seemed like a nightmare right after defeating the eight robot masters along with facing off against the four Shadow men as Mega Man.  Many would probably argue that Mega Man III was unusually long and difficult even for an NES game.  The shocking thing about Mega Man III was that its not considered close to being the toughest game for the NES.  After its release Mega Man III had managed to sell over one million copies worldwide.  Mega Man III did not sell as much as MM II but the game was considered a success overall for the NES. The third game in the Mega Man series also happened to be the first title to be released in the 1990’s.  While many people enjoyed the first three Mega Man games primarily on the NES things only got better on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as the series progressed throughout the 90’s.

Classic Gaming- Mega Man II: (1988)

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There were many great games for the Nintendo Entertainment System during the 1980’s that many people had the opportunity to enjoy. One of the best platform games to be released for the Nintendo Entertainment System included Mega Man II which was released in 1988 as the sequel to the original title.  When it came down to musical composition many people would agree that the second Mega Man game was probably among the best depending on who you ask.  Mega Man II was a huge improvement from the original game because in terms of BGM and gameplay.  The difficulty level for Mega Man II had exceeded that of its predecessor because some of the stages in this game were usually tough even on a normal setting.  In Mega Man II you have eight stages to complete with each containing a boss battle at the end.

However, despite how tough those levels are they pale in comparison to the obstacles presented in Wily’s Skull Fortress which includes a few levels before the final boss fight. Before reaching Wily’s Skull Fortress players are going to need all the help that they can get which is why acquiring some of the powers that each defeated boss is very useful.  If players did not have the ability to acquire weapons from other boss characters prior to reaching Wily’s Skull Fortress then the game would probably be almost impossible to beat.  Despite, being released for the Nintendo Entertainment System almost a year later the level design for Mega Man II seemed to be miles ahead of the original.  The Soundtrack for Mega Man II was a large part of why this game was exciting.  The intro for Mega Man II was probably one of the best in the series along with the start menu them which featured an epic soundtrack which is simply unforgettable.

Along with the start menu theme Mega Man II had featured some other great soundtracks including Quick Man & Air Man’s stage BGM along with the two themes used in Willy’s Fortress.  When it came to completing the game players had to be very careful about what order they choosing stages and fighting the bosses of each level.  Unlike, the original Mega Man game the second installment was very successful in terms of sales and managed to hit over one million units worldwide.  Since its release the original Mega Man II for the NES has been remade for the Sega Mega Drive under the title Mega Man Wily Wars along with  I & III in 1994.  Also, Mega Man II was ported for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube along with many other titles in the series in Mega Man Anniversary Collection in 2004. Since its initial release Mega Man II has probably been one of the most influential platform games of all time.  Many people would argue that Mega Man II is probably one of the best in the series not only because it was innovative but the difficulty of this game helped people get better at it mostly through trial & error.  Mega Man II was easily one of the best platform titles that Capcom has ever created for the NES and easily one of the toughest games to complete in general.

Classic Gaming- Mega Man: (1987)

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Mega Man was a very popular platform game in the late 80’s during a time period games such as Super Mario Bros was becoming a mainstream attraction in the gaming world.  When the original Mega Man was released many people were blown away by the innovative gameplay that was included in this title. This single player platform game had featured multiple robots including Cut Man, Guts Man, Ice Man, Bomb Man, Fir Man and Elec Man who were all created by Dr. Light and needed to be stopped due to an accident that made these machines malfunction and become destructive.   The plot for this Mega Man was interesting and the concept for this game was innovative because it was unlike the traditional platform games.  In Super Mario Bros, you were able to battle the enemies by jumping on them along with using items that provided special abilities for a limited time depending upon your performance during a certain level.  Similar to Zelda II: Adventure of Link players are given some type health bar for each level.

Also, Mega Man also shows you the health bars of the stage bosses and gives you the opportunity to use their powers in different stages after defeating them.  The musical composition for Mega Man made the game more exciting and even though it was good many would argue that some of the soundtracks in some of the later MM titles were outstanding.  One of the things that were kinda cool about this game included how Fire Man’s stage looked similar to Bowser’s Castle.  Also, towards the end of the game players must fight a Mega Man copy which is somewhat similar to Zelda II: Adventure of Link where you must battle “Dark Link” towards the end.  When Capcom had developed the Mega Man series they did a pretty good job creating top down side scrolling shooter game that was both adventurous and family friendly.  While its debatable which Mega Man game the NES & SNES series is the best the original title was definitely an instant classic that many people enjoyed during the late 80’s.