Available on: NES, Virtual Console
As unbelievable as it seems, 1987’s Mega Man flopped quite bad upon its initial release. Mega Man 2 brought the franchise both critical and commercial success, and paved the way for Capcom’s rise to power as one of the leading video game companies. Even today, Mega Man 2 is considered the best installment in the original series.
The Bomber rises
Dr. Light’s right hand Mega Man might’ve tried his best to set Dr. Wily straight, but some people never learn. Wily builds a total of eight new battle robots and invites Mega Man to another test of strength, awaiting his nemesis’ arrival in his new remarkable fortress, which he sets up with countless traps.
|Believe me, this bit is far more annoying than|
it looks like.
|Where all the mad-scientist-sort-of magic |
happens, accompanied by some kick-ass
The concept of the game is pretty much the same. First, you take care of Dr. Wily’s robots who all have their unique theme. Upon beating these relatively easy bosses – it’s the stages that are the bitches in the house – one by one, you’ll have their whole artillery in stock once you’re done. You then unlock Wily’s fortress, which has several stages, and fight new bosses, and eventually, all the main bosses in survival mode. In this game, you have to beat them all consecutively instead of fighting half and half, but luckily beating each boss summons a health item. Then, it’s time to put Dr. Wily on his knees once again. Simple? Think again. Entertaining? You bet.
|"Um, hi. Just looking for Greg. Seen 'im?"|
It’s the atmosphere and the decrease of less welcome tension in the form of simply ridiculous situations that make Mega Man 2 stand above all the games in the original series. It’s one of the first NES games I ever played and eventually conquered, and it’s still one glorious game in its own right.
Graphics : 8.5
Sound : 8.8
Playability : 8.5
Challenge : 9.0
Overall : 8.7
a.k.a. Mega Man II, Rockman 2: The Mystery of Dr. Wily (JAP)
Nintendo Power ranks Mega Man 2 #33 on their list of the Top 200 Nintendo Games of All Time.
Two official remakes of the game are available: one as part of Mega Man: The Wily Wars, released on Sega Genesis in 1994, and one as part of Rockman Complete Works, released on Sony PlayStation in 1999.
“Difficult” is the standard difficulty setting in the Japanese release.