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Release year: 1987 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom

Mega Man (NES)

The NES was home to some of the most famous game franchises in history. When it comes to shooting and adventure games, there are only a few franchises that are as big as Mega Man (AKA Rockman or ロックマン Rokkuman in Japan). With gameplay that is ahead of its time, the original that was first released for the NES console in 1987 still remains relevant up to the present. Will you be able to defeat Dr. Wily in this awesome 2D platform retro video game?

The aesthetic of this game is simple yet effective, and in a lot of ways also a trend-setter. Like most adventure games of the time, Mega Man is a side scroller. You run, jump, and climb to move around, and you’ll be facing a number of baddies along the way. However, take a closer look and you’ll see characters that are as detailed as the current technology of the time would allow. This was made possible by a graphics team that was dedicated in providing as much detail to the characters as possible.

Weapons: Plasma Cannon, Rolling Cutter, Super Arm, Trunder Beam, Fire Storm, Ice Slasher, Hyper Bomb, Magnet Beam and many more.

​Still, perhaps the most impressive element of Mega Man is its gameplay. While the use of weapons as a strategic component of games has been around for the longest time, Mega Man takes it to another level. Beating bosses will allow you to unlock additional weapons to progress at later levels. Each weapon has its unique powers, each is particularly effective against specific enemies and bosses, and yet no weapon is more important or powerful than the other. Mastering the use of these weapons is one of the most important strategic wrinkles in this game.

​While the Mega Man series has always been known as a game that is not easy to play, the original game has earned the reputation of being one of the most difficult. However, the original Mega Man for Nintendo 8 bit console is still a highly rewarding game to play. It has aged very well, further sealing its legendary status among gamers all around the world.

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Mega Man has been ported to Sega Genesis, GameCube, Xbox, and Nintendo Virtual Console

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