Play Mega Man 2 Online
Release year: 1988 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom
Mega Man 2 (AKA MM II or Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo, ロックマン2 Dr.ワイリーの謎 Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo in Japan) is a 2D action-platform video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1998. It is the second installment in the original Mega Man series and was followed by Mega Man 3.
Mega Man 2 is a platformer set in the futuristic world in the 21st century and takes place a year after the first title story. The game is pretty simple; our robot has to defeat the enemies by shooting at them and reach places by traversing platforms. The control key functions are just the same as the first title of the series. The directional keys are used to move the character and the action buttons are used to shoot and jump.
The new additions include the E-tanks, which is an item that appears somewhere in each level or stage. The E-tanks are used to replenish or refill health points. Another new feature is the use of passwords or codes to access completed levels when the players restart their games.
The goal is to help the main character pursue and defeat evil Dr. Wily. Along the way, Mega Man faces the master robots that Dr. Wily built to defeat him. There are 8 master robots that we must defeat in every level. The theme of each level corresponds to the element or material that each master robot is made of (e.g., forest-themed stage for Wood Man).
The game is rendered in plain raster graphics but is far more improved to give it a more defined look.
The titular character remained a popular Capcom icon through the decades, but Mega Man 2 was the very first title to be widely appreciated internationally for its “anime-ish” look. As a matter of fact, the design of this game was based on Japanese children’s drawings, which were personally requested by the lead creator, Keiji Inafune.