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Release year: 1988 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom

Mega Man 2 (NES)

Mega Man 2 (AKA Mega Man 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 game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1998. This game is the second installment in the original Mega Man series.

Sequel: Mega Man 3 (NES)

Mega Man 2 is a platform game set in the futuristic world in the 21st century and takes place a year after the first Mega Man story. The game is pretty simple; Mega man 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 game. The directional keys are used to move Mega Man and the action buttons are used to shoot and jump.

The new additions to this second game 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 Mega Man’s health points. Another new feature is the use of passwords or codes to access completed levels when the players restart their games.

Mega Man 2 Cover box

The goal of the game is to help Mega Man 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 Mega Man 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).

Mega Man 2, like the first Mega Man, is rendered in plain raster graphics but is far more improved to give it a more defined look.

The titular character Mega Man remained a popular Capcom icon through the decades, but Mega Man 2 was the very first Mega Man to be widely appreciated internationally for its “anime-ish” look. As a matter of fact, the design of Mega Man 2 was based on Japanese children’s drawings, which were personally requested by the lead creator, Keiji Inafune.

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Mega Man 2 has been ported to NES (this version), PlayStation, Smartphones, Virtual Console, iOS, and PlayStation Store.

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