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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom

Mega Man X (SNES)

Mega Man X (AKA Rockman X or ロックマンX Rokkuman X in Japan) is an action platform game developed by Capcom and released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game play introduced new elements to the Mega Man franchise including the ability to dash and climb walls. It’s an amazing game and the predecessor to Mega Man X2!

Mega Man is, arguably, one of the most prominent characters from the Nintendo consoles after Mario. Developed by Capcom, the series was a hit and when fans thought nothing better can come off from the Mega Man saga, the X was released.

The time proven formula for all the preceding Mega Man titles was carried over to Mega Man X as far as gameplay is concerned – the execution, style, progression, and the goals remain the same. Games select one Maverick stage and defeat it to gain that robot’s weapon which can be used to defeat the other Mavericks.

Mega Man X Cover Box

The controls have remained the same, too. The character runs, jumps, and shoots the same way as before. To make the X more exciting by giving Mega Man the ability to hold a more powerful X-buster shot. Additional moves like the Mega Man Dash were added as well. These may be simple enhancements, but combined with the gameplay, they add to the already varied experience of the Mega Man series.

If Mega Man games were already beautiful on NES, Mega Man X is even more gorgeous in the 16-bit format. With more colors and sprites to play with, Capcom pushes the SNES to the limits with more vibrant characters and sceneries, as well as bigger and more intimidating bosses.

Mega Man X animated GIF

The Mega Man games had to be played with audio on to enjoy the rich musical score and sound effects. Mega Man X is no different. The classic tunes have remained but enhanced with modern synthesized touches.

Mega Man X lives up to the reputation of the Mega Man series and enhancements breathe a new life into the saga. It carries with it the classic elements that made the NES releases great and adds in new ideas. Spinoffs are rarely as great as the originals, but Mega Man X on Super Nintendo is an exemption to the rule.

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