Excerpt: I'm sure Mega Man, the cult NES 2D action platformer, wasn't this hard back in the day. I remember actually enjoying Mega Man 2 and 3 in the early nineties. And actually being able to get past the first few screens. Some things change, and some things stay the same, as they say.
Excerpt: To everyone who thought the 8-bit era died out over 15 years ago, Capcom and the Blue Bomber have just made a compelling argument to the contrary. Mega Man 9 has arrived on all three current generation consoles’ respective download services, emulating and doing justice to the classic Mega Man style...
Excerpt: Capcom has revived one of gaming's most legendary warriors in their latest multiplatform release: Mega Man 9 . Decades ago the gameplay of the series had been honed to perfection and the tough robotic bosses and challenging stages ensured that you would sweat just as much playing the latest Mega Man...
Summary: It's been 12 years since the last proper Mega Man game was released and even longer since the classic 8-bit days of the blue bomber, but that hasn't stopped Capcom from bringing its mascot back in this retro revival.
Pros: Incredibly challenging but rewarding gameplay, Retro graphics appeal to old-school series fans and 8-bit aficionados, Online leaderboards
Cons: Buying extra difficulty settings is ultra lame
Conclusion: Shameless and self-sustained, Mega Man 9 forgoes all the glitz and glamour in favor of a barebones nostalgic production indistinguishable from its 1980s brethren. The simplistic gameplay is leveraged to produce wickedly-challenging environments and battles, and it’s delightfully unforgiving.
Excerpt: Mega Man is finally back, and it is a legitimate sequel to the series. Mega Man 9 is exactly what fans of the series have been waiting for. Those fans may not have been the most patient, as they waded through Mega Man X games, Mega Man Battle Network and more.