Time to review one of my favorite video games, Mega Man for the NES! This classic was released in 1987 for the original NES, this game was the beginning of one of video gaming’s best franchises in the platform genre.
Mega Man for the NES has a great presentation in every way! The game has a great soundtrack for each of its stages and the music has a great beat keeping players feeling pumped while playing. Graphics are 8bit and old school, but still every stage is unique and uses the colors wisely, for example Ice Man’s arctic-like stage, of Guts Man’s mountain-like stage. The storyline is that Dr. Light has created these “Robot Masters” to help mankind, but the evil Dr. Wily has reprogrammed them to do his bidding. Mega will need to fight them to stop Wily from world domination. So even the storyline is pretty cool and can keep the player playing. One thing that should be mentioned is the game’s difficulty. The NES is known for nearly impossible games, and Mega Man can be quite hard at certain parts. Overall, Mega Man was a game everybody had and enjoyed, and still can be enjoyed even today!
Mega Man consists of several side-scrolling levels freely chosen by the player. In each level, the player, who controls Mega Man, fights through various enemies and obstacles before facing a “Robot Master”, or boss at the level’s end. Upon defeating the boss, the player assimilates the Robot Master’s signature attack, into Mega Man’s arsenal for the rest of the game. Unlike the standard blaster, the Robot Master powers have limited ammunition replenished by collecting ammunition cells dropped by defeated enemies at random. The cells to replenish both the weapons and Mega’s health can be acquired from enemies. Even though the player can choose any boss to fight, each has a weakness that can be acquired from another. Strangely is to fight a weaker boss, then use that signature weapon to demolish the next. Already cleared levels can also be revisited if wanted to. One quick note is to make sure to get the “Magnet Beam” in Elec Man’s stage. You need this to beat the game, but you need to have Guts Man ability to reach it. Mega Man also features a scoring system where players score points for defeating enemies, and earn extra points for collecting power-ups from fallen enemies and for clearing each stage. Lastly, after all six bosses are fought the player can start “Wily Fortress” and start heading to fight the final boss.
Therefore, Mega Man is a great game that gamers still can enjoy today. And the game can be gotten on almost any virtual console service, and can be collected on Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the GC and PS2. I would give it a 9/10.