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10  |  Mega Man 2 Review (NES)
larsoncc , 5/5/2005 7:05:41 PM
Title Screen (pic) Falling (pic)

Attention, people that think 8-bit Nintendo music sucks:  Play Mega Man 2.  Mega Man 2 is one of the finest examples of software for the NES, and I promise you, you'll have the theme song to this game stuck in your head whether or not you want it there.  It's like a leech on your brain.

In fact, there are quite a few fans of Mega Man 2's music.  At, there's 33 remixes of Mega Man 2 music.  Pretty incredible, if you ask me.  For the best fun, I recommend downloading the remixes made by AE, who's lovingly crafted some wicked techno around the original 8-bit, "multiple instrument" wailing of the NES.  Absolutely stellar, this AE guy.

Mega Man 2 is one of my favorite games, ever - it's just that simple.  I can tell you right now that I'm giving this game a 10/10.  At the heart of Mega Man is the idea that a game can be a shooter, a puzzle, and a platform game, all at the same time.  Many of the sections, like the "falling" screen above, really require that you shoot well to figure out how to kill a strategically placed, well armored foe, before you get knocked off of progressively smaller platforms.  See?  Just like I said: 3 genres all brought together in one game.  

crashmanBut the beauty of Mega Man 2 is in the details.  Each level is crafted to be more difficult than the last, and there is a specific way you should take on the levels.  See, it's non-linear, too.  That's nice, the player gets to pick their challenge.  Each weapon that you pick up has different effects on the boss enemies, and you should pick the right tool for the job.  This implies that you should take on the game in a particular sequence of levels.  So, here's that sequence (feel free to argue, but here's the way I do it):

  • Flash Man
  • Metal Man
  • Wood Man
  • Quick Man
  • Air Man
  • Crash Man
  • Bubble Man
  • Heat Man

OK, one last thing before I wrap up this quick review.  I remember back in the Nintendo Power days (yup, I was one of those kids that just HAD to know what was going on in Nintendo land), I remember they had an ongoing thing where you sent in high scores and the like.  Well, I took a picture of the final screen and sent in a note that said "I think you'll see that this conclusively proves that I beat Mega Man 2".  They didn't publish it.  I wonder why?  Heh.

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