Mega Man (NES)

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Mega Man Review

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Posted by Darren Calvert

The Blue Bomber's debut

The Mega Man series will need no introduction to most gamers; this game spawned five sequels on the NES, not to mention numerous games on other systems over the years. Mega Man has come a long way since his début way back in 1987.

This originally story spins the yarn that Dr Light created six master robots for industrial purposes: Cutman, Gutsman, Elecman, Iceman, Fireman and Bombman. The evil Dr Wily steals these robots and reprograms them to help him in his plans for world domination. One of Dr Light’s domestic robots volunteers to stop Dr Wily’s evil plans, so Dr Light transforms him into the iconic Mega Man.

The objective is to run and jump through each of the six levels while defeating the enemies along the way, overcoming obstacles and defeating the robot master at the end of the stage; when you defeat the robot master their special weapon will be added to your inventory to assist you. Using the weapons in a certain order can make life a lot easier for you — Gutsman is no match for Bombman’s bombs, for example — so the order you choose to tackle the levels can be quite strategic. You can probably guess the relationship between fire and ice for yourself.

The controls are pretty basic, as you might expect. You can go left, right and up and down on ladders, one button allows you to jump and the other allows you to blast with your selected weapon. You can also bring up a menu which allows you to switch between the special abilities you pick up along the way. To make your life a little bit easier you can also pick up capsules in small or large sizes from fallen enemies to restore your health or weapon charge; if you're really on your game you can also pick up extra lives which are often found in hard to reach places.

Getting through the levels can be pretty gruelling by today’s standards. Don't expect this game to give you an easy ride because the punishing boss fights, instant death from spikes and tricky precision jumping will all make you want to tear your hair out. Of course, a bit of perseverance is all that is needed; this game is tough but not insurmountable with a bit of practice. Once you have taken down all six of the robot masters, meanwhile, you can tackle Dr Wily himself. Don’t expect this to be a pushover!

The graphics in Mega Man are predictably dated, but considering the age of this game it's hard to begrudge this. The background scenery fits in nicely with the robot master’s individual themes and enemy characters are nicely drawn on the whole. The music has a charm of its own and is catchy and memorable in true 8-bit fashion.


If you like a stern challenge then this is the game for you. For more casual gamers you might want to wait for Mega Man 2 to hit the Virtual Console, as it offers a selection between two levels of difficulty and it is a little more balanced. As the foundation for the whole Mega Man series, however, this is well worth a look and at just 500 Wii points still fares well even today.

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User Comments (11)



Cally said:

I love the first Mega Man. Totally a classic, and a lot of fun to go back to before all the changes to formula were made. 9/10

Not absolutely every robot had eyes in this one.



Roo said:

For a game that's so punishingly, seriously difficult, and one that also sets you up to fail, 7/10 is a very generous score.

This, to me, is the most upsetting videogame of all time. It takes ages to master the level layouts, yet life's too short, y'know? This really does make me consider how utterly futile my hobby is. If I were to give it a score, I'd award Mega Man a crying emoticon.



Rypcord said:

No need to get this. Anyone with half a click of a brain who owns the Wii should just get the Mega-Man Anniversary Collection Disc.



Bass_X0 said:

And those of us who live in a country where the collection didn't come out?

I got Mega Man Powered Up on the PSP so I didn't need this either. I have downloaded Megaman 2 and 3 though and plan to download each Megaman game they put out on the VC.



Ho11oWxxMaN said:

@Rypcord...Yeah, I believe it wasn't released everywhere. Also, I think the only two MM games to bother with are 2 and 3 (I already own 2 on the VC), so I will probably just buy 3 on the VC, since I dont really care for 1, 4, and 6.



MegaAdam said:

Mega Man: One of the greatest video games of all time.

I own the NES cart and the Mega Man Anniversary Collection and am still half-tempted to buy this again. That's how awesome it is.



Knux said:

This game is awesome,but Mega Man II is better.
This game is HARD. Fighting the Yellow Devil was a pain in the @#*!
I use the pause glitch to beat that boss and the rest of the bosses.
With that glitch, I managed to beat the game. I also beaten Dr.Wily in only 2 or 3 tries.
I never got into the Mega Man series until I played the VC version of this game. But, now I LOVE the Mega Man series.



TheBlueBomber said:

The first one is still the best!
The music is still in my brain, 20 years later! =)
Ahhh, those were the days!



Parker said:

Classic but Original. Mega Man has bombed his way into our hearts. The retro tune plays in our mind whenever we think about the game. Classic but Original 9/10. They did a good job with mega man. And for only 500 wii points it is well worth the buy!

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