• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 100
    It's a truckload of fun, controls tightly, never lets the player down with framerate issues, offers an obscene amount of things to see and do, all the while oozing charm, personality and unbridled quality from every one of its robotic nooks and crannies (now there's a nice image to take with you).
  2. If you can cope with the obvious limitations that a remake has in following its source material (although the sticky movement – Mega Man not moving for a millisecond when you command him to from a stationary pose – could have been done without), Powered Up is the ultimate bang for your buck.
  3. 80
    Capcom have done a sterling job of updating the game for the PSP and this is a very fine example of what can be achieved on the platform.
  4. Radically revamped graphics, a new adventure, an old adventure, unlimited challenge, and the amazing Construction mode add up to one very compelling package.
  5. The game dreams are made of. It’s beautiful, has hundreds and hundreds of professionally made challenging levels, a dozen playable characters, an in-depth level creator, and internet capabilities for endless replay through downloading new levels. [JPN Import]
  6. Nearly every aspect of this game is perfect, and despite its historic roots, becomes a 'must own,' not only for Mega Man fans, but for every PSP owner out there.
  7. Powered Up is definitely the most comprehensive Mega Man game out there.
  8. 90
    Definitely give Powered Up a chance, even if you have never been a fan of the series I guarantee you will find plenty to love in this game.
  9. Regardless of what you might think of Powered Up's ubercute presentation, there's no denying the addictive challenge the game provides.
  10. 85
    No doubt we'll all be sick of it by the time Powered Up 6 rolls around, but you can hardly hold Capcom's inevitable future sins against what amounts to one of the most addictive PSP games to date.
  11. 85
    Construction mode and WiFi give Mega Man Powered Up almost limitless replayability.
  12. Mega Man Powered Up is the way a classic game should be remade. Capcom updated the graphics and audio to today's standards, and also tacked on a number of new features that greatly lengthen the game's staying power, but they pretty much left the original gameplay alone.
  13. 82
    About the only complaint here is the occasional slowdown when things get hectic, but other than that, it’s a pretty slick package with minimal load times.
  14. 80
    Mega Man Powered Up is easily one of the best titles on the PSP at this point in time - a must-buy for all fans of the Blue Bomber.
  15. The blast-'em-up action is now coated in a sugary exterior with over-the-top cutesy trimmings and oddball voices for the game's characters. It's so disgustingly sweet, you almost want to reach out and pinch Mega Man's cheeks.
  16. 100
    By far my favorite PSP game yet. Not only is it an outstanding remake of an already fantastic game, but there's an entirely new version of the game with tons of replay value thanks to all of the unlockable characters.
  17. The ability to control bosses later on is a bit floundering, but, otherwise, what we have here is a kick-ass ride that delivers on presentation, gameplay, and challenge.
  18. 80
    While it's still Mega Man at heart, it's managed to grow up while also staying young. It's a gaming anomaly, but one that's worth a serious look.
  19. 80
    Though the core game is obscenely short by modern standards, Capcom packed this title with a lot of extra content. And unlike so many retro-revamps, everything here is well worth your time.
  20. The author is rather fond of really hard games with simple premises, and Mega Man is exactly that-- the game mechanics themselves are quite archaic, but work exceptionally well due to good original design.
  21. It's a likable retelling of a classic series with enough content to keep most gamers entertained for weeks, and the ability to play as all these old-school bosses is sure to strike your geek nerve.
  22. Most will have already seen what this particular version of Mega Man has to offer, however, there’s still certainly enough here to warrant a purchase if you’re craving some quality platform action for your little Sony friend. [Apr 2006, p.116]
  23. There's little speed, skill or urgency to any of the platform/shooting action - making this another ignominous entry in Mega Man's CV. [Apr 2006, p.100]
  24. The great new features more than compensate, however, and make Powered Up the latest example of a remake done oh-so-right. [May 2006, p.71]
  25. I've played a lot of remakes, and rarely do they strike a balance between the old and new as well as Mega Man: Powered Up. [May 2006, p.57]
  26. Mega Man Powered Up shows its Mega Man heritage by being cheap at times and somewhat short in length, but it delivers in just about every way you could hope for, given that it's basically a remake of a game that's almost 20 years old. [Apr 2006, p.133]
  27. It may only be a remake, but the online level swapping, visual overhaul and tweaked gameplay make it feel sufficiently different. [May 2006, p.77]
  28. A fun action experience with plenty of the old-school Mega Man platforming that everyone has come to love. [May 2006, p.92]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 29, 2012
    This game has the essence of the first Mega Man for NES. Capcom has redesigned it with updated graphics and music. Besides, if you liked the game when it was released in the 80s, this is much more challenging. You can even play with all the boss characters as if they were the real Mega. Besides, there are several challenges for each of them which makes this game longer. A special characteristic of this game is the level editor, which is not really difficult to get used to. Apart from this, you can upload your stage to a web server where you can download other levels made from fans.

    Truly recommendable.
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  2. Apr 11, 2012
    This is a fact, the graphics makes me cry by the cutesy that brings packed with the most simplistic gameplay formula . For fans and casual gamers , MMPU will be a worthy tittle the it'll make your PSP proud . Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    I've heard of this game. I'd love the facts that you can play as the Robot Masters, but it's worth the challenge when it comes to defeating them in normal mode with the Mega Buster. Not only you can as the bosses, but you can create your own levels and publish them online. I don't know why Capcom wouldn't make us Mega Man Powered Up 2. There's no reason why this game is underrated. I loved everything about this game so much there's nothing negative to say about it. The music should be fixed, but otherwise, please buy this game. I'll give this game an A+ and it's worth buying. Full Review »