Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Brilliant level design and wonderfully gimmicky characters.
  2. Mega Man 10 is everything you could want out of sequel and more.
  3. 90
    The game is one of the hardest in the series, the bosses are still awesome and the old-school challenges will keep you pulling your hair out for months.
  4. One of the toughest Mega Man games yet. A great download for hardcore retroheads. [May 2010, p.86]
  5. Overall, Mega Man 10 offers all the nuts and bolts a diehard blue bomber fan could want in a retro sequel, while boasting even more content than Mega Man 9 with all its DLC combined.
  6. Mega Man's latest adventure is more than just the same. The feel and heart of the game put it right there next to the classics from the 80s. [Apr 2010]
  7. 85
    Apart from any disappointment about the length of the game, Mega Man 10 still has plenty to offer, and for a game that costs $10, you're getting a lot of bang for your buck.
  8. While the jump from the new Easy mode to the standard Normal difficulty is a bit too sharp, the game still does a fantastic job of capitalizing on the series’ best elements. If you enjoyed the franchise’s old-school reboot last year, then you owe it to yourself to pick this one up as well.
  9. Mega Man 10 is a solid follow-up to Mega Man 9. It lacks a bit of the charm of its predecessor, but it still remains a solid and well put-together Mega Man game.
  10. Mega Man 10 is a wonderfully challenging package wrapped up in a charming, 8-bit time capsule. It has its tongue planted firmly in cheek and delivers a ridiculously fun experience for all.
  11. Overall, Mega Man 10 doesn't have as many high-water moments as Mega Man 9, but it is still consistently fun, while providing more overall content than the Mega Man games that preceded it.
  12. Mega Man 10 isn’t quite on the level of the previous installment: it lacks its “back to the roots” appeal, but only because it comes afterward. Level design could have been just a tad better and the musical score isn’t great: however, it succeeds in delivering a fun and rewarding experience, keeping high the challenge and entertaining the player. Another Mega Man, another little gem.
  13. With the addition of Proto Man, a challenge mode, and an easy mode for beginners, Mega Man 10 has more to offer than 9 and can be fun for almost any player, not just the longtime fans.
  14. Capcom has once again successfully recreated a classic Mega Man game while improving the package with tweaks and new content. Those intimidated or even frustrated by the normal difficulty of a Mega Man game can fall back on the easy mode, making the experience more accessible than ever.
  15. With his faithful reproduction not only of a graphic style, but of the overall spirit of the original 2D action game, Mega Man 10 stands as an example of a constructive approach to the vintage taste in videogaming. More than just a tribute, this game is a good new episode of the series and a very hard and exciting challenge.
  16. It may be an unnecessary sequel but, unlike the umpteen other unnecessary sequels in the series, it's one that at least learns from the mistakes of the past. [Issue#95, p.127]
  17. MM10 is a glorious return to the hay-day of 8-bit gaming; a fantastic challenge built on the back of some of the most refined mechanics the genre has ever seen.
  18. Long time fans will enjoy it, but the causal gamer won’t have much of a reason to rush out and buy this as it’s just a continuation of 9.
  19. The 10th installment in this long-running franchise proves that some formulas don't need to change.
  20. Even though it's more of the same old, same old (a charge that killed the classic Mega Man series back in the SNES/PSone days), Mega Man 10 is a pretty good 2D platformer and Mega fans will thoroughly enjoy it.
  21. If hard games inspire you to play harder you'll love it. [June 2010, p.80]
  22. Deadly tough retro platformer that won't give you an inch. Feat its power. [Apr 2010, p.77]
  23. It has not many new features or changes, but for sure Mega Man 10 will please its followers, and those eager for a good challenge for their gamepad.
  24. It's a solid, if rather unnecessary, sequel in a venerable series. If only more franchises' "average" efforts were this much fun.
  25. 80
    It's not quite up to the shining standards of Mega Man 2 and the extremely underrated Mega Man 5 (and I'm dead serious about that -- go play it before you knock it), but it's definitely nowhere near the bottom of the bin that Mega Man 4 and the non-NES installments so squarely define.
  26. Mega Man 10 is a good game and an excellent choice for fans of the series, but not even nearly has same impact of Mega Man 9.
  27. Overall, while the game is still a great Mega Man title, it doesn't nearly live up to the fun of its predecessor.
  28. 75
    While this may amount to little more than yet another Mega Man sequel, it's still one of the best 2D action games to come along in years.
  29. Not as good as its predecessor but a fun, nostalgic return to that blue guy we love to love.
  30. 70
    Mega Man 10 is on certain moments a good game, but it drops stitches as well. Furthermore, the bosses aren't all original and the soundtrack is a little bit annoying. Still the game offers enough innovation to keep you busy for hours.
  31. Mega Man 10 doesn't quite perhaps have the sparkling feel of reinvention that its predecessor enjoyed, but if you were one of the many who considered MM9 a welcome return to form, then this is another must-buy. Everyone else is perfectly entitled to look confused.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 1, 2013
    Capcom's announcement of 2008's Mega Man 9 was definitely a shocker, especially for people who, like yours truly, owe to the blue bomber some of their fondest memories of childhood gaming. It's probably even more shocking to realise that the game's sequel, aptly named Mega Man 10, may just be the best entry in the entire 8-bit series.

    It's hard to even beging describing everything Mega Man 10 does right. The stage design is absolutely spotless, and seems to be an impressive collection of every awesome idea the NES game designers ever had, all packed into a neat little fun package. The characterization is equally incredible, especially the 8-bit highway of Nitro Man, Pump Man's creepy sewers, and the sand-stormy desert of Commando Man. It all just oozes a kind of novelty that is only present in the very best entries in the series, even when there's an obvious previous inspiration (the aforementioned desert takes some pretty hard cues from Pharaoh Man's stage, for example).

    The bosses and weapons are equally interesting. Take Sheep Man, for one. The quirkiness in its design makes it one of my favorite robot masters in the entire series: it's an electric sheep who turns into thunderclouds (how cute is that?) and gives you an intriguing weapon that ends up being VERY hard to master. Or Pump Man, the game's most obvious starter boss candidate, whose weapon manages to blow some fresh air into the tired shield-weapon design in the series. This is in direct contrast to games like NES's Mega Man 6 or SNES's Mega Man 7, which feature an array of mundane robot masters with uninspired weapons.

    There's another idea here that managed to get me all giggling. My favourite game in the series, Mega Man 3, brought to the table a concept that I was always surprised was never used again: after defeating all eight robot masters, you'd be treated to new fights with the PREVIOUS game's bosses. That was so unbelievably cool back in the day, and luckily Mega Man 10 does something similar. I won't spoil more of it for you, but rest assured that longtime fans will have a blast once they reach Wily's castle.

    It's hard to justify giving a perfect score to Mega Man 10; after all, for all the mastery in its execution, it's still expanding on ideas from almost 30 years ago. Be that as it may, this is a game that every single 2D platforming fan should experience, and an unlikely epitome in this amazing series.
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  2. Aug 30, 2012
    Mega Man is a wonderful game, but MM10 just falls flat. The robot masters are less interesting, the music is darker, the graphics are forgettable, and the storyline tries way too hard. I really had hopes for this game, but it's just average. Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2011
    If you like classic 8-bit shooters, check this one out. The tenth title in the mainstream Mega Man series packs a punch with downloadable content, time trials, online records, and more. Also, three words: Protoman is better. Full Review »