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  • Summary: He's Back! And this time the evil Dr. Wily (once the supreme power in the universe) has created even more sinister robots to mount his attack. But as MegaMan, you've also grown in power and ability. Can you save mankind from the evil desires of Dr. Wily? Each of the eight empires is ruled by a different super-robot. You must defeat each enemy on his own turf, building up weapons as you go. Only after all are destroyed will you go head-on with the mastermind himself, the evil Dr. Wily. Expand
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  1. Sep 10, 2011
    greatest NES game ever conceived, fantastic gameplay, fantastic graphics, fantastic bosses, fantastic music, perfect difficulty, and fantastic music, everything about this game is flawless. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2014
    Ah, Mega Man 2... so much great memories with this one!

    The gameplay is memorable (I mean, perfection),
    The bosses are memorable
    (Remember that dragon in wily stage 1?),
    The levels are memorable (remember Quick man's laser?),
    The weapons are memorable (Metal Blade!),
    The music is memorable (Dr Wily stage 1 got 2 million views on youtube!)
    You got the idea!
    Download it without any questions (With Mega Man 3)!
  3. Aug 18, 2013
    My favorite classic Mega Man game. Controls are tight, (it is your fault if you fall into a pit) visuals and animations are really good, bosses (except for Wood Man) are well designed and unique, level design is top notch. There isn't much of a story, but when compared to other NES games, it doesn't really matter. All that is necessary is to know that Wily is evil, and you have to beat him. All the weapons are great (except for the Wood Shield) are good when you find the individual use for them outside of the boss fights. The music, despite being 8-bit, is amazing. All the stage music is great, and Wily's castle theme is fantastic and is easily one of the best Mega Man tracks. And, let's face it, the Metal Blades are the almighty weapon that you would need in any situation. In total, the game is easily 9.3 out of 10. Truly an awesome game, and deserves to be download onto the Wii/3DS/Wii U, download for an NES emulator, or bought for an actual NES system. Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2014
    Mega Man 2 is the most praised of the Mega Man series. The music is fitting and can easily be listened to over and over while going through the levels. The nonlinear style of play is fresh and varies your gameplay from anyone else's. The difficulty here separates the men from the boys. I could only get as far as the first appearance of Dr. Wily, but I did not have the patience to try to beat him. I always felt in control of Mega Man and never felt cheated by the game if I died. There are several glitches, but that was pretty standard for that time. Also, I do not really understand the name "Mega Man" because he is neither large nor a man, but honestly I could care less anyway. Overall, a great title to enjoy, but not an easy one to say the least. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2013
    Games should put the biggest emphasis on gameplay. If I wanted something that was all about the story or graphics, I'd read a book or go to an art museum or watch a movie. Mega Man 2 has a slight story, but the gameplay is where it shines. It forces you to adapt, most of the time in a clever but subtle way. The difficulty was kinda hard for a newcomer like me, and that's exactly how it should be. The music was groovy. Complaints are very specific enemies, infinitely respawning enemies and that's it. Expand
  6. Sep 4, 2014
    Just like the original, still very entertaining after all these years, this game is a lot of fun, however it is easier than Mega Man 1, the power-ups are better than the original game's power-ups, the Metal Blade being the king of the weapons having ridiculous amount of ammo, can be shot in any direction, and is very strong against enemies, but where this game suffers is in the Wily Castle, particularly Wily 4, this dreadful level contains dreadful music, bad enemy placement, and the infamous Turret Boss, not to mention the fact that you lose all E tanks when you get a game over, so make sure you're really good at the game before you tackle the final castle, it's for this reason I consider this to be inferior to the original. Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As a guy who grew up with the N64 as my first console I missed out on all the SNES and NES games and am only now starting to play some of the classics. This is in fact the first NES game I have played. Enjoying playing as Mega Man in the Smash Bros. demo coupled with how much the guys from Radio Free Nintendo (my favourite podcast) seem to love the series is what inspired me to finally play my first Mega Man game. From what I’ve heard on the various podcasts I listen to and the general concensus on the internet Mega Man 2 is the best one, closely followed by 3 and X. With Mega Man 2 being available on the 3DS virtual console for just over £5 I decided now was the time to finally break my Mega Man duck, and I’m glad I did.

    I enjoyed the game a lot, although it certainly wasn’t an entirely fun experience for me! My main gripes with the game are really due to the NES’ lack of power (I’ll get into those later) but I have to say considering how old the game is it actually holds up surprisingly well. For those that don’t know Mega Man is a basic 2D platformer where you run, jump, and shoot enemies. It’s very fast paced and requires pretty quick reflexes to play well. It’s also damn hard at times (mainly towards the end) and I was infinitely grateful for the ability to use a save state on the virtual console version without which I likely would have lost patience with the game after 30 minutes or so!

    I liked the structure of being able to tackle each of the first 8 levels in any order you want before moving on to the fortress and i think it’s cool that different weapons are effective against different bosses. Some weapons are so effective against certain bosses however that they pretty much remove the challenge of the battle entirely, which is a bit of a shame as I thought the bosses were generally well designed and fun. The levels are just as well designed and there’s a decent variety of interesting enemies, with each boss’ level having a unique theme. Where the game really shines though is the soundtrack, which is an 8-bit masterclass and really gives the game a huge level of charm.

    As I mentioned before my issues with the game are mainly caused by the NES’ lack of power although this is not exclusively the case. My main issue was the fact that enemies respawn as soon as they are off screen, as the screen doesn’t take particularly long to cross this means you can often have killed an enemy then backtrack a little a second later and they’re still there which I found to be pretty frustrating. Another issue is the fact that the game stops for a few seconds each time you move to a new screen to load all the enemies on that particular screen. I felt this kind of interrupted the otherwise fast pace of the game. The password ‘save’ system also feels pretty dated but the addition of save states in the virtual console edition thankfully means this isn’t much of an issue.

    My main gripe with the game is the 4th fortress level which I think is poorly designed. The fact that the boss is practically unbeatable unless you complete a certain task (I don’t want to spoil things too much for those who haven’t played it yet), die, and then complete the entire 2nd half of the level again to take the now weakened boss on again, coupled with the fact you can only use one specific weapon and need to have full ammo for it to even have a chance of beating the boss seems like a poor design decision to me. This level nearly led me to give up on the game entirely but I’m glad I persevered and thanks to (very frequent) save states I finally made it to the latter stages, and finally completed the game.

    In conclusion I can see why Mega Man 2 is such a loved game, the levels are well designed, the platforming is great, the bosses are fun, and above all the music is splendid and really adds to the games’ fun factor. The areas where this game hasn’t aged particularly well in however and the poor design choices outlined above can make some of the game a rather frustrating experience however for someone like me who has no nostalgia for having played this in their youth. Overall I’m glad I downloaded this, it’s given me a valuable history lesson while providing me a good few hours of fun (mixed in with some frustration). I’ll certainly be trying other Mega Man games and feel this is one of those series I’ll begin to enjoy more the better I get at it, and right now I admit I’m not particularly good!