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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 43 out of 50
  2. Negative: 6 out of 50

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  1. MitchS.
    Oct 5, 2008
    9
    Exceeds expectations in good and bad ways. Graphics are 8-bit awesomeness with sound to match. Difficulty is much tougher than the tough mode of Mega Man 2 on the NES, some of the obstacles are real head-scratchers. It's very much aimed at a specific kind of gamer, and you already know if this is you. There is nothing here to convince a newcomer that the NES was great, but for those Exceeds expectations in good and bad ways. Graphics are 8-bit awesomeness with sound to match. Difficulty is much tougher than the tough mode of Mega Man 2 on the NES, some of the obstacles are real head-scratchers. It's very much aimed at a specific kind of gamer, and you already know if this is you. There is nothing here to convince a newcomer that the NES was great, but for those who remember it, this is the experience of the year-- and will hopefully be one of many more to come. Expand
  2. Brian
    Oct 7, 2008
    9
    Excellent game. True to the original mega-man. If you are a fan of the old school mega man games, purchasing this is an absolute must.
  3. JohnF.
    Oct 8, 2008
    9
    If you are up to the challenge, it's a very fun game! Mega Man fans and retro gamers need to pick this one up.
  4. MichaelH
    Dec 30, 2009
    9
    Introduced me to one the the most extraordanary series of all time. Mega Man is timeless.
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    9
    Took the lame route and played MM10 first because of the Easy Mode. Mistake. The real magic of Mega Man 9 is not only in the revival of pitch perfect 8-bit era designs and sounds, but in the revival of perseverance in gaming. Being born in 1988 I never got to experience challenging 80's era games the way they were meant to be played. Mega Man 9 gave me a chance to experience the fullTook the lame route and played MM10 first because of the Easy Mode. Mistake. The real magic of Mega Man 9 is not only in the revival of pitch perfect 8-bit era designs and sounds, but in the revival of perseverance in gaming. Being born in 1988 I never got to experience challenging 80's era games the way they were meant to be played. Mega Man 9 gave me a chance to experience the full frustrations and joys of failing again and again until every enemy location, trap, and boss strategy was thoroughly ingrained in my mind and translated to my aching thumbs. Doing so nearly forced me to love it, kind of like a brighter, catchier Stockholm syndrome. Buying this game made me proud to support a series that fully embraces the idea that the 8-bit generation games were not only borne out of limitation, but sheer love of electronic art, music, and most of all challenging the player through sheer punishment and rewarding them only implicitly. Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2011
    10
    This is a must have for anyone who remembers the good old 8-bit era. The game plays very well without framerate issues or screen writing problems from the old NES days. It feels like what the game creators wanted to make then, but obviously lacked the system resources to do. The difficulty is still there, too - it has not been dumbed down for the current generation of gamers. The gameThis is a must have for anyone who remembers the good old 8-bit era. The game plays very well without framerate issues or screen writing problems from the old NES days. It feels like what the game creators wanted to make then, but obviously lacked the system resources to do. The difficulty is still there, too - it has not been dumbed down for the current generation of gamers. The game will be very nostalgic because it feels and plays exactly like any 8-bit Mega Man. In fact, it's almost as if a few game developers were cryogenically frozen in the mid 80s and then unfrozen just to make this game. You probably won't beat levels the first time, and won't be handed any achievements. This game will actually challenge you, and when you walk away victorious with a smile on your face, you will know it was earned. Expand
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 86
    Mega Man 9 is exactly what hardcore gamers were hoping it would be, as Capcom has come out of the gate with a game that's full of nostalgia and fan-service, but also one that truly does rival the best in the franchise's 8-bit roots.
  2. Buy it, finish it, love it, because if this takes off we’re going to see a renaissance of new-old games. And if that happens, a whole new batch of gamers will grow up learning why rock-solid gameplay, not tera-flipping flop-bib shaders, make games truly exceptional.
  3. Those that cringe at the site of the arcade or 8-bit style of games on XBLA need to stay far, far away from Mega Man 9; the difficulty and overall replay value will not sit well with you. But for those that are simply in love with the Mega Man IP, or those that continually pull out the NES for old time’s sake, Mega Man 9 is one is a rare treat– a tasty morsel likened to the decades-later discovery of a previously unreleased recording from Zeppelin, or similar rock gods.