• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. Excellent gameplay, challenge and visuals. Voice work and story are the only low marks.
  2. Play Magazine
    Together with the wonderfully integrated story and action-RPG accoutrements, ZXA is yet another 2D diamond from Capcom. [Nov 2007, p.74]
  3. Nintendo Power
    As devotees will tell you, platform action doesn't get much better than what Mega Man dishes out, and Mega Man ZX Advent lives up to that reputation. [Dec 2007, p.85]
  4. While it’s certainly not for everyone, Mega Man ZX Advent offers some of the best 2D shooter action in years.
  5. While the Mega Man series have seen some high points and low points over the last twenty years, Mega Man ZX Advent hits the bullseye. You can't go wrong by purchasing this well crafted title.
  6. Games Master UK
    A hugely enjoyable quest that deserves more appreciation in the UK. [May 2008, p.85]
  7. Nintendo Gamer
    A fluid run-jump-fire actioner with something new at every turn. [JPN Import; Oct 2007, p.72]
  8. Game Informer
    Fight some robots, find some secret rooms, and enjoy the evolution of one of the most memorable heroes in gaming. [Nov 2007, p.162]
  9. 80
    It's a game that feels like Mega Man X with an environment more akin to a handheld Castlevania title. There's nothing wrong with that. Add in two playable characters, a load of optional collectables, and a great environment, and you got yourself a rock solid game.
  10. The complete package looks and feels polished - the simple 2D graphics are colorful and manage to cram tiny details into the DS screen, while the controls are as tight as you would expect from a Mega Man game. After all these years, its amazing the formula hasn't strayed too far from the original.
  11. Advent is clearly a step backwards in this regard and this only serves to prolong the stagnating circumstances that the series is currently in. That said, the game is still as much of a blast as the first one was with more forms to assimilate, plenty of crazy boss fights (those who complete Expert Mode deserve much respect), better production values, and an overall smoother ride.
  12. Throwing in some quality animated scenes and voice acting, on top of two interlocking campaign modes and some fun mini games for two players, makes this one of the better games in the long running franchise.
  13. AceGamez
    Mega Man ZX Advent is a great Mega Man game that inspires memories of former glory while hinting at the possibility of a bright future both for a character that most gamers holds dear and a sweet little system that is more than capable of handling whatever the developers throw at it.
  14. 80
    Overall, Mega Man ZX Advent reinvents the wheel in a way, but it still spins just as well as it ever has.
  15. 80
    It fixes the main problem with the original ZX, throws in some other major improvements besides, and keeps everything that almost made ZX a classic to begin with.
  16. The game features a ton of solid gameplay with enough improvements over the original to take note of.
  17. Mega Man ZX Advent walks a thin line between challenging and infuriatingly difficult, while bringing along a number of new tricks and improvements for the journey.
  18. 75
    A revolution in gaming it's not, but it fits comfortably into its fan-oriented niche&and it plays well in the process.
  19. Even with a few notable annoyances, ZX Advent is a fun and addictive action game with plenty of clever level designs and fun abilities.
  20. Mega Man and retro aficionados should apply for ZX Advent.
  21. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Following the steps of old GBA games of the same franchise, it doesn’t offer anything new. But it still manages to be addictive for player who like old fashion games, with a nice 2D and a difficulty level that can lead who to throw your DS against a wall. [March 2008]
  22. Mega Man ZX Advent tries to outdo the last game in the series, and in doing so actually ends up as a less satisfying experience.
  23. ZX Advent delivers a solid 2D platformer that is difficult to find elsewhere, forcing a players to rely pretty heavily on their skill to see them through. Mega Man fans will have their desire sated.
  24. The old school difficult may turn a lot of gamers off, but the gameplay is solid and the power/appearance assimilation is fun.
  25. Advent is a solid entry in one of gaming's longest running franchises, but it doesn't do anything to bring the series to a new generation of gamers.
  26. 70
    ZX Advent packs an ample challenge that will chase away many of those groomed on easier 2D action games like the recent Castlevanias.
  27. There's no denying, however, that the platforming feels a little tired and the constant blibbering of the characters is rather trite.

Awards & Rankings

#29 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#8 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
  1. Apr 2, 2017
    Out of all the Mega Man games I’ve played, the Zero series sticks out as my favorite by a long shot. Having enjoyed those games a lot, IOut of all the Mega Man games I’ve played, the Zero series sticks out as my favorite by a long shot. Having enjoyed those games a lot, I decided to play Mega Man ZX with the hopes of finding something similar, as they are made by the same people (Inti Creates). But as I played that game, I couldn’t help but think of how better the Zero games were. And now, playing through ZX Advent felt just like going through the same situation. While playing, I couldn’t help but think of how better the first ZX was. Now let me get this clear to you all: Neither ZX nor Advent are bad games. ZX is a solid, well-rounded Mega Man game. ZX Advent is overall good… but not so solid as its predecessor.

    Now let’s start with the good things. The game features once again an ‘open-world’ instead of separated levels, but unlike ZX, Advent handles the world layout in a more clear and organized way. At least I didn’t get lost all the time like in ZX. The controls are still as good as they were before, and the music is on the same level of quality than the original ZX.

    But something about ZX Advent made it fell flat compared to its predecessor. The level design didn’t feel as fun or creative. Same goes for the bosses. The game’s new gimmick, the ability to transform into the bosses you defeat (apart from the 5 models from the original ZX), sound like a super cool thing. But the implementation wasn’t good. Most of the boss-transformations are useless and didn’t offer any real advantage over the 5 Mega Man models. As a result, I barely used them in my playthrough.

    I don’t really care about the story in most of the Mega Man games, but this one’s just bad. You seriously have to mess things up as a writer to make a Mega Man plot so confusing. I didn’t understand the plot at all. The characters, especially the possesers of the biometals, were extremely bland (apart from being crappy bosses as well). For some reason they decided to include voice acting in this game, and it is absolutely horrible, to the point of draining all the seriousness and drama out of the dialogues. The female protagonist Ashe’s and Model A’s voices are especially bad.

    I don’t want anyone to finish reading this review and think this game is trash. ZX Advent is decent, but I’d rather play the original ZX over this game any day, as it had better level design, better bosses, a simpler and more functional story, and overall left a better impression on me.

    Score: 7.3
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  2. Dec 20, 2015
    Superior than the original game because is more hardcore-oriented. Is not a game for the newcomers. Graphics style matured a bit from theSuperior than the original game because is more hardcore-oriented. Is not a game for the newcomers. Graphics style matured a bit from the first game. Is so hard that die-hard MMX-MMZ fans will love to play it. Full Review »
  3. Dec 19, 2017
    It's a better game then the first ZX, but I still prefer the early X games, and for that matter the Metroid series. The fast travel is aIt's a better game then the first ZX, but I still prefer the early X games, and for that matter the Metroid series. The fast travel is a welcome addition, though still not fully properly integrated. Being able to transform into bosses outright is an interesting addition, and I like some of the character designs, especially Ashe. However, I found the overtly anime-esque art style and dialogue a bit off-putting, as well as the odd voice work. Still, it's a pretty good game- if you enjoy the 3DS's controls. If you're all fingers and thumbs like me, you might find the game a bit physically trying. Full Review »