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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. 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.
  2. AceGamez
    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).
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Powered Up is definitely the most comprehensive Mega Man game out there.
  8. 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.
  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. 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.
  12. PSM Magazine
    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]
  13. Play Magazine
    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]
  14. 85
    Construction mode and WiFi give Mega Man Powered Up almost limitless replayability.
  15. Game Informer
    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]
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Radically revamped graphics, a new adventure, an old adventure, unlimited challenge, and the amazing Construction mode add up to one very compelling package.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    A fun action experience with plenty of the old-school Mega Man platforming that everyone has come to love. [May 2006, p.92]
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. PSM2 Magazine UK
    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]
  26. 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.
  27. games(TM)
    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]
  28. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#42 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 90
  2. Negative: 13 out of 90
  1. Jun 23, 2016
    Mega man powered up is best psp game along with mega man maverick hunter X, It features oil man and time man as new bosses, however 8 bossesMega man powered up is best psp game along with mega man maverick hunter X, It features oil man and time man as new bosses, however 8 bosses roll and protoman are playable, get mega man power up. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2021
    Very Decent Game
    The controls are simple and easy
    The gameplay is outstanding and very Satisfying The levels are very well designed The music
    Very Decent Game
    The controls are simple and easy
    The gameplay is outstanding and very Satisfying
    The levels are very well designed
    The music is so beautiful
    What more could you possibly want
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  3. Dec 26, 2018
    Mega Man Powered Up is a PSP game that takes the first Mega Man game and remasters it with 3D graphics on a 2.5D plane. Along with the newerMega Man Powered Up is a PSP game that takes the first Mega Man game and remasters it with 3D graphics on a 2.5D plane. Along with the newer graphics, the game also offers two new robot bosses, a saving system, a new difficulty setting, a option to build your own stages and the ability to unlock extra characters you can play as an alternative to Mega Man.

    While this all sounds fabulous, there are issues. To begin with, the character models are kind of squished up, giving it a chibi looking style of art. Also, the game screen is super zoomed in to the point sometimes you'll jump and bump your head on unseen platforms or obstacles.

    Further, the game has employed sort of a story based explanation to the game, along with voice acting and cut scenes, but the game largely ignores source material and some of the story telling choices make no sense.

    Finally, the game suffers from lag or slow down a lot of the time. When too many enemies are on the screen, the game can slow to a crawl and when you consider the fact most Mega Man games rely on quick reflexs to get past some enemies and obstacles, it becomes a huge issue. Considering the fact this is on the PSP and there are much more graphically intensive games on the platform, it's pretty obvious it is due to poor programming and that is absolutely unacceptable.

    A decent little game, if you can overlook it's flaws or are a huge fan of the Mega Man franchise as a whole, you'll most likely enjoy it.
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