Mega Man 2

released on Jun 02, 1989
by Capcom

An expanded game of Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo

In the year 200X, a super robot named Mega Man was created. Dr. Light created Mega Man to stop the evil desires of Dr. Wily. However, after his defeat, Dr. Wily created eight of his own robots to counter Mega Man.

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Mega Man 2 basically took everything good about the first game, polished it and improved it in every way imaginable with more refined controls, less slippery platforming, much better stage design, iconic boss fights that provide decent challenge, more variety in the obtainable powers and improved difficulty balancing alongside another incredible banger of a soundtrack. I can totally see why this game gets the (well-deserved) praise that it gets. A legitimately fun game that I could totally see myself playing more in the future whereas I never want to touch the first Mega Man ever again.

Without a single doubt superior to the first game, this is the true seminal episode. Includes everything that other Mega Man games will do. Level design is great, challenge is present, boss fights are hard enough.

This is really where Mega Man started. It has everything going for it too. Firstly, pleasing and charming graphics, in spite of NES limitations. Secondly, the soundtrack is phenomenal, not just back then, but now; best NES soundtrack easily and it isn’t close. The levels are very engaging, hitting a sweet spot of tough but fair. The Metal Blade invalidates a lot of enemies but, man, it’s fun to use. In my review of Super Mario Bros. 3, I mentioned that it was a contender for one of the best NES games and holds up in modern times. Mega Man 2 was the most poignant example in my mind that stopped me from definitively saying “the best”

way better level design and difficulty than 1. the robot masters are iconic, it has some super banging music, and the weapons are overall an improvement in usability and variety. truly a classic and one of the downright coolest mega man games

Mega Man 2 is an NES game where nowadays you can actually finish the game on a first playthrough without using save states or banging your head on a wall due to how difficult it is. MegaMan 2 is a very balanced game with very good platforming and levels. It fixes the issues of Mega Man 1, which aren't many aside from NOT being janky and difficult as the 1st game. This is officially one of my favorite NES games and I heavily recommend playing it if you want to get into the Mega Man franchise