When WiiWare was first announced, I donít think anyone expected to see games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, let alone retro revivals. Thatís why when Capcom announced that it had plans to extend the Mega Man trilogy through WiiWare, Xbox Live Arcade, and the Playstation Network, many gamers were shocked. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the graphical approach Capcom was taking. Like the original, Mega Man 9 boasts 8-bit graphics instead of high-end current generation graphics. Capcom even went as far to do a similar marketing campaign for the game, as well as a box art for the game, just like they would in the old days.
Right where we left it
If youíre new to the Mega Man series, the series is set in the year 200X and starts out as the advance science of the era has created industrial robots that co-exist with humans. However, not everything is peaceful. The evil Dr Wily envisions world domination, so he creates his own robot army to assist him. Dr. Light though doesnít want this to happen, so he outfits one of his robots, Rook, to fight Dr. Wilyís army, thus creating Mega Man himself.
Set after the events of Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9 commences when riots start all over the world. Many people suspect that Dr. Wily is up to no good once again, but Dr. Light is stunned to see on the TV screen that his own creations are involved in the outbreaks. Even more shocking is Dr. Wily's appearance on TV as well where he blames Dr. Light for all the riots. Dr. Wily will, however, stop the riots for a price. Now itís up to Mega Man to stop these riots without having to pay Dr. Wily a cent and clear Dr. Lightís name.
Eight steps back to go forward
To keep with the 80's feel, Mega Man 9 contains 8-bit cutscenes that tell the story of the game. Even more of a surprise is that the game has upped the difficulty level of that of the NES titles. In a nutshell, itís classic Mega Man no matter how you look at it. If you grew up playing classic Mega Man games, Mega Man 9 may bring back some memories.
As mentioned before, Mega Man 9 tries to mimic the experience created by the Blue Bomberís earlier adventures, and with that, a similar gameplay experience. Like his first two NES adventures, Mega Man 9 allows players to use items such as the Rush Jet, Rush Coil, and Beat, but unfortunately, lacks items added in future iterations. Itís quite easy to see that Mega Man 9 was inspired by Mega Man and Mega Man 2 more so than his other adventures.
Perhaps the most modern aspect of Mega Man 9 is the addition of downloadable content. Starting this October, Capcom will start releasing additional content for the game such as the ability to play as Proto Man. For a mere 200 Wii Points (the equivalent to two dollars), players can play the entire game as Proto Man. Though some may consider this a rip-off, diehard fans of Mega Man 9 will likely take advantage of this offer to extend the value of the game.
For a game to pass in todayís age of gaming, it often must have high-end visuals, or at least something that will satisfy core gamers. In this case, the latter applies. Mega Man 9 tried to keep with the feeling of the first couple of Mega Man installments, even going as far to keep with the graphics and sound. Though the game is severely lacking compared to other downloadable games, Mega Man 9 is truly a masterpiece in gaming.
At the end of the day, Mega Man 9 offers an experience like no other. No matter how you look at it, Mega Man 9 is a must-have game, period. As soon as the game was released, it quickly soared to the top of the popular titles chart on the Wii Shop Channel. Hopefully weíll see more retro installments like this in the future. In the meantime, go download this now if you havenít already done so.
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