Blue Bomber relives glory days in No. 9
Ah, Mega Man and Dr. Wily. Capcom’s contribution to video game rivalries have battled through numerous episodes in the 8‑bit, 16-bit and first PlayStation era. These infamous icons have taken their battle of good vs. evil to another battlefield: next-generation consoles. Like many fans of the Blue Bomber, I wondered how Capcom would present Mega Man and company to a new audience while keeping dedicated fans like myself invested in new adventures. Mega Man 9 hit the spot.
Mega Man 9 is exactly like previous Mega Man games of the 8‑bit era: Easy to play. Using the PS3’s d‑pad made me feel that I was playing on the NES with simplified controls. When Mega Man defeats a Robot Master, he acquires that boss’ weapon which — along with his Mega Buster — make up the meat of his controls. I have only two issues with this feature: You cannot use a charged Mega Buster blast like in Mega Man 4; and, you must acquire weapon power-ups to keep the special weapons running properly. Mega Man does have help in his latest adventure with his helpful canine, Rush, and allies Eddie, Beat and Roll, who supply special gadgets in exchange for screws via their shop between stages. Saving all collected screws when purchasing certain items is a smart move.
The graphics in Mega Man 9 are 8‑bit quality and nostalgic, which I commend Capcom for doing. It looks like Mega Man of yesteryear, which is always a good thing. The music was also a win since it stayed with each stage’s design.
I felt that as an older gamer, Mega Man 9 was not only simple, but also fun. I didn’t have to worry about time limits or other frivolous things that would induce rage quitting. Everything was Mega Man oriented, just as it should be.
Mega Man 9 is a game for not only Mega Man fans, but also for those who want to experience 8‑bit gaming on a next generation console. Whoever said that gaming classics can’t keep attention like newer triple‑A titles obviously have not played a classic series like Mega Man and certainly haven’t run into Mega Man 9.
Carry on, Blue Bomber. Carry on.