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Every Legend Has a Beginning

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Almost everyone by now has heard of Capcom's robotic hero Mega Man. Mega Man is to Capcom what Mario and Link are to Nintendo and what Sonic is to Sega. Hes had several games with varying playstyles from RPG types, to platformers and even a soccer game. However back in 1987 when the game Mega Man was released most people wouldn't know Mega Man until its sequel a year later, Mega Man II.

If you have been one of those few who have started the Mega Man series with a later game in the series and for some reason never played the first Mega Man thinking it was inferior to the later sequels well than you have missed a gem of a game.

The story is simple in this game, six robots who in this game are Cutman, Gutsman, Elecman, Fireman, Iceman and Bombman, along with Mega Man were created by Dr Light for industrial purposes. However unlike Mega Man the six were stolen by the evil Dr. Wily and reprogrammed to destroy the world.

Gameplay is just like later installs in the series you generally run to the right jumping over bottomless pits, and shoot enemies through out the level until you get to end of the level which after passing through a gate you are placed in a one and one duel with the robot master you selected. Once all six robot masters are defeated and their weapons are yours to command you are than granted passage into Wily's Skull Castle were after taking on a few of his minions, the first of many showdowns with Wily happens.

The main difference however with this game over the later games is how difficult this game can be especially to those who started with the other games. Sadly this game doesn't offer the E-tanks that will fully recharge your energy, and there is no password system like the other games as well meaning you would have to beat this game in one playthrough however thanks to save states that really isn't a problem in the Virtual Console release of this game. Unlike later games that have three or more utility items, Mega Man only has one the magnet beam which you dont even have to get if you dont want too, but trust me on this one you will want if for a part of the Ice Man stage.

As far as weapon balance goes this game does suffer from the unbalance of weapons like the other games do particular the Thunder Beam which is a very damaging weapon to begin with and can be even more powerful by a glitch by using the infamous pause/unpause trick, to weapons like the Super Arm that are useless unless you happen to have a supply of a certain type of brick.

Music wise the tunes in this one are just as good as the other games my favorite are Elecman and the Gutsman Stage, and really set the mood for this game.

The level designs are on par with the other games as well and are as unique as each robot master, Fireman's is fiery level with numerous firetraps and fire enemies while Iceman's is a winter wonderland type complete with ice physics such as sliding a bit after running.

In conclusion while the later Mega Man games tend to be the most well know it is worth picking up Mega Man's first outing. Even with the higher difficulty that this one has to offer compared to the others in the series. Once you play it though you will see that this game isn't that much different from the other games in the series.

Overall Rating: 8/10
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on May 4th 2013, 11:53 pmTowafan7
I remember wanting to play this game on my NES back when I was 6 and begged my mom to get this game, but thanks to the hideous box art she thought it looked dumb and didn't get it for me. Fast forward to 2007 I finally got to play this game along with Megaman's 2-8 in the GC Megaman Anniversary Collection and was blown away by the series! It was the best $10 I've ever spent. Very Happy

Your review is detailed and was very accurate in my opinion, nice work Tasuki. Wink
on May 5th 2013, 12:36 amTasuki
Thanks Rukiafan. I have to admit I was one of the people that was introduced to the series with a later Mega Man, Mega Man 3 to be exactly. It wasn't until I was talking to a friend at school about Mega Man 3 that I found out about the other two which he had. I than had to go over to his house to try them out lol.

My experience with the Anniversary Collection was similar to yours I bought it so I could play Mega Man 6 which at the time was the only Mega Man game I never played.
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on May 5th 2013, 1:35 amObjection Blaster
Long time no see @Tasuki I see you are a reviewer here now congrats!
on May 5th 2013, 1:42 amTasuki
Thank You OB and its good to see you again. Hope to see you more often. Smile
on May 5th 2013, 1:20 pmRagnarok
I think the first game did not sell as well as it could have thanks to the rather unusual box art. The game itself set the foundation for one of the best action platformer series in history. This was a good review.
on May 5th 2013, 2:03 pmGolden_Toad
I would give this a 7 but still a good review. Smile
on May 5th 2013, 3:24 pmKokorOtaku
Now this is what I like to see an eShop review instead of 2 different reviews for 3DS and WiiU versions like on some sites
on May 5th 2013, 5:00 pmNINTENBRO
I only owned Mega Man 4 in the NES era, so I decided to download Mega Man 1-5 on the Wii VC. When I eventually tried this game out for the first time, I was like, "Damn, this is hard!" Lol! Anyways, Mega Man 4 is still my favorite of the NES games. Not because of nostalgia, but because of the unique level designs and puzzles. Until recently, I had always thought all of the Mega Man games were pretty much like 4. I was wrong...
on May 5th 2013, 6:47 pmTasuki
@KokorOtaku wrote:Now this is what I like to see an eShop review instead of 2 different reviews for 3DS and WiiU versions like on some sites

Yeah for future references if a game comes out on multiple VCs I will end up doing one review. I dont see really the point of doing two since essentially its the same game. However if you guys request two separate reviews I will be happy to oblige.
on May 5th 2013, 7:12 pmKokorOtaku
Plus if rumors are true the 3DS and WiiU Vc will be linked like MH3U, it shouldn't matter if one is in GamePad res or 3DS Res
on May 5th 2013, 8:40 pmTasuki
Right. I should add that the only way I would do two reviews is if one is a 3D remake on the 3DS and one is the original than I see a point since graphics and maybe even gameplay may be different but in this case they are the same game.
on May 5th 2013, 10:27 pmGrumblevolcano
I heard that this game is the shortest game in the series so is this game still worth the price to download it?
on May 5th 2013, 10:40 pmTasuki
I guess to some it does feel a bit shorter minus the fact that there are only six robot masters instead of eight that the other games have. But some stages like the Gutsman stage feel really short compared to other robot masters in the series, still though IMO it is worth the price. It may be shorter than the other games but honestly it doesn't feel that much shorter.
on May 5th 2013, 10:57 pmSuperVash
Superb review dude!
on May 6th 2013, 1:35 amNeptune
I like your review Tasuki. Smile
on May 7th 2013, 2:28 pmDigiDestined
What a wonderful review. Smile
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