Friday, July 22, 2011

Top 50 Video Games: Number 40

Stats of Import
Platform: NES
Absurdly Specific Genre: Video Game Controller Destruction Inducer
Difficulty: 9 (oh GOD)
Beaten: No. I've gotten close a couple of times, then my Nintendo died. I've beaten it using an emulator, but I'll be damned if I'm going to count that kind of cheating cockflickery.

This is too low. I know that. Unfortunately, as mentioned back in the beginning, I didn't have access to an NES in my formative years, and the Mega Man series was one that none of my friends wanted to play as a party game. I didn't get to experience the joy of the Mega Man series in any meaningful depth until a few years ago, but it's worth the wait.

Spooky commented on the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 entry a week or so back, mentioning that the older style of platformer (even a relatively easy one like Sonic 2) has a bite to it when a player is used to the newer, more forgiving games. So yeah, Mega Man 2 kicked my ass. Repeatedly. Over and over.

...and over and over and over...
But that was fine, because the level design was fantastic, and the enemies that were doing the ass-kicking were colorful and always interesting. Finding out that the various bosses were weak to other bosses' weapons was a revelation. Seeing Dr. Wily's castle (and hearing that awesome music) for the first time was blood-chillingly cool. If only that dragon didn't keep kicking my butt. I will beat this game legitimately one of these days. It's too awesome not to.



  1. I've beaten this! Good choice (perhaps too low, but I can forgive that, what with the soul-crushing difficulty). I think this was on my list, too, around #15.

  2. I pretty much don't like standard platformers. Other than Super Mario Bros 2 and perhaps Bionic Commando, most just bore me to tears.

    So I didn't even bother with this series until I was an adult. And I didn't really like the first game. But I LOVE this one. It's just...perfect. It fixed everything wrong with the first one, and you don't see that too often.