Welcome to Mega Man Month! Every weekday in January I’ll be listing three things I love about the original Mega Man series. Let’s go!
You can play as Bass, Proto Man, or Mega Man
Mega Man 10 may have stayed in the same retro style as Mega Man 9 did, and I would (and have) argue that that that was a bad idea, especially for the series’ historic 10th installment, but it did do a few things to make the game feel more modern, and the multiple playable characters was my favorite. Having them all play noticeably different is such a cool thing to do in a game like this. Really added to the replayability. I wish there was a way to go back and play the old games as these characters too.
This retro boss fight
Ooh, I love this bit. In Wily’s castle, you encounter these rooms where you have to fight these module things with powers from past robot masters. It’s not quite as cool as the Doc Robots, but it’s still awesome. Plus, it gives us official 8-bit sprites for Frost Man and Slash Man, which is awesome.
They made a robot master called Sheep Man. On paper, that sounds completely ridiculous, even by Mega Man standards, but they leaned in on the insanity here and just made him and his stage completely bananas. It’s one of the high points of the entire game. Not that I would have hated a farm animal themed Mega Man stage, but the weirdo computer glitchy stage was just awesome. Great music too.
That about does it. Join us tomorrow for the final installment in our Mega Man Month extravaganza with my three favorite things about Mega Man 11.