February 4, 2010
Maybe this or fall on deaf ears (or blind eyes, I guess), but my favorite video game growing up was the MegaMan series on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Six glorious adventures for the "Blue Bomber" — MegaMan is a little blue robot-man — to take on the maniacal Dr. Wily and his legion of evil robot bosses.
The series was so popular, there were seemingly dozens of sequels and spinoffs for years.
The revolutionary thing about the MegaMan games was that, unlike most video games, you could choose what level you wanted to play in any order. Each bad robot has its own themed level — Ice Man for example, lives in some twisted igloo world. You defeat the boss, you get their power. If you use some common sense, you see that certain weapons are better against certain enemies — another example, Metal Man's "Metal Blade" is devastating against Wood Man.
The games could be ridiculously hard, especially for a six-year-old. I had my Nintendo confiscated a couple of times getting mad.
But there's been no MegaMan for a long time. What gives? Capcom, the game's creator, released an anniversary disc with the first 8 games on it for Playstation 2 a few years ago. XBox 360 had a "MegaMan 9" you could download, but I thought it was pretty lame.
We need a new, awesome version of MegaMan ASAP. They keep rolling Mario out there. Yeah, he could spit fire and eat magic mushrooms, but he didn't have an arm cannon.