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After defeating Dr. Light's six robots that were reprogrammed by the villainous Dr. Wily in Mega Man, it seemed like the world was safe. But it was not to be. Dr. Wily has escaped from prison and is madder than ever, this time creating eight new Robot Masters of his own to take over the world and crush Mega Man! Is the world doomed?

Mega Man 2 is the sequel to the NES game Mega Man. In this game, Metal Man, Air Man, Bubble Man, Quick Man, Crash Man, Flash Man, Heat Man and Wood Man are Dr. Wily's eight prize creations that have been sent to take over the world. As Mega Man defeats these bosses, he can steal their powers and use them for himself. Each Robot Master is weak against another's weapon, and through experimentation, Mega Man can gain the upper hand by using the weapon they're vulnerable against.

Other additions to the game include the 'E-Tank' - an item that can be used at any time to completely refill Mega Man's energy, and a Password System, which allows players to continue their game by recording which Robot Masters have been defeated and how many E-Tanks they have. Mega Man 2 also removes the scoring system from the original game.


Mega Man 2 NES Introductory cinematic
Mega Man 2 NES Quick Man's stage
Mega Man 2 NES Air Man's stage
Mega Man 2 NES Bubble Man's stage

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Mega Man 2 Magazine Advertisement Page 21

Alternate Titles

  • "Rockman Complete Works: Rockman 2: The Enigma of Dr. Wily" -- Japanese title
  • "Rock Man 2" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
  • "Rockman 2" -- Japanese Famicom title
  • "Mega Man II" -- In-game title
  • "ロックマン2 Dr.ワイリーの謎" -- Japanese spelling

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In 19xx Capcom created a masterpiece TheoryOfChaos (55) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The game that launched the franchise! Jonathan Hollas (25) unrated
The perfect continuation of the series Bregalad (968) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Platform gaming in its finest, most pure form! Rensch (218) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Great game, great for beginners and polished players. David Bryan (25) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gaming since 198x Jan 04, 2011 5 out of 5 100 Sep 19, 2012 A+ 100 Sep 07, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Land 2003 95 out of 100 95
1UP! Feb 05, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Player One Mar, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The DOS Spirit Dec 04, 2011 5 out of 6 83
Game Freaks 365 Jul 04, 2005 8 out of 10 80 Feb, 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
Power Play Sep, 1991 74 out of 100 74


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Keiji Inafune actually had to create Mega Man 2 on his own time, to a certain extent. The original game hadn't been successful enough to warrant a fully produced sequel, but he so wanted to create another Mega Man title, that he was given permission to work on it so long as it didn't interfere with any of his other scheduled work.


Mega Man's creator Keiji Inafune considers Mega Man 2 his favorite Mega Man game. Thanks to its creative levels, cool weapons, excellent bosses, and fantastic music.


According to publisher Capcom, Mega Man 2 has sold 1.51 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Sequel to an Existing Game (tied with Ghouls 'N Ghosts)
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted #32 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
Information also contributed by Andrew Shepard and Nick Rycar

Related Web Sites

  • Howard & Nester do Mega Man 2 (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In the September/October 1989 two-page installment, Nester competes against a robotic version of Howard in a trivia contest organized by Dr. Wily -- hints and tips abound.)
  • Mega Man 2 Trivia (10 question quiz to test fans' knowledge about Mega Man 2.)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Mega Man 2.)
Satoshi Kunsai (2084) added Mega Man 2 (NES) on Oct 01, 2002
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