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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 (216) 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

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (118 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Hey Poor Player (Jun 03, 2017)
Ultimately, Mega Man 2 is Mega Man 2 — a high-water mark for the series, the NES library, and sequel-ism. It expands and expounds upon the original through its intricate gameplay and level design to make for a finely honed adventure sweeping in scope. While I might have some minor quibbles (and maybe, just maybe, I prefer Elec Man’s theme from Mega Man to any of the dazzling tracks here), Mega Man 2 set a bar for the action-platformer genre in 1988 that today’s retro games are still trying to reach. If Mega Man was a brilliant but undeveloped thought, Mega Man 2 is the diligently articulated and ruminated version of that thought, refined by learning from and reflecting upon the high highs and low lows of the original. Today, it not only feels playable, but remarkably contemporary, as if the past twenty years of revelations and refinements in video game design could hardly improve upon it.
Classic-games.net (Jan 03, 2017)
Mega Man 2 is every bit the classic that it has been held up as and is a perfect platformer in every way. While it isn’t my personal favorite of the NES titles (that distinction belongs to 3) for anyone new to the series it is the game I would point to first. A classic in every way.
The variety of enemies, obstacles, and bosses in this game is incredibly engaging and will test both your reïŹ‚exes and your memorization skills. Complemented by one of the best soundtracks on the system, this is an undeniable classic.
Retro Game Age (Feb 08, 2011)
It’s crazy to think the team made this game in their spare time but when the passion is there legendary games are created and Mega Man 2 easily shares that distinction. This is definitely one of the greatest games of all time and should be not be missed by anyone.
Questicle.net (Sep 19, 2012)
What can I say. Mega Man 2 is a fantastic game, and one worthy of the classic status. It has epic music, much-improved graphics, tighter control, and more dynamic bosses/stages. The inclusion of two difficulty levels adds replay value to a game that already has it in droves. The passwords, E-tanks, and special items are all worthy inclusions; nothing that was added into the sequel was unnecessary, unlike later entries. All in all, Mega Man 2‘s development team once again deserves massive props for being able to craft such a timeless game on little to no sleep. Let us hoist our E-tanks in thanks!
Gaming since 198x (Jan 04, 2011)
Mega Man II, c'est un peu la crĂšme de la crĂšme de la crĂšme de la plate-forme/action Ă  la sauce Capcom. Si vous ne devez jouer qu'Ă  un seul Mega Man classique, c'est celui-lĂ . Et si vous n'y jouez pas, j'envoie Pipomantis vous casser la gueule. C'est dit.
Lens of Truth (Jun 26, 2009)
Mega Man 2 has everything you could ask for in a 2D platforming game – great graphics and sound, addictive and rewarding gameplay mixed with fantastic stages. The game is nearly perfect. If I HAD to say something bad about MM2, it would be that I wish it were longer – a common negative for fantastic games, especially on the NES. This doesn’t matter one bit, in my opinion, Mega Man 2 one of the top 3 games on the NES.
NES Archives (May 13, 2009)
Mega Man 2 takes everything that was good about Mega Man and improves upon it. If you are a fan of platformers or shooter then you have to pick this one up. If you aren’t this could be the game that changes your mind.
Pixel-Heroes.de (Sep 07, 2008)
Zum Schluss bleibt mir nicht anderes zu sagen, als dass "Mega Man 2" fantastisch ist! Spielspaß und Anspruch arbeiten eng mit- und nicht gegeneinander, wie es in anderen Publikationen oft der Fall ist. Das Spiel ist von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute packend und auch noch nach mehreren DurchgĂ€ngen alles andere als langweilig. Ein zeitloser Klassiker und nicht umsonst das meistverkaufte Mega Man-Spiel ĂŒberhaupt.
This is one of the best games ever released on the NES or any system. It is also available on the original Game Boy However, I have never tried it so I don't know if it is changed from this one. This is a significant improvement over the first game. The first game was just the tip of the iceberg and is recognized for being a bit difficult. The games following Mega Man II lacked the creativity of this game, although there were some new innovations here and there in each one. For you young 'punks' who only have knowledge of Capcom through the Resident Evil style games, this is something from their previous years.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 09, 2004)
Mega Man: the whole series is basically run-'n'-gun action. Move around an unsettlingly calm blue robot, shoot white pellets at odd creatures that pop up and fight a boss robot if, and when, the conclusion of the stage is reached. Not exactly an all-star premise. One of the draws, though, is the ability to choose the order in which you want to complete the stages. Another is the satisfaction of seeing that particular piece of the stage-select puzzle blank after returning from a glorious victory. And then there's the final showdown in the center of the board, which of course is only available after beating -- in the case of Mega Man 2 -- eight robot bosses. This leads to three more stages of mayhem, a reprise of the robot bosses and, finally, the disposable doctor himself.
Dr Wily's back, and it's down to Megaman to beat off all of his robotic hench-men, blag their weapons and make his way to Wily's castle for the final confrontation. This platform masterpiece is only beaten by the Mario series for sheer brilliance, and ranks as a totally fantastic and highly addictive game! We've had an imported version since last August and we're STILL playing it. Buy it as soon as you can - you won't be disappointed!
This game is old and I can beat it in an hour without losing any lives, but I still play it, it's just so much fun! This game addicted me to the Mega Man series. I suggest you give it a spin or you're missing out!
Mean Machines (Jan, 1991)
Every time I play Mega Man 2, I just seem to like the game more and more! Everything required to make a platform game incredibly entertaining has been crammed in. The graphics are varied and possess amazing detail. The sprites are probably the best I've seen in a Nintendo game. The sound can't be faulted either with great effects and tunes. But it's the playability that really makes this game so brilliant. The programmers must have spent months racking their brains to come up with the mind-warping puzzles seen here. I'll put this simply. Mega Man 2 ranks as one of the greatest NES games I've ever seen, with unsurpassed addictive qualities. Buy it as soon as possible.
1UP! (Feb 05, 2007)
La grand majoritĂ© des vieux joueurs a dĂ©couvert Mega Man avec cet Ă©pisode populaire, mais tous n'ont pas nĂ©cessairement eu la volontĂ© aprĂšs lui d'acquĂ©rir ses descendants, au moins jusqu'Ă  Mega Man X. C'est le problĂšme de Mega Man, que le cynique pourrait rĂ©sumer avec un impitoyable aphorisme: "quand vous en avez fait un, vous les avez tous fait." Mais ce n'est pas vrai ! crirons-nous, nous qui aimons et connaissons Mega Man depuis si longtemps. Certes il faudrait ĂȘtre bien fan (ou bien atteint ?) pour vouloir jouer Ă  tous ses jeux, mais un Mega Man cela se joue avec plaisir, une partie de temps en temps, comme de partager un thĂ© avec un vieil ami un aprĂšs-midi d'automne. Et, au sein de son oeuvre colossale, dont l'ampleur ferait pĂąlir de jalousie ce bon vieux Plutarque, certains Ă©pisodes valent plus le dĂ©tour que d'autres. Mega Man 2 est incontestablement de ceux-lĂ .
The Video Game Critic (Jul 27, 2002)
Sega fans might noticed MM2's uncanny resemblance to Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis). The traps, robotic enemies, and general style of play are incredibly similar. My only reservations about this game concern the preponderance of "fatal falls", thanks to high altitude platforms that your adversaries can easily knock you off of. I much prefer the ground-based levels, but Mega Man 2 is still first class all the way. Two difficulty levels are including, along with a new password feature.
RetroGame Man (Jul 13, 2018)
In summary, Mega Man II is arguably the best classic Mega Man game ever released! It’s tight gameplay, awesome music, and innovation over the first entry make it a must have for any NES owner! If it wasn’t for his childlike post-battle look and the lack of Rush, this game would have been perfect!
Player One (Mar, 1991)
Mega Man 2 n'est pas une immense quĂȘte, comme Zelda ou Castelvania, mais tout simplement un superbe jeu de plate-forme.
Retro Game Reviews (Sep 06, 2014)
Mega Man 2 is a fantastic game all-round. Considering the development team worked on this title in their spare time it's a remarkable achievement and it comes across as a real labour of love. This is a classic NES game that has aged extremely well and it should be experienced by anyone that loves the action / platformer genre.
Tilt (Apr, 1991)
Encore plus fort que Mega Man, voici la suite de ce grand succĂšs de Capcom. ExtrĂȘmement variĂ©, Mega Man 2 apporte en prime quelques ingrĂ©dients de stratĂ©gie. Vraiment ce qui se fait de mieux dans les jeux de plates-formes Ă  l'heure actuelle...
NES Times (Aug 24, 2006)
It's easy to see why Mega Man II launched the Blue Bomber into superstardom, as this is another great cartridge from Capcom, and tons better than the first game. Everything about this cart from the graphics to the controls are top-notch, and the game itself is definetly classic Mega Man at its finest. Many players have hailed this version as one of the best in the series; indeed few of the later entries were able to top this one. This game is also great for beginners who never played a Mega Man game before. Overall Mega Man II is a stellar chapter in the saga and without a doubt a must-play for all Mega-fans!
Megaman 2 has everything one could ask for in an NES action title: level design, music, boss battles, tight controls...It's no wonder Megaman 9 is being based off of this specific installment. There are some minor flaws with the game, half of which are more technical limitations of the NES, but this is a quality title for five dollars. Megaman 2 not only solidified the formula of the franchise, it also was a superbly executed 8-bit creation that is relevant today as a testament to exactly what Megaman 9 is here to remind us of: solid design is timeless. If you somehow missed this piece of gaming lore over the past twenty years or if you simply haven't played it in a long time, fork over five dollars and spend an evening (re)discovering one of console gaming's early gems.
I would declare that anywhere that the original Mega Man game failed, this one compensated for it. This may have been the first Mega Man game I ever played (or at least the first one I recall playing), and it changed my gaming life forever. Now I've become a Mega Man fanatic, as anyone who knows me will attest to. So do I recommend this game? Absolutely! It may be tough to find an NES cartridge though, so run down to your local video game vendor and get the Mega Man Anniversary Collection in order to experience the nostalgia goodness of this sapphire-tinged platformer. The only Mega Man game that does it better would be the sequel to this, actually...
The Retro Spirit (Dec 04, 2011)
Sier du ikke «Nei, takk» til en real utfordring behÞver du ikke Ä lete lenger hit. Vanskeligere enn Ä spille golf i verdensrommet skiller det menn fra pyser og de med virkelige 8bit-ferdigheter. Vi har fortsatt til gode Ä runde dette pÄ en original NES, selv om det har et passordsystem. Det er til og med to vanskelighetsgrader (!!). Selve definisjonen pÄ hardcore 8bit, og er endÄ vanskeligere enn det fÞrste spillet i serien. Anbefales pÄ det sterkeste! Du er herved advart!
Mega Man 2 is superior to Mega Man 1, that much almost everyone agrees on, but is it the best on the Nintendo? That’s a tough choice and I’ll have to replay the other four games to determine that. For now, Mega Man 2 is a huge upgrade to the original. The blue bomber’s popularity really took off afterward.
Mega Man 2 is one of the best games I've played in a long time. It has a perfect blend of action and surprise that is usually seen only in games like Super Mario. The first Mega Man was a sleeper hit, but this one is even better, with plenty of new enhancements. Highly recommended!
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 04, 2005)
So this game is fun, but easy. This game has a lot of replay value for those who would want to play it over and over, and it is a fun enough that many will. However, for those who just beat a game and move on, this one won’t last long. This game is in many ways a classic, but its longevity is dependent on the mood of the player.
GameCola.net (Feb, 2009)
If you haven’t played it, you’re missing out on a cornerstone of videogame history. And if you have played it, you’ve got around 40,319 reasons to play it again.
Insgesamt ist Mega Man II erfreulich gut geworden und ĂŒbertrifft den VorgĂ€nger in einigen Punkten. Lediglich der Sound kann mir nicht unbedingt gefallen, ansonsten gibt's nur Pluspunkte! Ein spannendes und intelligent aufgebautes Actionprogramm, das ich empfehlen muß und in jeden Modulschacht gehört!
Video Games (Sep, 1991)
Mega Man 2 bietet zwar nichts Sensationelles oder Geniales, dafĂŒr eine ausgewogene und durchdachte Mischung aus erfolgsgeprĂŒften Spielelementen. Eine der besten NES-Neuerscheinungen der letzten Monate und besser als der erste Teil.
Power Play (Sep, 1991)
Ich bedaure es, mich niemals an Mega Mans erstem Abenteuer versucht zu haben: Auch im zweiten Teil werden die ausgetretenen Jump'n'Run-Pfade (die mich normalerweise langweilen) nicht verlassen, dafĂŒr sorgen ein durchgehend origineller Level-Aufbau und interessante Feindtaktiken fĂŒr Motivation und Abwechslung. Die Grafik ist einfach und bar jeglichem effekthascherischen Schnickschnack; Capcom entwickelte jedoch einen vollkommen eigenen Stil, umd die Mega-Man-Episoden zu illustrieren. Unterm Strich fĂ€llt vor allem die hohe Spielbarkeit positiv ins Gewicht: Einfach zu lernen, schwierig zu meistern.

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