Growing up with the NES, there was a few games in the library that continue to grow strong even today. One of those is most defiantly the Mega Man series. The NES produced the first six games in the franchise. Some of these games are hard to come by and are a bit expensive at game cons.

My Arcade, the mini arcade franchise, who has games like Street Fighter II, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Contra and much more, created the ultimate Mega Man arcade. This unit has ALL six NES games into one mini machine. Even if you are a fan of only 1 or 2 of these, it is nice to have all of them in one place to play when you want to.

The original Mega Man series, dubbed Classic Mega Man marks the start of the franchise, released on the NES on December 17, 1987. In the original series, Mega Man is a robot originally named Rock (nicknamed “Mega” in later installments), created as a lab assistant by the scientist Dr. Light with Dr. Wily as his partner. Following treachery by Dr. Wily in which he reprogrammed most of Dr. Light’s robots, Rock volunteered to be converted into a fighting robot to defend the world from Wily’s violent robotic threats, thus becoming Mega Man.

This recreation of the NES games are pretty similar to the originals.  The sound and graphics come close to the NES versions. The controls are a bit tricky compared to the NES D-Pad. It does take some practice to get used to the controls. The buttons are vert precise and work well on the unit. Seeing the side graphics and the marque make it nostalgic to play.

Mega Man, known as Rockman[in Japan, is a platform game developed and published by Capcom in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was directed by Akira Kitamura, with Nobuyuki Matsushima as lead programmer, and is the first game of the Mega Man franchise and the original video game series. Mega Man was produced by a small team specifically for the home console market, a first for Capcom, which previously focused on arcade video games.

Mega Man 2 (stylized as MEGA MAN II) is an action game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in Japan in 1988 and in North America and PAL regions the following years. Mega Man 2 continues Mega Man’s battle against the evil Dr. Wily and his rogue robots. It introduced graphical and gameplay changes, many of which became series staples.

Mega Man 3 (stylized as Mega Man III) is an action-platform video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the third game of the original Mega Man series and was originally released in Japan on September 28, 1990. The game was released in North America later in 1990 and in European regions by Nintendo in 1992. Taking place after the events of Mega Man 2, the plot follows the titular hero as he helps his creator, Dr. Light, and a supposedly former enemy, Dr. Wily, collect parts for a peace-keeping robot by defeating several Robot Masters that have gone haywire.

Mega Man 4 (stylized as MEGA MAN IV) is an action-platform game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the fourth game in the original Mega Man series and was originally released in Japan in 1991. The game was localized in North America the following January, and in Europe in 1993.

Mega Man 5 is an action-platform video game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the fifth game in the original Mega Man series and was released in Japan on December 4, 1992. It saw a release during the same month in North America and in 1993 in Europe.

Mega Man 6, known in Japan as Rockman 6: The Greatest Battle in History!! is an action-platform video game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the sixth installment in the original Mega Man series. It was originally released in Japan by Capcom in 1993, and in North America by Nintendo in 1994. It was included in the Mega Man Anniversary Collection released in 2004. Its first release in Europe and PAL region was June 11, 2013, for the 3DS Virtual Console, nearly twenty years after the game’s initial release.

 

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Todd Friedman is currently a writer for Old School Gamer Magazine and the Walter Day Trading Card Collection. He is the author of 2 books and has co-promoted the Video Game Summit for the last 15 years. Todd is also a board member of the International Video Game Hall of Fame.