Growing up, Mega Man 2 was definitely one of my all-time favorite games on the NES and definitely a favorite in Capcom’s Mega Man series. In fact, I played Mega Man 2 before I ever touched the original (which, in fact, I didn’t play until around the mid-90s when I ordered a copy from Funcoland’s mail catalog!). As an adult, though, I think I’d rate Mega Man 3 slightly higher than this one, but both of those games are certainly fantastic even by today’s standards.
Mega Man 2 is the game that set the standard for most of the follow-ups that have been released over the years. The original game set some standards too, but the sequel took those ideas and really streamlined and perfected them in many ways. The cast of Robot Masters is a little quirky but definitely iconic, the soundtrack is awesome (the “Wily Stages 1 & 2” theme of the game has been remixed perhaps more than most any other video game track), and the gameplay is still fun but challenging in places.
Here, I sit down and play through the game in its entirety while making sure not to abuse the save-state feature of the emulator. Even then, I manage to finish the game in around 54 minutes or so, which I think is pretty darn good. Not quite something record-setting, but still certainly a pretty speedy run!
Thanks for tuning in and I’ll see you soon for more retro fun! 🙂