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Hands On: 'Mega Man 9'

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Posted July 19, 2008 - By jmanalang

Don't be surprised if you see the Blue Bomber shoot off tic-tacs in his latest, upcoming game, Mega Man 9. Capcom has graced the many retro-game lovers by giving their beloved franchise the classic look and feel we have been missing since we fell in love with the series on its first installment (that's right, love, spread a little).

And we bring you hands on demo of the game's E3 build. Hit the jump.

Classic Look, Classic Play: Remember the time when you first drop in Woods Man's stage in Mega Man 2 for the NES? Well folks, this game is pure nostalgia. We played a stage in the demo that looks similar to Woods Man's stage and it was absolutely refreshing. Like hearing a certain tune that takes you way back in your early days, Mega Man 9 will play that exact symphony for you. The classic sprites was exactly the way you remembered and the controls still remain the same since Mega Man 2.

We had our d-pad, a button to shoot and a button to jump - that's it. The game didn't implement any special slide moves, wall jumps or charge shots. Not only that, familiar enemies are back as well, including those little dudes with the yellow hats that peek out and shoot Mentos at you. The game also had the mid-level sub-bosses that required a great amount of expertise and pattern for you to defeat. As far as platforming elements, some enemies would still lead you to many, many deaths as you try to leap over a gap and suddenly an enemy would pop up and attack you - leading the little blue guy to a pit of death. Also, the vanishing blocks are back with the same sound effects! The Capcom rep said that Mega Man 2 was the leading influence in developing this latest installment, as many considered that it was the series's best.

Mega Man 9 is due out later this year as a download for the WiiWare, Playstation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. Check out the trailer below.

 

Megaman 9 Trailer »


 

 

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