I have never played the core Mega Man series. It was mainly because I either had no interest in the series or I didn't have the time. I seldom played the Mega Man X series, but I had little time to indulge in the series, again. I decided to give this series a try with perhaps the most popular installment of the series, Mega Man 2 for the NES.
There are eight stages with eight robot masters, excluding the Wily stages. However, there is a catch. You get to choose the stages in any given order. This game is made much easier if you know the weakness of each robot master (or if you just use Metal Blade on all of the robot masters). The robot masters themselves provide a challenge in the game, having you maneuver around the stage until you succumb or beat the boss. It took a little bit trying to switch my weapons around. But once I managed to find out how to work this, the game became much easier.
This had iconic stages such as Air Man's stage and Quick Man's stage, not to mention that Dr. Wily's Castle has one of the more memorable themes. There aren't many drawbacks in the game and the gameplay in itself is easy to pick up and play. If you're looking for a classic to try for the NES without Super Mario Bros. in the title, give Mega Man 2 a try.
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