Mega Man, as well as his friends and other robots, have had a long and interesting history in video games. Since the NES days, he’s been in some of the best run-and-gun games ever made. However, for every great game or spin-off experience that Capcom has made, there have been a few that either didn’t hit the mark or felt a little too familiar. Many games have been made by the Blue Bomber. It can be hard to figure out which ones are the best. There we come in.
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That’s where you come in. Below, you’ll find every Nintendo game that ever had the words “Mega Man” in the title (in the West). Including all the spin-offs and side stories, there have been more than 50 games. For completeness, we’ve also added compilations. Many of them feature games that can’t be played alone on a Nintendo console (Mega Man: Power Battle or Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters on Mega Man Anniversary Collection, for example; Mega Man 8 on Mega Man Legacy Collection 2; Mega Man Battle & Chase in Mega Man X Collection).
People who read Nintendo Life have rated the games in our database, and this ranking is based on those ratings. It can change even after it’s been published. Yes, that means that even if you haven’t rated your favourite things yet, you can still change the rankings below. Click on the game you want to rate and give it a score on the Game Page.
It means a lot to everyone who has already voted for their favourite Mega Men. Now, let’s charge up our shot and scroll down to find out which Mega Man games on Nintendo consoles are the best and the worst.
1. Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (GBA)
Expecting Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge to be like a typical Mega Man game will be shocked by how different this game is. It’s also a spin-off game from the Battle Network series. Though there’s a lot to take in at first, there isn’t much for players to do once the game is running. As a comparison to Battle Network, the system here is very different. It takes a lot of control away from you and is mostly based on luck and waiting. Familiar faces and some good music can’t save an experience that will make you more angry than happy, even if you like them.
2. Mega Man Soccer (SNES)
As if we made it up. Mega Man Soccer is real and not a game made up by us. This 1994 sports crossover pits you against eight teams of Robot Masters. It has a few fun ideas, but the execution was so bad that it’s almost forgotten. There is always a surprise when we see it. “Oh, that’s great! That… is real!”
3. Mega Man & Bass (GBA)
Mega Man & Bass was first released in Japan on the Super Famicom. This GBA port is the version of the game we got in the West nearly five years after that. I think it lives up to the name of the series. It did enough new things to break up the same old thing. While there are times when the gameplay is unfair, the game still has a lot of replayability and good mechanics.
4. Mega Man Network Transmission (GCN)
Mega Man Network Transmission is a game in the Battle Network series. It has a cel-shaded art style that looks good, but unfair difficulty and a lack of imagination in level design make it a long way from the best games in the spin-off series.
5. Mega Man Xtreme (GBC)
Mega Man Xtreme is an interesting piece of art, but its goals are too high for it. As great as it sounds to have a Mega Man X game that you can play on the go, Xtreme is just a poor copy of the console version. Little original content, a lot of spelling mistakes, and bad visuals and audio make this game less than ideal for its big ideas. It also has control problems, too many loading screens, and too much padding.
6. Mega Man Star Force 2 (DS)
When Mega Man Star Force 2 came out, it used the same basic idea as the first game and didn’t do much else. It might have been because this came out less than a year after the last one. Capcom was just making games at this point, and there would be a third and final Star Force game next year.
7. Mega Man II (GB)
Mega Man II isn’t the best thing in Blue Bomber’s library. As a whole, judging Mega Man 2 on its own clunky merits doesn’t do it any good either. Besides a forgettable new boss and weapon, there is only one new Wily stage in history that is shorter than any other Wily stage in history. Unless you’re an absolute completionist — or afflicted with the same morbid curiosity we are — there’s no reason to grab this entry over the multiple good interpretations of Mega Man on the Game Boy.
8. Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge (GB)
Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge is a good first game for a handheld Mega Man game that you can play. A lot of people enjoy it, but they might think they’re playing an inferior game. This will make them more likely to want to play the NES games instead. The game is over quickly because there are only six stages. It’s shorter than every other game in the series. Fortunately, Capcom saw this and kept it in mind for the rest of the Mega Man games for the Game Boy, each of which has more than 10 stages and is better than this first one. Not bad for a young man, though.
9. Mega Man 9
Mega Man 9 is one of the best games ever made. It can’t be said enough how good it is. When looking for ideas, not only does it look back at what came before but it also doesn’t try to be like other things and instead creates its own unique style. In many ways, it is Mega Man 2’s natural successor because it only uses the ideas from the second game.
This isn’t a very interesting idea, but it’s done so well that it’s impossible not to see the value in this kind of game. As of right now, Mega Man 11 doesn’t feel like a revival for the series as much as Mega Man 9 did when it came out.
10. Mega Man 11
They proved that they could still do it when Mega Man 11 came out of nowhere. Mega Man 11 was made by a team of people who were fans of the game when they were younger. It’s a “soft reboot” for the series. It has new goals, all of which help to keep the Mega Man formula modern but not go too far away from it.
If you play the game, you’ll see some of the best levels in the whole series, not just the Classic series. In this game, the new weapons are all unique and fun to use. The soundtrack is also good, and the Gear system is the best mechanic to come out of the Classic games. Mega Man has never felt more modern or fresh. This is the best Mega Man has ever felt.