Mega Man Powered Up
Mega Man Powered Up (known in Japan as Rockman Rockman (ロックマンロックマン?) is a side-scrolling platform video game developed and published by Capcom. It was released for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game console in March 2006.
It is a remake of the original Mega Man game released in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
Why It Rocks
- The game features a graphical overhaul with 3D character models in a chibi-style and updated environments, as well as voice-acting, which is well done in comparison to Mega Man 8's.
- Two new Robot Masters, Time Man and Oil Man, have been added to the game, bringing the total number of Robot Masters up to the traditional eight instead of six.
- To fit the two new Robot Masters into the cycle, the entire weakness order has been redone and no longer follows the original game.
- A difficulty selection is available, with the options being Easy, Normal, and Hard. The setting changes the player's health and damage, the amount of checkpoints, and enemy patterns.
- The player can unlock all eight Robot Masters from the game, as well as Mega Man, bringing a total of eleven playable characters. The Robot Masters are unlocked by defeating them with the Mega Buster only.
- Each Robot Master has their own unique abilities from Mega Man and can't copy weapons. For example, Cut Man can do a wall jump, while Bomb Man can throw bombs at different angles.
- There are two modes that are available to play: New Style and Old Style.
- New Style gives the player the chance to play as all of the eight Robot Masters and features level design changes.
- Old Style is nearly identical to the original Mega Man, with the original level layouts, Robot Masters, weaknesses and the 8-bit music from the original game.
- When playing as another Robot Master in New Style, such as Cut Man or Guts Man, a unique boss is introduced in the stages usually occupied by them, known as Mega Man?, an evil copy of the original Mega Man built by Dr. Wily.
- There is a new Challenge Mode, which features 100 challenges: ten for each of the nine playable characters and ten boss rush modes.
- A construction mode is available for players to build their own Mega Man stages.
- Mega Man's slide and charge shot from Mega Man 3 and 4 respectively can be unlocked by completing New Style's various difficulty modes.
- An online mode is also available for players to upload and download custom-built levels from the "Mega Man Web".
- The player also has the choice to download both Roll and Proto Man as playable characters from the online mode, although the latter can alternatively be unlocked after completing all 100 challenges in Challenge Mode.
- Lots of DLC, including level packs, scenery packs and several costumes for Roll, one of which has her wearing the outfit from Mega Man 8.
- The Magnet Beam, one of the power-ups in the original game and Old Style, is absent in New Style.
- Some of the weapons are rather weak, like Oil Man's Oil Slider, while others are overpowered, like Proto Man's Proto Strike.
- It can be pretty difficult to fight against a Robot Master whose main weapon is the weakness of the Robot Master that the player controls at the moment.
- While the voice acting is decent, some of the lines can sound a bit weird at times.
Mega Man Powered Up received generally positive reception after it was revealed. It was perceived initially as a "straight port" of the NES game with graphical enhancements.
It received generally positive reviews, currently holding aggregate scores of 83% on GameRankings and 82 out of 100 on Metacritic respectively. It received positive attention from the Mega Man fanbase as well.
However, despite all the positive reception, the game didn't sell well along with Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. Both had scrapped sequels due to this that would have remade other Mega Man and Mega Man X titles like Mega Man 2.
- This game borrows a few elements from the Mega Man X games from X4 onwards, like the "WARNING" alert used before the bosses and pre-battle dialogue.
- Oil Man had to be recolored from black with red lips to blue with yellow lips outside of Japan because he resembled a racial stereotype. Strangely, his original Japanese color scheme can be seen at the end splash screen of the game's demo featured in Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, even in the non-Japanese versions.
- As mentioned before, due to poor sales, the sequel, Mega Man Powered Up 2 (More likely a remake of Mega Man 2) was cancelled.