Mega Man 2 Box

Nintendo 3DS owners should stop whatever they are doing and make their way on over to the eShop. The greatest game of all time is going on sale this week, and you can snag it for only $5.

Capcom is in fine form early in its promise to bring all six games in the classic NES Mega Man series to Nintendo’s convenient portable. Mega Man 2 is simply the best game you could ever spend $5 on, and once it gets released, all future releases are downhill from that point. The series was not known for its innovation as it quickly became stale due to lack of real improvements from release to release.

Even in the NES days, annual releases were a problem. Maybe a lot of modern day series can take heed from the fate of Mega Man and where the poor guy lies today.

In all fairness, Mega Man 3 is also a wonderful game well worth your time and money once it comes out. Mega Man 4 and Mega Man 5 are also solid 8-bit platformers which might be technically better than the previous games, but obviously are lacking the heart which originally set the series apart. Mega Man 6 often gets way more flack than it deserves, despite some ridiculous robot master designs.

To those foreign to one of gaming’s most iconic mascots who are looking for a place to start, then Mega Man 2 is easily the way to go. Don’t bother with the first one unless it’s out of curiosity because it might spoil your image of what the series is really all about.