Capcom’s blue bomber and his various successors, companions and assorted compadres might have had a quiet few years a while back, but a string of more recent collections — not to mention the excellent Mega Man 11 — have helped put the little robot dude back on the gaming map in a way that fans could only have dreamed of a decade ago.
The Mega Man games, in all their various permutations and flavours, offer some of the best experiences you can get on a console, so it’s about time we got down to ranking the lot of them. Yes, rather than split the offshoots into their various branches, we’ve decided to create an all-conquering uber-list of every Mega Man game on Nintendo systems, ranked for your pleasure.
That means all games with ‘Mega Man’ in the title are eligible — Xs, ZXs, Zeroes, Battle Networks, side games, spin-offs, soccer — any Mega Man game that saw release in the West. Compilations are also fair game, mainly because several of them feature titles that are unavailable separately 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 and the later X games in Mega Man X Collection). The collection releases all offer slightly different experiences and extras, too, so we’ve included them all.
As with our other reader-ranked polls, we’re presenting the shortlist of Mega Men below and asking you to rate the ones you’ve played. Registered Nintendo Life users can click on the stars below to rate them out of ten and, as with our various Top 50 platform polls, the resulting ranking (which we’ll publish in due course) will be formed from these User Ratings. And as they can fluctuate, so can the ranking itself, even after publication.
If you’ve previously scored Mega Man games in our database, those ratings will already be reflected in our evolving list. If not, you can influence the ranking by adding your personal review scores at any time, present or future. Neat, no?
Have your say below and rate every Mega Man game you’ve played:
Click the stars below to rate each Mega Man game you’ve played:
Thanks for rating your favourites. We’ll reveal the results next week. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the joys and cons of the various compilation versions — and if we’ve overlooked any Mega Man game that got a western release — in the comments below.