What Is The Best Mega Man Game of All Time?

While I love the forum here to death, I thought it would be cool to occasionally ask all the regular readers and those passing through their opinions about popular topics every now and then.

In this first installment of “Racketboy Asks”, I’d like to have everyone fight over which of the many Mega Man installments is the best (not counting the yet-to-be-released Mega Man 9).  Since you may have more than one favorite, you can vote for up to three games.

Since there are so many Mega Man games and I didn’t want to exclude anything, I condensed some of the later spin-off games into one entry for each series.  Also, if you enjoyed a remake of a certain installment, please vote for the original.  Of course, you can explain your reasoning in the comments section if you desire.

What Is The Best Mega Man Game? (vote for up to 3)

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66 Comments

pomai says:

oh i see it now nevermind.

garsh says:

I only recently was able to really play Mega Man 2 for the first time, and now I finally see why it’s so popular. Even so, I’m afraid the original X just hits the magic formula for me on all levels.

fastbilly1 says:

Megaman Soccer!

Forte says:

ROCKMAN AND FORTE FOR SNES WAS THE BEST MEGAMAN GAME EVER

Ghouls 'n Ghosts says:

I chose Mega Man II & X. For me they are the best ever, but I can’t choose one over the other.

I’m hoping that Mega Man IX turns out great.

Gamerforlife says:

Mega Man X4, the japanese Saturn version with the GOOD voice acting. Amped up the look and sound of the MM X games. Totally changed up the gameplay with Zero. Gave two paths through the story and that awesome anime cutscene with Zero/Sigma

TheDeadMetalhead says:

I picked MM6, MMX2, and MMX3.

X3 is my favorite out of all of them because it’s probably the toughest Megaman game out of all of them (Yes. Even 2)

X2 was quite simply all around great. From the Music to the Graphics (the last boss was in 3D) to the Gameplay.

6 is no. 3 because it had really great music, some of the best graphics on NES, and it was very underappreciated.

If I had a 4th choice, I would’ve picked MM2 🙂

the7k says:

I voted MM2(NES), MMV(GB) and MMX(SFC). Mega Man V for the Game Boy is an extremely overlooked game that deserves much more recognition. Yeah, it may be one of the most expensive GB games there is, but I’d actually say it is worth it.

manaman says:

I’m really sad that there isn’t more love for “Mega Man 7.” To me, that game really had a lot of magic. But, I admit, nostalgia colors my opinion quite a bit in this case.

Oh yeah says:

I Wanna Be The Fucking Guy! mEGAMAN 2

Dusan says:

hey, i tries to vote but the vote changed to the pc one…..wtf

Robin says:

I’ve chosen Megaman 2, 3 and 4.

Megaman 2: Simply the best!
Megaman 3: Long, long game and return of the yellow monster
Megaman 4: Only to listen to Dust Man’s music

fda says:

obviously not many of u have played megaman & bass, simply the best megaman ever made

Bob says:

My first Megaman game was X3 so that’s my all-time fave!

Eddie says:

I’ve played every one of these games including the classic gameboy titles. If you haven’t played Mega Man V, it is one of the best games in the series. It’s so unlike the rest of the games. I find myself still playing Mega Man 2 nearly twenty years later and still enjoying it like I did when I was 4. I also put a lot of hours into the first X game. The best games most probably haven’t played are Mega Man’s III, IV and V for the gameboy.

Nick says:

Honestly, MM2 is overrated. I mean, don’t get me wrong: it’s a FANTASTIC game. Still, while it was one of the biggest steps and probably the most important game for the series, that doesn’t automatically make it the best. It still had its share of planning issues, generic bosses, and basically no story of which to speak. Again, that doesn’t mean it’s not a brilliant game, because it is! But it’s the far-and-away pinnacle that some voters (and the vote totals) are making it out to be.

I personally prefer Mega Man 3, as the story started to unfold a little more; meanwhile, the slide was a simple addition that changed the gameplay of the series from that point forward. The Robot Masters were more imaginative, and the difficulty was right on par, not quite as imbalanced as MM2 could be. Also, I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the chargeable Mega Buster and am glad than MM9 went back to the basic pellet gun. My reason is that it’s TOO useful; a fully-charged shot is powerful enough for basically any enemy, including bosses, and nearly everything is susceptible to it. That and I think we can all admit to always having the damn thing charged, which means that blaring charge noise was always going, and Mega Man was always flashing. Seizures ahoy!

Among the X games, X1 and X4 are rightfully ahead of the others. X1 was simply the innovative reinvention that the series needed to step into the 16-bit era, and X4 gave the series another beautiful facelift while, perhaps more importantly, providing a story that players could really sink their teeth into. X2 and X3, while good, felt like extensions of X1 rather than proper sequels, and the games after X4 really started to lose that classic “Mega Man feel.” (I remember playing X5 and thinking, “I know I’m playing Mega Man right now, but something is seriously amiss.”) Maverick Hunter X made the best even better by updating the graphics, fleshing out the plot even further, and adding the fresh and inventive Vile mode. I can only hope that Maverick Hunter X2 is eventually released.

As for the Game Boy games, Mega Man V is the clear standout: the first Game Boy game to truly be an original. That the game was able to go against some of the most basic tenets of the series (no “Fill-in-the-Blank Man” Robot Masters, the premiere of the Mega Arm, the fact that Dr. Wily isn’t the final boss) and yet feel as natural to fans of the Blue Bomber as any other is a testament to its greatness.

Also, I have a soft spot for MM5 that is inexplicable. I think it’s just that I liked walking on the ceiling in Gravity Man’s level.

Nick says:

Oops. In the first paragraph, I meant to say, “But it’s NOT the far-and-away pinncale…” Sorry if it made that paragraph confusing.

samuraikilla says:

heh megaman 2 wins lol i like it i also like the x and zero series along with leyend dont make me decide 😛

Cinque says:

THE X SERISE IS THE BEST MEGAMANX ZERO AND SIGMA…………………………ITS PURLEY OBVIOUS NERDZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re24 says:

Megaman III !

Oreey says:

Star force and battle network is shit. the best game is X !!

Oreey says:

also legends is shit

KillemallCFH says:

X, X2, X3. (in that order)

After that, probably X4, and then MM2 might slip in there at number 5.

Daniel says:

Mega Man the 4 is clearly the best, and here are my arguments…. First Mega Man to feature the M-Blaster, first “dark level” (bright man), first Mega Man with secret power not attainable by defeating a boss I (correct me if I’m wrong), if you jump though the boss gates at the right time your green for a couple of seconds which I think we all tried to do, it was my first Mega Man game ever so it’s special to me! So there, you should vote for MM4!

Caetano says:

Já joguei todos os megamans ,e de todos os q eu achei mais legais foi o x1 ,x2 e x8

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