Friday, July 8, 2011

It Came From Capcom: Mega Man: The Power Battle

If you’re a retro fan of Mega Man you should definitely try out The Power Battle, especially with a friend. Appearing in Japan in the mid 90s, this fighter brought the fun of Mega Man to the arcades.

Luckily it later released in America as part of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox. I highly recommend buying the collection if you haven’t done so because not only does it come with Mega Man: The Power Battle, but with nine other retro Mega Man games as well.

The evil Doctor Wily has returned and rebuilt his robot minions from Mega Man 1-7 from the NES and SNES. That’s right, if you’ve played all the original classic games you’ll recognize all the bosses from the game.

All the iconic bosses make their reappearance in this fun Mega Man fighter.

The story isn’t much, but Power Battle makes up for it in gameplay.

You choose between Megaman, Protoman, and Bass. It’s pretty cool seeing Mega Man team up side by side with Protoman or Bass from the classic games. Nostalgic enemies like Cutman, Yellow Devil, and Gutsman make their appearance.

Fighting through them gets addicting.

The levels are all based in the earlier games of the series as well. After beating the bosses, you’ll of course reach the infamous Doctor Wily. Beating his death machine leads to a satisfying ending. Some of the music is kept from the older game to increase your nostalgia.

The controls are basic like any other Mega Man game. You jump, shoot, and use your power ups from the boss you defeated before. Literally anyone can pick up and play. The graphic style in the game is similar to Mega Man 7. It lets you see the classic characters in the style of Mega Man 7, which is pretty sweet. 

I found myself replaying through the game many times, even after I beat it for just simple plain fun years ago on the Gamecube.