Anyone who knows me, and knows my gaming tendencies, knows that I am a huge fan of the Super Nintendo. It’s not really that strange really, my family never owned an NES when I was a kid. The NES came out in 1985 in North America and I was born in 1986. I was too young to really enjoy all that the system had to offer, but when the SNES released in August of 1991, I was ready. I still remember opening up my Christmas presents and there it was. Awesome.
The SNES went on to become the foundation for my gaming infancy. I grew up on Super Mario World, Turtles in Time, and many many others. Some of these titles stood the test of time, some did not, but when I think back on the best games of my childhood only a few really stand out. Mega Man X is one of those.
Mega Man X debuted in January of 1994, and was the first 16 bit Mega Man game and the first in the X series. Mega Man 6 came out in 1993, and was the last to appear on the NES. Mega Man X was not a sequel to Mega Man 6. X brought a whole new level of game play along with a whole new world to explore. It had the same basic set up of a Mega Man game, but gave additional bonuses to your suit the further you played into the game. Most notably, the ability to dash. Capcom tried to expand on this ability later in the series, but it could never capture the added effect that the dash brought to the series.
One of the major shifts from Mega Man to Mega Man X, was the antagonist. Dr. Wiley is not featured in the Mega Man X series, instead, replaced by the bionic, light saber wielding Sigma. Which one is better you ask? Eh. Doesn’t matter to me. It’s pretty simple. I don’t play Mega Man games for their story, and I don’t think I have ever met anyone who ever did.
Mega Man X is a premier side scrolling action game. Trust me, they don’t get much better, with the exception of the Super Mario series of course. The X series did kind of get off track in the later installments, but as long a you play a game in the series on the SNES (X,X2,X3), you should be OK. It’s a trip down memory lane that is still as challenging as it was 20 years ago. So if you have never played the series, or you are just looking to relive a side scrolling classic, spend some time with Mega Man X. Plus, what else are you going to do on a Sunday afternoon? There are a thousand emulator sites on the internet, so go. Don’t be a pussy and do it. Plus, it has one of the best Easter Eggs in video gaming history. Check out the video below.