Mega Man X was released 23 years ago today in North America. So to pay homage to this amazing timeless game I present this tribute post.
Mega Man is known as Rockman in Japan. Rockman X was originally released in Japan on December 17, 1993. Just a little over a month later North America released what we know as Mega Man X.
The game was developed and published by Capcom on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
It was the first game in the X series, and the story picks up where the last game in the original Mega Man series left off.
“Set in a futuristic world populated by both humans and “Reploids”, robots capable of thinking, feeling, and growing like their human creators. Because of these complex attributes, many Reploids are prone to destructive, criminal activity and are thereafter referred to as “Mavericks”. The plot of the game follows the protagonist Mega Man X, an android member of a military task force called the “Maverick Hunters”. With the help of his partner Zero, X must thwart the plans of Sigma, a powerful Maverick leader wishing to bring about human extinction.”
Making the leap from 8-bit to 16-bit allowed series artist Keiji Inafune more room for creativity. The action platformer game-play style was very similar to the original games that came before it. However, Mega Man X added a number of new features such as allowing the player to dash along the ground, scale walls, and obtain armor attachments which grant special abilities. The difference in data storage on SNES cartridges also allowed the developers to create a much bigger game.
I grew up loving the early Mega Man series, though the original 6 are some of the toughest games to master. Growing up my favorite was part 5. Now X is my go to when I want to challenge myself with a tough classic. No Mega Man game is easy, but I find I can hang on the longest when playing X.
I know today isn’t exactly the games anniversary, but the North American anniversary gives me an excuse to give tribute to a much loved classic. To this day the game still holds up and has replay value. On pricecharting.com the current value for the complete game is $89.88 used.
If you also loved this game, please leave a comment below. If this isn’t your favorite Mega Man game, what was?