Mega Man 9: Is Old School too Old?

Bionic Commando Rearmed was an old game remade with new technology.

Mega Man 9 is a new game built with old technology.


Most people probably prefer the former approach: an old game, re-imagined with new technology. However, in the case of Mega Man, they are doing the opposite. Many fans didn’t like the direction that the series took when they tried to add newer technology to it, so they are reverting to strictly old tech.

I know plenty of fans who are excited to get another classic-style Mega Man. Anyone here in that crowd? Personally, I loved Mega Man back in the day, but I have no desire to return to the technology of NES days.

Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor

  1. #1 by Henning on September 25th, 2008 [ 0 Points ]

    I have a thousand horsepower under the hood of my PS3. I like the developer to at least try to use it. Bionic Command Rearmed was nice, for example.

  2. #2 by George on September 25th, 2008

    I’ve got a PS2 Mega Man compliation, it has all of the older (pre X) versions. I really don’t want to pay 10$ for more of the same; I am a fan though, so I will try the demo and see how this one is.

  3. #3 by Pc on September 25th, 2008 [ 1935 Points ]

    I tried playing the demo for this game and got annoyed within 5 seconds. I don’t think these games are fun anymore. You die too quick and they seem too difficult. I used to be good at these games, and i really liked them, but they should stay in the 80’s.

  4. #4 by Trieloth on September 25th, 2008

    Iam a big fan but ten bucks..come on now. If it would have been $5 then I would be run’n home.

  5. #5 by mcloki on September 25th, 2008

    Why are they trying to sell me reruns?

  6. #6 by Greg on September 25th, 2008

    Anyone else want to become a member of the “Just Don’t Get It Club”? Were you all born after the SNES came out?

    The 8-bit Megaman games represented all that was good in gaming, and were a major contributor to video games as we know them today. It’s simply awesome that they went back to a tried and true formula and managed to create one of the best entries in the series since Megaman 3.

  7. #7 by Trieloth on September 26th, 2008

    Greg I was born before the Atari 2600!!

  8. #8 by Pc on September 26th, 2008 [ 1935 Points ]

    Compared to every game i currently own for my PS3, Mega Man doesn’t even seem out dated, it’s more like decrepid and dying. Sure those games were good back then, but things evolve for a reason (a good one too). They don’t need to try and make new “old” games again. I can play old games whenever i want to. Games like Bionic Commando HD are a good thing though. I don’t mind an HD remake of an old game, but playing a new game that is truly old in terms of graphics and game play is just oh too stale for me. Ohh, and i was born in 83, so i was very much used to 8 bit games 🙂

  9. #9 by Darrin on October 2nd, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    Greg, I don’t want to say how old I am, but I have fond memories of playing Atari 2600 and Colecovision and much later Mega Man on NES when I was young. However, I prefer new tech remakes (Bionic Commando), rather than old tech sequels (like this).

    Seriously though, even though I don’t like it, I’m glad they made this game for people like you who’ve been dying for something like this.

  10. #10 by Tedius Zanarukando on November 15th, 2008

    Mega Man 9 may have received a very positive reception, but I do not want more of the same old technology. Old tech sequels are just more of the same. I do not want more of the same old school formula. I would want HD remakes of NES games. What about go for HD remakes of Mega Man 1-6? That would be done by the development team behind Bionic Commando Re-Armed.

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