1MagicianFri 30th Apr 2021
Wouldn’t a worst-of list be more interesting?
For example, how about Mega Man for DOS.
2Gamer_GriffFri 30th Apr 2021
@AndyC_MK I didn’t see Mega Man 11 on this list either.
3dartmonkeyFri 30th Apr 2021
@AndyC_MK On Nintendo consoles, of course. Although teeeechnically 8 IS on there, just wrapped up in a couple of the compilations.
@Gamer_Griff Mega Man 11 is at number 18 at the time of writing.
4nessisonettFri 30th Apr 2021
JUSTICE FOR MEGA MAN X COMMAND MISSION
5MatthewTarantoFri 30th Apr 2021
Weird how Zero Collection is higher than Zero/ZX Collection.
Mega Man 3 is the best <3
There’s a reason why that heart smiley is a less-than-3, acknowledging Mega Man 3’s superiority over all else.
6YomerodesFri 30th Apr 2021
It is there, position 18 right now. The list moves dynamically based on the user score, so perhaps it shifted positions while you were going across the different pages.
7screechumsFri 30th Apr 2021
Mega Man 2 should be number 1. MMX is a great game and all, but MM2 is clearly the best of the series, and if the poll wasn’t mostly people born past ’95 then it would be in the top spot.
8MrGrimFri 30th Apr 2021
Including the collections in the ranking seems redundant. I don’t remember seeing Zelda: CE on the Zelda list.
Anyway, I actually like the ZX games the most.
9roy130390Fri 30th Apr 2021
It’s kind of a weird list in terms of order since some descriptions were more positive for some games that were on lower places as well as giving a better place to less complete collections. However, I understand that there are many entries and that you also considered the impact of the games by themselves so it was a difficult list to do.
10CynasFri 30th Apr 2021
I’m kinda surprised all of the Battle Network games ranked so low. I figured maybe one of them would reach at least near the top 10, but they’re all in the lower half.
11Olliemar28Fri 30th Apr 2021
@screechums Would love to see some proof of this!
12SintonFri 30th Apr 2021
Seems kind of pointless including the collections in these rankings. How can Mega Man X be better than a collection of games that includes Mega Man X, for instance?
13FargusPelagiusFri 30th Apr 2021
I thought there were well over 100 Megaman games? I distinctly remember reading about 63 of them waaaaaaay back in the early naughties. I’ve played probably 30 myself though.
Edit: my favourites were X and 2 on my Gameboy back in the day. I enjoyed all the ZX’s a few Battle ones on GBA. It states The GC/PS2 game as being unfair? That was the one i bought for ￡40 on release and completed that same afternoon, was rather disappointed in how easy it was.
14BrooshFri 30th Apr 2021
The more comprehensive Zero collection on Switch was ranked lower than the DS game that only contains the GBA quadrilogy? Aight…
15VortexeoFri 30th Apr 2021
I’ve still gotta get into this series! I’ve got the Zero/ZX collection on my wishlist….just waiting for the right time to get it lol.
16screechumsFri 30th Apr 2021
never heard the expression “hard done by” before, but okay. I think MMX is a great game (even though I’ve never been able to beat Sigma in my life!), but I think the difficulty level makes it a less universally appreciatable game than MM2.
17invictus4000Fri 30th Apr 2021
GOAT: MMX on SNES and MM Legends on PS1.
18MagraneFri 30th Apr 2021
@screechums I was born in 1976 and still stand by how much more gloriious Mega Man 3 was. That being said….I think this list is fairly accurate overall. That summary of the GCN version of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection was dead on, I’ll have to admit. Such a disappointing configuration that ruined the game for me
19screechumsFri 30th Apr 2021
okay people it was just a random cheeky comment about the born past ’95 thing not a scientific argument! still, MM2 for life!!!
I love MM3. So good. Rush was an especially great addition. And I’m totally with you, I remember I bought MMCollection for Gamecube and tried to play it and thought, “What!? They switched the jump and fire buttons!!” Worst decision ever made on a control scheme that I can think of. I immediately traded it in and got the collection on PS2, which was a bummer to me personally because it just felt like MM belonged on a Nintendo system since I had only played 1-7 and X-X3 at the time.
20NinChocolateFri 30th Apr 2021
What the heck…I couldnt even play MM Legacy Collection on Switch for more than 5 minutes the input lag was so horrendous. How is it even in such a list, let alone top 10
21EddysonFri 30th Apr 2021
MEGA MAN X is better then MEGA MAN X collection…
22screechumsFri 30th Apr 2021
You make some great points. It would be a particularly interesting thing to read a good video game historian compare the evolutionary changes between MM1 and MM2 and those between MM1-6 as a series and MMX. Remember though, MM6 had the suit adjustments, too, so X wasn’t entirely original on that account. But X did do them better. But also X came out only a month after 6 so those upgrade ideas probably evolved together.
23KyloctopusFri 30th Apr 2021
Almost none of the Battle Network games making the top half is a robery
24Dirty0814Fri 30th Apr 2021
Sorry I find this list to be completely false.
25AeronaFri 30th Apr 2021
I love Mega Man but 11 just doesn’t do it for me. I still haven’t finished it.
26kkslider5552000Fri 30th Apr 2021
I like the implication that someone out there has strong feelings about the different qualities of the first 4 Megaman titles on Gameboy.
27BulkSlashFri 30th Apr 2021
Seems kind of pointless having the collections in the list, but I can’t argue with MM2 and MMX being in the top 2, I love replaying them.
28Dirty0814Fri 30th Apr 2021
@Aerona 11 is ok but it’s the whole adding and changing things. That was fine when megaman was huge but when there has been a huge hiatus I feel like they should have brought one out based around the ones that were popular Otherwise you lose people.
29Dirty0814Fri 30th Apr 2021
@BulkSlash I’m actually loved replaying all the ones in new and snes. I think they should all be at the top.
30screechumsFri 30th Apr 2021
Not sure about right or wrong, I just enjoy a good debate.
Also, I don’t consider us strangers. We are brothers in Mega Man.
31Obito_SigmaFri 30th Apr 2021
Love how MM1 & 2 are almost exactly the same game but with several improvements, yet MM1 is ranked one of the worst at #41.
32Dr_CorndogFri 30th Apr 2021
Someone cull the compilations so we have an actual list.
33bstie1198Fri 30th Apr 2021
The fact that Mega Man Anniversary Collection (GC) is in the top third and not dead last completely invalidates this list. The reversed controls with no way to customize make it completely unplayable. It’s frustrating, because it would have been a good game otherwise. I had to return it and get the PS2 edition instead to have jump and shoot in the right locations. I have quibbles with some of the other rankings as well, but that one is just plain wrong.
34somebreadFri 30th Apr 2021
i always loved battle chip challenge as a kid, but i can see why it gets its hate
@Obito_Sigma those several improvements are BIG ones, to be fair, MM1 has a lot of jank whereas 2 mainly beefs it towards the end (boobeam trap, infamously)
35BloodNinjaFri 30th Apr 2021
Mega Man 1 on NES nailed it with the cover art.
36NorthwindFri 30th Apr 2021
I’m a bit disappointed that the author didn’t mention one of the oddest tidbits regarding Star Force: it technically had three versions, not two, but one of the three was GameStop-exclusive (at least in the US). The two ‘main’ versions were called Leo and Pegasus—but there was an entire third version, Dragon, which was produced only in limited quantities and only available at GameStop.
37fafonioFri 30th Apr 2021
The collections should be taken out tbh and the games ranked by themselves … it’s weird not to see the X games from 4-8 not ranked just because….
38Dm9982Fri 30th Apr 2021
I X-pected MM2 or MMX in number 1, and was not disappointed. Love this series!
39ZeropulseFri 30th Apr 2021
Thank you for that fun, passionate, and yet considerate debate. I think I have that debate with my brother once a year (except swap x with x4 as that is my favorite).
40ChrysologusFri 30th Apr 2021
I think this list would make more sense if you just removed the collections. It’s sort of bizarre.
41DarknyhtFri 30th Apr 2021
Bad Box Art Mega Man will always be the best Mega Man. He isn’t the Mega Man we want, but he’s the Mega Man we deserve.
42FiyaballFri 30th Apr 2021
Please ignore what they said about Mega Man Battle Network 1 and don’t start with it. It’s aged like absolute milk and is the worst in the series. Try 2 or 3 or even 6 instead.
43screechumsFri 30th Apr 2021
You’re welcome. X4 is fun. Probably the easiest of the X series, but I still can’t beat it!!
44Anti-MatterFri 30th Apr 2021
I have never played Megaman before but Megaman Powered Up PSP was the cutest one. (Chibi looking)
45ZuljarasFri 30th Apr 2021
Ok … I never knew there were so many (51) Mega Man games!
46RobzillaFri 30th Apr 2021
Megaman 7 is a very underrated game. It’s the most Saturday-morning-cartoonesque game I’ve ever played. Amazing music, too.
47GravyThiefFri 30th Apr 2021
I’m really not into Mega Man. I’ve tried both MM2 and MMX (the best two according to this list) and just couldn’t get into them. I really don’t like not being able to shoot up and diagonal.
I prefer my platformers slower paced with a focus on exploration, so that’s another reason. I do like the looks of Legends 1 & 2 and Tron Bonne, but they’re about as far removed from a traditional Mega Man game as you can get.
48MasterGraveheartFri 30th Apr 2021
I kinda wish collections weren’t in consideration to a degree, but they can be different beasts all together.
That being said, Mega Man 3 for NES is still my favorite of the bunch.
49YoshisaurFri 30th Apr 2021
The original Mega Man might have some flaws, but are there really 40 Mega Man games better than it?
50AeronaFri 30th Apr 2021
@Dirty0814 I think it’s okay that they switched it up a bit considering how retro focused 9 and 10 were. For me I think the soundtrack is pretty weak and the levels drag on.
51AeronaFri 30th Apr 2021
@Yoshisaur Mega Man 1 doesn’t get enough love
52drewtoo26Fri 30th Apr 2021
Happy to see the king (Mega Man X) on top where it belongs!
53GwynbleiddFri 30th Apr 2021
Wow… Mega Man 11 only 18th?
54Giygas_95Fri 30th Apr 2021
I always go back and forth on whether Mega Man 2 or 3 is better but then I remember that 2 has that awful turret boss and the stage that precedes it. There’s nothing overly terrible about the stage except that the music is awful and repetitive in a game that mostly has great music. Plus there’s some things that still feel a bit janky in 2 like the series still hadn’t quite found its identity. I never cared much for the numbered items, and bosses like Air Man are just weird with how I’m pretty sure some of his attacks can’t be dodged.
So 3 for me. I would say Mega Man 9 is my favorite Mega Man Game overall. Somewhere in my top ten would also be Mega Man X2 and X (I actually prefer X2 over X), all four Zero games, Mega Man 2, Mega Man X4, and Mega Man ZX. Don’t know if I could put them in a particular order.
55aSmilingManFri 30th Apr 2021
Megaman soccer provided hours upon hours of fun back in the 90s. Definitely deserved a better rank!
56ChowdaireSat 1st May 2021
@Sinton Yeah, I thought about that too.
57ChowdaireSat 1st May 2021
Glad to see mega man 11 rank high amongst the original series. Only 2, 3, and 9 beat it. I was listening to retronauts and they ranked it dead last… I respect those people and everything but it definitely seemed like “old man yells at cloud” justification for its low rank.
58navonod18Sat 1st May 2021
Though I respect the X series, Battle Network and Legends will always be my favorite. I felt more involved with the story in those entries.
59UlandaSat 1st May 2021
Yeah… disagree with the whole list. Especially with the first Mega Man at spot 41.
60LucBLSat 1st May 2021
Idk how the Megaman X Collection for the Switch can be so high on the score. At least, for the 1st part (which includs X, X2, X3 and X4) the controls have an unberable input lag. Idk why. Unless some update solved this…
61TyranexxSat 1st May 2021
I’m disappointed in how low many of the Battle Network games rank. Unpopular opinion maybe, but I prefer those entries over the (admittedly few) Mega Man platformers I’ve played. I do agree with Blue/White being the highest ranked out of them, at least.
I also liked the Star Force games and like what they brought to the table in terms of combat, but Battle Network was better IMO.
62ArdisanSat 1st May 2021
Very nostalgia biased ranking and counting collections is very unfair. Which makes it more silly because X and 2 is ranked above collections that have both and more. Then we have Zero collection above Zero ZX collection… Yeah this list is awful. Community rankings were always a mistake.
63avocadopearSat 1st May 2021
Way too many of these games
64PurgatoriumSat 1st May 2021
Megaman X is better than the collection that includes Megaman X because if I buy Megaman X I can play that and enjoy it, but if I buy the collection I have all those other games I don’t want to play but will feel tempted to play. I may try playing them, not like them, and then feel disappointed and have wasted my time. I may feel guilty about not playing something I spent money on. Even if I resist that temptation it’s still there nagging at me.
65ShadowthroneSat 1st May 2021
I find the list weird that ‘collections’ are included as games in the series. Sure they have bonus stuff added, but it’s mostly separated from the games which are in themselves ranked individually. Makes for a weird list to me.
Mega Man X is truly a wonderful game. Mega Man 2 and 3 are my favourites. I don’t know that I could even choose between them. Mega Man 2 is just such a solid and well made game. Mega Man 3 had a couple flaws, but when that first came out, I remember how enthralled me and my friends were. Breakman, who was this mysterious guy? And the shock of beating the first 8 masters and expecting Wily only to have 4 ‘new’ stages that had the 8 masters from MM2!!
66masterLEONSat 1st May 2021
@Ardisan @Ulanda This is what we get when people just downvote games they have never played instead of utilizing the proper option of not rating a game if you don’t know what it’s about.
67TeksetterSat 1st May 2021
I didn’t expect to see 51 entries for this list!
That is a whole lotta Mega Man.
Just goes to show how many years have passed since I’d spend time afterschool with friends taking turns and trying to find the best order of stages to beat Mega Man and Mega Man 2.
Also, purely my opinion but compared to the series’ original title in Japan (Rock Man), Mega Man is such a superior name I’m surprised Japan never reverse-imported it.
68MagraneSat 1st May 2021
@screechums I did and felt the same thing with my GC version! Total letdown for a game born in the NES era.
69MagraneSat 1st May 2021
@aSmilingMan Completely agree! Mega Man Soccer was a fun ride when 16-bit Mega Man was just starting out! I remember trying to figure out how to unlock the Wily CPU character.
70MagraneSat 1st May 2021
@Shadowthrone The MM3 story, colors and graphics makes this game beat out Mega Man 2 by a nose. Yes Mega Man 2 had stability and the same cartoony visuals, catchy music vibe…..but I think nostalgia of that first impression drives up the popularity.
71Bigbear1upSat 1st May 2021
Mega man 8? Y’all forgot!
72TasukiSat 1st May 2021
@Bigbear1up This list was for games on Nintendo consoles. Mega Man 8 never appeared on a Nintendo console outside of a collection. So therefore it’s not included by itself.
73UlyssesSat 1st May 2021
Just came here to shill my favorite Mega Man series, Battle Network. Rest In Peace. I still have a janky copy of Megaman Battle Network 3 Blue stuffed in a leather case somewhere with my old GBASP. I boot it up every now and then to hear the music <3 and see the timeless pixel art.
74Bigbear1upSat 1st May 2021
@Tasuki ahhh ok cool then!
75Acein210Sat 1st May 2021
X is number 1
76TheFandomMenaceSat 1st May 2021
I thought Battle Network would be a little bit higher than that. The other games are good but for me battle network are the best of them follow by legends.
77DeathUrielSat 1st May 2021
The ranking of the entirety of Battle Network makes this list questionable. I can only assume most didn’t play them.
I mean, I can accept people prefer Mega as a platformer, but please let’s be honest, people put the entirety of BN and Star Force under some of the worst platformer mega man, like, really, the same games everyone says they suck are above some of the beloved BN, wtf…
78BulbasaurusRexSat 1st May 2021
While “Mega Man: Network Transmission” does have some difficulty spikes, it’s not that difficult of a game, certainly easier than any of the classic games save for maybe the Easy Mode of 10 & 11.
Meanwhile, its excellent gameplay as a brilliant cross between the Battle Network and classic/X styles (along with removing the stupid letter-based Battle Chip restriction from the other BN games) is what makes it the best game in the Battle Network sub-series despite technically being a spin-off.
79X68000Sat 1st May 2021
Rockman and Forte/Megaman and Bass seems very low. I’d have used the SFC version ahead of the GBA one as it’s far superior.
It also uses many assets from the Saturn/PS1 Rockman 8.
80FXFletchSat 1st May 2021
Put this in YouTube video format and I will watch the crap out of it
81SenseiDjeSat 1st May 2021
Move the compilation in their own list !!!!
82the_beaverSat 1st May 2021
I would take the collections out of the list. Of course they will score higher, but it′s unfair. We want to know which GAMES are better, not pack of games…
83FandabidoziSat 1st May 2021
Everybody else is wrong and Mega Man 5 is in fact the best in the series.
84Pally356Sat 1st May 2021
I think this list might be a bit better without the compilations…i mena thats bit cheap to put in….I also think that MM3 is better than MM2. I feel like MM2 refined the MM formula, but MM3 perfected it and added in some cool things like the slide and the first appearance of Protoman
85KingMikeSun 2nd May 2021
@X68000 Probably because it’s Japanese-exclusive.
RockBoard is also missing from this list of “every game on a Nintendo console”.
Unless some smartypants wants to argue it doesn’t count because it’s not a “Mega Man” game.
86SuperToeSun 2nd May 2021
This list is all kinds of wacky. Up is down. Day is night. For example, not placing Mega Man 2 or 3 at the top spot is blasphemous on its own but to set them 5 spots apart is truly bizarre. I thought they were “two sides of the same coin”.
87StarlesssSun 2nd May 2021
Uhm how does this review mean mega man battle network 5 is more of the same old not much cheange when it is the most unique 1 in the series gameplay wise….
88BizasterSun 2nd May 2021
WOW. The Mega Man series has… a LOT of mediocre games.
Also, I think you forgot the score for #40.
89Agent069Sun 2nd May 2021
I think MM2 gets way too much praises. It’s a flawed game, but hey, it was the first great game of the series, and it must have been amazing to play it in its prime. On the NES my favourite one is 5 because of the really nice and varied levels.
90Nintendo4SonicSun 2nd May 2021
@AndyC_MK oh God, you’re 2 years older than me and act this weird?
But I also really like Mega Man X.
91Nintendo4SonicSun 2nd May 2021
What? Mega Man X Legacy Collection, where Mega Man X is included in HD with more options and stuff gets ranked 3#
And SNES original gets 1#?
That doesn’t make sense
92UlandaMon 3rd May 2021
@masterLEON ah… what?
93hdofuMon 3rd May 2021
Um this isn’t every Mega Man game, not every Mega Man by a longshot not sure why you said every game game, it’s not even every game on a Nintendo Console.
94LegendsFanTue 4th May 2021
Haven’t seen anyone mention Legends 2. I saw MM64, which was great, but Mega is still stuck in space and no one seems to care. Legends 2 was an amazing game. I know it wasn’t a Nintendo game (which I didnt see as a requirement from the articles title), but as previously stated, they didnt even list all the megaman games on nintendo consoles. Still though, MM2 has to be my favorite simply from nostalgia.
95joeeeeeeFri 7th May 2021
mega man 2 sux
96MontyCircusFri 7th May 2021
Just the fact that 3 Game Boy Mega Man games are ranked higher than the original NES Mega Man…is silly.
Granted, later games refined the formula. But shouldn’t the original get points for inventing the formula to begin with?
In the days before Mega Man 2, Mega Man 1 was flat out amazing.
97NeoCrimsonFri 4th Jun 2021
I love mega man games. Mega Man X4, X Command Mission, Battle Network 3 Blue are some of my favorites.
98NeoCrimsonFri 4th Jun 2021
@KingMike “Rockman & Rockman X 5-in-1 Box Set” also is japanese only for nintendo switch.
99NeoCrimsonFri 4th Jun 2021
@nessisonett I would like a spin-off legacy collection (Megaman and Bass, X Command Mission, Maverick Hunter X and more)
100NeoCrimson2 days ago
Mega Man 2, 3, X, X4, Zero 3, Battle Network 2, 3 Blue, Legends 2 are solid games.
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