Mega Man 10 Hands-On

We get a taste of the latest retro entry in Capcom's classic series.

We had the chance to try out a single level demo version of Capcom’s upcoming Mega Man 10 on the Xbox 360 at the publisher's game suite at CES 2010. The game is a new downloadable title for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 done in the classic 8-bit style of the original games on the NES. This time out the blue bomber and Proto Man team up to deal with the effects of Roboenza, a robotic infection that's causing robots to malfunction. The robot swine flu is so bad that even Doctor Wily is affected when his creations go nuts and boot him from his lair. With the world in peril and Roll infected, Mega Man sets out to stop the infected robots and try to find a cure.

Who's Making This Game: Capcom and Japanese developer Inti Creates, which worked on Mega Man 9.

What The Game Looks Like: Mega Man 10 is one big love letter to the 8-bit era of games. The game features the same retro look seen in Mega Man 9, which is based on the classic 8-bit games in the series. Expect to see chunky sprites, a modest number of colors, and a simple design in all its glory. The game’s music follows suit with catchy and oddly comforting 8-bit tunes that nail the musical stylings of the previous games.

What There Is To Do: The demo we played had us blasting and jumping our way through a baseball-themed level complete with ball-throwing bots and evil batting cages. This time out you'll be able to select Mega Man or Proto Man at the start of the game as well as select an easy difficulty mode, which helps take the edge off some of the fatal hazards you'll encounter. Besides the main single-player game, Mega Man 10 will offer extras such as a Challenge mode, downloadable content support, and an item shop.

How The Game Is Played: You'll just have to run, jump, and shoot your way through each themed level and face off against a boss. The demo level we tried cut off before the boss encounter, but the gameplay was pretty clear cut. You’ll need to time your jumps carefully and figure out smart ways to deal with enemies who can be damaged only in specific ways or who are invulnerable.

What They Say: "Retro 8-bit graphics and sound are combined with Mega Man's classic simple yet addictive gameplay."

What We Say: The demo made a good impression on us thanks to its familiar visuals and responsive gameplay. Fans of the series should be excited to get their hands on Mega Man 10, while newcomers might want to give the game a shot in easy mode, which helps soften the game’s high difficulty--although the game still won't be a cakewalk. Mega Man 10 is slated to be available for download on the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 this spring. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks.

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Rizer
Rizer

I just think it's funny how they brought back the early ridiculous American box art style. So bad. It's great.

PhonziWun
PhonziWun

BetardxFoosier; bring on the X aye! Could go another Sigma return hehe, that's if he can if they continue from X8

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

I can't wait because I hate the x battlechip and starforce games the only 2 I like apart from the original series is zx advent and powered up but this one will hopefully be better. BTW does anyone know what bosses are in it?

buft
buft

with the easy mode in the game, finally there will be an entry point for gamers new too the series

The_Greg
The_Greg

i had a megaman game on my gameboy when i was younger (i cant remember which one, 2 i think). it was great fun but really really hard. so if you're a gamer who likes a good challenge then definately go for this.

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

I'm past the original Megaman games. I'd prefer for them to develop more of the X series, since those were more fresh in abilities and such. I just don't like repetition, which is what's happening in the original series.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

I am anxious to find out who the 3rd playable character is. I am expecting Bass, but you never know, could be someone new.

badgermilk
badgermilk

I think its pretty awesome that you can play as protoman if you want. What I'm waiting for is Mega Man X9.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Hey, here's a premise. What if they did the Original Mega Man like Super Paper Mario? THAT would be so cash!!

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@hsbinhkid We need to kidnap a bunch of babies and stand outside of Capcoms HQ and punch them over and over again until Capcom decides we aint ****ing around and they make it.

SsangyongKYRON
SsangyongKYRON

Legendary game. Can't wait to play it. I love 8 bit era.

Superzone
Superzone

Can't wait for this game. Mega Man + 8-bits = Awesome. Every single time.

mesk14
mesk14

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mesk14
mesk14

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nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I'm so psyched. Can't wait to download this on WiiWare.

hsbinhkid
hsbinhkid

@buffdaddy69 Dude, your idea about an open world version of Mega Man just pure epic, I would be willing to become serial baby puncher just to get my hand on the demo version of that game

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@ im-a-roustabout It wouldnt be anywhere near the abomination that Legends was. I wanna See an open world MEga Man game, used with the RAGE engine with Resident Evil 4's style of aiming, with the option of auto locking. THAT would be a vicious Mega Man game.

JohnisGodd
JohnisGodd

Okay. I love the megaman 9 megan man 10 8 bit style thingy they've got going on. I love the fact they're dlc and the games are only like 10 dollars. I love the games. But, I would also like to see an new megaman. Something we have not seen before. Going back to the classics is always fun and exciting but there comes a point when people just want new material. Im at that point. Release 10. Let me play it. Let me love it. Then make something new. I wana see a new mega man!!!

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@Princess_Rectum Whaaaaaaat? Tornado Man's stage music was epic.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

I would really, really, really kill a new born baby to get an open world version of Mega Man. Think about it. Could you imagine an open world Mega Man with destructible environments? Imagine running down the street and getting a distress call from the Airport, to find out Storm Eagle has gone rouge and has taken over the skies, leading you to fight you're way through the city to the Airport, where an insane heavy metal remix of Storm Eagles stage song is blasted as you make you're way through the airport, hopping on Storm Eagles ship, and fighting him, with it ending as you both free fall while exchanging blows with you finally getting the upperhand as you spike Storm Eagle through a building.

jcopp72
jcopp72

If they are going to keep making Mega Man games they should update the graphics.

Barighm
Barighm

Now if only we could get a retro-creation of Megaman X...or any X game really, retro or not. Megaman was fun in its day, but a game of these retro MM's caliber just isn't worth the money they charge. Maybe $5...and that's being nice.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

ah man why its wiiware??? i dont mind buying it as a ds cartilage :(

vippass123
vippass123

the capcom is making classic graphics of a game if they are making classical graphics of games why are they not also making new generation games when theres a classic there is a new generation. they have to make a megamn that has a graphics like no other ;)

ikkante
ikkante

2d sprited games are just great! Real bidimensional jewels can be achieved with today´s console´s power (I.e: Muramasa) and the great side of it is that nearly every console out there can manage excellent 2d graphics. The fact that we like 2d sprited games does not mean we are going to swallow games with 8-bit appeareance just for the sake of old-time-gaming. CAPCOM could have done a quite nice side scroll game taking advantage of today´s tech. They didn´t.

kikitube
kikitube

I need a new Mega man X games. Not this.

ploomp89
ploomp89

not a fan of these new retro throw backs it was cool with 9 but now 10 is retro now to, are they getting lazy?

Zerocrossings
Zerocrossings

Awesome. Now i hope they make Megaman X games like this.

kevboard
kevboard

@wiidsduelpack: Mega Man is completely different from Metroid! never played a MegaMan game do you? @topic: i cant wait to play this game!!!

kevboard
kevboard

@wiidsduelpack: Mage man is completely different from Metroid! never played a MegaMan game do you? @topic: i cant wait to play this game!!!

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Metroid looks funner than this game. Bet this game will be more than $5 on every console. Same mechanics as Metroid.

Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

@TheUnholyOne247: Holy **** agreed on every level. If MegaMan is too hard, then find something else to spend your $10 on. and I was sorely disappointed with the music in MegaMan 9. The music in MegaMan 1-6 was all great, not a single game didn't have at least SOME music that was at its core memorable and enjoyable.

TheUnholyOne
TheUnholyOne

Pfft, 8-bit games don't have an easy mode. MegaMan should never be dumbed down for people who suck at it. It's gotta be just as brutal as the games were back on NES. C'mon, Capcom.

CazFeraligatr
CazFeraligatr

My guess is that MegaMan 10 will have Bass as the third playable character. Who else would you play as Roll?

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

Mega Man, this isn't a game for kids,so bring it on ;)

supernaught360
supernaught360

Another idea just hit me - Megaman remakes, with the Street Fighter 4 graphics engine. S-s-s-s-s-s-w-w-i-s-h-h...

supernaught360
supernaught360

I don't understand why they don't do overhauls of the original games, instead. Like Megaman: Maverick Hunter X, and Bionic Commando: Rearmed. I'm all for nostalgia, but I can get that for free on emulators, and these Megaman games don't offer anything different anyhow. I didn't plunk down $1500 for HD set to see ginormous sprites running about - and Megaman is my all-time videogame hero, I think he could use some TLC, ala Maverick Hunter X. If you've never seen it, check out some vids - 2D gameplay with 3D graphics, it's awseome to behold the Blue Bomber and his array of attachments lighting up the screen with some bling.

10quellor
10quellor

Couldn't Capcom also re-release all the classic NES Megaman games onto PSN and Xbox live? I would love to relive those games, with the added goodies they're throwing in 10.

solidine
solidine

Not that I'm complaining, but do we really need to be told what this game is about? It's NES Megaman, and you can play as Protoman. If that isn't the only thing the review says, I'm gonna be pissed!

GreenXMega
GreenXMega

You guys have about 2 months to beat Mega Man 9. The ending is almost phenomenal. I say almost because Wily escaped, that bunghole!

metroid24
metroid24

megaman 9 was an amazing game so it would only see fitting to make megaman 10 cause afterall sadly most of the megaman series bumed after the origanal x zero ZX star force the only good series other than the origanel was battle network and legends but yeah megaman 10 looks like it has it all like all the 8 bit prequals great gameplay awsome music and cool robots what more can u ask from a megaman game

RodrigoLCardoso
RodrigoLCardoso

Oldschool gaming rocks even in next-gen. Mega Man 9 is a great next-gen-classic game. And I hope the same for Mega Man 10.

nick0091
nick0091

Mega Man 9 was pretty bad from what I played, so I'm not expecting this to be any different. (Which is a shame as I have Mega Man 1-6)

D_West
D_West

OH NOES. I HATED MEGA MAN 9. WORST $10 SPENT EVER.