Mega Man 10 Hands-On

The blue bomber is coming to a Wii near you with an easy mode and a new playable character.

If you've been avoiding Capcom's long-running Mega Man series because you're afraid of the game's legendary difficulty, then Mega Man 10 might be the game for you. In addition to a slew of new bosses to battle and pixel-perfect jumps to make, the upcoming 2D platformer will feature an easy mode that should be a good fit for those who lack the skills normally required by the blue bomber. Of course, "easy" by Mega Man standards can still mean a great deal of challenge as we found out during a hands-on session with the game at today's Nintendo press summit in San Francisco.

Easy mode seems like a reaction to the additional difficulty levels that were piled on top of 2008's Mega Man 9, which itself was a rebirth of the Mega Man franchise--what with its 8-bit style and simple controls gameplay. As with its predecessor, Mega Man 10 is also an 8-bit game with simple controls and enough difficulty to please hardcore fans. The assistance easy mode gives in a level can be widespread--for example, a jump on normal mode might have a platform in its place in easy mode.

Different enemies will appear in different difficulty levels and the sub-boss fights can be noticeably easier. For example, in one level we played, we were facing a giant robot whose fists would slam to the ground and then rise upward toward his head. To beat him, we had to jump on those elevating fists and then blast him in the face once at the top. This was a relatively simple prospect in easy mode, but it was made all the more difficult in normal mode by a random metal object that bounded around the level, causing mayhem and damage every time it struck us. In addition to changes to level difficulty, Mega Man's weapons are slightly more powerful in easy mode and fire at a quicker rate.

Controls in the game are simple as can be: You hold the Wii Remote horizontally and use the D pad to move. You use the 1 and 2 buttons to fire and jump. As in previous Mega Man games, you'll gain access to new weapons and powers as you beat the game's robot master bosses. For instance, after beating the strike man boss, you'll earn a bouncing purple shot that is effective at taking out enemies from cover. By pressing the B button on the Wii Remote, you can access your different powers, including calling in the robotic dog rush, which Mega Man can vault off of to reach higher platforms.

One other treat in Mega Man 10 is Proto Man, who will be a playable character from the beginning of the game. He'll give you access to his unique powers--including the ability to use a shield when jumping and a slide move.

Will easy mode bring new fans to the long-running platforming series? We'll find out when the game is released via WiiWare on March 1.

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30 comments
wikigamer
wikigamer

Seems interesting, I might want this game. Hey it could be good!

dj_sauce
dj_sauce

old megaman games are hard.... but beatable. Nothing compared to the difficulty of battletoads.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I think the concept of Megaman being "hard" comes from the younger gamers who grew up on save points. I never thought these games were that hard when I was a child. You learn the level layouts, where the enemies were, and you got better. Nowadays, difficulty in games amounts to the player being handicapped in some way, such as receiving more damage, instead of the AI of enemies appearing more intelligent.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Ugh, It was cute the first time. but again with the same graphic style? Now your getting lazy. Also I hoped 9 was the last one, so it makes a good transition into Megaman X, you know.

JukedSolid
JukedSolid

I'm really surprised they decided to keep the pixel look instead of a 3-D graphic but 2D gameplay style like super mario wii

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

I think the easy mode is a great idea, and as long as this game pleases hard-core gamers too (which it will) this would be the first universal Mega Man game ever. Can't wait to hear what score it gets!

calvinsora
calvinsora

Megaman 9 is one of the best games I've played this gen. Megaman 10 seems to aim for an even higher ground. I am officially psyched.

sman3579
sman3579

Megaman always had some of the coolest bosses

ausgamer529
ausgamer529

wish they mad protos scarf a little darker yellow so it dosent look like his shield has a limb moveing

zerobeo
zerobeo

I agree with angel cage megamen on snes was way too easy

joder666
joder666

''Easy-Mode for **** people'' that's what i say. Megaman fame comes from being a hard game to beat, what good or challange gives a game you're 5 year little brother can finish with just a hand. Hope thy make a memorable game of this one and not a big decption. Although and easy-mode means a hard to beat game!

Gargaglio5tatus
Gargaglio5tatus

I'm playing Mega Man 2 right now, it's amazing, and it's not really that hard at all.

powerstrikingyo
powerstrikingyo

I lol'd when ppl said that MM9 was hard. MMX6, MM1, MM5, were all cake for me. No video game is too hard, aside from punch-out!! original.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

Woah! I kind of lost track of this game and I'm glad to see it's actually releasing this coming Monday. It's been a great bit of news from Nintendo this week. Good games arriving all earlier than I thought! Now to put the cash together to get them all...

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Ah... Megaman? a Though game? i remembe HUNDREDS of years ago when my generation played Megaman2, 3 and 5 on NES... People say that games are too punishing, but we even faced and beated Ninja Gaiden 1... THAT game was thoug. Megaman? Nah not that hard. Haven't played MM9, but can't be harder than Ninja Gaiden 1, it can't be.

intetnetrage
intetnetrage

well at least i know when i start swearing and yelling at my tv because i just died for the 10th time on willy i can also make it easier on my self and do a game on easy mode

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

The "easy" mode seems convincing. I got Mega Man 1 from the Virtual Console and it was a pain in the butt...

isaacmj
isaacmj

9 was pretty tough, I think Capcom was considering me when they thought of this easy mode

XenoLair
XenoLair

Cant wait for Megaman 10! And its released in like 4 days :D I love it how gets released on wii 2 weeks before PSN and a month before xbl.

wiifan001
wiifan001

My first wiiware game I'll download this year.

jadefury27
jadefury27

I cant lie i've grown up on mega man i've beaten parts 1,2,3,7,8,x1,x2, legends, legends 2, and even friggin mega man x: command mission and the hand held versions, but noting was as tough as 9. so part 10 scares the hell outta me...but it's still a day one download.

everlong12
everlong12

I've played Mega Man 1-9 the last few weeks and after 10, I'll continue with the X series. I love Mega Man!!!

mesk14
mesk14

Why,why why did they take MM slide and charge shot from him?MM had them first,starting with the slide im MM 3 and charge shot in MM 4protoman already has a shield,why give him the slide and charge too?I love MM games.......

Pierst179
Pierst179 moderator

If this one kicks my butt and keeps me coming back, I will be very glad. :D

DesFood
DesFood

This game looks great. Feel the urge to play the classics again.

Godwar7
Godwar7

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nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I cannot wait. I'm playing MM9 to get ready.