I implore the skeptics and loudmouths to do one thing. Sit down and play an old Mega Man game. Ignore Mega Man 9 completely, and go back further. If you don't have access to an NES and the old cartridges, break out that Wii, go to the Virtual Console, and drop $5 on a game like Mega Man 3 (my favorite game of all time). Remove yourself from the critical and snarky internet age, and place yourself in, say, 1990. Let the classic music enter your ears as you browse the stage select screen. And then play. Experience the 8-bit Mega Man series' influence on gaming culture. Imagine a simpler time in gaming when gameplay was the be all-end all, the king of the block. Immerse yourself in the 8-bit sights and sounds, the difficult and rewarding play. And then come back here and tell me you aren't impressed with what that game not only did, but continues to do.
Mega Man 10 isn't only a throwback to a better time in gaming, but also to those people who enjoyed these games and want more. It's a nod to the days when someone would stay up all night to get through Ninja Gaiden, or attempt to decipher the bad translations in Simon's Quest. It's an ode to the level-grinders who got their kicks with Dragon Warrior III, and the amateur cartographers who kept themselves busy mapping The Legend of Zelda on graph paper. It's in appreciation of those who spent tireless hours proving to themselves that Battletoads could be beaten, and yes, to those who forked out $60 a year for six years straight, just to experience the latest iteration of the Mega Man series. It's for the love of pure gameplay that Mega Man 10 is being released, just like Mega Man 9 before it.Really couldn't have put it better myself. If you've got some time on your hands, I highly recommending giving the article a read. Check it out here
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