The 10 best Megaman classics in the series, ranked

When we think of classic gaming franchises that made the industry what it is today, we think of Mario, Sonic, Castlevania, Metroid, Resident Evil, and other notable kings. It’s a disservice not to mention some of the games that paved the way from gaming’s earliest days, and one franchise that sometimes gets unfairly overlooked is Mega Man. No joke, some kids back then thought Mega Man and Metroid were the same game. And that’s a shame, because Capcom’s Mega Man games were very different action-platformers, often innovating the genre without getting the recognition they deserved. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of hit Megaman games and selected 10 of our favorites from a library of over 50 titles from this long-running franchise.

10. Megaman 11

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Platform: Nintendo switch
Released: 2018

This entry into the Mega Man franchise was a refreshing take on the game and the character’s debut on the (then) new Nintendo Switch console. It has kept all the classic elements of the Mega Man games while updating and refreshing the formula for the new way of playing.

9. Megaman 4

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Platform: NO
Released: 1992

The fourth part of the franchise suffered from the successes of the previous two games. It was always a “good game, just not as great as the other two”. Still, it’s a good and polished title that deserves its spot on our list as a classic of its time that you should try if you get a chance.

8. Mega Man V

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Platform: game boy
Released: 1994

This game was the first standalone Mega Man game on the revolutionary Game Boy handheld console. While the black and white graphics of that era might not be for everyone today, this game was an absolute hit when it came out and was hailed as one of the best titles to grace the Game Boy overall.

7. Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

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Platform: Nintendo switch
Released: 2020

Mega Man has been part of many collections over the years, so it was only fair to feature a few on our list. Quite possibly the best out there for the Switch, this collection comes with six Mega Man games to delve into, plus tons of extra content, collectibles, extra features, and more. If you own the Switch and like Mega Man, this is a must-try.

6.Mega Man X2

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Platform: SNES
Released: 1995

Mega Man X2 appears in the twilight days of SNES and represents what the ultimate refinement of a formula looks like. It wasn’t really innovative, it just took everything that came before it and refined and polished it to become an outstanding farewell to an era of gaming.

5. Mega Man Zero Collection

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Platform: nintendo ds
Released: 2010

This collection, coming out for the Nintendo DS, has all four Game Boy Advance Mega Man Zero games combined into one neat package. Mega Man Zero games represented an offshoot of the main franchise of sorts, but have held their own in terms of quality and gameplay. So having them all in one place was a great move by Nintendo.

4. Megaman Zero 3

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Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released: 2004

This game represents the best Mega Man-related entry the Game Boy Advance has had. In true Mega Man fashion, everything that worked before was refined and created something that’s still worth playing years later. Not bad for a spinoff series.

3. Mega Man 2

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Platform: NO
Released: 1989

This is the game that really took the franchise to the next level. The first Mega Man game was decent, no doubt about that, but it was this sequel that really solidified what would become of the franchise and highlighted the potential that side-scrolling action-platformer games could offer.

2. Megaman 3

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Platform: NO
Released: 1990

As shown in this retrospective, Mega Man games have a penchant for building on what worked in previous games. Mega Man 3 went one step further, building and innovating on its predecessor. Adding more mechanics, tightening the controls, and even debuting some elements that would become the norm for the franchise for years to come, Mega Man 3 is a true NES classic, if there ever was one.

1. Mega Man X

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Platform: SNES
Released: 1994

With the ever-popular X in the title, this is the defining Mega Man game. Take everything we’ve written about and distill it into a single title and you’ll have Mega Man X. It represents the pinnacle of the franchise – which isn’t to say it’s all downhill from there – but that this game is the definitive Mega Man experience you owe yourself to try.

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