In just about every successful gaming franchise, it has to start somewhere. Much is the case with the Megaman X series.
The Megaman X series was one of the most successful side-scrolling action game of all time. It was a spinoff from the original Megaman series back in the Nintendo Entertainment system days.
Since then, there were six Megaman X titles until Keiji Inafune, the game’s developer, called it quits after Capcom said that they want to venture into new genres.
Well, since the Megaman X franchise is successful, I think it is only fitting to talk about the original game that spawned five more successful titles in the franchise.
Today, I am going to talk about the Megaman X Game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
This game is the first 16-bit Megaman game and it is the first title in the X series. The game revolves around Maverick Hunter, Megaman, in his pursuit to take down Mavericks; rogue Reploids that have gone berserk.
The story of the game begins when Dr. Cain, an archaeologist, discovers a capsule in the old ruins of a robotics facility.
In this capsule lies “Megaman X” (for the sake of brevity, we will just refer to Megaman X as simply “X”).
Before Dr. Cain was able to crack open the capsule, a small message was embedded in it. Megaman X was actually the creation of Dr. Light and the esteemed doctor said that Megaman X is his best creation yet.
This is a robot who is able to think and feel; having his own free will and has a sense of justice. He is also embedded with a chip that allows him to convey human morality.
Dr. Cain wanted to create more “X’s” and so he did. He calls them the “Reploids”. After quite some time, both the Reploids and the humans peacefully coexisted with each other.
But, a handful of them turned rogue and are actually breaking the law. They also convinced some Reploids to go with them and since defected to the evil cause.
Since the threat of the Mavericks was far too great to deny, the government along with the guidance of Dr. Cain, created the “Maverick Hunters”, with X spearheading the team.
The Maverick Hunters, most especially X, is out to subdue evil Mavericks and to defeat the mastermind behind all of this: Sigma.
The Megaman X Game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System still follows the original formula of the Megaman series but has many great additions.
For one, X can now battle different Maverick bosses. After defeating them, X will have the element of that boss and he will have new weapons to cater for the new element.
Furthermore, each boss has their own weaknesses. So, X must make sure to defeat the easy ones in order for players to progress to the other bosses.
Along with different weapons, X can also acquire a new set of armors to help him defeat the Mavericks.
In some stages, there will be a capsule created by Dr. Light specifically to give X some enhancements to further his good cause.
After getting all of the armor pieces, Megaman’s power will be doubled and he will have other abilities at his disposal.
The Megaman X Game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System just built the foundation for other Megaman X games to follow.
This game is one of the best for the SNES and if you want to relive the great Megaman X series, you definitely have to start with the first title.