Dr. Wily steals an experimental time machine and skips into the future. For what reason, no one knows, but it’s probably to gain new technology and weapons with which to eliminate Mega Man. The blue bomber speeds to the rescue, and probably thinks he’s been teleported back in time when he finds himself facing old foes! One stage of this game takes place in a time warp, which is an interesting change.

This game puts in the slide and a few other things left out of Mega Man I, since that game was based off Mega Man and Mega Man 2 for the Nintendo. This one takes elements from Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3, overlapping the previous game. For that matter, all of the Game Boy games up to Mega Man V follow this pattern, so if you didn’t see a Robot Master in one game, he’ll show up in the next!
Play Control: 3
About the same as the first Game Boy game.
Graphics: 3
Like black and white versions of early NES graphics.
Animation: 4
Like black and white versions of NES animations.
Music: 2
The music is overall very high pitched and gets on your nerves.
Sound Effects: 3
Mostly the same as the NES games, but more tinny.
Plot: 1
What plot?
Difficulty: 3 (normal to hard)
While it’s not terribly difficult, I find some sections can give a person some troubles.
Replay Value: 2
For the most part, I find myself playing the first Game Boy game rather than this one.
Polish: 2
Nothing really jumps out at me.
Overall: 65%
Not really that much worse than the first Game Boy game, but just lacking somewhere.
You can take out Air Man first if you desire, and do Metal Man right before Wood Man, but I of course like to get my hands on the Metal Blade as soon as possible, so I use the following order:

These hatches differ from any others because they don’t just take you to a battle with a Robot Master—they take you to an entirely new stage! Capcom was nice, though, and provided passwords for each.

Clockwise from top left: Hard Man, Top Man, Needle Man, Magnet Man
The new humanoid robot in this game. He’s very easy to defeat; just stay on the opposite side of the screen and shoot at his head. The Quint item, Sakugarne, isn’t all that useful but it’s fun to fool around with.
Use arm cannon or try the Quint item.
A1, A3, A4, B3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D3
This will take you to Wily’s castle.

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None worth mentioning. But as an aside, the endings to most of the Game Boy games feature a little slide show of enemies you encounter during the game. Most of these names were not translated from Japanese, but they can be entertaining. Here are some of the more interesting or consistent ones:
Wily escapes his doomed space fort in a small shuttle craft. Mega Man chases him in Rush. He fires off a missile and causes Wily’s craft to fall out of the sky and crash land on the planet. (It’s amazing he’s survived all these endings!) At this point you see Mega Man standing on a black background and stars (again) and the game shows images and names (sort of) of robots featured in this cart. (Almost all the Game Boy games do this...)

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