The classic Mega Man series stayed on the NES for six games until Mega Man X arrived on the SNES in 1993 as a paradigm shift for a traditionally campy series about a wacky robot boy vanquishing a series of themed villainous robot men. Mega Man X is sleeker, has more action, and emphasizes platforming less. Gone are languid slides and hops for fast dashes and wall jumping. It’s remarkably fluid to play and has a killer soundtrack that has lived on in the gaming music community for decades after its original release. Mega Man X just gets everything right.

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