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Mega Man 5 (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Released a year after the Super NES, Mega Man 5 is the perfect example of Capcom phoning it in. The Blue Bomber is back for yet another formulaic platforming adventure. Instead of jumping to the 16-bit SNES, Capcom decided to stick with the woefully outdated Nintendo Entertainment System. The result is a predictable grind of questionable bosses, cheap level designs and a whole lot of annoying technical problems. Rating: 40%
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What Is It? Released a year after the Super NES, Mega Man 5 is the perfect example of Capcom phoning it in. The Blue Bomber is back for yet another formulaic platforming adventure. Instead of jumping to the 16-bit SNES, Capcom decided to stick with the woefully outdated Nintendo Entertainment System. The result is a predictable grind of questionable bosses, cheap level designs and a whole lot of annoying technical problems.

While the Mega Man robots have never been the most original lot, the Mega Man 5 baddies are even more unoriginal than normal. With names like Wave Man, Crystal Man, Star Man and Gravity Man, these bosses sound like they were named by a hippy commune. The manliest robot of the bunch is Napalm Man, and even he sounds like he's overcompensating for something. And did I mention Gyro Man? Perhaps this was Capcom's attempt at targeting Greek gamers. Even die-hard fans of this series have to be embarrassed by the little care Capcom put into this long-running franchise.

Does It Still Hold Up? Breaking news: Mega Man 5 controls exactly like a Mega Man game. Okay, so that isn't exactly the world's most shocking announcement, but I had to do something to make this fifth installment interesting. It's worth mentioning that this 1992 game does try a few new tricks, such as a level that literally has players walking on the ceiling. Unfortunately, a lot of the more ambitious ideas end up in slowdowns and other glitches.

Is It Worth The Money? At this point the only reason to buy Mega Man 5 is to complete the collection. With stale levels and cheesy bosses, this 8-bit NES game isn't worth the five dollars. Then again, seeing as the Virtual Console's output has trickled to one game a month (at best), this may be the best you can do for a while. There's a reason Capcom was forced to give Mega Man a lengthy hiatus, and Mega Man 5 perfectly illustrates each and every one of those reasons. The most depressing part? There's still another 8-bit Mega Man game for Capcom to release.
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