Developer: Inti Creates
A harder Mega Man experience, but still relatively fair. You do get the occasional unfair deaths, but they are easily forgotten because the game is actually joyful. Mechanics are perfect, Robot Masters are easy to like and the weapon set is one of the best in the series. Levels feel like they belong to their respective Robot Masters.
What really makes the game is the flow. Once you get familiar with the game and even if you don’t, you realize how well it’s paced. Enemy placements aren’t coincidental, they are where they are because of good development habits.
I only have very minor nitpicks: Mega Man 9 loves to kill you for fun, so get used to it. Wily stages don’t feel like they have any sort of theme, they just consist of random enemies inside randomly designed fortress stages. Wily bosses aren’t too memorable. Still, this is one of the best Mega Man games to play casually or competitively.