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An excellent conversion to handheld. It’s comparable to 1 in design philosophy, but generally handled better. The graphics and soundtrack stay true to the originals, and the first wily theme is badass.

The controls aren’t perfect, since Mega Man inches forward after you release the button midair, but I’d take these physics over 1’s.

The weapons are more balanced and overall better than their original versions. Rolling Cutter is now stronger than Thunder Beam and Fire Storm, as it should be. Bubble Lead is no longer trash. Atomic Fire doesn’t drain energy as quickly.

The level design is quite challenging. It can be infuriating until you learn it, and the final stages are crazy. Thankfully, you have your great weapons to help. Overall, the game is fun and well-paced, and is more enjoyable each and every time you play it.

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