Retro Gaming 90’s- Mega Man 2: The Power fighters (1996)

We all remember how popular the Mega Man video games series was back in the 90’s especially during SNES/PS1 era of the mid to late 90’s. There were many people who were very fond of the Mega Man X trilogy and many who view Mega Man X4 for the original PlayStation console as a classic. One of the few Mega Man games that does not get talked about nearly as much as it should was Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters from 1996. There are many casual American gamers who have never heard of Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters mainly because it remained exclusively in Japan following its arcade release during the mid 90’s. Even though, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters was eventually released in America in 2006 for GameTap many people had stopped caring about the Mega Man series by the mid 00’s which is one of the reasons why the game never blew up in popularity. Mega Man 2: Power Fighters was the sequel to the original game that came out in ’95 and featured four playable characters including Megaman, Bass, Duo and Proto Man. Each character had their own epilogue as players had to reach them by battling through various Robot Masters. Similar to just about every standard Mega Man game players had the ability to acquire their opponents abilities after destroying them in battle. Each characters also had their own respective stats and attributes in Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters which created some balance within the game itself. Mega Man 2: Power Masters looks like a game that could have worked on the Sega Saturn back in the mid 90’s but everyone knows that the console was not very popular in America. While Mega Man 2: Power Masters was a cool looking arcade game there was no way it could have competed with the likes of X-Men vs Street Fighter, Tekken 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 2 in relation to popularity. If Mega Man 2: Power Battle came out back in ’91-’93 it could have possibly have been more a bigger deal because the mid to late 90’s was more about 3D gaming in general.

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