Mega Man 9: The Ambition’s Revival!![a] is a 2008 action-platform video game developed by Capcom and Inti Creates. It is the ninth numbered game in the original Mega Man series (Or tenth game overall when including Mega Man & Bass). Mega Man 9 is the first home console game in the original Mega Man series since Mega Man 8 and Mega Man & Bass, which were released at least one decade earlier. Mega Man 9 was the first game in the series not to have a physical release and was initially released only on the downloadable gaming services WiiWare, PlayStation Network (PSN), and Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA). In June 2017, it was announced that Mega Man 9 and 10 would have a physical release with their inclusion in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, along with a digital version released for Nintendo Switch in May 2018.
Taking place during the early 21st century, Mega Man 9 continues the adventures of the android hero Mega Man. When destructive attacks by powerful robots begin occurring all over the world, Mega Man’s creator, the good-hearted Dr. Light, is blamed. Mega Man’s arch-enemy, the evil Dr. Wily, claims to be uninvolved in the incidents. It is up to Mega Man to stop the robots, prove his creator’s innocence, and reveal Wily’s true intentions. Mega Man 9 uses the classic 2D side-scrolling gameplay on which the series is based. Using both action and platforming elements, the player must complete a series of eight, initial stages in any order desired. Defeating each stage’s “Robot Master” boss copies its unique weapon, which the player can select at will throughout the remainder of the game.
Although the game was developed for modern consoles, Mega Man 9 features familiar 8-bit visuals and audio similar to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) as a “retro” throwback to the earliest entries in the franchise. According to its producers Keiji Inafune and Hironobu Takeshita, the development team intentionally made the graphics, sound, and gameplay of Mega Man 9 as simple as possible to adhere to the likeness of the fan and critical favorite Mega Man 2, released in 1988. Mega Man 9 was a commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from the press. The game’s popularity prompted Capcom to create a sequel, Mega Man 10, which also utilizes a simple, 8-bit style.
|Released||September 22, 2008|