Mega Man X2

It seemed to take forever for Mega Man to make it to the 16-bit realm, but when he finally did, he was an instant hit. Only one year later, Mega Man X2 continues this action legend.

Hunter or Hunted?

The fighting saga of Mega Man X versus the Maverick Reploids continues, but this time Capcom's number-one Maverick Hunter faces the X-Hunters. Little does he realize that this new breed of Maverick robots is designed specifically to assassinate him! In their quest for total control, the Mavericks have captured Mega Man X's old robocanine friend, IB Zero, who's the perfect bait for a Mega Man trap.

In this mega-fun adventure, all of Mega Man X's abilities (and yours) are put to a grueling test as you attempt to save Zero and eradicate the Mavericks for good. The Man must fight his way through eight main locations.

The levels are deceptively average in size and seem pretty straightforward, but don't let appearances fool you. Some surprising challenges, such as acquiring power-ups for Mega Man X's suit from hidden locations, keep you on your toes. The power-ups always look reachable, but you'll bust your thumbs getting to them. The levels are also overrun with Maverick mechanical monsters, making the action much faster and a bit tougher than it was in the original game.

ProTips:

  • To complete longer leaps, press the Dash button, then immediately press the Jump button.
  • You need the Mobile Attack Armor to break through certain walls.
  • Use the Spin Wheel to break through walls and blocks.
  • In the Volcanic Zone
  • The Magnet Mine weapon
  • When fighting this X-Hunter boss, stay a good distance away. Your X.Buster weapon causes the most damage
  • When fully powered, the Speed Burner weapon rapidly shoots you across the screen to new locations.
  • The first boss you'll face is one of the biggest bosses Mega Man X has ever encountered. To defeat him, use your standard charge weapon and direct your hits toward his head.

Mega Man X's controls are one of the biggest strengths of the Mega Man X series, and X2 continues that tradition. You may find it a little difficult to press the different button combos that are required to reach certain points in the game, but the response time is perfect.

Bosses on Their Job

Of course, Mega Man wouldn't be Mega Man without the end bosses and their unique attack patterns and weapons. As in all Mega Man games, once an end boss is destroyed, Mega Man X acquires their weapon. Flame Stage, one of the more powerful bosses, charges and slams you into the ground for major damage if he catches you. Megna Centipede, another mighty boss, can reappear anywhere on-screen for the ultimate surprise attack. He also has the ability to drain your charge weapon. Other cool new Mega weapons include special vehicles that help MM through tough spots. The Mobile Attack Cycle grabs major air as it flies off ramps, and the Mobile Attack Armor features a nasty spin blade and limited jumps.

New Chip, New Look

As always, the outstanding graphics show great detail in the backgrounds and enemies. Mega Man X2 sports a new chip, the C4, which was designed exclusively by Capcom to enhance the already-masterful bosses with a new 3D look. The C4 produces sophisticated 3D graphics and action, including three-dimensional object rotation. Now the bosses twist and turn in ways you've never seen before in a Mega Man game.

The big downfall in the first Mega Man X was the frequent slowdown that detracted from the game play. MM X2's minimal slowdown doesn't even resemble the original's sluggishness.

The sound quality matches that of the first Mega Man X -- that is, nothing short of great. The tunes are nicely tailored to each level's setting, and effects help pump up the action.

X-ceptional

Mega Man X2 is a mega monster! With all the right elements, it's one the best installments in the series. If you dug the first game, this one's improved in almost every way. The new C4 chip energizes the already-great graphics, the extremely responsive controls are perfect, and the levels contain more enemies and hidden locations than any MM game yet. Mega Man X2 is X-cellent.

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This trick will get you everything you need to complete the game, and the special hidden weapon--the Shoryuken! To do this, you must first access the Password Option from the title screen. Enter this code: 7 3 6 6 7 12 3 6 18 8 3 6 8 1

This will give you all of the weapons, parts for Zero and the four sub-tanks. You will begin right before you enter the first X-Hunter Stage. It is essential to power up your sub tanks before you go into these stages. One easy way to do this is to go to the (already beaten) Desert Base Stage. In this stage, get to the place where you have to ride the cycle up the first hill. Once you're at the top of the hill, turn the cycle around and then jump...

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  • Machine: SNES.
  • Manufacturer: by Capcom of Japan. publisher Capcom.

Are You On The List?

With Mega Man X2, you'd better be!

As long-time Mega Man fans undoubtedly know, the key to success knows which weapon hurts each boss the most. Thus, it has become an annual tradition here at Game Players to print what's come to be known as 'The List' for the latest Mega Man game.

But starting with last year's Mega Man X, this new SNES series offers a lot more weapons and items to be found. So we've expanded 'The List' to uncover many of the game's other secrets as well. But we still aren't giving away everything... yet. There are a few secrets here and there that are yet to be revealed, so keep an eye out for anything unusual. In the meantime, get off to a big head-start with the info on the following pages. And if Capcom continues forward as they always have, chances are we can all get back together for another round of Mega-mania this time next year. I can't wait!

The List:

  1. Wheel Gator - use the S. Chain.
  2. Bubble Crab - use the Spin Wheel.
  3. Flame Stag - use the Bubble Splash.
  4. Morph Moth - use the Speed Burner.
  5. Magna Centipede - use the Silk Shot.
  6. Crystal Snail - use the Magnet Mine.
  7. Overdrive Ostrich - use the Crystal Hunter.
  8. Wire Sponge - use the Sonic Slicer.

The Super Bosses

Violen: Use the powered-up X. Buster. Stick to the top corners while Violen swings his ball and chain, then fire at him (while still clinging to the wall) when he jumps towards the top of the screen.

Agile: Stay on the opposite side of the room and climb midway up the wall. Wait for Agile to leap up and throw his energy wave, then immediately drop under it and fire a powered-up shot from the X. Buster. Now quickly climb the wall again and repeat the pattern. If Agile dashes towards your side of the screen, leap off the wall over him and air-dash to the other side.

Serges: Use the powered-up X. Buster to destroy Serges' land mines, then use the same weapon on Serges when he's jumping or when his shield goes down to place a mine. Stay as far away from him as possible while he's spinning to give his shots more room to spread out before they reach you.

The X - Parts

The X-Parts are the most coveted secret items of all. They were left behind by Dr. Light years ago, in hopes that Mega Man X would find them when he was ready to be upgraded. Without them, completing the game and finding all of the other hidden items would be impossible.

Air-Dash - This enhancement allows you to dash while in mid-air for longer jumps. Look for it behind a small wall of stones in Overdrive Ostrich's stage. Use the Spin Wheel to smash the stones.

G. Crush - This item works like a smart bomb. You power it up by taking damage. When it's full, you can unleash the most powerful Mega Man weapon ever! It's hidden in Morph Moth's stage, in the first tunnel with the floating junk. Use the I. Tracer to find the exact spot on the ground (not totally necessary) and bore through using the S. Wheel.

Super X. Buster - This can be found in Wheel Gator's world. Look for it just past one of those yellow tank-like guys, up a narrow tunnel in the ceiling. To reach it, air-dash off of a wall on the far left to grasp a part of the ceiling that hangs down, then slide down off of it and immediately air-dash into the narrow tunnel further to the right.

Energy Subtanks

Energy Subtanks can be filled with excess energy capsules, and in turn can refill Mega Man's life bar when it's low. These important items are hard to find, but are well worth the search.

There's a Subtank hidden in Wire Sponge's stage. When you reach the first set of vertical platforms over the spikes, ride the first platform to the top and air-dash to the wall at the left. Climb to the top and go to the right to find the Subtank.

Another Subtank can be found in Magna Centipede's stage, in a small room above a narrow tunnel in the ceiling. Take a dashing jump from a platform to the far left and then do a powered-up Speed Burner dash in mid-air to barely reach the bottom of the tunnel! Climb up inside and grab the Subtank.

Heart Tanks

Each Heart Tank that you find permanently increases the max amount of energy that Mega Man can hold, so you want to nab every last one.

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