Recently, Capcom revealed the impending launch of Mega Man 9, the next proper installment of the original Mega Man series. Mega Man has enjoyed no shortage of adventures since the American release of Mega Man 8 in 1997 on the Saturn and PlayStation (although, many would count Mega Man & Bass on the GBA in 2003), but Mega Man 9 will pit the Blue Bomber against a brand new crew of robot masters just like the classic games. According to early reports, Mega Man will square off against such monsters as Galaxy Man and Concrete Man. We can hardly wait to get our 8-bit on with Mega Man 9.
However, until then, IGN Retro has assembled the top 10 robot masters -- the battles that cap off each level and bestow upon Mega a new weapon -- from the original series. This list trends heavily toward the early releases, as later installment really stretched to keep up the "X Man" motif. Centaur Man? Clown Man? Plant Man? And was there anything more squirm-inducing than Tomahawk Man?