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Gamasutra Critical Reception: Capcom's Mega Man 9

This week's edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Capcom's retro-styled WiiWare (and imminently PSN and Xbox Live Arcade) sequel Mega Man 9, which reviews praise as "an unapologetic nod to one of gaming's greatest eras."

Born as a series of side-scrolling platformers on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Capcom's Mega Man franchise has seen numerous sequels in the years since, with many earning a mixed reception.

In a bold design decision, Mega Man 9 attempts to emulate the style of its 8-bit prequels, complete with era-appropriate graphics, music, and technical capabilities. The experiment appears to have been a success with critics, who average a score of 87 out of 100 at Metacritic.com.

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