Blend Games writes: "It's not entirely clear why Capcom decided to make Mega Man 9 the ultimate in fan service titles. After all Bionic Commando: Rearmed was just as faithful a nostalgia trip despite being a hi-res 2D gaming showpiece. What is crystal clear is that Mega Man 9 is a true title in the series, complete with pixelated graphics and hard as hell precision gameplay. The only evidence of MM9's modern pedigree is the added extras like download content, ranking system for time trial, and challenges. This may be number 9 in the classic series, but it gives Mega Man 2 (the best Blue Bomber game of them all) a serious run for its money."