Reviews of Mega Man 9 make the game intimidating. While Mega Man 9 isn't a walk in the park, during the Wily castle levels the stages can be downright punishing, it's also surprisingly accessible for newcomers to the classic Mega Man series. The NES Mega Man games required quick reflexes and a good memory to note death traps. Mega Man 9 follows this in spirit, but it's considerably more forgiving than the older games. Auto's item shop is the great equalizer.