THE WILY WARS
Mega Man II was given a complete overhaul to appear on the Mega Drive – does it still hold up?
While the SNES was receiving brand-new Mega Man experiences in 1994, Sega fans who hadn’t yet been acquainted with the character needed to be brought up to speed. As a result, Capcom created Mega Man:
The Wily Wars (or Rockman Mega World in Japan), a compilation containing enhanced remakes of the first three Mega Man games and some extra exclusive bosses.
The version of Mega Man II in The Wily Wars is based on the Japanese release, which means that the difficulty is equivalent to the ‘Difficult’ mode in the NES game. It has been given the full next-gen treatment with completely redrawn graphics, although the arranged soundtrack seems to lose some of the energy of the original compositions. Passwords are out, and battery saves are in.
Mega Man: The Wily Wars is now an expensive and sought-after game – it’s rare in Japan and Europe, and there’s no American release as the game was exclusive to Sega Channel in this region.