|Mega Man X|
North American box art
NA: Majesco Entertainment
|Released||JP December 17, 1993|
NA January 1994
EU May 1, 1994
|Platform(s)||SNES, PC, Mobile, Android, iOS, Wii Virtual Console, Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS|
Mega Man X, known in Japan as Rockman X, is an action-platform video game developed and published by Capcom for the SNES. It was the first Mega Man game for the 16-bit console and the first game in the Mega Man X series, a spin-off of the original Mega Man series that began on the SNES's predecessor, the NES. Mega Man X was first released in Japan on December 17, 1993 and was released in both North America and Europe the following year. Taking place a century after the original Mega Man series, Mega Man X is set in a futuristic world populated by both humans and "Reploids", robots capable of thinking, feeling, and growing like their human creators. Because of these complex attributes, many Reploids are prone to destructive, criminal activity and are thereafter referred to as "Mavericks". The plot of the game follows the protagonist Mega Man X, an android member of a military task force called the "Maverick Hunters". With the help of his partner Zero, X must thwart the plans of Sigma, a powerful Maverick leader wishing to bring about human extinction.
Mega Man X has met with positive reviews for its gameplay, sound, and graphics, as well as its attempt to augment the aging Mega Man franchise. A long term commercial success on the SNES, Mega Man X has since been ported to personal computers and mobile devices, included in the North American Mega Man X Collection for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2, and released on the Virtual Console download service for the Wii, the Wii U, and the New Nintendo 3DS. The game also received a remake on the PlayStation Portable titled Mega Man Maverick Hunter X.
In the Super Smash Flash series
In Super Smash Flash, the game's main protagonist Mega Man X and his partner Zero, both of whom made their first appearances in Mega Man X, appear as playable characters. In addition, many of their attacks—all of X's and one of Zero's—originate from this game. Four of X's attacks—his standard attack, side attack, up attack, and down aerial— make use of the Mega Buster he uses as a standard weapon in Mega Man X. His down attack is the Hadouken he obtains as a secret weapon in the game. Zero's standard attack is the Zero Buster, which is first introduced in the game as Zero's standard weapon.
In Super Smash Flash 2, the stage Central Highway originates as the first level in this game. In addition to the overall design of the stage, the main hazard of the stage is that the platforms will collapse over time, which is a reference to the platform later in the level that falls in a similar manner.