Despite the low sales of the first game
Capcom continued the franchise and brought out Mega Man 2 for the NES in 1989 which quickly became a huge success. The game was created using some unused content left over from the first Mega Man game. Critically, it's considered the best game in the franchise and was the best selling Mega Man title with over 1.5 million copies copy.
This time Dr. Willy has created 8 new robots to do his evil bidding. Mega Man must once again defeat the robot masters, and enter Willy's fortress. The game features 8 robot master stages instead of 6 like the original title.
This time the robot masters include: Metal Man, Air Man, Bubble Man, Quick Man, Crash Man, Flash Man, Heat Man, and Wood Man.
A new additional item that Mega Man can find is one that allows him to create platforms when needed to progress in certain situations.
New features also include a password save system which allows the player to continue their progress as well as new item called the Energy Tanks which can be saved up and used when necessary. The E-tank will completely restore Mega Man's health bar.
The game is followed up by Mega Man 3
for the NES.
Mega Man 2 is available on Wii's Virtual Console service and has been included on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for PS2/Xbox/Gamecube.