The NeXt Generation – Let’s Play the Mega Man X Series

Hey, it’s the next one of these! I’ve already played through the whole Classic Mega Man series here, so now it’s time for the X series. You can also find a full list of the whole X series here in case you just want to scroll through a Youtube playlist for some reason. And lastly, here’s a riff of the prequel OVA, The Day of Sigma:


Now, every robot has a chance of saying, “I’m more than just a robot. Die, Wily.”

Long ago, there was a genius roboticist named Dr. Thomas Light. His expertise in the field had helped populate the world with advanced robots who helped people in their every day lives. But at the end of the day, they were mere machines, bound to the will of humanity. But recently, a scientist named Dr. Cain made a discovery: Dr. Light had created something even more advanced than the robots of that time period. A new type of robot who could think for himself, who Dr. Light had named X. Although X could not be finished before Light’s passing, all he had needed was time to ensure that he wouldn’t become a threat. But that time had passed, and Cain could unseal X from his capsule. Indeed, X was far more advanced than any robot the world had seen before. By using Light’s notes, Cain was able to mass-produce more of these robots, which came to be known as “Replica Androids,” or “Reploids” for short. These Reploids integrated quickly into society, and seemed to be a greater boon than their predecessors. However, a problem soon arose: the ability to think freely came with the danger of turning against humans. Although robots had been used as tools against the world before, now they could go maverick and become a threat without a human master. A group of Reploids were banded together for the purpose of combating the threat of Mavericks, but even these Maverick Hunters are susceptible to going Maverick themselves. Sigma, formerly a Reploid Commander, has begun a rebellion against humanity. With eight other powerful Mavericks by his side, the casualties could be immense. Even without their superiors, the Maverick Hunters must muster the strength to stop Sigma’s rebellion. And amongst their ranks is the original Reploid, X, a mere Class-B Hunter who must nonetheless prove he’s not going to be left in the dust.

It’s finally time for Mega Man X! Although the Classic series did eventually move to the Super Nintendo, the X series got the console first. And as far as reputation goes, X1 is incredibly popular. And for good reason: it’s got solid level and boss designs, it looks amazing, and the soundtrack breathes even further life into each stage. Yes, X1 is most certainly a classic, which is a good note going into this game.

… the bad news is, it’s one of the best games in the series. A series with seven other games after it. That’s… not usually where you want the best entry to be. Ah well, let’s not worry about that yet! Let’s just enjoy X1 while we have it.

Episode List

Part 1: Highway to the Vile Zone

Part 2: For Good or for Chill

Part 3: Arm-adillo, Watch it Fight

Part 4: Eagle to Please

Part 5: Bully Mammoth

Part 6: Mr. Mandriller

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Part 1: Highway to the Vile Zone

It’s been a long time since the year 20xx. Things have changed. I mean, cities are still being attacked by robots. But now the robots are smarter and they’re the ones in charge of the attacks. Progress??? Anyway, our new Mega Man is named X, and he’s got a charge shot and the ability to dash get pummeled by some guy’s mech.

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Part 2: For Good or for Chill

X rushes off to stop Chill Penguin from causing an avalanche. And this time around, it seems like X won’t hesitate to take any shots. So does that mean he’ll get more or fewer lectures from 'ol Icy Penguigo this time?

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Part 3: Arm-adillo, Watch it Fight

Zero’s searching for Sigma’s Fortress, but what better way to do that than to cut off their weaponry? A mine in the region has been occupied by the Mavericks, so everyone’s favorite red Reploid will start his campaign by spelunking.

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Part 4: Eagle to Please

The Death Rogumer has landed in a nearby airport for… I dunno, refueling or something. X must rush to the scene and sabotage the Death Rogumer, lest it drop more cars on unsuspecting cities. But who else could be at the helm but Zero’s best buddy and all around swell guy, Storm Eagle.

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Part 5: Bully Mammoth

Zero has destroyed the rebellion’s mining operations, and now he has his buster set on the factories that were using those resources. Flame Mammoth has been set up to oversee weapon productions, and is more than happy to throw his weight around. Literally, by stomping anyone who tries to attack the factory. Bad news for him though: his factory has already been sabotaged due to the death of Chill Penguin.

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Part 6: Mr. Mandriller

As it turns out, X managed to defeat Storm Eagle at the perfect time, as the Death Rogumer has crashed into a power plant that the rebellion had taken. So let’s not waste a perfect opportunity; time for X to go fight Spark Mandrill.

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