#8: Mega Man X (SNES)Original GamePro Score:
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Revived the Mega Man franchise with the first of what would be several games in the X series. It's also responsible for the horrible anime spin-offs, but we can ignore that.
The "X" in Mega Man X wasn't just a lame attempt to make the game sound cool. No, the gameplay and story did that all by itself. No one really knew what they were in for with this title, which would be the precursor to a massive future reboot of the Mega Man canon, one that still carries on today. Mega Man X tried its best to ease gamers into this bold, new future with enormous explosions, hard bosses and slick visuals -- and almost a full series later, no single Mega Man game has made quite as much an impact as this first one.