[[caption-width-right:350: "''My name is Mega Man, and I'm [[HesBack finally]] out of retirement.''"]]

After ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'', ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'' that were featured in 16- and 32-bit graphics, respectively, the ninth installment of the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series saw [[RevisitingTheRoots its return]] to its [[UsefulNotes/The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames 8-bit]] roots.

Just when people forgot about Dr. Wily, robots all over the world began going crazy. It soon became apparent that these robots were those created by Dr. Light. As phone calls came pouring in to Light Labs, Dr. Wily interrupted all television programs to announce that these robotic riots were not his doing. He then continued to show video evidence that proved Dr. Light's involvement in the recent violent outbreaks. To make matters worse, Wily gave the account number to his personal bank account and announced that he would accept donations to build his own robot army to counter that of Light. Mega Man quickly volunteered to clear Light's name and was sent out to investigate the source of the problem.

Robot Masters:
* DLN-065: Concrete Man, weak to Laser Trident, gives [[DishingOutDirt Concrete Shot]].
* DLN-066: Tornado Man, weak to Plug Ball, gives [[BlowYouAway Tornado Blow]].
* DLN-067: Splash Woman, weak to Hornet Chaser, gives the [[LaserBlade Laser]] [[ProngsOfPoseidon Trident]].
* DLN-068: Plug Man, weak to Jewel Satellite, gives [[ShockAndAwe Plug Ball]].
* DLN-069: Jewel Man, weak to Black Hole Bomb, gives [[GemstoneAssault Jewel Satellite]].
* DLN-070: Hornet Man, weak to Magma Bazooka, gives the [[BeeBeeGun Hornet Chaser]].
* DLN-071: Magma Man, weak to Tornado Blow, gives the [[PlayingWithFire Magma Bazooka]].
* DLN-072: Galaxy Man, weak to Concrete Shot, gives the [[PowerOfTheVoid Black Hole Bomb]].

!! Tropes:

* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Spoofed [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091214044543/megaman/images/thumb/2/22/Mm9_boxart.jpg/377px-Mm9_boxart.jpg here]] with the virtual box art created in homage to the first two games.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The most expensive item in the shop, at 200 screws, is an alternate outfit for Roll (who's not even playable this time), changing her into her ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' duds.
* BagOfSpilling: Rock's lost both his charge and slide abilities as of this title. The reason given in-universe is that it's been quite a long time since he last had to fight, implied to be years, possibly {{Lampshading}} the decade-long hiatus the series had been on.
* CallBack: The ends with Mega pointing out all of Dr. Wily's past failures with an 8-bit holographic slide show in which Dr. Wily is shown to be kneeling for forgiveness over and over and over again.
* ChargedAttack: While the Mega Buster is no longer this, the Magma Bazooka is.
* ChestMonster: The Met-like enemies disguised as 1-Ups.
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Dr. Wily's premise at the beginning of the game.
* ContinuityNod: In the end sequence, Mega Man's outfit corresponds with the one used for Wily's weakness (or, in the case of the games like ''Mega Man 1'', one of Wily's weaknesses) in the images shown from Wily's VillainsWantMercy moments from the previous games.
* DevelopersForesight: If you get '''''just''''' close enough to a magma beam so that you're touching it but not so close that it'll kill you, you'll see little sparks coming off of your character.
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* DragonTheirFeet: One of the downloadable Time Attack stages features a robot that was briefly seen in the main game, but never fought: [[spoiler: It's the fake police robot Wily used in his framing of Dr. Light, called "Fake Man".]] Apparently it takes a bunch of the mini-bosses and goes running rampant in the city, and Mega Man has to clean up the loose end.
* DrumBathing: The ending shows Dr. Light bathing in a barrel, with a reformed Magma Man providing the heat.
* DualBoss: Thought the Yellow / Green Devils from previous games were tough? Enjoy fighting two at the same time... [[spoiler: {{Subverted|Trope}}, as it's only just one boss. Only one "eye" to shoot between the two of them.]]
* HijackedByGanon: Averted; everyone is pretty sure at the beginning of the game that Wily's behind things, rather than the falsely-accused Dr. Light. When the reveal happens, no one is especially surprised. In fact, Mega Man and his friends spend most of the game gathering evidence to prove Light is innocent and Wily's behind it. [[spoiler: Wily then steals the evidence, necessitating the final showdown.]]
* MagmaMan: {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* MythologyGag: The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/45/Megaman9cover.jpg official cover artwork]] is a throwback to the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dd/Mega_Man_1_box_artwork.jpg infamous]] ContemptibleCover VideoGame/MegaMan1 got in North America.
* NintendoHard: At least at the level of the first game in the series. People expecting a game as manageable as any of the other NES titles will be given a rude awakening.
* NoNameGiven: For the first time ever, the Fortress Bosses weren't given any official names.
* NotMeThisTime: Wily claims he's completely innocent, and that the recent rash of robot rebellions is Dr. Light's fault. [[spoiler:He's lying.]]
* OverlyLongGag:
-->'''Mega Man:''' ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan1 This is where you first went wrong!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Then this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan3 And this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan4 And this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 And this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan6 And this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan7 And this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan8 And this time!]] [[VideoGame/MegaManAndBass And this time!]]''
* PlayEveryDay: The "Daily Dose" challenge requires the game to be completed every day for three days.
* PromotedToPlayable: Proto Man, via DLC. Unlike Mega Man, he retains his charged buster and slide ability, and can block projectiles with his shield (while jumping). The tradeoff is that [[GlassCannon he takes considerably more damage than Mega]] and has a greater KnockBack. He also can't access the store to buy items.
* RockBeatsLaser: Galaxy Man, the most futuristic looking of the Robot Masters that can float and create black holes, is weak to ''wet concrete'', arguably the most primitive of the 8 weapons. In fact, the concrete itself seals up his black holes.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Several of the achievements are this. Want to try beating the game without using any [[MinimalistRun special weapons]]? How about without shooting anything [[PacifistRun except bosses and mini-bosses]]? [[NoCasualtiesRun Without dying]]? ''[[NoDamageRun Without getting hit]]''??
** If you thought the regular game was too easy, there are two extra difficulty levels available via DLC; "[[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Hero Mode]]", and if that's still not enough, "[[HarderThanHard Superhero Mode]]".
* SharedLifeMeter: The Twin Devil, justified by being two entities controlled by a single core.
* ShoutOut: Take a good look at [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII the woman]] [[Film/StreetFighter delivering the news]] during the opening.
** Also, this one ''may'' be a coincidence, but a some years prior, ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' had a gag about [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 Stone Man and Wave Man]] [[FusionDance combining]] to form...[[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/041029 Concrete Man.]]
* ShownTheirWork: In the ending, where Mega Man shows Wily a bunch of clips of all the times he beat Wily and had him begging for mercy, Mega Man is colored in the appropriate colors of the weapons his final form is weak against.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Of the 8 Robot Master bosses, Splash Woman is the only female of the group. As a matter of fact, she's the ''[[MultipleReferencePun sole]]'' female RM boss of the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic classic series]].
* SpreadShot: The Magma Bazooka is a [[ChargedAttack chargeable]] version.
* StylisticSuck: 8-bit visuals aside, there's a setting to emulate the sprite flickering from the NES games.
* TennisBoss: with the first form of the Wily Machine, since the eggs that it "lays" are the only things that can damage it in this form.
* TornadoMove: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tornado Man]]'' launches miniature tornadoes upward from the floor, which also boosts the player's jump height due to the updrafts.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The Wily Machine this time around is roughly based on one.
* UpdatedReRelease: This game is available to play as part of the ''Mega Man Legacy Collection 2'' with all DLCs intact.
* UtilityWeapon: A few in this game:
** The [[BeeBeeGun Hornet Chaser]], which can be used to retrieve items from afar.
** The Concrete Shot creates a cement block that can be then used as a stepping stone, cement lethal magma beams in place (absolutely CRUCIAL for one of the fortress stages), and as a way to block laser traps.
** The [[BlowYouAway Tornado Blow]] enables you to jump higher while the wind is in effect. Certain enemies will also be blown away whether you intended it or not.
* VillainHasAPoint: Wily does raise some good points about the morality of scrapping sentient robots, even if it's just to get slave soldiers to smear the name of his rival.
* VisualPun: Tornado Man has a ''helicopter''-BladeBelowTheShoulder.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Part of the plot explores this a little bit. This game reveals to us that, by law, robots are assigned an expiration date, at which time they are to be [[YourDaysAreNumbered disposed of and scrapped]]. Dr. Wily took advantage of this by convincing Dr. Light's recently-expired robots to allow him to "fix" them so they can live on. Despite his ulterior motives, [[VillainHasAPoint Wily still made a compelling argument]]. One that the heroes end up ''agreeing'' with, even.