Mega Man 9 - complete video guide

If you’re here, odds are you’ve had your ass handed to you a dozen or so times by one of the toughest games 2008 has to offer. Make no mistake, Mega Man 9 is one hell of a challenge, but with our handy guide there’s no way Tornado’s Man stage will give you any more guff. Unless you just plain suck, that is.

Here’s our suggested path for the bosses:

And now on to the actual guide, with video clips of every possible tricky spot and boss battle. We won’t give away any plot points or reveal the ending, but we will be showing every single boss, including the final confrontation.

No turbo controllers were used in the recording of this guide.

The series’ first lady-bot is also your first stop in Mega Man 9. Her level is straightforward and easy, save for a set of complicated platform jumps near the end. The video shows you what to do, plus the bubble section that gave us some grief the first time we played.

Splash herself is way simple – just shoot down her fish friends as they spawn and let her have it as she ascends to the top of the screen. Hornet Man deals more damage, but the Buster will do just fine.

Concrete’s another pushover, provided you can get past the super-obnoxious elephants near the beginning. Our video reveals the tricky jump pattern you’ll have to use. Beyond that, this one’s cake.

Mr. Man fires sticky slabs of concrete that’ll immobilize Mega Man, leaving you open for smash attacks from the surprisingly speedy robot master. Just avoid his charges as the video shows, fire with the Splash Trident and you’ll do fine.

Another fairly easy level. The only hang-ups you might see are the teleporters scattered throughout, but we’re betting by now you’re good enough with jumping to breeze on by. Also look out for those grabby heli-bots halfway through; they’ll snatch Mega Man and drag him into nearby pits or spikes. Use the Rush Coil to nab a 1up early in the level.

Galaxy Man’s pattern leaves him open for plenty of Concrete blasts. Even while he has a Gravity Bomb going off you can turn around, shoot one block at him and turn back the other way, resisting the pull. A few shots later and you’re off to the next stage. By now you should have enough bolts to purchase Energy Tanks, and we’d recommend doing so, but leave enough for a pair of Spike Boots.

We just mentioned a pair of Spike Boots – be sure to enter Jewel’s level with ‘em, cause there’s one extremely nasty jump near the end. To beat the rock miniboss, always run to the far right of the screen and run left as the ceiling collapses. That way, when he falls down, he’ll be all the way to the right and you’ll be on the left with plenty of space to fire. Don’t forget to jump just before he hits the ground.

Jewel Man jumps in unison with Mega Man. Tap the jump button so you barely rise, yet he’ll pass right over. Fire the Black Hole Bomb to suck away his shield and deal lots of hurt. Soon enough he’ll be gone.

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  • UltimateIdiot911 - October 1, 2008 8:12 p.m.

    Hey, I figure a way to get the SplashWoman video to work. Click on preferences and change your bandwidth. I changed it to T1 and it worked.
  • blankpixelsCG - September 25, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    Only 2 diggs? Really?
  • JetPilot - September 24, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    I've tried it on both of my computers using Firefox and Internet Explorer. It doesn't work no matter how I try it. Every other video works just fine though.
  • Ravenbom - September 24, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    Yeah, the video for Splash Woman is still messed up, ends at the midlevel checkpoint. Not like her stage is hard, and she's not too hard either, but still, since she's the first robot master you guys suggest going after, it's going to be the first video everyone watches.
  • KREATIVEassassin - September 24, 2008 3:18 a.m.

    I still think Mega Man 5 is harder than this. Wow! The captcha I had to type in to post this was "2d beginnings!"
  • ELpork - September 24, 2008 2:57 a.m.

    Yay mega man..... WHOOOOOOO
  • slickmcwilly - September 23, 2008 11:42 p.m.

    it's supposed to. i think.
  • Gourdmaster - October 15, 2008 12:51 a.m.

    Do you think i would like this game if i have never played a mega man game in my life.
  • fffliiippper - October 4, 2008 6:37 a.m.

    this game is kicking my ass but im having a blast playing it.
  • blankpixelsCG - October 4, 2008 12:39 a.m.

    The easiest way to beat the 2nd elephant on Concrete Man's level is to stay close to him, jump over the ball as it's sucked in, and run under it when he begins to bounce it. You have to keep as close to him a possible without touching him.
  • vakapi - October 2, 2008 8:03 p.m.

    The blob at the end of the 3rd Dr. Wily level is weak against the gravity bomb. Set the bomb off right before the eye leaves the blob and it will move through it on its own. Only takes about 5 or 6 hits to kill if I remember right.
  • Patius - September 29, 2008 1:09 a.m.

    This game is fun. I did it starting with Galaxy Man. (who is influenced by Gravity beatle)
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 28, 2008 1:53 a.m.

    Update: Trying Splash from several different locations and machines, works about 90% of the time (Firefox and IE) but does barf here and there. Looking into it.
  • EvilCheerio - September 26, 2008 7:50 a.m.

    Um, for anyone who isn't crazy skilled with the R jet you can also hit those magma collumn things with the cement shot to freeze them for about 5 seconds
  • JetPilot - September 25, 2008 12:44 p.m.

    So, I guess we're not going to be getting a working Splash Woman video. That's a big disappointment.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 24, 2008 5:42 p.m.

    How strange, I'm watching it now, totally fine. It works for some people and not for others. I'll check around and see what's up, but right now I have noooo idea what's causing this.
  • wharcraff - September 24, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    If this games gets good sales, which seems more than likely are we looking at a sequel? and if so will it be a 8/16/32 bit excursion.
  • JetPilot - September 24, 2008 3:50 a.m.

    Will someone at Games Radar PLEASE upload a working video for Splash Woman? Thanks!
  • Da_Wetman - September 24, 2008 3:49 a.m.

    Is there any plans for Megaman 9 to be distributed in retail stores? It just gives me major butthurt that I have buy it from online store, of which I have no console internet connection.
  • JetPilot - September 24, 2008 12:44 a.m.

    Every other video ends with the Games Radar lead-out...Splash Woman does not. It just stops. In addition, the video timer is inaccurate and the scroll bar is unusable, which leads me to believe that the FLV file is corrupted in some form or another.