Hello friends Tim here again from Super Mayhem bringing you some absolutely mad hax bro!
It’s no secret that I enjoy a bit of game hacking action and after looking at my back catalogue of videos I could hardly believe I hadn’t covered the classic Mega Man 2 video game! So what else am I meant to do but make a video/article about it. Which this is. I guess.
Scroll to the very bottom of this post to check out this article in video form!
Anyway, released in Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System way back on December 24th 1988, this action platformer blew people away! It received critical acclaim and was praised for its improvement over the first game with its audio, visuals and even its game play. It has since seen many re-releases on several consoles and even mobile phones! Quite a few critics still claim Mega Man 2 as being the best game in the Mega Man series and even go as far as saying it’s one of the greatest video games of all time! Not bad, hey! Oh, and that’s not even mentioning that it is the bestselling Mega Man game from the series, with more than 1.5 million copies sold around the world.
Mega Man 2 nearly didn’t exist either! Because of the poor reception of the first game Capcom executives were hesitant to green light a sequel. Luckily the director, Akira Kitamura, kind of hassled the Capcom Vice-President to get permission to make the game. Finally the dev team was given permission, as long as they worked concurrently on other projects as well. This alone speaks loudly about the success of Mega Man 2 as it wasn’t even the companies main focus at the time!
In April 2004, the artist and director Keiji Inafune was quoted as saying “So we, of our own accord, got together, spent our own time, we worked really, really hard, you know, just 20-hour days to complete this, because we were making something we wanted to make. Probably in all my years of actually being in a video game company, that was the best time of my working at Capcom, because we were actually working toward a goal, we were laying it all on the line, we were doing what we wanted to do. And it really showed in the game, because it’s a game, once again, that we put all our time and effort and love, so to speak, into it, designing it”.
I’m super glad all their hardwork and love that went into the game paid off, still to this day!
If you want to know a bit more about Mega Man 2 then check out the review Houdini Fontmeister did on his channel!
Anyway, that’s enough background about this masterpiece, let’s try and break it with the game genie now! So smash that thumbs up button and be sure to subscribe with notifications on if you love game hacking action too! Also Please note that when using the Game Genie with Mega Man 2 the music tends to go a bit crazy, so headphone users please beware in parts!
Lucky for us there are actually quite a few stock standard Mega Man 2 game genie codes in the old book. These range from infinite lives to moon walking, which is pretty awesome! Stick around till later in the video where I cover some more crazy non-standard codes, you do not want to miss them!
For infinite lives just enter the code SXUGTPVG at your game genie screen and off you go without having to worry about those lives disappearing. It’s just about a staple cheat in any game but in Mega Man 2 this is super handy. There are a couple of other lives codes that start you with 1, 6 or 9 lives, but there isn’t much else to say about these except that they exist and can add to or relieve some of the games difficulty without that infinite edge.
Another good stock standard code to try is SXXTPSSE which gives you infinite energy! This is an awesome cheat as essentially you can’t die, at least I couldn’t find a way to. It also works extremely well with the “burst fire from normal weapons” code which is LZVSSZYZ, which lets you blast your way through enemies like it’s no mans business! I did get a bit stuck waiting for a lift to arrive though which leads nicely into our next lot of codes.
Jumping is a major part of Mega Man, whether it’s evading enemies or just trying to not fall into a pit of doom jumping will help you out. There are actually some interesting stock standard game genie codes to help with jumps too! Like the code TANAOZGA which gives you “Power Jumps”. This is quite helpful as essentially you jump higher than usual, making evasion of enemies and platform reaching that little bit easier. There is a couple of variations on this code like the Super Power Jumps (AANAOZGE) which I didn’t test and also Mega Power Jumps (APNAOZGA) which I did try out. My advice would be to be careful with this one because the moment you hit jump you blast off the screen like nobody’s business! In fact it’s so intense I’m not sure how useful it is! On the Metal Man stage I could jump up into the cogs but then getting passed those dropping crushing things was just a night mare. My usual personal favourite jumping code is the classic “Moonwalking” cheat. However I was a bit disappointed with the Mega Man version of this code as it wasn’t what I was expecting. If you enter in PGEAKOPX in your Game Genie screen your left and right controls will be swapped around and you just kind of slide around the screen. Usually this code allows you to float through the air by repeatedly hitting the jump button! This kind of code must be a favourite for developers as it’s available in just about every NES game with the help of the old genie. But for some reason it’s not the same in Mega Man. You are better off sticking with the Mega Power Jumps cheat if you want insane jumping abilities!
That about covers the default codes, but there is a whole other world full of fan discovered cheats that we get to explore too!
Do you find it a bit too difficult to reach the bosses in Mega Man 2? If so the Game Genie code ZEOAZAAA might just be for you! This cheat let’s you start the level just before the boss room, which is pretty handy if you want to just pwn the game. If you want even less of a challenge you can either combine it with the code OZXXITSV or use it on its own, either way this cheat code lets you kill bosses in just one hit! Even if that damn leaf man gets in a quick shot before you can, you can still take that bugger down in just one shot! These are pretty neat cheats I must say.
You can take this even further believe it or not! For example you can make Woodman just stand there and do nothing after he shoots his initial leaves with the code PGZETV! That will stop him from getting in that 1 hit…unless you jump into him a few times. Or you could just use the cheat OKEETO which automatically defeats bosses when you enter a stage, which really save time but kind of defeats the purpose of playing mega man 2. This is a pretty classic cheat when playing the Metal Man stage as you slide down the pit on the conveyer belt as you magically pass the boss.
If you are interested in obtaining all of the weapons without going through the hassle of beating every boss, there is actually a way! If you enter the code PAIPIZ everything will appear as normal. However once you obtain a weapon capsule you will be able to select invisible items from your menu! This is pretty awesome I must say. I did have to cheat a bit as I am terrible at Mega Man 2 so I used the infinite energy hack but once I got that weapon capsule I had a good play around with the different abilities!
There are a few weapon tricks I didn’t try but I think would be helpful so I thought I’d mention them for those that want to try them.
AESSVZZA – Infinite Air Shooter
POSIVSON – Infinite Atomic Fire (even if you charge!)
AEESOLGA – Infinite Crash Bomber
PTVTZPVK – Infinite Flash Stopper – However the creator Zazer adds that it’s not a great idea; do not walk into a boss fight with the FS running or it’s game over for you!
AANISGZA – Infinite Item 1
PTKTALVK – Infinite Item 3
AAVIXYLA – Infinite Leaf Shield
PVKSOLVK – Infinite Metal Gear
PTVSNLVK – Infinite Quick Boomerang
Give these a go and see how they work for you pro gamers!
There are actually a bunch of interesting codes that change the appearance of Mega Man too! These range from LPEIGUGZ which gives you purple arms for some reason, to YAEIILPO which just changes Mega Man’s colours randomly, I seem to get a beautiful shade of 1988 blue goodness. I kinda like it.
There is also a weird cheat that for some strange reasons shows birds on the boss previews before levels start! Enter in your Game Genie PVNALOPX and there ya have it, some flappin birds or fish or something at the boss shot.
And today I will leave you with one weird NES code, IKAAAE, it’s kind of a well-known code for game genie lovers as it does things to NES games. However in Mega Man 2 it seems to glitch the stage selection screen for some reason but it also thankfully stops the music from playing. I’ve been trying to save you from the sound carnage when I could but this game has some horrible music when using the game gene. Compare this…to this sweet sweet silence.
And that’s just about it for today friends; I hope you enjoyed Hacking Mega Man 2 with me on the NES! All of these cheats will be put on SuperMayhem.com for you to enjoy, I’ll leave a link to that in the description below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel with notifications on, smash that thumbs up button if you can and leave a comment below about Mega Man, Nintendo or anything really, I just want someone to talk to! And that’s it for today friends, Bye!