In the year 20XX I played Mega Man X for the CartridgeClub on my WiiU virtual console. Nothing can top the feeling of playing a game with a community of friends and everyone trading tips and tricks. I made it all the way to the final boss of this SNES platforming jewel, but was never able to put that final nail in Sigma's coffin. You see my brother got all the skill when it comes to jumping and shooting, all I got was the lousy tee shirt.
After the month passed I never expected to get back to the Blue Bomber's first foray on the SNES, even though I had added the cartridge to my want list. Then along came the RetroPie and everything changed.
Now I know the WiiU virtual console, like the RetroPie, also has save states, but until recently I felt like that was cheating. As if using them would somehow lessen my enjoyment of the game. Boy was I wrong! Mega Man X was the first game I completed on my fancy new toy and every second of it was pure bliss. Gone was the stress of starting a level over again, no more would I have the hassle of writing down a password. I saved after every boss fight and again in the stages right before attempting those mid level champs and final robot masters. Am I ashamed? Shit no. I got to experience this entire game from start to finish including all the upgrades.
The music, some of the best in gaming history, sounded just as good. The graphics, those gorgeous sprites that were crafted with such detail and love, all looked just as amazing. Stage design lost none of its charm, whether it was underwater, in the air or deep underground.
Bottom line is I loved this game when I played it as a kid, when I played it with the Club and even more so when I beat it using save states and a walk through. I'm not ashamed anymore and I'm happy to say that I'll keep knocking off these classics in my own time, on my own terms.
I recommend you do the same. Play how you want, when you want. No apologies, no regrets. Now if you need me I'll be over here listening to that Spark Mandrill music, because you just can't top those beats.