Mega Man X

megaman xMega Man X, commonly known as "X", was created by Dr. Thomas Light an unknown amount of years after the Mega Man series. Unlike the original Mega Man, X was a new type of robot with the ability to make his own decisions.

After completing X, Light realized that there was a possibility X might choose to turn against humankind. He also feared that even if X chose a beneficent path in life with regard to human welfare, people would inexorably be unable to accept him, and that X would be viewed as a technological anomaly at best and an abomination at worst. Both would result in X's rejection as the cogent thinking machine Light originally intended him to be. Fearing that his life's work and magnum opus would be destroyed by fearful human beings, Light sealed X away in a diagnostic capsule for over 30 years of testing to make sure he would not choose an evil path in life.

X's capsule was eventually uncovered by an archaeologist named Dr. Cain almost 100 years after X's creation. With X's help, Cain created a legion of new robots that replicated X's free will; these robots were called "Reploids". For a time, everything seemed calm and peaceful.

However, a virus began spreading that caused Reploids to turn against humans. This was due to the fact that X's circuitry was duplicated imperfectly. These Reploids were dubbed "Mavericks", and a force called the Maverick Hunters was formed to combat them. The Maverick Hunters were originally led by Sigma until he, too, became a Maverick. Because of his betrayal and eventual declaration of war against the humans, X took it upon himself to join the Maverick Hunters and current leader Zero, another powerful robot (created by the evil Dr. Wily), on a mission to save Earth from Sigma.

Game Details

Release Date:

December 17, 1993


Super Nintendo


Rare Ltd




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