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Mega Man 5: Second Strike

Hack of Mega Man 5


Second Strike intends to offer classic style Mega Man gameplay by drawing into what the author considers to be MM5’s untapped potential.

It includes new stage layouts, altered bosses behaviour, and other gameplay changes (check the readme file for the full list of gameplay changes).

Patch a Mega Man 5 (USA) rom.

Updated to v1.3! Lot’s of improvements and fixes on the hack itself, and fixes and improvement based on the original game (the charge shot charging sound now fades out, etc).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • File: Mega Man 5 (USA).nes
  • CRC32: 5E023291
  • MD5: D7D22BF9 EDFB1646 9975F7F4 D8DA518F
  • SHA1: 1748E9B6 ECFF0C01 DD14ECC7 A48575E7 4F88B778




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User Review Information

Better than the Original

Reviewed By: MagusLOGS on 30 Jun 2022

Mega Man V Second Strike is a Stage redesign Hack with improved Robot Master AI and other minor changes for what i would consider the most forgettable Mega Man game on the NES because it brought nothing new to the franchise except Beat the Bird. The Original Stage design was somehow annoying, the Darkman Robots were uninspired and the final boss was way to easy.

I’ve played the Original version of Mega Man 5 again to make sure this review is accurate.

The Hack fixes what the Original version was lacking. The new redesigned Stages have a excellent gameplay flow without any annoying parts or bad design choices, bugs or glitches. The difficulty for the new Stages is fair and enjoyable, no frame by frame accuracy movement nor Quicksave function is required. The addition of a second path is a nice idea and gives this Hack a identity and adds replay value.

The new Robot Master AI is also a improvement to the Original version as it makes the game more challenging while not taking it over the top. Beginners may have some struggle with the new Robot Master AI at first but its fair and rewarding once you learn the new pattern. Veterans should be able to adapt to the new pattern without any problems.


  • Redesigned Stages with better gameplay flow than the Original
  • More variety in Stages due to the choice of a second path
  • Improved Robot Master AI with more challenging and rewarding boss fights
  • Can be beaten without Quicksave


  • Some Robot Masters could be a bit to difficult for beginners. Veterans should adapt to the difficulty without any problems
  • Big Pets Boss a bit to powerful
  • Final Boss could be more challenging

Played on: puNES 0.101

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Mixed RemixPowerPanda30 Jun 20221.2No
Better than the OriginalMagusLOGS30 Jun 20221.2Yes