Will someone explain to me how "Mega Man X turned the series in a new direction"? Basically, it was exactly the same as the original games, but with animal robot bosses, and wall jumping. I'm sorry, people these days talk about X as if it was God's gift to games, but when it came out, I kept thinking that it was just "same old, same old".
You want a great post-NES MegaMan game? Try "RockMan & Forte" (effectively MegaMan 9), now THAT game had some actually original stuff in it.
coming from you this is humorous. while rockman and forte is nice its only advantage over megaman 8 is bass/trebble as a playable character.
the X series added 2 more playable characters, zero and axel. i agree with shiguma though X4 was the pinacle of the X series though i hear X8 is good. unfortunately X7 gives me painful memories of the following phrase. "burn burn burn to the ground"