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We're not sure which in-game parameters have been tweaked or how enemies have been modified, but Capcom has somehow managed to make its retro-vitalized platformer, Mega Man 9, even more challenging. If you're the sort who enjoys having your confidence smashed to a squirming pulp and would gladly pay for the privilege, the second round of Mega Man 9 DLC is sure to be right up your trap-laden alley.

Three downloadable $1 packs arrive on the WiiWare Channel today (XBLA and PSN versions following on October 21st and October 23rd, respectively), adding a Special Time Attack Stage, Hard Mode and Expert Mode, which "triples the level of difficulty from the default Mega Man 9 game." Need more? Rumor has it that next week will see the release of Ultra Expert Mode, which issues crippling electric shocks via the controller every time you plummet down a bottomless pit.

Full descriptions of the DLC can be found after the break.


Hard Mode – Dubbed Hero Mode in Japan, this mode enables you to play the entire game on an increased difficulty level with alternate enemy distribution and spawning points. Hard Mode is not compatible with Rankings or Challenges Modes.

Expert Mode – Dubbed Super Hero Mode Japan, this mode represents the apex of Mega Man 9 difficulty settings and is not for the novice Mega Man 9 player. This mode triples the level of difficulty from the default Mega Man 9 game. Expert Mode is not compatible with Rankings or Challenges Modes.

Special Time Attack Stage – This DLC gives you an additional stage for Time Attack Mode, complete with an all new level and Robot Master Boss, "Fake Man." Similar in difficulty to the Willy Stages, players will have a fun time tackling this time sensitive competitive stage. Special Time Attack Stage is not compatible with Challenge Mode.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.