One thing to remember is that there were few options for hints and tips available even via retail means back in the early NES era. You had the Nintendo Tip Line and Nintendo Power and that older kid who lived down the street from you who had a code for Metroid right before Mother Brain. Nowadays every game seems to ship with a strategy guide or has a FAQ up within 24 hours of launch, and the flow of information over the net (not to mention purchaseable cheat code unlocks) can help anyone triangulate a game more quickly regardless of age.
Now to answer the OP - no, an 8 year old would get lit up by Mega Man in this day and age especially since that game didn't have passwords (right?) to save progress.
Trolls will troll. He is a great guest on the Bombcast and picks good movies. His style is a bit different than the rest of the crew but he is still quite good. I take Will in a fight over him, though.
" To be fair I've never played any of those, which is sad since I have a factory sealed copy of Phantom Brave AND the strategy guide stored somewhere in a box. Regardless, FF:T, especially the relocalized remake, is worth stabbing over. "
I ain't raggin' on FFT(though I do dislike the influence it had on SRPG's), I'm just saying Devil Survivor is a better game. You're a bit too late on the whole stabbing thing, though. In case you didn't notice, I was killed a page ago by a gay anime vampire. "
Well I will settle for a quick kick the the ribs of your gay vampire-addled corpse, then. FF:T is everything I wanted in an SRPG - fantastic and involved story, excellent job system, side quests, etc. etc. etc.