Capcom has announced that they will be releasing a Mega Man Legacy Collection for the PS4, XBox One, and PC later this summer, and 3DS later this year. This includes the NES Mega Man titles, along with some extras such as a challenge mode and a museum mode, which will allow you to see concept artwork and other related media.
Wow! Capcom remembers that they have Mega Man as an IP!
Several years ago, Capcom released the Mega Man Anniversary Collection which included Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, as well as two arcade releases, Mega Man the Power Battle and Mega Man the Power Fighters. The Mega Man Anniversary Collection wasn’t a terrible collection if you weren’t a purist, but there were very irritating differences from the original releases that superfans like myself found rage-worthy. One of the big problems was that the music wasn’t incorporated into the games very well at all. Capcom didn’t take the time to properly loop the music, so you’d reach a point were the music would fade out, then start back up again. It was jarring and poorly implemented. Also, some music tracks that were present in the original games were taken out completely or replaced with tracks from other portions of the game. These releases were sloppy, and hardcore Mega Man fans noticed. If you weren’t as diehard as those superfans, you’d likely not notice too much, and you had an enjoyable collection of great games to play.
Hopefully, Capcom does it right this time, and the games aren’t transferred as poorly as they were on the Anniversary Collection, which was released for the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube. I’m going to wager a guess that these will be very good ports. My problem with this announcement is that it seems nothing more than a cheap way to cash in on all the hype surrounding Mighty No. 9, a game that is being spearheaded by the man behind the original Mega Man titles, Keiji Inafune. Mighty No. 9 is being touted as the spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise. It looks like an incredibly fun game and should sell very well when it releases in September this year. Capcom, which has been releasing a lot of hot garbage in the last few years, could really have wowed everyone by announcing a new Mega Man game. After multiple canceled Mega Man titles, they continue to try and hype the fact that they are digitally releasing old Mega Man games. A lot of these games are already available to gamers on last generation consoles as downloadable titles. The original Mega Man series is already available on the Wii U, the 3DS, and the Playstation Network on PS3 and Sony’s handhelds. While this will be a package of the first 6 titles for one price, it still doesn’t seem to be anything more than a cash grab.
I’m not confident that Capcom will do anything else with the Mega Man franchise at this point. I imagine they’ll hold onto the IP and use it as an influx of money anytime they need some extra consumer dollars. We’ll see releases of Mega Man 9 and 10 on the current generation consoles before we see a new Mega Man game. I was hopeful that something would have been announced after hearing about the confirmation of a Mega Man cartoon slated for 2017. Maybe I’m being negative, and we’re just a few months away from a Mega Man 11 or Mega Man X9 announcement. Who knows? Until then, I’ll be banking on Mighty No. 9 as my robotic run and gun platforming series.