Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 highlights franchise's evolution, retro move
Like so many entertainment avenues, looking back at classics continues to be a source of nostalgia for customers and hopeful sales for companies. Capcom is aiming for both with the release of the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2.
The Blue Bomber returns for four titles, Mega Man 7, 8, 9, and 10, and gives players the original experience from those games from the 1990s on today’s high-powered consoles. With all the joy also comes the frustrations.
Mega Man 7 was originally released for the Super Nintendo System in 1995. Mega Man 8 was released a year later for the original PlayStation.
Mega Man 9 was the first in the series not to have a physical release, only available on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Wii Ware in 2008. Mega Man 10 had a similar digital only release later that same year.
The games are lovingly reproduced in the 8-, 16-, or 32-bit glory and has a collection of historic images that would be great in a gaming museum. What’s weird and always has been is that the order goes 16, 32, 8, 8, as if some odd time travel took place for Mega Man 9 and 10.
More than just remastering, Capcom has added some additional features to make new players and long-time Mega Men still find challenge in the titles.
For those just finding out about the Blue Bomber, there is an optional extra armor setting to reduce damage, and checkpoint saves prevent having to start the whole thing over if you are still learning the rhythm of the game.
Things too easy? A challenge mode will pit you against boss after boss or mix up the stages so you don’t know what’s coming. Take that, memory!
Of course, it wouldn’t be an old school game without a cheat code. At the title screen for Mega Man 9 or 10, press up, down, left, right, left, right, down, up, up, down, and listen for the chime. Congratulations. You’ve just unlocked all the DLC for those titles.
Dr. Wily and the Robot Masters never stood a chance, but then again, they do keep showing back up.
This collection does a great job of showing how the franchise evolved as gaming evolved, but also had the awareness to embrace the 8-bit revolution when it was hot. It is a good challenge for those who remember the fun we had in the 1990s, and it is a great idea for all gamers to interact with one of the most iconic characters ever.
The game is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC (via Steam).