Mega Man Legacy Collection brings nostalgic lemon-slinging to new platforms

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It wasn’t long ago that I joked about Capcom bringing its fabled blue bomber back – by way of a damned cartoon. It’s been years since Capcom themselves have released a game featuring the little lemon-slinging robot boy who could, and it would be lovely to see him back on screen, making people want to throw their controllers at walls in frustration. Well, Capcom’s finally releasing a Mega Man game. Or rather, a collection of them. Announced yesterday, Capcom’s Mega Man Legacy Collection brings the 6 NES games to modern platforms.

Mega Man Legacy Collection hits Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year (20XX), bringing a sort of remastered bundle of the first 6 Mega Man games to a new generation of gamers – or likely, a bunch of nostalgic old farts like myself.

The games will be running on a brand new engine, though feature the exact same gameplay we’re all used to. For some reason or other, they’re making the 8 bit games run at 1080p, and are adding modern contrivances like achievements, challenges, replays and leaderboards, so you can try to out-Mega Man your friends. It’ll also feature an exhaustive museum and database of enemies, allowing you to practice before going against them in the game proper.

It’s being made as a restoration project by the chaps at Digital Eclipse.

“Movies have the Criterion Collection, but there hasn’t been anything like that for games,” said Frank Cifaldi, Head of Restoration for Digital Eclipse. “We’re living in the golden age of a brand new form of artistic expression, and we’re not doing a very good job of making sure our games will be available five years from now, let alone fifty. The more we can do right now to take video game preservation seriously, the safer our history will be.”

And honestly, as much of a fan as I am of Mega Man, I don’t really see the point much. For once, I’m happy to say Mehga Man myself. These 6 games are easily playable through both grey and wholly legal means. If, however, they allowed us to tinker with games a little – like adding charged shots and slides to the first games, I’d be keen to experience the wonder and frustration of Mega Man all over again.

Last Updated: June 9, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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