While all is quiet here on the western front, PlayStation Network in Japan has received all kinds of love from Capcom in the form of classic PlayStation Mega Man games! Beyond the original NES classics’ PlayStation ports, a whole new batch of the Blue Bomber’s best and brightest 32-bit games have officially become “digital” for the first time.
Which do we mean? Well, the latest line-up to hit the service includes Mega Man 8, Mega Man Battle & Chase, and the hook-line-and-sinker of the bunch, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. While I could live without Battle & Chase in my life for another 30 years, it is in Mega Man 8 and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne where most of my jealousy is aimed.
Mega Man 8 isn’t the best game in the series, but its legendarily awful voice acting gives it a lot of charm in this day and age. As for The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, well, I’d take just about anything regarding Mega Man Legends anymore. This spin-off game of a spin-off sub-series is all about block puzzles and drop dead humor with the delightfully villainous Servbots, but it also stands tall as a wonderful example of how Japanese video game publishers used to be able to be more risky with their money.
Man, I sure do miss the 1990s Japanese bubble economy!
Capcom is also porting Mega Man X4 and Mega Man X5, but I don’t have to be jealous of those releases because we already have them!
I know it’s a long shot, but I would still love to see Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Legends 2, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, and Mega Man 8 released on the PlayStation Network in the states. Disagreements between Capcom and the Canadian voice acting union it went through back in the day are holding those releases up. Isn’t it wonderful when gamers suffer because of bureaucratic nonsense beyond our control?
However, now that Suikoden II is live and widely available for the first time in its history, I feel just about anything is possible these days! Let’s go Capcom! Drop a few bucks on the voice acting rights, and lets just get this enormous elephant out of the room! If this happens, then all is forgiven in regards to Mega Man’s other missteps over the years. Even Mega Man Legends 3. I promise!