When Capcom said it was going to focus on classic remasters, I had no idea it was going to dig this far back! The Osaka based publisher has decided to dig way back to its NES days to bring the first six Mega Man games to the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One in the Mega Man Legacy Collection.
All three packages will be available for $14.99 this summer, and a Nintendo 3DS version will be released later this week. Of course, all six games are available through the Nintendo 3DS’ Virtual Console, but they are bare-bone ports without the extras offered in this collection. They are also crippled by the Virtual Console’s inability to remap buttons to modern standards.
Digital Eclipse Software, the company behind the SEGA Genesis Collection, is working on this bundle, and likens it to a Criterion Collection blu-ray.
“Movies have the Criterion Collection, but there hasn’t been anything like that for games. 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.”
This Legacy Collection will also add Leaderboards, challenge mode, and a database of character art and designs for fans to pour through.
MMLC will sport an exhaustive collection of sketches, art and other visual materials that help put you in that 1987~1992 time period. Part of this game’s goal is the preservation of history, and the folks at Digital Eclipse are scanning items at absurdly high resolutions to make them as clean and clear as possible.
Sounds like a purchase for me! Capcom is finally getting back to business with Mega Man, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This news follows a busy “Mega May” during which Capcom brought the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man Battle Network games to Wii U Virtual Console and brightened my day by bringing digital versions of Mega Man 8 and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne to PSN.
As for a PS Vita release, there is nothing official on it yet, but the first four games are available as PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Store already.
No Mega Man 5 though, but seriously? Who wants to play Mega Man 5?