Mega Man Bass

Capcom and Nintendo have combined their powers for another annual “Mega May,” in which we get blasted with a rush of classic Mega Man games for the Wii U Virtual Console.

One Mega Man game will be released per week throughout the month. You just can’t get enough of that Blue Bomber. Let’s take a gander at the line-up Capcom has planned.

  • Mega Man & Bass
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue/White
  • Mega Man Zero 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun / Blue Moon

The dates have not yet been set, but Capcom Unity is encouraging fans to vote for the order. Polls close on May 7.

It might look like we are scraping the barrel a bit here, but bear with me for a second. This selection is home to two really good games. Mega Man & Bass could very well have been Mega Man 9, but Capcom chose to publish it as a spin-off title. Why is that? Because it was released for the Super Famicom in Japan… in 1998. Seriously, who’s main gaming platform in 1998 was a Super Nintendo? Nobody’s!

Mega Man 8 already debuted on the PlayStation and SEGA Saturn by that point as well. It’s a very solid Mega Man game but a weird release idea nonetheless. I’m glad we finally got it for the Game Boy Advance in the States, and this is the version you can play on the Wii U starting next month.

Mega Man Zero 2 is also the best of the four Mega Man Zero games. It finds the perfect balance between its difficulty, level design, and exciting weapons. This is one not to be passed.

As for Mega Man Battle Network 3 and 4, I’ve never played them. The sub-series is actually a lot of fun and one of the most venerable portable RPGs this side of Pokemon. However, I backed off from it after the second game. If you are a fan, they are there.

We are nearing a point where almost every Mega Man is available at the push of a button. Of course, Mega Man 8 and the Mega Man Legends games seem like a lost cause, but you never know. Maybe Capcom’s bureaucratic issues with them will magically evaporate, and we can blast through the entire series on our shiny modern consoles.