Mega Man’s 30th-anniversary celebration doesn’t have time to wait for the snail-paced reveal of the Switch’s Virtual Console. Capcom and the Blue Bomber have come out in full support of the Nintendo Switch with a healthy offering of the entire classic line-up this coming May.
Both the Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 have received a confirmed release date of May 22.
Mega Man Legacy Collection will retail for $14.99 and it contains the six original NES Classics, Mega Man through Mega Man 6. As for Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, it will set you back $19.99, but it contains all of the non-NES games, including Mega Man 7 from the Super Nintendo, Mega Man 8 from the PlayStation, and Mega Man 9 and 10 from the Wii/Xbox 360/PlayStation 3.
Following in their wake, Capcom is also set to release Mega Man 11 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC later this year, and a Mega Man X Legacy Collection is also in the works. It is expected to be released over two separate packages, but details have not yet been confirmed.
Where to get started?
If you are new to Mega Man and are a recent recruit into thirty fun years of blasting Robot Masters, then having ten games available at once might make entering the series seem like a daunting task. This is especially true if you make the rookie mistake of starting with the original Mega Man.
That game is stupidly unfair and is much better to approach once you’ve found a knack for Mega Man’s rules, physics, and enemy patterns.
Instead, as most fans would agree, Mega Man 2 is the clear winner of the best place to start. It provides an easy mode if the series’ blistering levels crush you too easily, and even the normal difficulty level provides a much more fair challenge than its predecessor. Don’t forget, Mega Man 2 is the owner of one of gaming’s most recognized and celebrated soundtracks of all time.
After Mega Man 2, the rest are fair game. Mega Man 3 is almost as good, and Mega Man 6 adds some much needed and overlooked evolution to the formula. Mega Man 9‘s balance between being both a throwback to the older games and a masterpiece of modern day retro design probably makes it the objective best.
Mega Man 7 is great for those who love the Super Nintendo, and Mega Man 8 speaks worlds to those raised in the bubblegum, color bursting glory of late 90’s Japanese pop-culture.
No matter where you end up, each game in the classic series is a fantastic game, and Mega Man rightfully remains an icon of the video game industry all these years.