I am terrible at Mega Man games. Back in the '80s, I used to play Mega Man II at my friend's house, and despite numerous attempts, I could never get very far.
But don't get me wrong: I can do old-school difficult games. Just not Mega Man, unfortunately.
I am forced to confront old-school Mega Man again with the Mega Man: Legacy Collection for the Nintendo 3DS. This latest Blue Bomber compilation from Capcom gathers NES-era Mega Man games I to VI.
It packages the games along with an enemy database, a challenge mode and an exhaustive museum of sketches, art and other visual materials. If you get the Collector's Edition, you get bonus goodies, including an exclusive Gold Mega Man amiibo. (Its functionality isn't any different from the standard Mega Man amiibo, however.)
There isn't much to say about the collection beyond that the Mega Man games included are all retro classics — and remain tough as nails, requiring trial-and-error and a memorization of a particular order in which you defeat the robot masters. The extras are also significant for die-hard fans, even if you already own the games on another platforms.
As there are many formats of the game available to Nintendo 3DS owners, I thought I should add this footnote. The title is much cheaper as a digital download at $18.99 on the Canadian Nintendo eShop. (It's also much cheaper than buying the Virtual Console originals individually, as they run for $4.99 each.)
If you want to buy the physical copy of the game, you're paying a significant premium at $39.99 Canadian. If you're interested in the Collector's Edition, which includes an exclusive Gold Mega Man amiibo figure, that'll cost you $59.99 Canadian. (Poor amiibo collectors, you're paying about $40 to get the amiibo above the game's lowest purchase price.)
About Robert J. Ballantyne
Robert J.Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star.