Last gen, Capcom sold all their Mega Man games individually. This time, they’re giving them all to you at once at a reduced price in the Mega Man Legacy Collection. Capcom announced the new set earlier today.
This is not the first time the Blue Bomber’s NES adventures have been compiled into one place and sold in a package. It also happened ten years ago with the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for Playstation 2. However, this does mark the first time such a collection will be unavailable in disc form because this is a digital-only release) Also, since it’s NES-only, you don’t get Mega Man 7 or 8 like you did with the Anniversary Collection. There’s no Mega Man 9 or 10 either — the collection is real NES, not faux.
Wait, this isn’t sounding very good, is it? We’re gonna need something to sweeten this pot. Capcom is doing so by cramming the collection with loads of special features, way more than in the Anniversary Collection. For those who know each level by heart, a new Challenge Mode will remix the levels from all six games into a more challenging and unpredictable experience. There’s also the Museum Mode which will be the largest collection of behind-the-scenes artwork, concept pieces and information about Mega Man ever assembled.
The compilation is in good hands. Digital Eclipse Software is handling its production, and it’s being led by Frank Cifaldi, a retro game preservation master who once ran lostlevels.org and brought the existence of the lost NES game Bio Force Ape to public attention (which led to a proto version being finally found). I suspect he has nothing to do with the missing games in this collection — he’s just using what Capcom gave him.
The Mega Man Legacy Collection will be available for Playstation 4, XBox and PC later this summer, followed by a Nintendo 3DS version later in the year.