As part of the ongoing 25th anniversary celebration for their legendary Mega Man franchise, Capcom announced during last week’s San Diego Comic-Con that they will soon be bringing every single Game Boy and Game Boy Color Mega Man title to the 3DS Virtual Console. While the company has not locked down any exact dates, we can expect to see the following Mega Man titles hit the 3DS Virtual Console throughout the rest of 2013:
– Mega Man II
– Mega Man III
– Mega Man IV
– Mega Man V
– Mega Man Xtreme
– Mega Man Xtreme 2
Mega Man IV and V are especially notable in that they are often celebrated by fans for being two of the best classic Mega Man titles of all time. Mega Man V, in particular, stands out for considerably switching up a gameplay formula that, at that point, had become all too familiar to series fans: for example, instead of his trusty Mega Buster, Mega Man’s basic weapon is the Mega Arm, a detachable fist that can be upgraded to home in on and grab enemies. Also, Mega Man V is the only Game Boy title in the Classic series that is a fully original adventure instead of a mash-up of two of the series’ NES titles. In it, Mega Man faces down a new threat from space in the form of the Stardroids, nine robot warriors named after the (then) nine planets in our solar system. It also happens to be the only Classic series Mega Man title in which Dr. Wily isn’t the final boss! It and its portable brethren are titles that have been difficult to find and play legitimately for a long time now, so fans of the series and of excellent 2D platformers in general will want to check them out when they hit the 3DS eShop later this year.
Mega Man Xtreme and Xtreme 2 fulfill similar roles for the Mega Man X series, being portable takes on X and Zero’s adventures that mix elements of the console-based Mega Man X games: Xtreme combines elements from Mega Man X and X2, while the slightly more original Xtreme 2 acts as a prequel to X4 and mixes in elements from X2 and X3, while bringing a playable Zero and an original ability upgrade system to the table.
Ultimately, it’s been quite a wait: the original Mega Man title for Game Boy, Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge, hit the 3DS Virtual Console shortly after the eShop’s launch, leaving fans to wonder if or when the remaining titles would ever hit the service. Now that it’s finally happening (and at quite a fitting time, considering it’s the Blue Bomber’s 25th anniversary this year), fans have a lot to look forward to! No price points for the upcoming games have been announced yet, but I’d say $5 is a good bet, since that seems to be the going rate for 3DS Virtual Console games that belong to classic, fan-favorite franchises.
Capcom also left fans with a final parting tease, saying that they will be making additional Virtual Console announcements soon — could Wii U Virtual Console releases of Mega Man 5, 6, 7, X2, and X3 be on the way as well? We’ll know soon enough, but the question likely on all fans’ minds is not one of more Virtual Console re-releases, but of new games: will Mega Man’s 25th anniversary finally culminate in the announcement of an entirely new, original adventure for one of the many iterations of Mega Man? Let’s hope so!
(Source: The Mega Man Network)