Platforms: Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), Xbox One, PS4
Released: May 22, 2018
Copy supplied by publisher
The Mega Man series is one of Capcom’s most iconic franchises with the Blue Bomber making his debut on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 and appearing in over 50 games since. Known as Rockman in Japan the series is known among gamers for some of the best and most challenging platforming in video game history. The first six games in the main series were released on the NES while Mega Man 7 was the lone 16-bit entry on the Super Nintendo. Mega Man 8 was a 32-bit release for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1997, and Mega Man 9 and 10 received a multi-platform release for consoles such as the Xbox 360, PS3, and the Nintendo Wii. Capcom released the Mega Man Legacy Collection for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015 which included the first six games in the series with a 3ds port coming in 2016. The Capcom Legacy Collection 2 came to consoles and PC in 2017 and included the final four games in the main series. Many fans of the Mega Man series consider the Nintendo console to be the proper home for the superb platformer and with the release of the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 on the Nintendo Switch gamers will finally get the opportunity to experience the series on Nintendo’s latest hardware.
The Nintendo Switch eShop release of Mega Man Legacy Collection will cost $14.99, while Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will set you back $19.99. The physical copy retails for $39.99 and includes the first collection on the game card, as well as a download code for Legacy Collection 2. The main attraction here is the Mega Man Legacy Collection which features some of the best games in the series with Mega Man 2 and 3 considered by most to be the best the franchise has to offer. Legacy Collection 2 features a few entries that many gamers may have missed and provides an interesting look at the evolution of the series through several console generations. The inclusion of Mega Man 9 and 10 is a welcome one as it was a return to the classic 8-bit style of the first six games that were released in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
The whole package is wrapped up in a clean and simple interface that is easy to navigate. Both collections feature a variety of visual options including several aspect ratios as well as multiple filters which replicate older TVs and monitors. If you are like me and prefer to play the games in their original aspect ratio you can toggle a border which often features some excellent artwork to fill the rest of the screen. Capcom have opted to leave the games “as is” complete with slowdown and flickering sprites. I think that this was the right move although I would have appreciated a few enhancements to gameplay such as being able to switch between sub weapons with a simple button press.
The Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 runs well on the Nintendo Switch in both handheld and docked mode with no noticeable issues aside from those that are intended. I played the game predominantly in the handheld mode with a modded left Joy-Con that included a proper d-pad. I would recommend playing these games with either the pro controller or a third party solution as the stock Joy-Con’s analog stick and pseudo d-pad just don’t cut it. The Mega Man Legacy Collection 1+2 is a pretty good value for the price point and I like the idea of being able to purchase the packages separately. Having the ability to able to play through the entire Mega Man series on a Nintendo handheld is a real treat and brought me back to my childhood after-school gaming sessions on the NES. These classic games are worth the price of entry on the Nintendo Switch even if you already own them on several platforms.