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August 25, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Mega Man Legacy Collection salutes the individual games & combines them for a true challenge

Capcom's Mega Man character The Mega Man Legacy Collection from Capcom was released in digital format today. This set includes the first 6 games as a digital download for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Originally these were all released on the NES/Famicom between 1987 and 1994.

However, this collection is much more than just the first six titles. There are a lot of interesting things from artwork to game play options that make this a really great release. A complete database will let you peruse all the villans, their weapons and the best ways to defeat them.

A wonderful Collection of artwork, including concept pieces, can be viewed in Museum Mode. Challenge Mode takes select portions from all 6 games and presents them to you as a challenge - complete with all the weapons from that game!

Capcom's Mega Man Legacy Collection From Capcom's website:
Mega Man Legacy Collection is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcoms iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will feature all six games and much more.

Combining the Power of the Individual Games

This seems like a great collection of games that has been curated to add a great deal of value. The awesomeness of amalgamating retro games is to be able to enjoy them individually, but also collectively. The sum of the parts can add up to something amazing with a more powerful experience than delivered by the original cartridges.

The database that outlines all the villands and weapons is tremendous, but pales compared to the Challenge Mode that conjoins game play from all the games into a challenge. THAT is what makes such a compilation better than it's individual components themselves. This colection takes into account the power of the individual gmes and their combination. Love it!

Capcom's Mega Man NES

Why Stop at #6?

I assumed that this collection was comprised of Mega Man 1 through 6 as this covered the NES/Famicom releases. A notion on the PlayStation Blog suggested the title choices had more to do with developer Digital Eclipse's method of accurately bringing the exact NES experience to other platforms only works for the NES titles. I don't know enough about this technology, but they assert that there is no porting or emulation. It's an interesting read - check it out.

I read an interesting story about the artist who did the original cover. As the story went, he was tasked with creating the cover art from the 8-bit sprite for mega Man. Typically, an artist would create the character and it would then be translated in a game sprite. Due to the lack of detail in the sprite, the artist was unaware of the robotic apendage as opposed to carrying a gun. Interesting story - anyone know if it's accurate?

BTW - I'm excited to learn this collection will come to the Nintendo 3DS with next year's (2016) physical media release.

Capcom's Mega Man NES

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