Mega Man Legacy Collection (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Lex Firth 12.03.2016

Review for Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS

Is there anyone left who hasn't played a Mega Man game? With an almost 30 year history spanning over 50 games from genres as far-reaching as RPG, card battle, and even football, there remain very few gaming icons with the impact of the famous Blue Bomber. However, in 2016, the franchise has all but died - the last major iteration, 2012's Rockman Xover, never left the East, while the cancellation of the 3DS' Mega Man Legends 3 and the departure of franchise creator Keiji Inafune from Capcom in 2010 has left the series on shaky ground. Enter, then, Mega Man Legacy Collection: a collection of the original six NES platformers that kickstarted the whole thing. Is it enough to satiate long-time fans, or just another in a long line of disappointments? Following on from a look at the PC release, Cubed3 now jumps into the Nintendo 3DS eShop version.

For the uninitiated, Mega Man Legacy Collection features games that are archetypal platformers: they see the titular character running through eight levels in each one, defeating a boss of varying elemental affiliation, and then gaining its weapon for use in later levels. That each boss is weak to another's weapon creates a degree of strategy - more committed players might spend their time working these weaknesses out for themselves, although many will likely use a strategy guide. Overall, the gameplay doesn't offer any major surprises, as is to be expected in such a vintage package, but it's constantly well-crafted and rewarding.

Screenshot for Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS

There is a notable progression in the design from Mega Man to Mega Man 6 - new abilities, namely a slide move and a charge shot, are added in Mega Man 3 and Mega Man 4, respectively, whilst canine sidekick, Rush, gets a range of unlockable functions throughout the series. However, there's never a point where it doesn't feel distinctly "Mega Man." Each outing is as solid as the last, with consistently original level and enemy designs.

It could be said, however, that this package, in particular, is a little too consistent. It's no secret that the series did not end at six games - however, the four following iterations are nowhere to be found here. While there are certainly very few fans who would consider the seventh or eighth releases to be franchise highlights, and Mega Man 9 and 10 are easily available on last generation's consoles, it's still disappointing that Capcom did not think to include them here, especially due to the former two's inclusion on 2004's Mega Man Anniversary Collection.

Screenshot for Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS

There is, however, a range of extras included: a gallery provides an extensive collection of concept art, while the full soundtracks are available in-game. The main draw for fans of the originals will, of course, be the range of time trials; while none of these shake up the gameplay in any way, they offer extensive replay value, and even more are available exclusively on the 3DS version of the collection, provided gamers have the Mega Man amiibo.

The ports themselves run faithfully, although this can often be something of a drawback, as the infamous slowdown rears its ugly head once again. While this is a trait now synonymous with the originals, it's also an incredibly annoying one that can sometimes leads to some unfair deaths, and it would have been nice to play Mega Man as it was no doubt intended.

Screenshot for Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS

However, Mega Man Legacy Collection's main problem is its identity crisis. Who exactly is this package meant for? Old fans may not find themselves satiated by art and music that is already available online, while the Challenge Mode essentially just changes the order of existing set-pieces; series newcomers, on the other hand, can already find the games that are included on the 3DS' Virtual Console, making this collection essentially pointless. It may be a pleasing change to see Capcom recognising its most historic franchise, yet it doesn't quite fit the bill for what fans have been waiting for.

Screenshot for Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Mega Man Legacy Collection is, at its core, a competent collection of six classic titles that every platforming fan - or, indeed, every gamer - should play at some point. However, it doesn't go much further than that. It's a shame that a character with such a lengthy history doesn't quite get that honoured in this package, and while it's a great jumping-on point for those unfamiliar with the Blue Bomber's origins, long-time fans will find little to celebrate here.

Developer

Capcom

Publisher

Capcom

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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