Mega Mania

I just noticed that Capcom’s “Release Dates” page shows a November 17 date for the release of the Mega Man X Collection for GameCube and PlayStation 2. The X Collection will contain the full library of side-scrolling Mega Man X games–X through X6. I’m really looking forward to getting this, as I’m on a little mission to conquer every Mega Man game known to man…

I just noticed that Capcom’s “Release Dates” page shows a November 17 date for the release of the Mega Man X Collection for GameCube and PlayStation 2. I guess I should have trusted GameSpy’s listing, but I like to hear it from the source. The date has probably been posted on Capcom’s site for awhile, but I was always checking the “GameCube” page without even noticing that “Release Dates” link (duh).

According to this “Official Press Sheet” (zipped PDF), the X Collection will contain the full library of side-scrolling Mega Man X games–X through X6. This is similar to the Mega Man Anniversary Collection, which contained the first Mega Man game for the Nintendo, all the way through to Mega Man 8, which was originally released for the Playstation.

I played through MMX 1 with Voidious on a PC emulator, and I gotta say it was pretty sweet. It’s almost like a complete “reimagining” of the essential Mega Man gameplay. There are the obvious changes: the game of course looks much nicer, with generous use of gradient shading and more pseudo-3D effects, and the the title character himself is actually named “X”, not “Mega Man”. But there is also a critical new ability–“wall jumping”–which allows you to basically climb walls. This is as fundamental a change to the gameplay as the introduction of the slide in MM3, or the charge shot in MM4.

I’m really looking forward to this collection, as I’m on a little mission to conquer every Mega Man game known to man. The original made a lasting impression on me as a kid–in many ways it was a revolutionary game at the time, with its non-linear play style. It was about this time last year that I played through the entire Anniversary Collection (with some help from Voidious on MM1 & 2; guess I’ll hafta go back and beat those myself ;), and I hope to vanquish Mega Man X Command Mission and Mega Man Network Transmission in the next few months. Even after all that, there are still the newer, 3D MMX games which are only available on PlayStation 2. However, by the time I get to those games I’m sure a used PS2 will be dirt cheap. Then there are the numerous handheld variations of the game, but I choose not to think about those for the time being. 🙂

I’m sure I’ll have more to say about Mega Man in the future, but for now here are a few links for your clicking enjoyment:

Capcom’s Official Mega Man Web Site (note typo in website’s title bar)
Mega Man Wikipedia Entry
Mega Man Freebies
Mega Man X Collectible Figures by Yamato USA
Planet Mega Man – Unofficial Fan Site

-Matt

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Mega Mania

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  1. Mega Man is the bomb… it’s so fun playing old games like MM that are just HARD! I wish that collction were coming out for XBox, since I’m thinking of getting one soon; even for DS seems plausible for all the NES/SNES versions of Mega Man and X. However, I’ll just have to play them at your house or *gasp* emulated 😉

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  2. Hell yeah bro! It’s funny, I almost posted a link to that article you showed me because it made me think of Mega Man (here’s a link). I think Mega Man 4 is probably the hardest of them all.

    Perhaps they will come out with a version for XBox in the future? Well if not you know you’re always welcome to play it here. Heck I’m probaly gonna need your help anyway 🙂

    -Matt

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