Blue bomber approaches’Mega’ manhood in new release



That’s right ladies, three more years and he’s legal.

The blue bomber made his debut on the NES 15 years ago, and to commemorate this anniversary, Capcom is releasing the “Megaman Anniversary Collection.”

It contains pixel-perfect adaptations of Megaman 1-8, as well as two arcade games never released in the United States.

The Megaman games are based around the game’s namesake – a robot boy created by Doctor Light. Doctor Wily creates evil robots, however, and wants to rule the world with them. So it’s up to our hero to defeat these robots and stop Dr. Wily.

Nothing has been changed for the adaptation. Some of the earlier Megaman games even have pixel flicker when there are too many sprites on the screen at once.

However, that’s not to imply that there aren’t extras available. Navi mode (which can be enabled in the options) adds hints and a new graphical overlay for weapon selection.

Extras are unlocked with gameplay time and range from concept-art drawings to music inspired by the Megaman games. The game is available for PS2 and Gamecube, with only slight differences between the two.

The PS2 version features remixed music while in Navi mode, and also has an entire episode of the old Megaman cartoon available in the extras. The Gamecube version has more developer interviews.

Along with the standard jump and fire buttons, they also added an auto-fire button and a slide button, which are handy from time to time. This by no means saves the player from the game’s difficulty, which remains intact after all these years.

This game is also a great deal, retailing at $30. If you’re looking for a nostalgic (and sometimes infuriating) gameplay experience, you can’t go wrong with this collection.



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