Today, Capcom announced the follow-up to their first Mega Man collection with a compilation of Mega Man 7, 8, 9 and 10. Mega Man, for those who don’t know, originated on Nintendo home consoles and remained on the Nintendo family of systems for much of its life. That’s what makes the news of Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 not coming to the Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS all the more confusing. The first Legacy Collection appeared on the Nintendo 3DS but not the Wii U.
The blue bomber has appeared in the Super Smash Bros series and he even has his own amiibo. Mega Man is no stranger to Nintendo in recent years. Capcom has shown support for the system and even suggested Nintendo upped the console’s RAM in order to get the Resident Evil engine to run in the console. The Nintendo Switch launched with 4 GB of ram, which was exactly what Capcom requested. It just seems like a curious request given we have no idea whether Resident Evil will be making a jump to the Switch.
Not too long ago, Capcom released a Street Fighter 2 remaster and have announced plans to port Monster Hunter Double Cross to the Switch. Many could see this as a strong sign of support but then Capcom pulled the rug out from under us and left both Nintendo systems out of Mega Man’s plans. Given how popular the Nintendo Switch has been since its debut in March, this seemed like a given for the console. The Switch doesn’t exactly have a long list of household titles so Mega Man could have bolstered the lineup which would have been a win-win for Capcom and Nintendo. The console is definitely capable of running the games so there’s really no good reason the collection couldn’t be on the Switch.
It’s not a total loss since the first collection arguably contains the much better games. However, these are the games that helped modernize the series and further spread its appeal. For example, Mega Man 8 featured animated and voiced cutscenes, a first for the series. At the very least, it’s nice to have an easy way to play these titles. With this collection, Mega Man 1 through 10 will be available on current-generation consoles and PCs.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be playable at E3 2017. The collection will be available both physically and digitally in North America for Xbox One and PS4 on August 8. In Europe, only the digital version is available. The game will also release on PC in a strictly digital format. We have no word on the price as of yet but as the current collection is going for $14.99 digitally, we can’t imagine it’ll be much higher than that.