Capcom returns to its 8-bit roots in Mega Man Legacy Collection for Xbox One, PS4, PC

Retrogamers rejoice: Capcom revealed today that a six-game compilation starring its robotic mascot Mega Man will premiere for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms this summer in North America and Europe. A Nintendo 3DS version is also in the works.

Mega Man Legacy Collection includes the six core-series Mega Man games originally released for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System between 1987 and 1994. The package will also feature a history-spanning Museum Mode and a Challenge Mode that offers “remixe[d] gameplay segments from all six games” and “scaling difficulty objectives,” according to Capcom.

The last time players saw all six NES Mega Man games together in one collection was with 2004’s Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and original Xbox. The 8-bit entries in the Mega Man series later made appearances on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS via Nintendo’s Virtual Console service.

Capcom also returned to the 8-bit Mega Man formula in 2008’s Mega Man 9 and 2010’s Mega Man 10. Available digitally for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii consoles, Mega Man 9 and 10 took a deliberately retro-styled approach in a bid to appeal to long-time series fans. Both games featured 8-bit graphics and challenging gameplay in the vein of the franchise’s earliest entries.

Recent history hasn’t been kind to Mega Man, however. Capcom canceled its cross-console platformer Mega Man Universe and subseries sequel Mega Man Legends 3 in 2011, and while minor releases like Street Fighter X Mega Man have kept the series alive in spirit, Mega Man hasn’t fronted a major release in several years.

Mega Man Legacy Collection will be priced at $15 when it hits digital platforms this summer. A port for the Nintendo 3DS will launch digitally later this year. Capcom notes that further details regarding the compilation will be revealed at E3 next week.

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