Capcom has announced that Mega Man 1-6 are headed to the 3DS eShop. According to the Capcom Unity blog, the original Mega Man will be available on December 27th, followed by Mega Man 2 on February 7th. Capcom notes that the rest of the games will be “coming in regular intervals throughout 2013.”
Mega Man 1-6 were previously released on the eShop in Europe and Japan. The release in North America comes as part of Mega Man’s 25th anniversary, which also saw the release of Street Fighter X Mega Man earlier today.
I might check out Mega Man 2 on the eShop, since I never got into the series back in the day, but this is really frustrating, and it highlights what's wrong with the way Nintendo of America is handling Virtual Console on the 3DS. I've been clamoring for Game Boy and GBC games that have never been rereleased, and it seems like they really don't want to give them to us. Don't get me wrong, I've had a great time playing stuff like Gargoyle's Quest and Mole Mania. But they go weeks and months without releasing VC games, and when they do, they give us NES games that are already available on the Wii. Meanwhile, games like Wario Land 3 are available in Japan and Europe, while we're still waiting for Wario Land II. For Mega Man's 25th anniversary in Japan, they're getting a 20% off sale on all six games. In North America, we get an announcement of all six games being released over the next twelve months.
@Mop it up Two things. One, the fact that publishers have quickly switched over to NES games. I haven't seen any numbers, but I'm sure they have, and they seem to all be making the switch. Two, just a hunch. A lot of NES games are considered classics that everyone should play... Mario 3, Mega Man 2, etc. Not many GB games are considered classics. Furthermore I think many gamers just don't want to go back to black & white in 2012.
I'm not saying I'm happy about this. I already have this stuff on Wii, I was looking forward to exploring more GB games that I missed out on (I didn't get a GB until Pocket and I never really bought games for it, missed out on a ton...)
I remember the first GM Megaman game having absolutely atrocious slowdown to the point of some sections being slideshow-esque and barely playable. It turned me off from the remainder of the GB entries. Kal bad?
If you could handle the slowdown of the NES games, then the Gameboy games are no problem. The Gameboy Mega Man games only get better over time. For me, it's a toss-up between the 4th and 5th games as to which one is the best. Both are amazing and both show that a lot of love went into both projects. Though the 5th one has the benefit of having its own set of Robot Masters, and not repeats of the NES Masters.
Mega Man V was a really good game. I loved the suspense near the end, because for once, I wasn't entirely sure who the last boss would be. I'm gonna put the rest in spoilers, just in case for those that haven't played all the 8-bit games yet:
Mega Man V's "reveal" that Dr. Wily was behind everything was an actual surprise - probably the first surprise since Mega Man 4 on NES. The Gameboy games seemed to run parallel to the NES games, but it wasn't specifically explained that the two were in the same "timeline" so to speak. (it wasn't said that they weren't, either though) In any case, Mega Man V on Gameboy came out after Mega Man VI on NES - the ending of the latter showing Mega Man successfully capturing Dr. Wily and putting him in jail. So when the "Stardroids" showed up, and made no mention or reference to Dr. Wily, his reveal was an honest surprise to me.
In any case, I certainly prefer the original Gameboy Mega Man over the original NES one. It's just a tighter, more concise game IMO. The 2nd game goes to the NES, and probably the third as well. After that it gets debatable, but IMO the winners are clearly on Gameboy.
Everyone needs to play Mega Man IV on Gameboy. A lot of the standard features and such in later games in the franchise started here.
Alright, looks like I'm gonna have to explain myself, and drop some knowledge on y'all concerning the Gameboy Mega Man games. Stay tuned for that. I'll have to do that when I've got a bit of time to post it all.