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The Blue Bomber is back!

Capcom has just announced Megaman Battle Network Legacy Collection, a compilation of all the games of the Megaman Battle Network franchise.

This latest news has made long times fans rejoice at thought of bringing these nostalgic games into modern times. This beloved franchise of Capcom is finally getting the love and attention it deserves.

Image Sourced from Capcom USA Official – Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Official Promotional Art

Arguably one of the most successful and unique Megaman titled games, let’s take a look into the details of this long-awaited collection.

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Megaman Battle Network Series

The Megaman Battle Network series is a tactical RPG shooter game released on the Game Boy Advance. Back then, Capcom planned it as a spinoff of the original Megaman platformer series. This series takes place in an alternate world from the main games.

The first Battle Network game was released in 2001 to great success and positive reviews from critics. Due to its success, they had released 6 more mainline games during its run. Results show that the games had a generally positive reception.

Game Mechanics

Its unique gameplay mechanics distances itself from the iconic platformer-style game of its predecessors. In addition, Capcom did a brave and novel move to combine card battle systems with a new grid-like battle system. Moreover, this futuristic combat complements the story’s plot of fighting online Net Viruses as well.

Mega Man Battle Network Battle
Image Screengrabbed from The RPG Monger YouTube Channel – ‘The Rise of Mega Man Battle Network (Part 1)’

This battle system follows an RPG style with the separate overworld and battle environments. Additionally, battles take place in a 6 x 3 grid with each character controlling half the grid at the beginning. Meanwhile, your player uses collectible cards called, Battle Chips, to use powerful abilities to affect the playing field.

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World Exploration

Image Sourced from Capcom USA Youtube Channel – 1st Trailer – Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

The game allows you to explore both the real world and the virtual world through the two main characters, Megaman and Lan Hikari. In the real world, you control the movements of the  Lan. While in the virtual world, you use Lan’s partner program, Megaman, to explore and battle Net Viruses.

The timing of the release of Megaman Battle Network was perfect for its time. As a re sult, it was able to rival the Pokemon game series releases on the Game Boy Advance at one point as well.

At the start of the 2000s, trading card games and the rapid improvements in technology were the big things. And in a smart move, Capcom smartly took both concepts and made a game that perfectly balanced those two ideas. With the success of the games, several seasons of Megaman Battle Network anime were made as well.

Megaman Battle Network Legacy Collection

This upcoming legacy collection contains all of the well-loved Megaman Battle Network titles. The total number of games, including alternate versions, is a whopping 10 titles. In addition, these titles were all released within the time span of 2001 to 2006.

The games included in this collection are as follows:

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection
Image Sourced from Capcom USA Youtube Channel – 1st Trailer – Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection
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Games List:

  1. Mega Man Battle Network
  2. Mega Man Battle Network 2
  3. Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
  4. Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
  5. Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon
  6. Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun
  7. Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team ProtoMan
  8. Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel
  9. Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar
  10. Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar

New Features

Fortunately for diehard fans, Capcom cares to put in extra love for this collection. They put some new features not present in the games before. With the last release for the franchise being in 2006, this is a nice gift to fans.

Legacy Collection Music Gallery
Image Sourced from Capcom USA Youtube Channel – 1st Trailer – Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

Firstly, the collection has upgraded graphics that can be adjusted, smoothing out the old pixel style of the games.

Secondly, one of these new features is an art gallery of all the concept illustrations, official video game art, and promotional art for the games. With over a thousand images, it will take quite a while to look through and appreciate all there is to see.

Lastly, a music mode with its own playable gallery is included as well. Furthermore, it contains over 150 songs and soundtracks from the game throughout the years. Let yourself jam to the soundtracks for hours with this latest addition.

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Release Details

The targeted release for this collection will be the next year 2023 but with no exact details for the release date. Although, Capcom has shown details of how the collection will be released.

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Release Details
Image Sourced from Capcom USA Youtube Channel – 1st Trailer – Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

For physical release, it will be available only for the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4.

For the digital release, it will be available for the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Steam. Furthermore, they will split Megaman Battle Network Legacy Collection into vol. 1 and vol. 2 for digital purchase.

While it may take some waiting until the Megaman Battle Network Legacy Collection is out, we here at Spiel Times are happy to wait. We are sure that Capcom will be able to deliver.

Fans are happy to know that Megaman has returned to the scene, and the Battle Network franchise will finally get the recognition it deserves.

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