Good news for anyone that loves retro platforming, the future, and/or pretty boys with swords: Capcom today announced the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, a bundle of six games (mostly) staring everyone’s favorite bishie robo of yore, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Available on January 21, 2020, this new compilation follows in the footsteps of previous Mega Man Legacy Collections by bundling the games together with deep dives into artwork and music from each included game.
Speaking of “included games,” Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is comprised entirely of games originally developed for portable systems, including not one, but two Nintendo DS games. Specifically, we’re talkin’ ’bout:
- Mega Man Zero
- Mega Man Zero 2
- Mega Man Zero 3
- Mega Man Zero 4
- Mega Man ZX
- Mega Man ZX Advent
Mega Man Zeros one through four were released on the Game Boy Advance between 2002 and 2005, and star the eponymous reploid Zero, newly reactivated hundreds of years after the events of the Mega Man X series. Mega Man ZX and ZX Advent, meanwhile, are Nintendo DS games that take place hundreds of years after that, and don’t actually feature X or Zero. Instead, players select male or female protagonists (Vent or Aile in ZX, Ashe or Grey in Advent) who can “megamerge with Biometal Model X and Biometal Model Z,” according to Capcom. Megamerging allows the reploid heroes to take on the characteristics of either X or Zero, as well as the various bosses they defeat along the way.
If you’re wondering how Capcom plans to handle the dual-screen nature of ZX and ZX Advent on modern, mono-screen consoles, the answer is: “Just put that second screen real small somewhere, I dunno.” As seen in the trailer above, Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection comes with several different screen layout options for ZX and ZX Advent, both overlay and otherwise. How you’ll switch between screens is unclear, but it probably won’t be a huge deal.
Likewise, all six games can be played with or without graphical filters, which aim to smooth out the chunkiness of the original graphics. One filter option can be seen in the screenshot below, and uh, I’m gonna go ahead and play with the original pixel graphics if its all the same to you.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection also features a brand-new “Z Chaser” mode, which appears to be some kind of competitive speedrun thing. Capcom says that “information on the unique Z Chaser mode” will be available “over the next few months,” so we’ll just have to wait to find out if it’s like, an online multiplayer kinda jam, or if it’s more of an “obstacle course against the computer” thing.
There are still yet more Mega Man series for Capcom to Legacy Collect after this, believe it or not. The Mega Man Battle Network series alone is like nine games, and its DS spiritual successor series, Mega Man Star Force, has four entries to its name. Capcom could even re-release Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2 as a single package, if it felt like really pushing the bruise.