Mega Man Anniversary Collection

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Mega Man Anniversary Collection
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Developer(s) Atomic Planet Entertainment
Publisher(s) Capcom
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Release date(s) PlayStation 2/GameCube
Xbox
Genre(s) Action, platforming
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 1 DVD
1 GameCube disc

Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a compilation of video games developed by Atomic Planet Entertainment and published by Capcom. It was released exclusively in North America on June 23, 2004 for the Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) and on March 15, 2005 for the Microsoft Xbox. Mega Man Anniversary Collection contains the first eight games in the original Mega Man series, which debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with the first six games, moved to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) with the seventh game, and then moved again to the PlayStation and Sega Saturn with the eighth game. The plot follows the robotic protagonist Mega Man in his continuing adventures battling the evil Dr. Wily and his army of Robot Masters.

Each game has a nearly identical structure in which the player traverses a series of themed stages to face off against boss robots, gain new weapons and abilities, then defeat Dr. Wily in a final confrontation. An extra feature is the "Navi Mode" for the first six titles, which provides hints and pathways for completing each stage. In addition to these eight games, Mega Man Anniversary Collection includes two unlockable fighting games (Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters), which were both rarely released outside of Japan. These two titles are similar in gameplay but a bit more stream-lined. The battles cut straight to the bosses, who get progressively more difficult with each one defeated. Other unlockable elements in the Mega Man Anniversary Collection include original art and remixed music.

Overview[edit]

The "Navi Mode" present in the PlayStation (Complete Works) rereleases of the first six Mega Man games is included in the Anniversary Collection versions as well. This mode adds helpers that provide game hints if the player is in need of help, revisions the appearance of the health and weapon energy metres and revisions the weapon subscreens for the first three games. The PS2 and Xbox versions include some arranged music for the first six games, also originally present in the Complete Works versions. There are also differences for the extras between each version. The PS2 version features the original Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon pilot episode, while the GameCube version has an interview with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. The Xbox version, which was released later, includes the same interview, the first episode of the MegaMan NT Warrior anime, the ability to change the control scheme, and the arranged music tracks from the PS2 version.

Some differences from the original games exist in a few cases. In Mega Man 7, an instance of the word "damn" was changed to "darn" to avoid getting an E10 rating, which did not exist at the time of original release. In addition, the graphics of Mega Man walking away from Wily's Castle are absent from the credits sequence, as the developers were unable to port certain SNES graphical effects. In the compilation's version of Mega Man 8, some of the Robot Masters' voice clips play at an incorrect speed. The PlayStation version of Mega Man 8 is used, as opposed to the Sega Saturn version which included bonus features and additional boss battles.

Development[edit]

Mega Man Anniversary Collection shares qualities with Rockman Complete Works, a lineup of remakes of the first six games in the original Mega Man series, released for the PlayStation in Japan in late 1999.[3] The six games were released individually, each disc containing a port of the original Family Computer version as the game's "Original Mode" and several extras. A "Navi Mode" was included, featuring a hint system in which a supporting character in each title gives tips to the player via a communicator, as well an updated HUD, an arranged soundtrack, and other optional game modes.[4]

A Game Boy Advance version of Mega Man Anniversary Collection was also in development and was originally due to be released concurrently with the GameCube, Xbox, and PS2 incarnations. The game, originally announced as Mega Man Mania, was to feature the five original Game Boy Mega Man games, as well as a history section and artwork gallery.[5] The game had its release date pushed back several times, with the delay rumored to be caused by Capcom lacking the games' original source code.[6] In January 2006, gamers contacting Capcom were told that the game had been placed on "indefinite hold". Capcom also began issuing refund checks to those who had ordered the game directly through their online store.[7] Around the same time, several retailers, such as GameStop, declared the game "cancelled" and issued refunds or store credits.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2 Xbox
GameSpot 8.3 out of 10[14] 8.4 out of 10[15] 8.4 out of 10[16]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[17] 3/5 stars[18] 3.5/5 stars[19]
IGN 8.5 out of 10[11] 8.5 out of 10[12] 8 out of 10[13]
Nintendo Power 4/5 stars[22]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 7 out of 10[23]
Official Xbox Magazine 8 out of 10[24]
Play Magazine 7.5 out of 10[20] 9.1 out of 10[20] 7.5 out of 10[21]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 83%[8] 82%[9] 82%[10]

The collection received mostly positive reviews, with scores of eights, nines, and tens. The collection was slightly criticized for lacking somewhat in the extras department, and the GameCube version was criticized slightly more for not including the remixed audio for Mega Man 1-6. However, the exclusive extra in the PS2 and GC versions were both praised, with the GC version's interview being favored, and thus balancing things. The Xbox version rated slightly better than the other two versions, because of its added exclusive content as well as the exclusive bonuses from the PS2 and GC versions. However, it was given a score of 8.0 (versus 8.5 for the other two versions) from IGN for arriving late, in addition to occasional graphical glitches depending on screen settings, which become more apparent when played on an Xbox 360.

Mega Man Anniversary Collection was a financial success. The GameCube and PS2 versions of Mega Man Anniversary Collection sold a combined total of over 500,000 copies in less than six months of release.[25] Due to the popularity of Mega Man Anniversary Collection among fans of the series, Capcom followed up with Mega Man X Collection, a similar compilation consisting of games in the Mega Man X series which was exclusively released in North America on January 10, 2006.[26] Once again, Capcom followed up with Mega Man Zero Collection, a compilation of all the games from the Mega Man Zero series that was released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS.

List of games[edit]

Original Mega Man games:

Also, the two Mega Man games that were rarely released outside of Japan:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, David (June 23, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Ships". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  2. ^ Adams, David (March 15, 2005). "Mega Man Collection Ships". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  3. ^ Mega Man: Official Complete Works. Udon Entertainment. January 6, 2010. pp. 94–105. ISBN 978-1-897376-79-9. 
  4. ^ Nutt, Christian and Speer, Justin. "The History of Mega Man". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ IGN staff (February 4, 2004). "Mega Man Mania Change". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  6. ^ Paulsen, Ash (July 22, 2005). "News - Mega Man Anniversary Collection for GBA still coming?". GamesAreFun.com. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Cancelled". N-Sider. January 26, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
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  10. ^ "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  11. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (June 17, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection - GameCube Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  12. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (June 17, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection - PlayStation 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  13. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (March 15, 2005). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection - Xbox Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  14. ^ Navarro, Alex (June 21, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Review for GameCube". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  15. ^ Navarro, Alex (June 21, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  16. ^ Navarro, Alex (March 14, 2005). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection Review for Xbox". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  17. ^ Turner, Benjamin (June 21, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection". GameSpy. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  18. ^ Turner, Benjamin (June 21, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection". GameSpy. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  19. ^ Turner, Benjamin (June 21, 2004). "Mega Man Anniversary Collection". GameSpy. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  20. ^ a b "Reviews: Mega Man Anniversary Collection". Play (Fusion Publishing, Inc.): p. 53. August 2004. 
  21. ^ "Reviews: Mega Man Anniversary Collection". Play (Fusion Publishing, Inc.): p. 52. May 2005. 
  22. ^ "Now Playing: Mega Man Anniversary Collection". Nintendo Power (Nintendo of America) (182): p. 122. August 2004. 
  23. ^ "Reviews: Mega Man Anniversary Collection". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (Ziff Davis). August 2004. 
  24. ^ "Reviews: Mega Man Anniversary Collection". Official Xbox Magazine (Future Publishing): p. 88. June 2005. 
  25. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (December 6, 2004). "Mega Man Kicks Retail Butt". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  26. ^ "Capcom Announces Mega Man X Collection". GameZone. May 18, 2005. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 

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