Mega Man Legacy Collection 3DS Review

Six months ago, console and PC fans were treated to a six-game collection of the original NES Mega Man games. You know, the ones you might have played as a kid, that strengthened your resolve and made you the amazing gamer you are today. Or, on the flipside, made you rage at your NES, resulting in thrown controllers and NES carts. Whatever childhood memories you have of Mega Man, there's no denying that it took the platforming world by storm with an intense difficulty, and some kickass music.

Now, fans have the ability to relive those glory days with the Mega Man Legacy Collection on the Nintendo 3DS. The original 6 NES games are included, exactly like you remembered them, down to their pixel-perfect platforming elements. But what makes this collection even more enticing, at least for those who love all things Mega Man, is the database chock full of concept art and other interesting tidbits.

Click the link below for the original review of Mega Man Collection, which covers most of what you can find in the 3DS version, as they're nearly identical games.

Mega Man Legacy Collection Review

As for what's new in the 3DS version, not much, but it does have some unique content.

The biggest addition is the game's challenge mode, that's only accessible via the Mega Man amiibo. Unless you were lucky to snag yourself one of those, or you're planning to buy the Special Edition of the game which comes with a Golden Mega Man amiibo, you'll be locked out of these. While I wouldn't say that's a deal breaker by any means, even though the challenges are super fun, and also super hard, it's a pretty bad practice to lock content out like this behind a hard to get amiibo. I'm going to guess that since the amiibo is currently selling for over $40 on Amazon, that it's probably a little hard to obtain. Also, the fact that the amiibo does nothing else but unlock that content, makes the utilization of said amiibo rather lackluster.

But if you do happen to unlock the Challenge Mode, prepare your reflexes. Seriously. These are some intensely hard challenges. One of my favorites was the jump challenge, which had you going through multiple stages, carefully hopping from one platform to the next as you try to dodge incoming fire, and also dodge enemies. It's tough. There's also a boss gauntlet challenge, which, well, if you beat it, then I salute you.

The other minor change is that the game's Museum Mode, the one filled with a ton of concept art, sketches, and official art for all the games, got a bit beefed up with even more content. However, I will say that viewing the Museum content on your 3DS versus your monitor or TV doesn't translate as well. The screen is just too small to really enjoy everything it has to offer.

But if you're getting it to have all six original NES games in one, convenient location, then the Legacy Collection is still very much worth a buy. Like I said in my original review, it does seem like a step back from the Anniversary Collection which released over a decade ago that had a lot more Mega Man to offer, in the form of eight core games and both Power Battle games, but hey, at $14.99 for the digital version, you're still six really quality games.


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