Friday, January 6, 2017
Mega Man Mobile: The Rockman Corner Review
It's no secret Mega Man Mobile 1-6 are a mess. What isn't widely known though is why.
The truth is they are not the original NES games. Instead of using the original NES code, Capcom simply ported the 2008 Japanese mobile versions to iOS and Android. They aren't *exact* copies of those ports, but there's enough evidence to support it.
Therein lies the problem, friends. For $1.99 a pop, you're buying ports of ports. Not good ports, either, mind you. These games were literally made for mid to late 2000s mobile hardware. I don't mean early smartphones; I'm talking legit flip phones. Capcom says the games have been "optimized for mobile devices with adjustments to game speed." Sadly that's not the case. There is no goodwill-optimization here: the games run slow and janky because the '08 ports themselves were slow and janky.
Little to no effort was made to ensure these games play "right" on smartphones. Yes, you can tweak the location of the virtual buttons, albeit in a limited capacity. Sadly there is no alternative. You can't pair any of the six games with Bluetooth controllers. And hey, if you were hoping to play the games on the big screen, Android TV is out of the question too.
Mega Man Mobile 1-6 are a lazy attempts to further the brand's mainstream mindspace and break the ground for Mega Man's impending mobile future. If Mega Man Mobile 1-6 did anything right, it's laying down realistic expectations for that new, original mobile Mega Man game arriving this Spring.
I've always said you need should support Mega Man with your wallet. But you need to be picky. Don't buy something just "because it's Mega Man". By investing in these ports you're telling Capcom you're okay with low-quality Mega Man products. You're telling them you'd settle for anything. That is not the message we need to send.
Get your classic series fill elsewhere. Go out and buy Mega Man Legacy Collection. Hell, if you can find an NES Mini, get that for Mega Man 2. Whatever you do, don't settle for less.