Monday, August 26, 2019

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Leaked; Due in January 2020



Uh, surprise! A listing for an unannounced Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX Legacy Collection has appeared on the PlayStation Store. The description reads:

"Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection brings together six classic titles in one game: Mega Man Zero 1, 2, 3, and 4, as well as Mega Man ZX and ZX Advent.

In addition to the original games, this package includes an artwork gallery, music player, special filters, and much more. Casual Scenario Mode and a Save-Assist feature are available for those who would like to enjoy the story at their own pace. Players can also try their hand at the new leaderboard-based Z Chaser Mode, an exclusive new mode created just for this set of games."


So yeah; this is happening. No official word from Capcom yet but this early listing could be an indicator that the game will be announced shortly.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is due to hit PlayStation on January 21st, 2020. Additional platforms have yet-to-be confirmed.

More news soon! Thanks, Bam.

55 comments:

  1. You know what? Sure, I'll bite on this. Only because I have not properly played any of the Zero games. Capcom made MM11. I think they earned this one, at least.

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  2. Battle Network Collection S O O N

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    1. Hope you're right about that, Mr. Unknown!

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    2. Mega Man Legends Legacy Collection sooner!

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    3. Mega Man Battle Network Online.

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  3. Hell ya! Now I hope for a similar collection for MMBN

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  4. Happy to see ZX getting some recognition. I'd love to see Capcom make ZX3 as a full Metroidvania. (ZX had some Metroidvania elements, but they stopped a bit short.) Maybe good sales of this collection will help convince them that ZX3 needs to happen.

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    1. If you wanna play Metroid and Castlevania's Metroid-like games with RPG elements, than ask for those or play one of the many games in their genre and ask for more from them.

      Keep Mega Man its own thing, I don't want Mega Man to be an exact copy of something else, also in terms of the ZX games how much MORE Metroidvania do you want them to get before they are actually Metroid or Castlevania themselves? Some elements? It's all but is Metroidvania, only difference I see is one is very slightly more open and you're not stuck in some ruin or giant building, which tends to associate with the genre.

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    2. I'd say ZXA was at the right level. ZX made the navigation a bit messy from time to time.

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    3. >> how much MORE Metroidvania do you want them to get before they are actually Metroid or Castlevania themselves? Some elements? It's all but is Metroidvania, only difference I see is one is very slightly more open and you're not stuck in some ruin or giant building, which tends to associate with the genre.

      Only some elements. You actually pointed out exactly what I had mind - a larger emphasis on scale/exploration. At the end of the day, ZX (and Zero 1 for that matter) still has a very defined level structure, but it just so happens that they hooked the levels together to make a complete world. (Which is really a really neat touch.) ZXA did this as well but sort of got lazy towards the end and had areas that were only accessible via a transerver which basically made the formula go back to a simple stage select. What I would like to see instead is a large, coherent world that can potentially be explored in it's entirety without teleports. They can still separate the world into different themed areas for each boss, but in particular I would like to see: (1) more midbosses of substantial difficulty in order to give a better sense of progression, and (2) something more than a "Level Start" -> "Go Right" -> "Boss Doors" formula.

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    4. If anything Metroid should be more like Mega Man. How are you an intergalactic bounty hunter yet for the majority of 90% of your adventures you explore areas that are within normal running distance from each other? Metroid should separate the worlds and make it so Samus needs alternate modes of fast travel like teleports.

      When I said open I meant thematically not mechanically and was referring to Mega Man as the more open one in that sense. Like Vent and Aile and such seem like they are traveling their world and not just one close group of areas in it. Like they go to places that need either godly powers of or technologically advanced transportation. Even if they aren't that is what it feels like.

      Also I like deliberate separate stage design, I don't find it particularly engaging to simply be able to run to everywhere on my own, in fact I find that tedious and boring for action platformers. Usually when games are like that I pray for fast travel like the teleports in Castlevania games, then I use them every chance I can and when I can't and have to backtrack I'd wish that I could.

      Every level design is meant to go from point A to point B in a 2D action game and the only points are either forward, back, left, right, up or down. In the very first stage in ZXA you go from up to down when playing as Ashe and many more stages have you traveling vertically in all sorts of ways while moving left, right, backward, forward the works. Mega Man ZX is infamous for its mission structure things like rescue all the burning area victims which doesn't progress linearly from left to right, or fetch quests and such. You want more vertically oriented stages in a Mega Man game? Why? Or do you want more backtracking for the sake of avoiding mission start-> travel the direction needed to complete the stage->boss (I avoided using your "Go Right" example since in MMZ/ZX there are many times players start right and must go left and not even reach a door to fight a boss)? And to that, bigger why?

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  5. I'm excited but also hesitant. I got both X Legacy Collections and the controller lag was incredibly frustrating to me on those games, particularly the SNES games. I hope they do a better job with the input on these games. There's just no excuse to have that much lag when free emulators can do it almost perfectly.

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  6. MEGAMAN BATTLE NETWORK FULL COLLECTION PLSSSSSSSSSS

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    1. I can see it hapening some day. i'd love to, i haven't played the two last game in that serie.

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    2. Been waiting for who knows how long for a BN Collection. Hope that's next!

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    3. I'm not so excited for MMBN. It's ok but should have been a separate franchise IMO. But that would be an interesting trophy list. Hopefully there would be an online battle chip trade option for those who want to do that.

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  7. Yes! Please! Thank you!
    Day one buy for sure.

    Though I was hoping for the Remastered Tracks too :( I'd be content with a local MP3 playlist to replace the default with my own tracks instead but that's wishful thinking.

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  8. Hoping this makes its way to Switch as well. Either way, I've never played the ZX games, so this is as good a chance as any

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  9. Steam version too, PLEASEE!!

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    1. as long as it's not broken game like X collections

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  10. Steam version too, PLEASEE!!

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  11. Guess I'm giving more money to Capcom.
    I cheated myself out of a good final boss by using all of the cyber elves on Zero 2 so I might as well replay the entire series.

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  12. Curious about the Z Chaser mode, seems like you race CPUs on it for a good time? Maybe leaderboard ghosts?

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  13. No 3DS or no Nintendo Switch version?..... Ungh.......

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  14. Why does Toru Nakayama keep randomly experimenting with Zero's design?

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    1. I don't see the problem, it looks good!

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  15. I hope this has the same higher quality samples that MMZ DS Collection had.

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  16. YES!!! I AM SO EXCITED!! I LOVE THE ZERO SERIES AND ZX!! And I have never played Advent before, so now here comes my chance to try it!! :D :D :D

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  17. This is pretty neat. I wonder if it will come on to Steam like the previous collections.

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  18. I hope this does well and we either get a prequel Zero series covering the elf wars, a prequel ZX series featuring prometheus and pandora, or ZX3 continuing the story towards legends.

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    1. I'm with you when it comes to the Elf Wars. It's a bit unfair that the bloodiest war in recorded history of the Megaman series is covered just on paper.

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  19. It's interesting to note that they were all originally Nintendo exclusive.

    Good on Capcom for seemingly throwing out the exclusive mentality.

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  20. FINALLY.

    Always hated the fact that these games were languished on handhelds for all those years.

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    1. Well outside of the GBA player for gamecube, and the virtual console releases and emulation (legal). Other than that I guess.

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  21. I'm getting it when it come out on switch. My DS broke a few month ago, and i was just thinking about replaying the Zero series

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    1. Psst...hey, did you know you can play old DS game cartridges on a Nintendo 3DS? If you have one, you could play the Zero series that way until the new collection comes out! :)

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    2. I know, but i don't have the 3ds.

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    3. Aw, man, that's a shame! :(

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  22. Strange. Considering they are all available on DS (and 3DS due to it being compatible), I expected a Mega Man Legends or Battle Network collection first as they are older and not as easy to obtain (physically, that is). Not that I'm complaining. Besides having all games in one and available for other systems, we never got a MMZX Official Complete Works, so we will finally get artwork from the series.

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    1. A Battle Network collection would require significantly more work to throw together too, enough that if they do it, I suspect they'll actually split it into two collections. 1-3 and 4-6.

      1 and 4 could stand to benefit from a remake as both have aged very badly, the version stuff in the later entries should be merged, the removed content from the localized versions of 6 need to be put back in, and there should be online netbattle functionality put in.

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    2. @Alilatias: You mean the Boktai stuff? That seems impossible, if anything they might remove more of it since that contract is probably void by now or at least would come with complications.

      Battle Network seems like something super hard to port into a complete collection. I definitely do not for a second believe that Capcom or whoever does the collection would "remake" any of the games, that just seems highly idealistic which means probably a fantasy.

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    3. @ Alilatias

      It would actually make more sense if they do two separate collections; each one has BN 1 and 2, and a specific version of BN3-6; Blue, Red Sun, Colonel and Gregar on one; White, Blue Moon, Protoman and Falzar for the other.

      Though I'll admit I wouldn't mind if the version of BN1 would be Operate Shooting Star.

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    4. As most MMBN games had two versions, they could be split like this:

      MMBN Legacy Collection 1 with MMBN1-3, Operate Shooting Star, and maybe Battle Chip Challenge as a bonus.

      MMBN Legacy Collection 2 with MMBN4-6 (including 5 DS) and maybe EXE 4.5 as a bonus.

      They will at least have 3 main GBA games (multiple versions), but it would be good to also have one DS game and one extra GBA game, making the collection have all GBA and DS games from the series.

      Like the classic Legacy Collections, they could be released with a interval of time. If the first one goes well, Capcom could work with Konami to make the second one.

      Like the DS Zero collection (and hopefully this one too) BN4-6 can have their mod cards, and like their Wii U ports, the limited content can be unlocked. And imagine the fun with online matches and a new mode!

      And talking about Konami, considering the recent Castlevania collection, I wonder if they could release a Boktai collection around the same time as a MMBN Legacy Collection 2.

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  23. This is the exact thing I've been clamoring for since the Legacy Collection series started!
    You bet I'll be there day-one!

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  24. Could a potential Mega Man Legends + Misadventures of Tron Bonne be possible down the line for a collection? :O

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    1. I can see them doing this if they decide to bring back legend 3. If they do, i would be forever grateful to whoever at capcom take that decision.

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    2. Mega Man Legacy Legends Collection with MML1-2, DASH 2 Episode 1, MML3 Prototype, TMoTB, and a trailer for MML3! (one can dream)

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  25. Cool collection to hace it played on the desktop, I assume it'll get rid of the DS dual screen feature and it will be just a "start button" thing. Now waiting for a remastered Legends collection. The poke.exe saga should be released on mobile only, if you ask me.

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    1. The Legends Zelda saga should be released on old consoles only if you ask me. Or minis like the PSX mini.

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