This year just keeps getting better for Mega Man fans. Only a month away from the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 release on Nintendo Switch and with a brand new title looming this year, Capcom upped the ante Tuesday by announcing two new collections for the popular Mega Man X series.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 will release July 24, encompassing all eight mainline games in the series. The collections will be available on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch digitally for $20 each or in a physical bundle in North America for $40 on console. The Xbox One and PS4 bundles will come as a disc for each game, while the Switch bundle will be a cartridge for Collection 1 and a digital voucher for Collection 2.
Get ready to roll out, Maverick hunters! Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 are coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC July 24th!
— Mega Man (@MegaMan) April 10, 2018
The original Mega Man X released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993 to much praise. The series continued on the SNES and later Playstation and Playstation 2. The eight games will be split evenly between the two legacy collections.
These collections offer more than just the original games. As detailed in Capcom’s blog post, players will have access to a museum full of old trailers and tons of art for each game. A full soundtrack for each game is included, as well as brand new tunes created just for the collections and several remixes of the more popular songs.
All these additions aside, the show-stealing new element has to be “X Challenge,” a new game mode that pits players against two bosses (called Mavericks) at once! Chill Penguin and Frost Walrus are the featured combo in the announcement, but other classic villains will team up to take X down as well. An online leaderboard will let players compare their fastest times with one another.
But how will the games look? You can play in the original resolution or add optional smoothing or CRT filters. There are also fullscreen and widescreen modes that preserve the original aspect ratio. The last two games Mega Man X7 and X8, have had their 3D models upgraded with “sharp, improved visuals for modern consoles.”
With Capcom looking to return perhaps its greatest franchise to a place of prominence in 2018, I for one will certainly be picking up both the Mega Man and Mega Man X collections on the Switch before Mega Man 11 hits shelves.