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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mega Man Legacy Collection is a downloadable set of platforming action games. The six games included are emulated ports of classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) titles, all of which come with simple controls, but extremely challenging gameplay will easily frustrate some players. The Nintendo Switch version makes gameplay slightly easier with the addition of a rewind feature to undo mistakes, but the skills of gamers will still be challenged. Though battle constantly happens around jumping and puzzle-solving, it's all among robots that explode when destroyed without blood or gore. Parents should be aware that this is the latest game in a long-running franchise that spans cartoons, action figures, and other products.
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What's it about?
MEGA MAN LEGACY COLLECTION gathers together the first six Mega Man games from the NES into one massive collection, allowing players to fight through the forces of Dr. Wily and his Robot Masters. Along with the option to play any one of these games in any order, players can explore the Museum mode for each game, which provides information on characters and enemies within each stage. This mode also showcases hundreds of concept sketches and songs from the franchise. The collection also comes with a new Challenge mode that tests a player's skill at completing different tasks within a specific amount of time, with times posted to global leaderboards. The Nintendo Switch version should help players accomplish these challenges and navigation through each level thanks to a rewind feature that lets them undo mistakes at any time.
Is it any good?
Fans of classic games will love this assortment of challenging action, and the bonus features will keep players coming back. The Mega Man franchise is arguably the best platforming franchise of all time, and Mega Man Legacy Collection gathers six of the classic NES games for players to rediscover. Each looks exactly like the old cartridge, so decades-old strategies used against the Robot Masters (the bosses of each Mega Man stage) or the hazards of each level are just as effective. This emulation even manages to carry over the glitches and slowdown that plagued the older games (a side effect of pushing the limits of the old Nintendo hardware), giving players a taste of just how artful the designers were.
What helps the collection stand out is the inclusion of items such as the Museum, which gives a lot of character information as well as concept art (much of which hasn't been seen before) and loads of music from each game's soundtrack. But the true star is the Challenge mode, which gives players more than 50 time-based challenges to test their speed and agility at completing tasks, such as defeating bosses or clearing stages. Even if players feel they've mastered each game, the challenges make the games feel fresh and new. If there was a specific flaw in the collection, it's the same one that's always been attached to the franchise: These titles are incredibly difficult and will test your skills to the fullest. At least the Nintendo Switch version provides a rewind feature, allowing players to undo mistakes that could doom their progress and potentially force a restart of a level. Hopefully this feature is exported to the other versions of the game as well. If you're willing to accept the challenge, Mega Man Legacy Collection will reward you with loads of fun at a very affordable price.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games such as Mega Man Legacy Collection. Is the violence acceptable because it's among robots? How does it compare to the violence in other games?
Talk about the continued popularity of retro gaming. Why do older series such as Mega Man and classic arcade games remain popular? Is it because good game design remains fun despite the "old-style" graphics?
Discuss challenging games. Mega Man Legacy Collection is well known for being difficult, but what's the appeal of difficult games? Is it the possibility of defeating overwhelming odds? Testing your skills?
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