Virtual Console Wrap-up – 11/10

Well, we’ve seen Mega Man and Mega Man 2 get released on the Virtual Console, it’s about time they finished up that trilogy. This week’s lone VC release is Mega Man 3 from the NES. Let’s hear what you friends at DHGF had to say about it.

Mega Man 3
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Original Release Date: 1990
Price: 500 Wii Points

Alex Lucard: Meh. What’s this I have for my Game Cube and my backwards compatible Wii? Why it’s the Mega Man Collection I purchased new for $19.99 and which currently retails for ten dollars. What’s this on the virtual console? A $5 game already on this compilation. Bad bad greedy Nintendo and Capcom.

That being said, I feel Mega Man 3 is the best in the series. I loved that old Robots returned, which really padded the game out, and the addition of Rush and Proto Man are still with us to this day. If I had to have a single Mega Man title, it’d be this one.

Guy Desmarais: Because of Mega Man 3, drawing imaginary robot bosses became a big hobby of mine when I was young. The game features Rush, the greatest canine companion in video games history, as well as the ability to slide, which is not revolutionary by any means, but is implemented in great ways by the series. Mega Man 3 is a great game that fully deserves your time and interest, but as Alex mentioned, you can have it for cheaper on the same console.

Charlie Marsh: Not just one of the best in the series (I think Mega Man 2 is better but that’s neither here nor there) and quite possibly one of the best ever, Mega Man 3 is a must-have. As mentioned, you get Rush, Proto Man, sliding, 8 new robot masters and the awesome music the series is famous for.

Yes, you can get it and the 7 other games in the series on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection, but let’s say you just want to stick to the best game or games in the series. This and Mega Man 2 are really the only games I play on that compilation, and if you get them on the VC, using the Wiimote is the closest thing to playing them on the NES, since the Gamecube controller is kinda weird for this kind of game. And you get turbo buttons and saving on the compilation instead of passwords, and that’s just cheating. Whichever way you feel is the right way to play it, this game, as I said, is a must-have. Get it. Now.

Bryan Berg: Mega Man 3 is a wonderful game.

BUT…

As we’ve all pointed out in the past, every Mega Man game is available on the Mega Man Collection. I got mine for a whopping $7.99. So there’s no real reason to get this game. If you’re hankering for some Mega Man adventures, download Mega Man 9 off Wii Ware. Old-school graphics and gameplay, but new-school adventures. And you won’t feel like you’re getting ripped off.

Christopher Bowen: I don’t know what’s worse: that Capcom and Nintendo are releasing a game for the VC that has been released on the Gamecube in a compilation currently going for $10, or the fact that, despite the fact that I own the NES cartridge, The Wily Wars compilation on the Genesis (collectors: don’t waste your time, it sucks) and the PS2 Mega Man Anniversary compilation, I STILL had to think about getting this game purely because it’s that good.

Most people think that Mega Man 2 is the best in the series. I disagree; Mega Man 3 combined the best new game mechanics (Rush, the sliding) with the best boss battles, and also had the best Wily Tower in the series (seriously, nothing is more awesome than fighting the Doc Robot versions of the Mega Man 2 bosses). I consider the first three Mega Man games the “true” trilogy; after that, the games just got silly and were little more than cash-ins (and I never liked the shot charging mechanic).

If you need to know what Mega Man is, you live under a rock. But if you’re wondering if you should buy this or not…no. Even on eBay, should you not be able to find a local Gamestop or FYE that has this game, Mega Man Anniversary Collection is cheap. Go for that. You get all eight games (including a good PS1 game), with extra arcade games at that, plus the ability to actually save your games, not forcing you to rely on passwords. $5 for Mega Man 3 would be a good price if not for that, but since the Gamecube version is an option, that’s the route I recommend.

Nathan Birch: Now I know everyone likes to complain about these being released on the VC for 5 dollars a pop when they were released on a collection a few years back, but it’s Mega Man 1 – 3. The Virtual Console is supposed to be a museum of sorts of the best console games of the 8 and 16-bit eras and there’s no way you can have any “best of the NES” retrospective without the Mega Man games. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the series, if someone were to ask I’d still list Mega Man right after Mario and Zelda as the games that most defined the system.

Besides, wasn’t the Mega Man Collection actually pretty poorly emulated? That’s all I hear on most messageboards and whatnot.

Anyways, yeah…done Mega Man 9 and jonesing for more? Forget wasting your money on the cheesy downloadable (or more accurately, pay-to-unlock) content, spend a couple bucks on this instead.

Aileen Coe: As others have mentioned, you do have other, cheaper mediums through which you can procure this game. But if you have no other systems, can’t find said collection for whatever reason, and especially if you loved Mega Man 9 (and all of the whippings it gives anyone bold enough to try it…er, I digress), then this would be a good investment. You’ve got to love a game that gives you a robo dog assistant and the ability to slide and implements both well. And hey, this game was where Protoman made his grand debut (though no, he’s not playable in this game).

Man, now I’ve got that whistle stuck in my head…

Elsewhere on the Wii’s DLC, Brain Challenge and the bizarrely titled Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam were released on Wiiware today at 1000 points each. Gee, I wonder what I should get, a game about feeding mafia thugs or one of the greatest NES games of all time…

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