The recently announced launch of the PSOne Classic Mega Man Legends 2 on PSN in North America wasn’t surprising. We all saw it coming.
A few days before PlayStation Blogcast broke the story, we knew the game had been rated by the ESRB. This last year saw both Mega Man Legends and spin-off title The Misadventures of Tron Bonne land on the PSN service as PSOne Classics, and fans everywhere rejoiced. This announcement was going to happen eventually. Capcom loves your money.
The upcoming release of Mega Man Legends 2 however, is a big deal no matter how inevitable it may have seemed to be. Let me lay it out for you.
This is the first time in 15+ years that this game is available in any form other than the incredibly expensive original PlayStation disc. As you read this, new copies of Mega Man Legends 2 are going for between $266 and $499 on Amazon. That’s crazy! Like “your baby’s PlayStation VR money” expensive!
Unlike its predecessor which had an N64 port, Mega Man Legends 2 was never released on any other platform. There is literally no other version you can seek out. For 15 years, it’s been original PlayStation discs or the far cheaper (albeit morally questionable) tactic of emulation. Capcom has been great with releasing it’s back catalog of quality titles onto the PSN, and their success with every release is proof that if you provide an affordable way to experience classic games on modern platforms, people will gladly pay you for the privilege and convenience. It’s an attitude more developers should embrace.
The game is going to look and play better than ever on the PS Vita. As a fan, I bought the PSOne Classic release of Mega Man Legends last year and with some custom control mapping and enabling screen filtering, it played almost like an entirely new game. So many classic games benefit from these built-in features of the Vita, and Mega Man Legends 2 will undoubtedly shine like a…shiny, blue, metal, mega guy! (Ugh…that was truly awful.) Now Capcom just needs to give us Mega Man: Powered Up! for PSP as a Vita download. A man can dream…real hard.
If past precedent is any indicator, the PSOne Classic version of Mega Man Legends 2 will be priced between $5.99 – $9.99 when it launches on April 5, 2016 for PS Vita, PS3, and PSP as a digital download in the North America Playstation Store.
Are you hyped to download this PSOne Classic? Have you played this rare gem before? Charge your blasters in the comments below.