Mega Man Celebrates 30th Birthday with a Flurry of Announcements

This December, the classic Mega Man video game franchise turns 30. That fact in itself is enough to spark bouts of nostalgia if you remember leaving the arcade and your favourite vertical arcade games to go home to your NES to play a few hours of Mega Man.

This isn't a normal video game franchise birthday, however. Instead, Mega Man's owners, Capcom, are celebrating the event with several new announcements.

Capcom made a lot of these announcements during a live stream which took place on December 4th. Mega Man turns 30 on December 17th, so the folks at Capcom started the celebrations early.

Switch Gets the Mega Man Legacy Collections

The first major announcement was that Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 are being made available on the Nintendo Switch. Previously, these collections were only available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The Mega Man Legacy Collection features the first six games of the franchise including the original Mega Man as well as the most popular title, Mega Man 2. The Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 features Mega Man 7 to Mega Man 10.

Re-Release of the Mega Man X Series

We also learned this week that Capcom is releasing the Mega Man X Series for PC and all the main modern consoles including the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. All eight games in the Mega Man X series are part of the release.

As a quick reminder, the first Mega Man X series game was released in 1993 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It featured better graphics than the original series and follows Mega Man's successor, Mega Man X.

Mega Man 11 is On Its Way

The final major announcement we got from Capcom this week was the launch of a brand new Mega Man game – Mega Man 11. It will be the first new title in the franchise since the launch of Mega Man 10 in 2010.

According to the announcement trailer (which you can watch below), Mega Man 11 is still a side-scroller, but it features very modern looking 3D graphics.

The gameplay looks familiar which will please Mega Man fans, and the artwork is incredibly rich and looks fantastic.

Don’t worry if Mega Man is not your thing, though. You can still play other fantastic games released in the 1980s on a classic arcade machine. Check out the collection we have available today.