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Quick Look: Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

A mega collection that gets you ZERO games!

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Feb. 25 2020

Cast: Ben, Jan

Posted by: Jan

31 Comments

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It's time to murder my shoulder buttons all over again.

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the random high res fonts are kind of weird.

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I find it truly baffling that anyone could prefer the smoothing filter over the raw-ass pixels. I love these games though. I would kill for a MegaMan Battle Network collection though!

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I loved the Zero collection but never got a chance to play the last two. Awesome games, and making changes to make them more accessible is a great move. Anyone that enjoys Mega Man X needs to buy this thing.

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Heck yeah, Chaka Khan!

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Some SaltyBet tracks in this, I see.

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My entire life is a "Casual Scenario Mode"

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Yo shut it! That grapple hook is good!

Zero 2 was what brought me back into Mega Man after not having played the series since MM3. I got the collection they released for DS of the Zero games too, but never ended up finishing Zero 3 or 4. Looking forward to picking this up and playing it with some good-ass shoulder buttons that won't wear out on me though.

Also maybe looking forward to playing ZX in English, since I picked up the Japanese version exclusively because it had VA, even though I could not read or understand Japanese...

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I wish I would have known that you can't customize the controls before I bought the Switch version. Using the A/B button layout on the Switch is always the worst for playing platformers.

Everything else about this collection is top-notch from the presentation to the look and feel and options. To leave out the simple thing of me wanting to jump with B and shoot with Y is baffling.

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Scene Start:

Jan throws Ben under the bus in the editing room

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Oh my goodness I'd kill for a MM Battle Network collection. Actually just dug up a bunch of old carts for them from my shed, but having them available on modern platforms would be great!

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Edited By EclipsingSquid

@blacknitecrash: You can do that. The only weird thing I've noticed is that the second shoulder buttons are totally unusable.

Edit: You can in Z1, anyway, I haven't tried the others yet. But it would be crazy if they made that change for only one game.

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@blacknitecrash: I saw the instructions to do so elsewhere but can't vouch for it:

"In the sub menu for each game. Or hit "+" (Switch version) before you start a level in Z-Chaser."

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fuck yeah, been (Ben) looking forward to this

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Edited By Murlin

You definitely lose rank for using Cyber Elves in the first game, that wasn't added later.

EDIT: The dude's dog is named Treble, his name is obviously not pronounced like the fish. Come on, guys.

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@csl316: You can only swap A and B in the Zero games in the sub-menu. It says Y and X are unavailable in all configuration options. Baffling. Maybe they will patch this? I knew you could do it on the ZX games because you could also do that on the original DS versions.

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@murlin: To be fair, MM8 has voice acting and they say it like the fish. That said I wouldn't exactly take that game's voice acting as canon.

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I feel like I am losing my mind, so I went and double-checked the previous Mega Man Legacy collections on Switch and they are shoot with Y and jump with B. Ugh. What a strange oversight.

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@blacknitecrash: Where is it telling you Y and X are unavailable? I just checked all four Z games on the Switch version and I could set them to B-jump, Y-shoot. In the in-game pause menu, scroll to the control options, scroll over to Custom, hit A, then press Y on shoot and B on jump.

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@eclipsingsquid: Thank you! I was mainly looking at the main options menu. I did try looking at the in-game options menu and thought it was only swapping the available buttons on the original GBA. I didn't think that they would alter the game rom to show a Y and X button for the custom menu. But they did! Thanks for the helpful reply.

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@eclipsingsquid: Also unfortunate that you can't swap the triggers for the shoulders. The Zero games get hectic, and I was hoping for an option to fully customize the button layout like Cuphead. That would have been ideal.

That said, this collection is damn near perfect.

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I appreciate that y'all kept it to Zero puns in this Quick Look.

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Mics sound a little hot, almost blown out. West's audio seems to be way louder than Beast's quite often, so if you're pushing the limit there's probably no harm in pulling things back a little.

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MMBN collection hype. Let me fall in to MMBN3 postgame for hours and hours again Capcom!

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God, I'm so happy that Jan busted out Chronoforce on land and discovered that he just can't fucking move at all outside of water.

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I still own every game in this collection except for ZX Advent, which I've never played, but I still kind of want this. The Zero games are so damned good, with Zero 2 being the best, even though it had that BS system where you had to maintain an S rank to earn the boss weapons. Back when I was young and dedicated, I managed to get them all. Not so sure about it these days . . .

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14:30: Ben doesn't jump through boss doors. Heathen.

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Edited By MissAshley

I thought Zero was super cool for a while, but when these games first came out I was annoyed. I was already irked enough by the classic series being left behind in favor of X, Legends, and Battle Network. Starting up yet another series and abandoning having a Mega Man protagonist altogether was the last straw.

Still, I played through the first Zero game because the MM community seemed to dig it. I didn't like it. I didn't care for the setting, the mission-based structure, or the gameplay. Having to hold down a shoulder button to wield a different weapon hurt my hand, too. Why couldn't it be a toggle instead?!

I might give this another shot, though, since now it's all in one place with more comfortable input methods. Also, the ZX games might be more my speed.

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@janman@benpack It's not ideal but you can buy the battle network games separately on the Wii U Virtual Console.