Mega Man Anniversary Collection GameCube

Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 85
    What Mega Man Anniversary lacks in technology and convolution, it more than makes up for in mechanical brilliance, loveable characters, a compelling art direction, and an abundance of robotic charm.
  2. This is simply one of the richest, most well-put-together classic compilations ever made, and it manages to not only refrain from sacrificing key elements of gameplay for the sake of making the hardware transition process easier but also makes improvements that are not only great but practically seem like common sense.
  3. This is a classic gamer’s fantasy.
  4. Packed with tons of nostalgia, unique weapons (including the suspiciously fanciful "Top Spin"), and more hardcore 2D shooting and platforming than you can shake an arm cannon at. [July 2004, p.111]
  5. Cheat Code Central
    80
    The virtually faithful ports are a classic-gaming junky's dream come true.
  6. A great collection for nostalgic fans and newcomers alike. None of the spin-off Mega Man X titles are included in the package, but what’s included is more than enough to keep any player blasting for more.
  7. 75
    It faithfully reproduces the classic action series, and the handful of modern conveniences are a nice addition. However, the display method the game uses looks bad and the extras are not quite there.
  8. 80
    Delivering such an exhaustive package of quality games and extras earns Capcom a high score on this one.
  9. Though the series is pretty much stale these days, that wasn’t always the case, and the Mega Man Anniversary Collection serves as a reminder that while the games might feel a little dated, the Blue Bomber still has some fight left.
  10. 60
    Unsurprisingly, playing through this Anniversary Collection is much like listening to a ten-album Grateful Dead box set: it's very good for what it is, and some of titles included are genuine masterpieces. But taken together, the monotony is almost overwhelming.
  11. A scintillating package of retro Capcom goodness; there’s something for everyone to love here, and the low price makes it a killer buy.
  12. This is classic gaming done right with one of the industries best heroes finally getting his just due and future compilations from other companies would do well to take heed of how Capcom delivered this tribute to fans.
  13. 80
    For pure dollar value -- 10 total games for $29.99 -- Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a great buy. That is, if you can make your peace with the atrocious button-swapping snafu.
  14. While it is not absolutely perfect, it comes awfully close.
  15. Play Magazine
    75
    The fantastic level design, precise control and underlying weapon-swiping game theory are second to none. [Aug 2004, p.53]
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    77
    Newcomers should stay away ("I can't duck? or shoot up?!"), but for those of us who grew up with Capcom's blue bomber, 30 bucks for this high-quality collection of old-school favorties is a steal. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  17. Nintendo Power
    80
    A retro gamer's dream. [Aug 2004, p.122]
  18. If you can get over the criminal lack of configurable controls, it’s hard to go wrong with Mega Man Anniversary Collection. The games vary in quality, but even the worst one is pretty good, and the best ones are deservingly legendary.
  19. I can't thank Capcom and Atomic Planet enough. They've let me into a world I wasn't developmentally ready for 15 years ago, but which still makes me feel like a kid again. I always knew I'd come back to Monsteropolis someday. Thanks for waiting, Mega Man.
  20. Perhaps the handiest feature Atomic Planet has incorporated into this great compilation though is the new Navi Mode, which basically allows you to use the great menu from Mega Man 8 in all the other titles and also gives you handy hints throughout the game. [JPN Import]
  21. The highlight of the extras would have to be the two hidden games, Mega Man The Power Battles and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, both of which are quite entertaining to play (especially with a friend) but are only really enjoyable in short bursts.
  22. Easily the best compilation available on today’s market.
  23. Sadly, the games’ graphics did not get a similar treatment. In fact, some of the games seem surprisingly worse then they did on their original consoles.
  24. That’s a ton of content, and yes, that content is a lot of fun since the simple platform-centric gameplay still holds up extremely well.
  25. This game is almost perfect. There’s a large chunk of video game history packaged together in one disc. If you’re a Mega Man fan at all, you owe it to yourself to run out and buy this collection.
  26. 80
    This is an opportunity for casual gamers to introduce themselves to what the pinnacle of Videogame quality used to be, and at the same time better appreciate the games we have available to play today.
  27. It would have been nice to have some remixed tunes in-game, as well as the Mega Man X games, but, regardless, you can't go wrong with this Collection.
  28. The most thorough and competent rehash packages in recent memory, offering a slew of great games in top form, along with a few cool bonuses.
  29. What makes the Mega Man Anniversary Collection such a fine example of retro-gaming is the care that went into bringing it to the next-gen systems.
  30. 80
    It stands proud as an example of how all retro collections should be compiled in terms of content, even if it does serve to highlight minor presentational niggles such as the lack of a button config option that are often common to these packs.
  31. You need Mega Man Anniversary Collection like you need air to breath.
  32. It's one of the best compilation titles on the GameCube, ranking in far ahead of "Sonic Mega Collection" or "Midway Arcade Treasures."

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 21, 2016
    10
    I just love this game this is my favorite mega man game of all time! The title just explains why simply. It is a collection so it MUST be goodI just love this game this is my favorite mega man game of all time! The title just explains why simply. It is a collection so it MUST be good well only if it is a good series. Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    @SteveH. the game you are thinking of is Mega Man X or X2 or X3 on the SNES. Those are great games, and they have their own collections too.@SteveH. the game you are thinking of is Mega Man X or X2 or X3 on the SNES. Those are great games, and they have their own collections too. This is an amazing collection of the first 8 Mega Man games and 2 previously unreleased! Great games, highly recommended! Full Review »
  3. RobertA.
    Jul 8, 2004
    9
    Oh baby oh baby oh baby. this is it. i play it all night. one of all time favorite video game series, and it plays better then ever. but butOh baby oh baby oh baby. this is it. i play it all night. one of all time favorite video game series, and it plays better then ever. but but but why did they change the simple buttons around. der!!! that's my only complaint. Full Review »