First up is another game that marks a bit of a milestone. For many years, Mega Man & Bass was one of those mythical “Holy Grail” games that only existed in Japan thanks to an incredibly late Super Famicom release… in 1998! Most fans were already playing Mega Man X4 and Mega Man 8 on their PlayStations by this point, so it’s quite obvious why the game never got released for the North American Super Nintendo.
Fast forward to 2003, English speaking fans finally got an official chance to play the game thanks to a decent port on the Game Boy Advance. This was the first time that players could control Mega Man’s rival Bass in a video game, and it was the best chance to enjoy classic Mega Man on the handheld while the Mega Man Zero franchise took it in another direction.
Unless fans bought the Game Boy Advance Player adapter for the GameCube though, it remained a handheld exclusive… until today.
We are now in May 2015, and Mega Man & Bass is finally making its console debut in North America thanks to the Wii U Virtual Console. This is the Game Boy Advance version, so don’t expect the technical masterpiece of the Super Famicom game. However, the blips and bloops of the soundtrack aside, it’s a pretty decent version and more than solid enough if you need a classic Mega Man fix.
Mega Man & Bass can be picked up for $7.99, and unless you are lost head-over-heels in The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, like I am, then I suggest you give it a try. Next week’s game is Mega Man Battle Network 3.