Rockman: Battle & Fighters (Available exclusively on Neo Geo Pocket Color)
ESRB Rating: NA
Number of Players: 1
Release Date: July 30th, 2000 (Japan only)
Rockman: Battle & Fighters is a Japanese-only release for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. It’s based on two separate arcade games, both of which also never made it to North America. That said, there was a version of The Power Fighters on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection which was available for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. It plays like a one on one fighter, but set in the Mega Man universe. Think of it as a boss battle rush mode with tons of enemies and characters from the classic Mega Man games.
Hardcore Mega Man fans will be all over this. You basically play as any of the original characters against all of the original bosses from the classic NES games. You can also pick which stages to start, and doing so is preferred as the boss weapons carry over. Like the originals, all enemies have weaknesses which you need to figure out as you play.
+ Tons of replay value. There are two complete games in this one small package, with both titles offering plenty of content. Expect to put many hours in to see everything.
+ Gameplay is simple but solid. If you thought boss fights were exciting in Mega Man 2, you’ll love them here as well.
+ Controls work perfectly. The Neo Geo Pocket Color’s “arcade” stick is ideal for a game like this. The clicking makes you feel like you’ve taken a time machine back into the arcades.
– For hardcore fans only. The game can get repetitive real quickly as it’s essentially nothing more than one boss fight after the another.
– Extremely pricy. Expect to spend at least $80 on this.
Rockman: Battle & Fighters is a unique Neo Geo Pocket Color offering that should please fans of the series, but be reserved mostly for them. It can prove to be exciting for short period of times, but the price of admission won’t be worth it for most. This is a simple choice, how big of a “Rockman” fan are you?
Final Score: 7.5/10