Mega Man: The Wily Wars Battles Onto Genesis Portable
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Not on Virtual Console, sadly
Ever since Virtual Console arrived on Wii, plenty of older gamers — or younger retro enthusiasts — have had lists of games that they hope to see released on the service. One such title is quite possible Mega Man: The Wily Wars, a Sega Megadrive/Genesis release that includes re-makes of the first three titles in the series, wrapped in a storyline and with an unlockable extra set of stages. Plenty of Mega Man for fans to enjoy, then.
Unfortunately, it's never arrived on the Wii Virtual Console — possibly due to the fact Nintendo and Capcom would rather sell the NES games individually — and the original didn't have a boxed retail release in North America. While Japan and PAL regions did get the game, North American gamers could only access it through the Sega Channel, a feature that linked the 16-bit system to a cable TV connection to access and download a range of games. With its monthly subscription it was arguably a trail-blazer in the industry, but did mean that some gamers missed out. Mega Man: The Wily Wars was one of a number of games exclusive to the service in the region, which was particularly useless when it went offline in 1998.
Now this title will be available to gamers on both sides of the Atlantic, as it's a surprise inclusion on yet another Genesis portable console. The At Games Ultimate Portable Game Player arrives on 13th November and will include the usual mix of games often seen on these licensed handhelds, but the inclusion of this rare title may catch the eye of the Blue Bomber's biggest fans. It's a legal way for those of you in North America to have a copy of the game, without importing or using other means.
Do any of you want it enough to put down $59.99? Though there are other games on the system as well, obviously.