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Mega Man Battle Network 3 Headed to the Wii U Virtual Console

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

So says the Australian ratings board

This week's arrival of Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island on the Wii U Virtual Console drew to a close the initial run of confirmed Game Boy Advance titles in the West. With more confirmed for Japan, however, we're simply awaiting formal details on what's next for those of us outside of Nintendo's homeland.

While first-party content will continue to flow, the inclusion of third-party games — in all likelihood with publishing support from Nintendo — will hopefully keep retro gamers even more interested. Capcom's been rather supportive of the Virtual Console platforms over the years, including an upcoming lineup of Game Boy Mega Man titles throughout May on the 3DS. The Blue Bomber looks set to have some GBA love on the Wii U, too.

The Australian Ratings Board has posted ratings for Mega Man Battle Network 3, with individual entries for the White and Blue iterations. This was one of many Mega Man spin-offs, in this case a tactical RPG in which the battling robots are duking it out in a fictional internet of the future. The turn-based action is, obviously, a major diversion from the series norm, but no doubt had some fans when originally released. Whether the earlier series entries from the GBA library will arrive is unclear, though they don't have equivalent ratings entries at the time of writing.

Were you a fan of this series in the past, and are you interested in trying it out on Wii U?

[via neogaf.com, nintendoeverything.com]

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User Comments (58)

Discipledoctor

#4

Discipledoctor said:

Hopefully it's released next month so that my topic turns out to be correct.

LOLJK, release it today plz Capcom. Plzzzz.

Angelic_Lapras_King

#7

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Surly you'd start with the first one for the story, right? And both versions? Are they really that different or is it just a Pokemon thing (Minor differences and trades)?

FalconPunch

#9

FalconPunch said:

YES! I have been wanting to play this series for a while but can't find it for cheap. Thanks Capcom. You did something right for once.

Discipledoctor

#10

Discipledoctor said:

@Angelic_Lapras_King

I'm fairly certain that you can 100% any MM game by itself. The differing versions have different Giga chips, which are super powerful but you only need your version's set for 100%. In the case of 3, there is a boss that can only be fought on the Blue version, so I'd get that to get his chips. You may need those (and be unable to get them!) in White.

Warruz

#12

Warruz said:

Well we know lots of Mega Man is coming, I would prefer the Zero Collection personally but thats me.

EvisceratorX

#13

EvisceratorX said:

This was one of my favorite series on the GBA back in the day. 3 was the best, followed closely by 2. BTW, isn't that picture for this article from BN 5? I don't think Colonel showed up till then...

Lance168

#14

Lance168 said:

Hey guys I've never played a Mega Man game before and after seeing smash bros I want to try playing Mega Man, should I start with this one?If not which game?

Kaze_Memaryu

#15

Kaze_Memaryu said:

Awesome! I'm a huge fan of the Battle Network games (my favourite MegaMan games by far), so hopefully this will just be the beginning!

@Lance168 Not really. Battle Network (and by extension, StarForce) is a lot of action, but no platforming, which is quite the difference compared to most other MegaMan games. You might be better off with the NES games or MegaMan X if you want the core experience.
Though that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend Battle Network to you. It's an awesome series, just not the kind of MegaMan you'd think it is.

Phantom_R

#16

Phantom_R said:

I got stuck toward the end for several years (the number thing hidden in the origami birds in the hospital), and I'm quite certain that the final boss is impossible to beat.

solcross

#19

solcross said:

Wow, I'm really excited by this! Although I would've rather had the first two games ported first.

sinalefa

#20

sinalefa said:

@Lance168

I would recommend you Mega Man 3 for the main series and Mega Man X for the X series. Both are on Wii U VC, thus allowing you to use the Restore Points if you so desire, because Mega Man does not go easy on beginners.

ChaosValentine

#21

ChaosValentine said:

@Discipledoctor

Sadly I know for a fact that these two games cant be 100% by themselves. In order to get one of the Giga Chips in each game, you have to fight VS Link Battles against the opposing game and hope that you get it randomly as a prize after you win the fight. If they don't do something to fix this then we will not be able to 100% the game and not be able to access the secret boss at the end...

Azikira

#22

Azikira said:

The GBA is a digital goldmine, and the Battle Network series is my favorite for the Mega Man games (And I own practically all of them)

Also my avatar is based on MMBN, if you couldn't tell! :3

xj220_afiles

#23

xj220_afiles said:

Really wish the zeros series is coming and the whole series, not just a random one like the third one.

KingMike

#25

KingMike said:

Ah, the game that had a "black" and "white" version like 8 years before Pokemon.
(of course black became "blue" in the west because they didn't want the obvious jokes made :D )

eleccross

#27

eleccross said:

@Superiorspider I tried playing 3 but my cartridge was broken and kept deleting my save game whenever i didn't play for too long (too long being over night) so I'd like to play it. 6 is my favorite but actually only one of the two I've played (the other is 5). I've been told 6 is the best by a friend who's played them all.

ShadJV

#28

ShadJV said:

I never got to try the BN series, will anything be lost on me if I don't play them in order?

Lasermaster123

#31

Lasermaster123 said:

Awesome! This was one of my favourite series on the GBA, played almost all the games except one of the two games for Megaman Battle Network 3 itself.

Discipledoctor

#32

Discipledoctor said:

@ChaosValentine Shoot, really? Yeah, they'd better do something (that hopefully doesn't involve buying both versions...although I probably will) so that we can fight Serenade. I never could beat her as a kid.

MAN1AC

#33

MAN1AC said:

Good to hear!
Hopefully Capcom has plan to bring the other games over as well.

Einherjar

#35

Einherjar said:

3 ? Thats rather random. But MegaMan is MegaMan ;)
But i sure hope it doesnt rule out its predecessors.

ChaosValentine

#36

ChaosValentine said:

@Discipledoctor you should be able to fight Serenade still, it's more to access the true versions of the final battles and for completion sake IIRC. Either way, I hope they do something ( but either way I'll probably get them both >.>)

Retro_on_theGo

#38

Retro_on_theGo said:

Holy s******t, this is big. I never expected any of the megaman games to come for some reason. My little brother would be so happy for this. He absolutely ruled at these games.

Henmii

#40

Henmii said:

Never played a Megaman Network game, but I might try it! I guess 1 and 2 come first though. And number 1 is probably the best way for me to start off!

Hortencio

#42

Hortencio said:

Haha! Just when I hoped they bring something "new" to me to the GBA side of the VC, bam! they do it! I've always been curious with this series, and while the 3rd iteration right off the bat is puzzling (no one having an answer as to why 3 is 1st is vexing, still), I'll probably purchase it nonetheless.

Lasermaster123

#44

Lasermaster123 said:

@Einherjar

I guess because the 3rd one was probably much better than 1st and 2nd. I really liked the new layout of the Internet compared to railway like system of 1st and I guess 2nd. Story was also great and this was the first title to have 2 editions. Personally though I can't wait for the 5th game although it did have a DS re-release as a pack of both Team Protoman and Team Colonel.

Excep7ional

#45

Excep7ional said:

Absolutely loved the Battle Network series, 3 especially. Battle Network 3: Blue version was the very first one I played so that was the game to get me hooked on the series. Played almost all of them except for 1 unfortunately. Although I won't be playing through it again those of you who didn't get to experience this game before should give it a try. So many fond memories from this classic.

Einherjar

#46

Einherjar said:

@Lasermaster123 Absolutely, 5 was really awesome too :)
I guess you could say the whole series was pretty great, although 4 was a bit dry.
Like i said, i just hope that the sudden appearance of 3 doesnt rule out that we COULD get the whole series on one system.

Lasermaster123

#47

Lasermaster123 said:

@Einherjar

Ironically 4 was the game I started out with. It got me interested in the whole series. Too bad I never could get that last chip to get the chance to beat Bass. I still like 4 though more than 3, but maybe that's because it was the first Megaman Battle Network game that I played.

I would love for the whole series to come on the eShop. Such a great series shouldn't be left unreleased.

Nadroc516

#48

Nadroc516 said:

Keep the GBA games coming. In fact, Nintendo, why don't you pretend you didn't promise is DS VC games, and take one solid step at a time. Oh and where are our N64 games? Not the same ones over and over, my wallet has dished out generously, how about some DK64 or Banjo-Kazooie, (Rare this Rare that...Rare even admitted that its ultimately up to Nintendo). Lets keep to our word, Big N. Please. I have given you a ludicrous amount of my and my parents money. Mario RPG for Wii U please. All rants end with Mario RPG for Wii U.

Thank you and I intend to post more now.

Nadroc516

#49

Nadroc516 said:

Pokémon Leaf Green & Pokémon Fire Red. Please, I've owned my 3DS for 1,055 days hoping the GB Blue and Red would come out. Throw a dog a bone. I can't imagine that move being anything less that pure profit for you fellas...also yeah thanks for TAXING US for digital downloads. Also the new games I have purchased, and I stay on track...what's with this no physical, paper manual..."check out our digital manual. Like...dude cheap. Us seasoned collectors have our needs...but oh wait yeah, us veteran collects are not your primary fiscal demographic anymore. LMAO IRONY.

suburban_sensei

#50

suburban_sensei said:

Cool news for Mega Man fans. I probably won't be picking this up do to not having time to play everything I want, but it's a fun series, I loved Battle Network back in the day!

audiobrainiac

#52

audiobrainiac said:

I loved the series though i never played this particular one. I didn't like when they split them up into two versions. I may get one version and be done with it. Cool to see it will be downloadable in the future.

burninmylight

#55

burninmylight said:

@Nadroc516

Nintendo is not a governing body and it doesn't tax you for anything. Taxes on digital downloads are based on your state/region. I'm in Oklahoma and I don't pay a penny of tax on digital downloads. If you have a problem with the digital tax, take it up with your local government.

BulbasaurusRex

#56

BulbasaurusRex said:

@Hortencio There's also a GameCube entry in the series that takes place between 1 & 2. It combines the Battle Chip aspect of this spin-off series with the action-platform genre of the classic games (except it's quite a bit more forgiving). There's also an animé series based on these games.

Hortencio

#57

Hortencio said:

@BulbasaurusRex
Ha, thanks! I actually just copped that off eBay for like $10 about two weeks ago, as I had rented it for the Cube back in the day, and liked it, but never beat it. I didn't put that together, though; playing through Net Tranny will provide some background and story to this GBA version I will undoubtedly get. I love Mega Man...everything, so this will be good!

Keion

#58

Keion said:

110% YES~!!
This entire series is so much fun! The fifth one is my least fav due to Liberation Missions, but it's still really fun~

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