When Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on January 21, 2020, it will be bringing a few extra features in tow. Aside from bringing together all four Mega Man Zero games, both Mega Man ZX games, and the brand new Z Chaser mode, a couple of features unique to each game’s original hardware will be making a return alongside the debut of ZZ Cards!
Let’s start with a feature that serves a dual purpose: ZZ Cards! Tracking your activities throughout the collection, ZZ Cards are perfect for completionists and a great way to check your accomplishments as you play through the Zero and ZX games or Z Chaser. They serve a unique purpose in Mega Man Zero 3, too. A little back story, first: The Game Boy Advance had a unique attachment, the e-Reader, which Mega Man Zero 3 could use to scan in cards and unlock various modifications that changed the game in distinct ways. Some of them were cosmetic, like modifying the game’s title screen, changing the weather at the resistance base, or modifying the look of buster shots, while others could add unique NPC dialogues or new rooms to explore. There were even a few that powered up weapons in Zero’s arsenal!
These modifications were also included as an unlockable feature in the Western release of Mega Man Zero Collection on the Nintendo DS. With Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, we’re re-introducing them as Bonus Cards, tied to the ZZ Cards that unlock as you play. It would spoil the fun to tell you exactly which ZZ Cards are tied to which Bonus Cards, so we’ll leave that for you to discover. No matter the platform you play on, you’ll be able to check your ZZ Cards to see what you’ve accomplished along the way.
There’s another feature we’re bringing back that used to require original hardware, as well. For old-school players who remember playing Mega Man ZX on the Nintendo DS, you might remember that inserting Mega Man Zero 3 or Mega Man Zero 4 into the Game Boy Advance slot before powering on the console would unlock optional boss battles against Mutos Reploids hailing from each game. I’m happy to confirm that this functionality returns via Link Mode, allowing you to “Link” either Zero 3 or Zero 4 when you start Mega Man ZX to access these throwback throwdowns!
When you set Link Mode to Mega Man Zero 3, you’ll be able to take on:
- Blazin’ Flizard
- Childre Inarabitta
- Deathtanz Mantisk
- Devilbat Schilt
And if you set it to Mega Man Zero 4, prepare to square off against:
- Popla Cocapetri
- Pegasolta Eclair
- Fenri Lunaedge
- Sol Titanion
We hope you’re looking forward to these original features making their return! Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection dashes onto digital platforms worldwide and into retail stores in North America beginning January 21, 2020.