Is your love for retro gaming rivaled only by your love for throwing away money? If so, iam8bit has just the thing for you. The company announced today a collaboration with Capcom to release a brand new run of Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X cartridges to celebrate the Blue Bomber’s 30th anniversary.
Priced at $100 each, games are limited to just 8,500 pieces comprised of 7,500 opaque light blue and 1,000 translucent, glow-in-the-dark blue cartridges. The cartridges are brand-new and produced by Retrotainment Games and Infinite NES Lives and come packed in a tri-fold box featuring foil and gloss embossments. Additionally, they come packed with an instruction booklet with a foreward written by Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil along with as of yet unspecified “retro pack-in-surprises”.
This isn’t the first time iam8bit has partnered with Capcom to resurrect a classic from gaming’s bygone era. Last year they released a special Street Fighter II 30th Anniversary cartridge to celebrate the three decades since Street Fighter first pummeled its way into the arcades way back on August 30th, 1987. Weird how iam8bit chooses to reprint sequels rather than the games that kicked these franchises off, but I digress…
I love Mega Man as much as the next guy, but seeing how similarly produced reproduction cartridges of these games typically run for less than half the price iam8bit and Capcom are offering, the $100 price tag is a bit hard to swallow. That is unless those retro goodies they’re teasing are actually pretty interesting. To be fair, iam8bit has done some pretty exceptional releases in the past – including their beautiful retail release of Hyper Light Drifter – but at the time of this writing, I’m just not seeing the value here. Then again, I can imagine the Mega Man die-hards out there will be lining up to add this to their collections with the quickness.
So, what do you think of these 30th anniversary Mega Man carts? Is the $100 price tag worth it to you, or do you think Capcom and iam8bit are preying on nostalgia to make a quick buck? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.