The Mega Man franchise has been quite dormant as of late, with the last mainline entry, Mega Man 11, being released back in 2018. While it received universal acclaim, it did not herald a new era of games for the Blue Bomber.

Instead, more than a handful of rereleases of older games have been ported to modern systems, from the classic NES games to the upcoming collection of Game Boy Advance Battle Network games.

One side of the Mega Man franchise that no one could foresee a rerelease for would be the Japan-only Rockman: Battle & Fighters for the NeoGeo Pocket Color, which has made a surprise debut on the Nintendo Switch.

japan-only ‘mega man battle & fighters’ makes a surprise debut on nintendo switch

Now known globally as Mega Man Battle & Fighters, the game is part of the ongoing releases under the NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection, which are modern ports of older games from SNK’s handheld gaming console.

For the uninitiated, Mega Man Battle & Fighters was initially released in 2000 for the NeoGeo Pocket Color, with the game being 8-bit demakes of Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters.

japan-only ‘mega man battle & fighters’ makes a surprise debut on nintendo switch

Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters are fighting game spin-offs for arcades, where Mega Man and his friends must defeat a whole host of Robot Masters from previous games.

This new Nintendo Switch port of Mega Man Battle & Fighters allows players to play as Mega Man, Proto Man, Bass, and Duo, each with their own distinct playstyles. What is lacking from the arcade release is the multiplayer versus and co-op modes.

japan-only ‘mega man battle & fighters’ makes a surprise debut on nintendo switch

Players will have to defeat a total of 40 bosses, ranging from the iconic Robot Masters from the first seven Mega Man games, all in the effort to put a stop to Dr. Wily’s plans for world domination.

It should be noted that the game is still in Japanese, so non-Japanese-speaking players will have to do some guesswork to play this never-before-seen Mega Man game.

Hopefully, this will see the official ports of Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters to the Nintendo Switch, or even a brand new fighting game based on the Mega Man franchise some day.

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