Apparently Capcom is compiling the Mega Man Zero tetralogy (call it a “quadrilogy” and I explode your face) into a DS cartridge. No U.S. release is yet confirmed, but honestly now. Why wouldn’t they? Capcom likes money, especially easy money.
I’m pretty happy about this news, because I sold off my Zero games about a year ago. I enjoyed the series, or at least I did when it wasn’t punishing me for having the audacity to make use of its play mechanics, but then I noticed they were selling for stupid amounts of money on eBay. So, I decided to brave up and put a theory I have to the test: There’s no sense in hanging on old games in a successful series by a major publisher, because eventually they will show up again — often in a better format than they appeared the first time.*
Gaming has finally reached the point where it has its own sense of history, and old games are like old albums. There’s money to be made in dredging up back catalog material, because there’ll always be people who loved those games the first time around and a steady influx of new fans who started in with a franchise at a later chapter and are curious about the older works. Admittedly, the Zero games aren’t quite old enough to be historical curios for new fans, but everything else is true enough.
So, I’m pretty happy about this turn of events, because I’ll probably enjoy the Zero games a lot playing it on those big ol’ DSI XL screens. And, because I do love being right. Especially when I’m right with a decent net gain.
* Note: Except for EarthBound.