The Game Boy Advance was in everyone’s pocket when it came out, but I didn’t know a single person who owned the Nintendo e-Reader. This attachment scanned in cards to a select handful of GBA games to add functionality. Mega Man Zero 3 was one such game. Thankfully, Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is keeping the additional content and simply integrating it into the game with no peripheral required. The rerelease – which contains the four Mega Man Zero games, Mega Man ZX, and Mega Man ZX Advent – is introducing a new feature called ZZ Cards.
The ZZ Cards act as e-Reader replacements in Zero 3, allowing the player to customize things such as the title screen and buster shot aesthetics, as well as power-ups. In the other games, the ZZ Cards will act as achievements, collected through playing the main game or the Z Chaser mode.
Another feature returning is one that was tied to the Nintendo DS. With that system, placing Mega Man Zero 3 or 4 into the GBA slot while playing Mega Man ZX allowed players to take on additional bosses. Now, that function is achieved via Link Mode, which is just a toggle you can hit upon starting the game.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is already a robust collection that I can’t wait to get my hands on. With ZZ Cards and the Link Mode, it’s great to know that Capcom is ensuring that nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection releases on January 21, 2020.