Wow, the Neo Geo Pocket version of Mega Man Battle & Fighters just hit the Switch eShop out of the blue.

Somewhat confusingly, it’s a Neo Geo Pocket Color version of two games in one package

Battle and fighters of Mega Man is now available on Switch is not something I ever thought I’d be able to say out loud. But given the massive success of the platform, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

Thanks to a tip from a reader, it came to our attention that the game is now available on the eShop for $7.99, with no fanfare and no official announcement from the publisher or the weekly Nintendo eShop drop. This edition is actually a “fix” of two games (power battle and the sequel, power fighters), in the form of a Neo Geo Pocket port. The gist of the “Power” spinoffs: You pit Mega Man, Proto Man, and Bass (with Duo as a fourth option in the sequel) against a bunch of boss enemies (master bots from the series and some final bosses), culminating in a confrontation with Wily. There’s even a bit of original story involved (perhaps most famously, one ending with Bass serving as a tenuous link between the classic series and the mega Man X timeline)!

In its full arcade form, it’s like a “co-op” fighter of sorts, with limited move sets, the ability to pick up abilities from downed enemies, and an emphasis on close-quarters arena battles. Both games span multiple generations, made up of bosses from Mega man 1-7.

Battle and fighters of Mega Man is a unique version of the mega Man formula

Both iterations of “Power” In fact, they have seen the light of day through various “collections” directly from Capcom, which are generally ports of the arcade version. Both even came back in digital format thanks to the Capcom Arcade Second Stadium compilation, which was just released a few weeks ago. But the Neo Geo Pocket Color version with two games in one is not so available.

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Interestingly, it is also published by SNK on Switch. As a fan, I highly recommend getting the arcade editions (even through Capcom Arcade Second Stadium) if possible.

[Thanks John!]

Chris Carter

Reviews Director, Co-EIC – Chris has been avidly enjoying Destructoid since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, create an account and start blogging in January 2009. He’s now on staff!

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