I remember back in the day I stumbled upon Mega Man Network Transmission for GameCube and bought it without knowing what it was. In my mind, HEY there was a new Mega Man game on GCN. But when I fired it up, what the heck? This wasn't Mega Man. This was some kind of weirdo Pokemon game with Mega Man in it. I lost interest really quickly and haven't even thought about the series since.
But lately I've been into collecting issues of Nintendo Power and going through them and making a list of various recommendations. Sometimes I'm reminded of a really big and awesome game I should play, and sometimes my eye is caught by something random. Take for example Mega Man Battle Network 6, the final game in the series which was released on GBA way back in 2006.
To my surprise, the entire GBA series of these games was released on the Wii U's Virtual Console. And I'm a big fan of the Wii U's Virtual Console. There's something really satisfying about playing old games on that gamepad. I mean sure, the Switch is an amazing console. But I have a soft spot for that hefty gamepad. I can't really explain it.
Anyway, this game is weird. I don't know if I like it yet. But maybe I do. Like many games of its time, it basically follows the Pokemon pattern. You've got two versions of each game and you can trade stuff with friends if you have a link cable; you're a kid in a town and you send in your thing to do battles. This time it's Mega Man rather than a Pokemon. And you collect "chips" which are basically cards you use as attacks, buffs, etc. The battles themselves are fairly interesting though. It's not a turned based thing, but instead kind of a real time strategy deal. It's fun enough.
One thing I don't love is all the jargon. It feels really silly and forced and so many words are being thrown at you at once that I feel like I don't know what the heck they're talking about. Navi's and Nets and Chips and Jacks and whatever. I get the distinct feeling that the developers were just skimming old issues of Wired Magazine looking for cool internet buzz words. Of course by 2006 those buzzwords had to sound rather dated. Never mind trying to play the game in 2020.
The future is now!