Considering the franchise has been largely quiet for so long when it comes to new releases, Mega Man’s 30th anniversary run is turning out to be quite fruitful for fans of the series. With the announcement of the Mega Man X Collection and subsequent releases on Nintendo Switch for both Legacy bundles, not to mention Mega Man 11, the Blue Bomber is set to have a solid 2018 already. But, we had a feeling something interesting would be on the way from the folks over at iam8bit to mark the occasion as well, and here it is.

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The company has long been in partnership with Capcom to create unique and interesting collector’s items for fans of Street Fighter and Mega Man, among others. This time around, iam8bit is reaching right back to the beginning of it all (almost anyway) with some special edition vintage Nintendo cartridge releases of some of the most beloved titles in the franchise.

Mega Man 2, which originally released back in 1988 for Nintendo’s original home console, is getting re-released on a limited edition NES cartridge. We will also be getting 1993’s Mega Man X in 30th Anniversary Classic Cartridge form. Both versions will include special packaging, some extra goodies and two different cartridge designs.

There are two different cartridge designs for both titles with the standard, opaque version and a special glow-in-the-dark, translucent blue. Trick is, which one you’ll receive will be selected entirely at random. There are 7,500 standard versions of each game and only 1,000 in translucent blue (8,500 total for both titles).

The packaging looks pretty nice here as well with dual-fold box designs and some of that classic Mega Man artwork. Here’s a more detailed look at what is included in each of the limited run packages:

Mega Man X 30th Anniversary Classic:

  • Limited Edition of 8,500 – Opaque White (7,500 units total) or Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blue (1,000 units total)
  • Brand-New Playable Cartridge
  • Tri-Fold Box w/ Foil, Gloss & Embossments
  • Premium Instruction Booklet w/ Foreword by Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil
  • Retro Pack-In Surprises
  • Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
  • Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games + Infinite NES Lives

Mega Man 2 30th Anniversary Classic:

  • Limited Edition of 8,500 – Opaque Light Blue (7,500 units total) or Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blue (1,000 units total)
  • Brand-New Playable Cartridge
  • Dual-Fold Box w/ Foil, Gloss & Embossments
  • Premium Instruction Booklet w/ Foreword by Author Salvatore Pane
  • Retro Pack-In Surprises
  • Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
  • Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games + Infinite NES Lives

Both the Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X 30th Anniversary Cartridges are up for pre-order at $100 with a September 2018 shipping date.

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