There are, of course, some drawbacks keeping this from being the perfect Mega Man soundtrack collection. If you take a look at the full track list, you'll notice that the arranged versions of the Mega Man 1-3 OSTs are incomplete. This is not the fault of Capcom. For some reason, only Mega Man 4-6 received complete re-arrangements for the Complete Works versions. Mega Man 1-3 instead pulled music from the arcade titles Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters. So in a way, it's like you are getting a partial soundtrack from two more games, which I can't see as a bad thing at all.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of other Mega Man games that I would have liked to see represented. The Game Boy series features a lot of fun, original music, yet it has never had a proper soundtrack release. Same with Mega Man & Bass, which is actually part of the main series canon and shouldn't have been disregarded. Hell, even the Sega Genesis-exclusive Mega Man: The Wily Wars could use some love. Quite the shame, though I'm certain Capcom had to draw the line somewhere.
Do I think the Rockcan is worth it? All in all, yeah, it is. But that's me. It'll be available on September 19 on e-Capcom for ¥14700 (about $185), but you can't order from the store without going through third-party channels like CDJapan, where the pre-order price stands at $221.69. I might be able to swallow that number, but I doubt many others are.
I would like to point out that roughly $185 is not unreasonable when it concerns Japanese CDs. Here in the US, people start blow a fuse if they have to pay more than $15. However, you are lucky to find a Japanese CD for the equivalent of $30. All Japanese media is expensive compared to American media. While we are complaining about $60 game prices, the Japanese are paying $20 to $30 more for the same software. Taking all that into consideration, $18.50 per CD in a 10 CD collection is quite the bargain... for the Japanese.
Sure, you could point at the Street Fighter anniversary collection and remark about how much you're getting for $150. But remember, that's the localized price. If the Japanese are receiving the same set, I shudder to think how much they'll wind up paying. As for the Rockcan, it's all up to you if you are willing to plunk down the green.
For me, sadly, there are no other options.
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