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Thursday, August 27, 2020

He May Be a Super Fighting Robot, but Mega Man Ain't a Math Robot

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - But there are math games on sale too.

You decide, readers of KoopaTV: Is this a case of false advertising, or is it just incompetence?

I speak of CAPCOM's Nintendo Switch Mega Man Franchise Sale, which began August 25, and ends at September 2, 2:59 AM Eastern time. It promises: “Get equipped with your favorite Mega Man games on sale up to 60% off for a limited time!” Here's the screenshot:

Mega Man Franchise Sale August 2020 Nintendo Switch eShop false advertising
Let's take a look at those prices.

I've summarised the sale into the following table. See if you can spot the contradiction all by yourself before reading onto the rest of the article:

Game TitleOriginal PriceSale PricePercent Discount
Mega Man Legacy Collection$14.99$9.8934% off
Mega Man 11$29.99$14.9950% off
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2$19.99$9.9950% off
Mega Man X Legacy Collection$19.99$9.99 50% off
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2$19.99 $9.99 50% off
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection$29.99$22.4925% off

Where, exactly, is the “up to 60% off” that's promised?

Mega Man is a robot, and they're supposed to be supercomputers that specialise in, well, computations. Knowing that up to 50% off is quite different than up to 60% off is basic computing. 

That said, the Mega Man classic games are known for having poor or bizarre boss AI because Dr. Wily often—but not always—has shoddy programming skills. The Mega Man X games have this issue because the Reploids are often influenced by the Sigma virus and are Mavericks, and they're not thinking right.

Maybe there's a similar glitch, bug, or virus that's causing 50% off to seem like 60% off.

If you'd like to improve your math skills so you avoid basic errors like this, you can purchase any of the Calculation Castle: Greco's Ghostly Challenge at 50% off until September 9. That makes them $4.99 each instead of $9.99. You can read my review of the Calculation Castle: Greco's Ghostly Challenge games here and decide for yourself whether or not that's a good idea.

This article obviously exists as filler, but, hey, this is important to document. Startingly, the Ace Attorney series didn't go on sale in the month of August, and Ludwig has reliably used those sales for a once-a-month filler article!

CAPCOM last had their whole library on sale back in July.
The last time there was a Mega Man Franchise Sale, it was May 2020, with the same prices. Not the same advertisement, though.
CAPCOM actually has a history of saying their games are 60% off even though they're not.There is a very brief Ace Attorney sale a week later.


  1. Someone should invent Math Woman to prevent math errors. Why a gynoid? She might encourage women and girls into STEM.

    1. Perfect for you:

  2. mega man for mega idiot like KOOPA

    1. I'm scared of what kind of comment you'd make if this was about Ace Attorney.


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