Really enjoying Battle Network. On your advice I started at the beginning, got my head around the battle system.
Initially I was a bit worried about using up cards so relied on the normal blaster, than a NPC told me that cards aren't expended upon use so I experimented using them and finishing the fights quicker. This meant a better rank and more money. Currently experimenting with trying to sort clumps of cards in the same alphabet category, the game has also spoke about rare cards that appear when you use multiples. I've tried preparing 4 or 5 of the same card with no effect, so I'm thinking it meant one of each rank.
It doesn't really seem like a Mega Man game, more a RPG with a MM skin, but it's a fun game. Actually the whole theme I don't really get. Jacking into a computer or TV or oven!!?? to control an avatar that's real is a bit odd. It's like it's missing the bit where Mega Man went from fighting robots controlled by a nefarious inventor to now being inside the internet.
Messing about in the waterworks, the puzzles have got a bit harder and more involved. I liked the stage before where your actions outside the computer directly effected the Mega Man world inside the computer. I think the idea and way it was handled was better than the fairly simple puzzles involved, but it was an interesting touch. I've only died a few times, all on normal foes, but with the ability to save anywhere it never means lost progress. With the bosses being visible before you fight them I certainly don't have the fear of being killed and having to redo large sections, which was a common issue for me in standard MM games.
Still, I'm enjoying the story that is getting more outlandish and the gently ramping difficulty has made a pleasant experience. In a way I'm a bit disappointed I didn't buy the original games first time around. I just remember working in GAME when they came out and it seemed to be one every 6 months, with colour variants, and seemed a total cash grab. I knew nothing about them and just wrote it off as trash. How wrong was I!
I've started the Zero collection on DS, but stopped quickly as I didn't know how to progress. I've read that playing them through back to back on the "easy" mode is game wrecking, as rather than alter actual difficulty it gives you all the power ups and health bar extensions from the start, rendering the game a total walk over. However I've also read the original games are punishingly tough, some of the hardest ever and requires grinding.
I'm thinking the best solution for me might to play the original GBA games but emulated, be it on Wii U or whatever. That way I get the original tough games but with the ability to save state to make it more manageable.
I've still yet to play ZX Advent which is a bit daft given I loved the original ZX Metroidvania game.