Review: Megaman Limited Edition HD LED Headphones

The Megaman Limited Edition HD LED Headphone is an officially licensed CAPCOM© merchandise by EMIO

Quick Review Summary:

Pros:

  1. Decent sound quality
  2. Novelty factor
  3. Nice packaging

Cons

  1. Missing accessories
  2. Cheap plastic material
  3. QA/paint issues

 

Verdict: Although I was able to get this in-store at Php3.5k (around 74USD) vs the online price of 99.99USD, I think the price still does not justify the cheap material, bad quality control, and missing microphone cord.  There are much better headphones within the price range. Normally, this would still be okay for collectors as most would be more concerned with the form rather than the function. It is far from being a collectible though. Stay away.

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The Megaman Limited edition headset was produced by Emio and is being sold for 99.99USD online. Was very excited to get one when it was first announced several weeks ago and I chanced upon a unit when I passed by a local game store. It was hyped a lot in several major sites:

Before we go to the actual product review, let’s take a step back and get to know more about Megaman.

Megaman (or more popularly known as Rockman in Japan) is a video game franchise by Capcom and is close to the heart of many Gen Y gamers as it was initially released in NES, Famicom and Gameboy systems in the 90s. Its mention reminds me of a very challenging side-scrolling game of a blue robot, dashing and boosting his Mega Buster to battle Robot Masters and save the world. I also used to watch a ton of Captain N: The Gamemaster on morning TV where he was also featured (albeit a different appearance as shown in below pics except in a fanart I got from Devianart).

On to the review!

The packaging is really nice and makes you want to have the item if you see it on a store shelf. Megaman’s face is shown in the front and the headset part of his face is in transparent plastic to show the gadget inside. However, since not a lot of light enters the box it was a bit difficult to see the quality of the item from the outside.

First the accessories. You will receive a small manual, a cord to connect the headphone to the audio jack, a micro USB connector to charge the LED and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Sadly I later found out about a missing accessory which I will discuss later in detail.

The headphone is in a protective plastic with a cardboard of the robotic Megaman’s face in the middle.

 

The Headphone

The gadget has a glossy finish which looks nice from a distance. The access and controls can be found on the base of the left part which consists of an on/off button for the LED lights, a control on how the lights will appear (constant lit, blinking etc), and access ports for the audio jack and micro USB (for charging the device).

Let there be LED light! The light was not as bright as I hoped but it may be because I was doing my review in a well-lit room and the headphone was still running on reserve charge.

However as I observed more closely I had the impression that the plastic material used was cheap and there were some quality control lapses.

This was how it looked like when I wore it. I was worried that it would not fit because of my big head but as with other headphones, you can extend the size to fit yours.

To be honest, I was expecting the sound quality to be bad especially since I got used to listening to my Steelseries Siberia Elite for more than a year. I was surprised to realize that the audio output of this headphone was actually decent.

Now, for my major gripe. I checked on the manual and found these:

This headphone should have come with a remote and mic (three-conductor stereo mini plug for iPod and iPhone with remote and microphone function), but it didn’t. I felt robbed, and went to the store to ask about it. The attendant asked their home office about it and apparently, IT IS THE SAME FOR ALL INVENTORY. At first, I thought that it was just misplaced, but the accessory was not included with the gadget at all! It was also the first time that the store learned about the issue and was as surprised as me. I guess their distributors will hear something from them.

It should be obvious at this point that I was not happy about this purchase, and the store attendant offered a refund. I know that it is not their fault and I decided to just buy another item instead (20th Anniversary Playstation Gold Wireless Headset, something I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now).

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Not Megaman. But I am a happier man.
Would you happen to own the Megaman Limited Edition Headphone yourself? How was your experience? Did you receive the missing mic/remote in your package? Where did you buy it? Comment below and let’s discuss further.

 

 

Thank you, Mr. Iwata

Today, I was woken up by a Skype message from a gaming buddy linking me to the official notice that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has died. I’m usually not affected by news like this and the only other incident that had the same effect was when I learned Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys had passed away. It’s an odd feeling; I’ve never met or known Iwata-san in person yet it feels like grieving for an old friend. It made my chest hurt and I cried for a while.

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Source: Grace/Kani peachbunni.tumblr.com

I’ve been playing games since I was three (with the Donkey Kong double screen Game & Watch), but I got really into it when my mom got us a Family Computer. Gaming has become an integral part of my childhood as I’ve never really played with other kids or my brothers (I was usually excluded because they only play basketball or general rough housing with each other) but I was able to entertain myself with video games. My eldest brother (who has passed away) was my main influence in my early gaming days and he let me play a lot of Nintendo games. One of our all-time favorites was Balloon Fight. We played it more as a PvP game (popping each others’ balloons) rather than co-op, which mostly led to actual physical fights that was patched with candy or ice cream.

Mr. Iwata wasn’t just a suit who knew business, he was also a very good programmer. Most importantly, he was a gamer.

Later on, I graduated to more complicated Nintendo games on the NES (Golf, which was Iwata’s first game in Nintendo), SNES (Legend of Zelda), Gameboy (Pokemon), Gamecube (Animal Crossing) and so on. Of course, I only found out about Iwata-san being a part of these games later on in life when I became obsessed with video games. Gaming became a big part of my life when I had to deal with real world problems like bullying and family loss.

Not a lot of people knew, but Iwata-san was a programming badass. He helped out in the programming of Earthbound, arguably one of the best RPGs ever made, when its original coding was found to be a mess. He was known to port the battle code of Pokemon Stadium to the Nintendo 64 without any reference documents. Gamefreak (the developers of Pokemon) gave him a special shout out in Pokemon Gold and Silver games because he helped them compress it to fit the Kanto part of the game. Let that sink in for a bit; he compressed a game when even the game’s own developers couldn’t figure it out. He wasn’t just a suit who knew business, he was also a very good programmer. Most importantly, he was a gamer.

iwata2Iwata-san had that infectious enthusiasm for games. He delivered Nintendo Direct to the fans and we all loved how he presented it with humor and fun. We all looked forward to all the new games and even though some were let-downs, the way he presented them softened the blow for us. He also ran Iwata Asks, a forum where he interviewed game makers and shared his experiences in the game industry to avid fans. Recently, Nintendo in E3 2015 presented the ‘Triforce’ (Miyamoto, Iwata, Fils Aime) as puppets and it was a fun and fresh take on delivering new content that fans can look forward to in the next few months. Unfortunately, not a lot of people appreciated the effort but Iwata-san had addressed on Twitter that they are listening and will do better. I’m speculating that Iwata-san was not well enough to do an actual presentation in E3 around this time and honestly it breaks my heart knowing that one of his last online statements was apologetic. I hope he did not leave the world thinking we did not appreciate his efforts.

Today is a hard day for gamers all over the world, young and old. A legend has left and the industry will never be the same. Even rivals acknowledge that they’ve lost someone important.

I’m still heartbroken and I’m coping by watching old videos and playing my favorite Nintendo games, ones that have touched the lives of many. Things will get better, but it will not be the same. Thank you, Mr. Iwata, for being a part of my childhood, for helping me cope with my problems by letting me escape in your creations. It has been an honor.