Mega Man has held a special place in gaming for me since I first played Mega Man 1 back in the day. At first, I thought the game was easy…until I fought the level boss. It was then that I realized there was going to be some strategy involved in this seemingly normal side scroller. I was hooked.
Mega Man 6 has just released on the 3DS virtual console, and there are are more planned for the future. According to Brett Elston, Capcom’s community manager, there is definitely more of the Blue Bomber on the way.
“Hope to have additional news regarding classic MM games hitting the Virtual Console soon. We’re on a roll with the 3DS and Wii U lineup, and I have a feeling there’s more on the way…” – Brett Elston, Capcom’s Community Manager
Could this possibly mean a new Mega Man is coming to the Wii U or 3DS? If so, do you think that Capcom will partner with Nintendo for exclusivity?
As a side debate fr the weekend, how would you feel if Nintendo got the “old gang” back and re-launched a majority of the NES/SNES titles for the Wii U with sequels/relaunches/remakes/etc? What if those titles were all exclusives to Nintendo? Obviously, some of the developers are gone for good, but what if the titles returned? Would it be a good move for Ninty, or would it feed too much on nostalgia? This is a “what if” situation, but I thought it would be an interesting discussion. My thoughts are that it would be great to bring many of the old/forgotten classics back and make them new again. There would still be room for new IPs and sequels. In fact, it could bring the additional sales that Nintendo is wanting to attract third party developers. There is not right or wrong answer here, just good discussion and debate.
Hot on the heels of the reveal of the next-gen Super Smash Bros., Nintendo has confirmed a few tidbits about the Wii U version of the title. On detail in particular is that the title will run in 1080p. The 3DS and Wii U versions of the game are slated for release sometime in 2014, but series creator Masahiro Sakurai has offered more details on the title in a developer direct, which can be seen below. In the video Sakurai mentions why the visual styles are slightly different between the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., and how the development team was adherent on replicating the classic Mega Man design for both games.
In addition to Mega Man, Sakurai revealed that the Wii Fit trainer would be making an appearance. Her final Smash is, you guessed it, Wii Fit. As of this time, you can see the current character lineup at smashbros.com where Sakurai and members of his development team will update daily.
Capcom announced yesterday that they would be offering Mega Man 3DS and 3DS XL cases to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the series. This appears to be a new product strategy for key franchises from the company, as they have already produced similar cases for the Monster Hunter series and for Resident Evil Revelations. The Resident Evil and Monster Hunter cases currently retail for $14.95 and $15.95 respectively, so it is reasonable to assume that the Mega Man offerings should be similarly priced.
These cases are not for sale yet, but Capcom plans to sell them in their store, as well as at San Diego Comic Con this year. The introduction of these cases also fits well with the recent releases of the first four Mega Man titles on the 3DS eShop, and Mega Man 5 on the way soon.
The front of the case prominently displays Mega Man firing, while the back displays a 25th anniversary logo.
A Mega Man sequel has been missing for far too long. In fact, the last time we saw him, he seemed to have let himself go quite a bit. Unfortunately, there has not been an announcement of a new Mega Man game but there is Mega Man news!
Christian Svensson, Capcom Senior VP, and Brett Elston, Capcom Community Manager, told Nintendo Power that they plan on bringing all six of the NES Mega Man titles to the 3DS virtual console. The first game has already arrived in Japan and Europe and three more titles are available in Japan. There are a few issues (although it has not been reported what the issues are) in porting more of the games to the 3DS, but they are working through the issues.
No time frame has been released for North America as of yet, however they are hoping to have them to us in the west once they have worked out a few issues.
Whenever I see an announcement like this, I get a little too excited as I read too far into it. Although, I really hope these releases are building to a new installment in the Mega Man series, I think I will be let down. Either way, I am still excited about these releases.
What was your favorite Mega Man character, and what would you like to see in a future Mega Man game?
remember a time when Saturday morning was meant for cartoons? We would wake up eager to turn on the TV and Veg out in front of the animated awesomeness of the day! Once a year they would run a half hour to an hour long preview of the upcoming new cartoons as well as the returning favorites. I remember sitting at my Friend Mike’s house and seeing the preview for Captain N: The Game Master. My Jaw Dropped. I could not believe that they were going to have a Nintendo themed cartoon!
As I watched the Preview, I could not believe my eyes! What gaming nerd wouldn’t want to be magically sucked into their favorite video game and actually become the hero! Kevin Keen and Princess Lana were cool and all, but Simon Belmont, Kid Icarus (Pit), and Mega Man made me want to pee my pants! This show could not be anything other than awesome! I have to say I was not disappointed in the animation, action or content. My only complaint was Pit’s annoying addition if “icas” at the end of nearly every word. The villains were just as awesome as the heroes. Mother Brain was the main villain, and her sidekicks were the stupidly bad King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard and sometimes featured Doctor Wily. Other minor villains worth mentioning were Ganondorf and Donkey Kong.
The series only lasted three seasons, which is sad because I would have really liked to have seen some more guest appearances by Princess Zelda, Link, Bayou Billy and Mega Girl. Kevin Keen was a true hero of Videoland a natural master of his power pad and zapper gun. Not all of the episodes played homage to video games, in fact a lot actually played off of fairy tales. This was purposeful to ensure that the royalties payed to the developers were minimal. The high cost of royalties was also a reason that Simon Belmont and Meg Man were not featured in Every Episode. Of course the decision by NBC to cut back on their Saturday programming was the final straw. It seems that times were getting really tight because the third season could no longer afford to supply Pit with sandals or Simon with his Goggles.
With the re-emergence of some classic cartoons I would love to see Captain N remade with modern characters and designs, but I doubt it will happen. Sure there were other Nintendo based cartoons, but nothing really lived up to the awesomeness of Captain N.
Do you have a favorite episode of Captain N? Maybe another Nintendo based cartoon that you loved?
…but our Princess is in another dorm room.
[photo taken on the campus of Boston University]