The only explanation left I can think of as to why there has been no real new MegaMan game in so long is simply Capcom’s immense narrow mindedness. Their zero-risk approach to Resident Evil 6 and E.X. Troopers has shown how they go about making games these days, they start out with a demographic, be it the manga otaku of their home land or the 20-something American male CoD player, compile a list of all the recent top selling AAA games that were also aimed at that group, and put together a checklist of features of those games to cram together into theirs.
Their problem with MegaMan is all the appeal of the games are deeply rooted in the old ways of game design. How do you make a fully modern and accessible MegaMan without taking out everything that makes a MegaMan game? They have tried and failed at least twice as far as we know, and we’ve seen a hint of the abomination they could have unleashed with XOver, so all they can do is keep firing out cheap retro fan service.
Simply try to imagine a completely new, non-retro yet traditional entry in the series, given the equivalent attention and and budget of what the X games had on the SNES or PSX by today’s standards. It’s hard to even picture. You can’t just HD-ize the current regular MM style, because then people start to realize they’re looking at anime and we can’t have that of course, and making it realistic would just be a joke, and giving MM a makeover to some new animated style would still render it too niche or too kiddy, because I guess only Nintendo can still get away with that.
[Hiroki Isogai] Groundman Stage (Unlimited Overdub mix) from Rockman & Forte
I have attempted making a chart like this many times, trying to emphasize the downward staircase shape of the series as it follows the pattern of “sequel -> spinoff -> sequel -> spinoff”, but lacked the skill to put it together so well. This is really awesome.
So I’ve been playing a lot of Mega Man lately.
Ani. 2 - Nope Slide
Kero demonstrated this amazing technique during a routine play of Mega Man 3. It’s pretty pro!
Also, I want to thank all the people who have been following and reblogging and what not. Thanks so much! Did you know our next comic will be #50??
Keep supporting Mega Man! This will be his 25th anniversary, after all!