What Happened to Mega Man?


Anyone who has followed the Blue Bomber will attest that his presence in the gaming industry has plummeted over the years. In fact, I would dare to say that there hasn't been a real Mega Man game since Mega Man 10 in 2010. Yes, I know what you are going to say: "What about the Mega Man Legacy Collection, the 2nd installment of that serious released only a few days ago?" Well, since that series was only a re-release of past content, in my opinion it does not count as a "real" Mega Man game.

The closest thing that we have had to real Mega Man content was when Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man himself, left Capcom due to his frustration with the company and created "Mighty No 9". Soon after leaving the company, he started a Kickstarter campaign for a Mega Man-like game called "Mighty No 9". His Kickstarter started with a goal of $900k and ended up raising a whopping $3,845,170. He set milestone markers at increments past $900k for releasing additional content for the game. I don't think he was expecting so much support and extra money. So much, in fact, that he missed his scheduled release time of December 2013 by almost three years. The heightened anticipation of the game as well as such a late release caused the game to not be well received. Again, not a step in the right direction for the Blue Bomber.

For a long while, I had hope that the Mega Man series would make a comeback when Mega Man Legends 3 was announced in 2010. The Mega Man Legends series was an overwhelming success, and the 3rd installment of the game showed promise due to all of the fan support and backing. However, that dream was quickly dashed when it was announced that it had been canceled in 2011. No reason was provided other than that it was a management decision.

The last Mega Man-like game that I have to look forward to is "Red Ash: The Indelible Legend". For that game, Keiji Inafune will use the "Mighty No 9" characters to create a "Mega Man Legends" type game. The game failed its Kickstarter goal of $800k, raising a little more than half at $519,999. You might be asking why I am still looking forward to a game that failed to make enough money to produce it. That is because in July of 2015, it was announced that the company Fuse would finance the game for him. The game was initially due for release in July of 2017, but has been pushed back to an undetermined date.

All in all, Mega Man has been slowly dying out, with nothing visible on the horizon to give us hope. If you are a Mega Man fan like myself, you can still see him show up in other games such as the "Marvel vs. Capcom" series as well as the newer "Super Smash Bros." series. Hopefully this is not the last we see of the Blue Bomber, but I am regrettably running out of hope.


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