Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Return Of Mega Man! Really???

Oh, dear. When I wrote about the idea of Mega Man's 25th anniversary, I had no idea what Capcom was planning. I was at least hoping that they would surprise everyone with a new Mega Man game for the summer or even holiday season. Maybe they could have Mega Man as DLC for Marvel vs Capcom 3... What with the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, fans have been eager to find out what Capcom plans to do with one of their most popular and beloved characters.

Lo and behold that in Street X Tekken, Mega Man was announced as a playable character! Prayers have been answered! Mega Man is going to be featured in this awesome crossover fighting game. That's right! Mega Man is back! At least, that's what I thought at first. After my phone literally blew up from text messages of Mega Man's inclusion into Street Fighter X Tekken, I then saw the trailer. I just want to ask one question: is that really supposed to be Mega Man???

Seriously now. The character featured alongside Pacman is supposed to be Mega Man. Did I miss something along the lineage of Mega Man? I mean, I didn't exactly start playing Mega Man games since the first one. Rather, the first Mega Man game I grew up with was Mega Man X. I don't remember ever hearing or seeing a Mega Man art concept like the one that is going to be in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Thankfully, I was informed that this particular Mega Man is based off of Box Art Mega Man. It was supposedly a joke model. The two look relatively similar, but with a large difference and I mean LARGE difference. This Mega Man seems to be quite huskier than the original concept of Box Art Mega Man. Frankly, I'm not entirely sure how to take this. Us fans got Mega Man, but at the same time the reception hasn't been the most positive.

What kind of reception was there? Total denial that this "Mega Man" is indeed Mega Man. Fans are split on this. Some see it as humorous, while most see it as complete annihilation of a much cared about video game icon. Again, Mega Man was delivered... just not how everyone expected. Many people are livid about this. This "Mega Man" looks like Raiden from Fatal Fury who put on a Mega Man costume. I have to ask: how are Mega Man fans supposed to react? The general consensus I have seen is that fans are outraged. Some even claiming that the character model is supposed to reflect the Mega Man fanbase as middle-aged, overweight fanboys.

After doing some research, I found out that this idea was apparently given the green light by Keiji Infune (a.k.a. the Father of Mega Man). Thing is, he gave it the thumbs up while he was still working for Capcom and the idea of Street Fighter X Tekken was brought to the table. He may have agreed to put Box Art Mega Man into the game, but is the model that we have now what he originally had in mind? Frankly, I have no clue and the fans are still giving negative feedback.

I can't put heads nor tails together on whether Capcom is taking this seriously or this is the biggest case of trolling I have ever seen. Regardless, I know that this Mega Man's inclusion has changed a lot of gamers' minds on purchasing Street Fighter X Tekken. To get a better understanding of this hot topic, I will be doing another interview segment. This time, however, I'm going to get view points from gamers on this new Mega Man. Let's see what the common voice has to say... to be continued...