After the hubbub of activity with the release of Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3DS case, the company has decided to add another magnificent hero to their 3DS cases. Mega Man will be blasting his way into the Capcom store in 8-bit form on 3DS and Xl’s in a bid to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. This isn’t a surprise, as the blue-clad protagonist already received a momentous statue to be shown at E3 in June, with a desktop version also on sale for fans.
Unfortunately, the 3DS case isn’t on sale yet, but Capcom promises that it will be shown off at the San Diego Comic-Con and ready for purchase then. We wonder what else the company will pull out of the bag to commemorate turning a quarter of a century old.
Online gaming publication Polygon has discovered that Capcom were planning a Mega Man reboot codenamed Maverick Hunter. The game was a first person shooter developed by Austin based Armature Studio, the development studio which was founded by Metroid Prime’s creator. The game was thought to take a darker route built upon the mythology of Mega Man X. The radical game was canceled and was only in development for six months in the first half of 2010. You can read more about the game right here.
Capcom has created a gigantic life-size Mega Man statue which will appear at this year’s E3 event in June and also at San Diego Comic Con. The wonderful statue was originally meant to appear at PAX East, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite ready in time, according to Capcom community manager Brett Elston.
For those who are unable to attend these events, Capcom is offering a slightly smaller desktop version which is available to pre-order on the Capcom Store through midnight, April 21st. The desktop version of the Mega Man statue is 10 inches tall and powered via USB. It will set you back $99.95. Is anyone going to make a purchase?
Manami Matsumae, the legendary composer behind Mega Man and U.N Squadron, will be creating two new tracks for the indie release, Shovel Knight. The retro themed platformer is currently in development for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and PC. You can check out the game’s official Kickstarter page, right here.
A new children’s franchise gets the go ahead today after Capcom announced they will be launching Gaist Crusher on the Nintendo 3DS for the tail-end of this year. The action game, expected winter 2013 in Japan, will draw strongly on both their Mega Man and Monster Hunter series, giving a harmonious blend of entertainment through unique humour and a beat-em-up style.
Capcom hopes to expand their franchise into cross-media merchandise, featuring an anime and manga series, toys and music. There has been no confirmation as to whether Gaist Crusher will hit North America and Europe, but with their high ambitions the West could well be seeing this game in the near future.
Earlier today Capcom community manager Brett Elston supposedly said that a new Mega Man game is in the works, according to Joystiq. Now Capcom has clarified Elston’s comments, and says that they haven’t confirmed a new Mega Man game. Capcom says it’s having ongoing discussions about the future of the franchise, but has nothing to share at this moment in time.
Capcom announced today at its World of Capcom panel at PAX East that the company is developing a brand new Mega Man game. Capcom community manager Brett Elston announced that the game is coming, but says that it’s too early to share details yet. Capcom also said that two more classic Mega Man games are coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Mega Man 4 will be arriving April 25th and Mega Man 5 on May 16th.
Capcom has confirmed via the Capcom Unity forums that Mega Man 3 will be arriving on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console next week. The fan favourite will be arriving on the Virtual Console on Thursday, March 14th. Capcom has also revealed that Mega Man 4, 5, and 6 will launch in subsequent months. The company also stated that by the time Mega Man 6 comes to the 3DS eShop, it will make digital versions of each game’s soundtrack available for purchase.
Fluidity: Spin Cycle, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and the original Mega Man can all be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, beginning today.
For the Nintendo eShop on the new Wii U, remember that three games – Chasing Aurora, Little Inferno and Trine 2: Director’s Cut – are discounted for a limited.
Capcom’s Senior Community Manager, Brett Elston, has hinted that more Mega Man games could come to the Nintendo 3DS. Elston was asked whether they had any plans for a classic 3D update to the Mega Man franchise similar to what Nintendo have done with games like Kirby’s Adventure, Xevious and the original Kid Icarus.
“A great idea, and one I’ve brought up before. It’s just something both Capcom Japan and Nintendo would have to collaborate on. Never say never, but no official word at the moment.”
On the Capcom forums Senior VP, Christian Svensson said that it’s unlikely that any more Mega Man titles will arrive on the Wii Virtual Console, but he’s hopeful that we will see more games arrive on the Nintendo 3DS. This is partly due to the strong fan feedback the company has received online. Here’s what Svensson had to say.
“I’m hoping the [Capcom online games] group is looking at 3DS stuff though. We’ve made some requests for a few things to be explored based upon feedback here. We’ll see what happens.”