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Happy Birthday Mega Man! Get Equipped with Street Fighter X Mega Man!

December 21, 2012 / 4:05 AM

By: David Jones

Hello Tribuners! On December 8th, Capcom broke the news that an all-new, completely free Mega Man game was on its way: Street Fighter X Mega Man! And now, after what I consider a very successful digital launch (Capcom Unity’s servers were overloaded all day!) I think it’s safe to say that people all over the world gathered together to help kick off Mega Man’s 25th birthday right!

As any Mega Man fan can tell you, the Blue Bomber had run into a boss battle’s worth of bad luck since the heartbreaking cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe. But Capcom is finally trying to steer the franchise back on track with Street Fighter X Mega Man, a game intended to simultaneously close out the celebration of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary and kick start the festivities of Mega Man’s 25th Anniversary. It’s just the first step in Capcom’s celebration of the franchise, and after today’s announcements, it looks like things are heading in the right direction. More on that later.

Street Fighter X Mega Man is a very special game. It was created through a unique collaboration between Capcom and its fans. Seow Zong Hui started it all back in 2009, and its humble beginnings can be seen here. Since then, portions of the game popped up on Capcom Unity, the official Capcom community site. Seow continued posting a few annual progress updates on his Youtube account up until about a year ago. Then, at EVO 2012 Seow brought a demo build of the game and showed it to Christian Svensson. After extensive play tests from Capcom’s community managers, the project was eventually greenlit and Seow began working along with Capcom to develop the rest of the game.

Street Fighter X Mega Man has one of the most interesting development stories in recent history, but its gameplay and design elements are what really sold me. The 8-bit boss characters are representative of the Street Fighter series as a whole, and range from veteran Street Fighters like Ryu and Blanka to Street Fighter IV newcomer C. Viper. Aside from their life meter, each boss character has a Revenge meter that fills up as they take damage. Once the meter is full, they’ll unleash a Super Move that deals heavy damage to Mega Man. But this time around Mega Man has regained his abilities to charge and slide, which are essential tools you’ll have to use against the World Warrior bosses. They’re faster, more aggressive and tougher than just about any previous set of Robot Masters. Dr. Wily has his work cut out for topping this octet of fierce fighters.

In addition to releasing Street Fighter X Mega Man today, Capcom announced a few other exciting tidbits of information. The original Mega Man is headed for the Nintendo 3DS eShop on December 27th, and Mega Man 2 will arrive on February 7th, 2013. The remaining four classic Mega Man titles will be released throughout 2013.

There are six new Mega Man shirt designs heading to the Capcom Store. Unfortunately the awesome Street Fighter X Mega Man shirt isn’t among them, but there are still a few fun designs to choose from.

Mega Man fans will be able to dress up their Xbox 360 avatars with all kinds of fun Mega Man costume pieces by the end of this year, and those range from the Blue Bomber himself to the first set of Robot Masters from the original game. I hate to admit it, but I really want that Mega Buster!

The classic Mega Man D-Arts is in talks to head to the United States, so if you’re thinking of importing one you may consider waiting just a little while longer.

Finally, the Rockman Complete Works 20+5 book is also in talks to be published in the United States. I have the original Japanese Rockman 20 book and can personally attest to its greatness, so hopefully we’ll get release dates on those soon. Capcom promises that we’ll hear even more exciting Mega News in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can start celebrating Mega Man’s 25th birthday in style. Head on over to Capcom Unity and download Street Fighter X Mega Man now!

Happy birthday, Blue Bomber! Let’s continue the fight for everlasting peace together!

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David is a California native and has been a gamer all of his life. He is a graphic designer and the author of The Rainblade and Onyx The Half Hero Dragon.

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