Deep breath, Ludwig... you know the consultants said not to SCREAM IN ALL-CAPS to the readers. But Mega Man 11? Announced TODAY? That utterly destroys the extremely low expectations we all had for CAPCOM where we assumed that Mega Man would be rusted and dead, forever doomed to be represented by the likes of Beck plus that disgusting-looking Mega Man cartoon show that isn't canceled yet.
Early in the morning, CAPCOM held a two-hour stream for Mega Man's 30th anniversary that I didn't watch because, one, I work, and two, the last time we watched a Mega Man stream, it was kind of boring. I still haven't watched it, and I won't.
What you all really need to know, courtesy of Capcom Unity, is right here:
You see that? Mega Man 11. Releasing “late 2018.” That's probably a year from now, for that all-so-sweet 31st anniversary.
Mega Man had to go through a lot of empty space on his journey through his anniversary by the end:
|Absolute emptiness from 2013 to 2017, which coincides with the years KoopaTV has existed.|
Makes me think... “Imagine how much different the gaming world would be if KoopaTV instead devoted all of those articles to Mega Man.”
(Note: NOT a screenshot of Mega Man 11.)
You go from no Mega Man to the eleventh Mega Man. I asked for thoughts from my staff, and Rawk started ranting to me.
“Mega Man 11 shouldn't be celebrated. It's just keeping the series in the past. Some things just need to be put out, lol. I HATE RETRO PUSSIES.”I gave this big response about what an idiotic opinion this is, and in there I mentioned that Mega Man 11 isn't 8-bit. It turns out he didn't even watch the trailer or look at any screenshots.
So, let's be clear: This isn't like Mega Man 9 or Mega Man 10 where you have an artistic decision to limit the graphics, sound, and gameplay complexity to an NES game. Mega Man 11 is the best-looking Mega Man game out there. It's out to be modern. After all, if Mega Man is going to be in the year 20XX, he shouldn't look like he's from 1987.
|And, unlike the embarrassing Mighty No. 9, the explosions of Mega Man 11 actually look like explosions instead of cheese.|
However, if you do want to see old Mega Man, then you'll be happy to hear that Mega Man Legacy Collection (Mega Man 1–6) and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (Meta Man 7–10) are coming to Nintendo Switch in the Spring of 2018! PLUS, all eight Mega Man X games are arriving to the Nintendo Switch, too, in the Summer of 2018!
I think there is suddenly a very sweet reversal of sorts, and you can probably thank the incredible fan reaction to Mega Man in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Mega Man made it to the fan-favourite finals in the Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 2014 just off of fan votes alone (as opposed to actually winning any matches), especially because of his FINAL SMASH. Which it looks like he's using at the end of this Mega Man 11 trailer when it cuts to the title. That'd be appropriate, given the whole whole-series thing.
As for the reversal, check out this comment from the Capcom Unity article:
“For Mega Man 30th anniversary, Capcom is releasing Mega Man 11, bringing Mega Man Collection 1 and 2 to the Switch, and releasing all of the Mega Man X games on Switch, PS4, XB1, and PC. So every Mega Man game will be playable on modern consoles. Yet, that didn't happen with Street Fighter's 30th Anniversary nor for the 25th. Never have there been all of the SF games playable on modern consoles. This is frustrating!”That's right. Fans of other CAPCOM series (Street Fighter!) are now JEALOUS of how CAPCOM treats Mega Man.
Who would've seen that coming a few years ago?
KoopaTV will keep an eye out for Mega Man 11 and hopes this is a sign of positive things to come. KoopaTV also hopes that CAPCOM pays attention to what KoopaTV will give positive press to, and to keep doing that. Will you give Mega Man your money come 2018? Should KoopaTV include him to its incessant CAPCOM sales coverage? (Anticipating another sale for this Christmas season...)
The Mega Man news after this article? ...His 8-bit form turns 3D and will cameo in another CAPCOM game. Is that a good sign, or...
Mega Man 11 was shown at E3 2018 and even gets a pre-order bonus. It keeps looking good, and it has new mechanics!
What happens to Ludwig's opinion once he actually plays Mega Man 11, specifically, the demo?
Mega Man 11 has released, and it's... good.