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Mega Man reboot was scrapped after just six months of development

By Shawn Knight
Apr 10, 2013
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  1. It’s not often that we get to take a look at a potential game that ultimately wound up on the cutting room floor. What’s more, when the game in question was to be a reboot of an iconic franchise from...

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  2. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I love the Mega Man franchise. I have every game for the NES, SNES, N64, PS1 and a few from the PS2. Mega Man Legends was a helluva lot of fun. The series lost its way once it went to the PS1 with X4. I was really hoping for this reboot but now I feel left out to dry.
    Good work Capcom. Let's make 20 Street Fighter reboots and a TON of Resident Evil sequels but scrap a potentially awesome Mega Man reboot.
     
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  3. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    What Capcom should do is release the prototype and at least let the public experience what will never come to fruition. Who knows? Maybe if the fans like the prototype enough Capcom might decide to give the game another shot.
     
  4. This is a tragedy! March on Capcom headquarters with banners of protest unfurled!
     
  5. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    The sad part is that Capcom probably cancelled it because they didn?t believe in MM and not because they realized it was a stupid idea.
     
  6. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 814   +93

    Mega man is like the original Iron Man but with cooler bad guys. I would love to see a Tomb Raider style "coming-to" story about Mega man and Dr. Wiley.
     
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  7. oberonqa

    oberonqa TS Rookie

    What a shame... this could have revitalized the Mega Man series... and considering the effect Metroid Prime had on the Metroid series (say what you will about it's pacing, the Metroid Prime games showed that it was possible to take a 2D-rooted franchise and successfully mold it into a 3D game).

    Ah well... Capcom shows yet again that they have no faith in their brands and instead would rather "play it safe" with established and "modern" proven franchises. No wonder Kenji left the company. The company that gambled and brought us the original Resident Evil (arguably the first of it's kind and quite a gamble back in the day) appears to be nothing more than a memory.... replaced by a corporation that continues to show through bad decisions that they have lost the ability to make games that are commercially successful. Look no further than the company's own interviews recently regarding the mis-step that is Resident Evil 6 to see the proof of how far the company has fallen from it's once mighty tree.
     
  8. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 738   +247

    Or maybe they did realise it was a stupid idea. Just maybe they've learned from EAs horrendous Syndicate mistake. There could be a chance that one of the people responsible for this mistake stopped huffing lead based paint for a few minutes and realised that if you take a piece of intellectual property from so long ago that the only people who remember it do so with rose-tinted spectacles on and turn it into a "dark" and "sinister" rail-shooter, then all of the old fanboys will line up outside of your house and take turns piddling through your letterbox.
    If you're going to give an antiquated game a HD reboot, it has to be done well because all of those people who remember the old stuff will hate you and those who don't remember the old games won't care about your nostalgic cash-in, if it's done badly.
     
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  9. oberonqa

    oberonqa TS Rookie

    Lurker:

    The same was said about Metroid Prime when it was first shown off at E3 by Metroid purists who felt that the series reached it's pinnacle with Super Metroid... and yet that game was a success and, as I pointed out, showed that it was possible to take a 2D franchise and convert it to 3D.

    While we'll never know what would have happened with this game, it had the potential to do the same thing.... especially since it was being created by the same team that created Metroid Prime. That team passed the crucible and proved they know how to handle the job.
     
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 738   +247

    I just knew that somebody would try to use Metroid as a counter-argument. A game whose big, pivotal plot point was "she's a woman and she's single-handedly thoroughly kicking bottom in a way that most men could only ever dream of so shut up and deal with it.". Now we move on over to the wonderful world of 3D with completely obtuse controls, a woman who's armour is held together with blu-tack so it falls off if she so much as coughs, a desperate need to be surrounded by big, burly men, thumb sucking trauma from fighting an enemy she's bounced around over a dozen times already and a complete inability to do anything unless her surrogate daddy figure tells her that he's okay with it.

    Now let's take a deep, calming breath and remember that the last game was nothing more than a movie with a few token gamey bits thrown in, but still giving you the option to ignore the gamey bits and plot writers who were clearly in the process of a divorce and so the actual plot is about as sensible and coherent as a puss and pineapple sandwich.

    Yes, I know that Other M is a pretty easy target and there might even be at least one good 3D Metroid game, but Other M serves as a pretty good example of just how badly a house of cards can be knocked over by putting the house of cards under a meteor shower.
     
  11. oberonqa

    oberonqa TS Rookie

    Lurker

    Metroid: Other M was created by Team Ninja... the same people that make Ninja Gaiden. I think your confusing Other M with Metroid Prime... a mistake that you should really look into correcting....
     
  12. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 738   +247

    As far as I'm concerned, both games are mistakes that the developers and publishers should really look into correcting. Perhaps by replacing the game disks with a full refund and an apology.
     
  13. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Lurker
    Im guessing from the general tone of your posts that you were not a fan of either Metroid or MegaMan. I however loved both titles. MegaMan, at that time, tested your hand/eye coordination nicely, as well as gave you tough bosses that you either beat the old fashion way. Run and gun. Or you had to fight one different boss to get his abilities to beat another boss. At that time a brilliant concept. And Metroid was just fun. Remember fun? That thing we all used to strive for as children but seem to have forgetten as adults. You may not have been a fan but I and many others like me are. Its just a shame that you didnt get the enjoyment out of the Metroid line that others did. I really hope that this MegaMan reboot does eventually get picked back up. It would be nice to see how they would change the characters and powers to more 3D oriented combat. BioShock was pretty close to what I envision this game would have been like, except with cooler weapons!!
     
  14. What on earth was bad with Metroid Prime? That was a great game, that kept true to Metroid's style in all things except the 2D gameplay. Vastly different both in quality and scope than Other M (poorly executed game with contradictary and flawed themes)
     
  15. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 738   +247

    Of course I remember fun. My inner child hit it over the head with a shovel and buried it in a shallow grave. A move my inner child came to regret when I found the shovel.
    In all seriousness though, I have to admit that I loved the old Metroid games and cannot be bothered to think back and count the hours that I lost to Super Metroid. Through my rose-tinted glasses, I remember the controls being good and somewhat intuitive with a good game design and a weighty level of progression, mired by constant, arbitrary backtracking to pad out the game length. It was a game that knew its' tone, knew how to pace itself and didn't worry too much about the story aspects because the game had enough strength to hold up by itself. The end story aspect with the baby metroid was a little bit guano and quite contrived, but even the final desperate run back to your ship was nicely done and a good example of weaving narrative into gaming mechanics.
    Ever since it went 3D, I've just felt the series has gone on a downward spiral. I did initially have high hopes when I found out that Metroid was going 3D and since then I've heard other people try to explain to me that there's at least one good 3D Metroid game, but with the way the franchise has been mismanaged and abused, I'm just not willing to go on a leap of faith and try anymore. Especially if there's a risk of motion controls, which bring to immersive gaming what STDs bring to sex.
     
  16. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I liked the 3D aspect of the last Metroid I saw played on the Wii. I loved the "Movie" quality of it. I felt it was refreshing. Previously we had 2D, which was fun, ok lets not lie, it was a blast, but limited to higth and width but was lacking in depth. This was generally overcome with strong story lines and interesting characters. Where I agree there may have been some mismanagment of the franchise as a whole, I always play each game as if it is the first time Ive ever played that style of game. Other M had issues yes, but it didnt detract from the game for me. I always have viewed changes in a game like a Hamburger. There is many types of burgers and you may like Cheese Burgers, but every now and then its nice to try a BBQ Burger or Bacon and Swiss.
    As for the motion controls, yes it was like any other game/console setup. You had to get used to it. Once I got used to the Wii controls I really got lost in Metroid. So much so that I didnt even realize that I had been playing standing up for almost 5 hours! So if you have a Wii and have access to either a freind who has Metroid or your lucky enough to find a used copy, try it. It may be a leap of faith for you but I know that leap will pay off for you when you play the game. Now.....to find a Bacon and Swiss burger because Ive made myself hungry.
     
  17. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    I totally would have played this one...
     
  18. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Head over to allgamesbeta.com to check out videos of the game. I'm "meh" on it but you can definitely feel the Metroid Prime presence of the game.
     
  19. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Good thing this was scrap... megaman platformer please.... although I like megaman legend (3rd person shooter)
     
  20. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +135

    I am also disappointed. I was a big fan of the original Nintendo series and some of the Megaman X, too. I liked Megaman Legends even... and I cant remember if I played Legends 2. Either way, disappointed.
     
  21. Honestly for a fan of the classical Megaman/X series this game can create some pretty intense mixed feelings. The game was meant to be a "reboot" of the more classical megaman designs (similar to how the Prime series was a reboot of the original Nes/Snes Metroids), however it changed a lot of the elements that made X (and Megaman as a whole). Going by the game videos, character design was changed as a whole; not only X but even the enemy mechanoloids suffered from a massive facelift. The staple of the Megaman hero, the Megabuster was changed to this dinky little machine-gun which fires missiles as a sort of charged shot. Platforming feels like it could be awkward at times, and it feels like they tried a bit too hard to add a scope of "realism" to a series about a hyper-advanced robot who's a few levels short from going Deus Ex Machina. That's not to say the game was outright bad; the abilities to engage enemies in melee, and even take over their weapons are fresh additions that would with a little polish make the game far more enjoyable. The addition of the human element (something that was strangely missing in the X series outside of Proffesor Cain) would help to cement the story of the X series even more. The game honestly had a lot of potential, but it's biggest flaw would have probably been tampering too much with the Iconic elements that make the Blue Bomber.
     
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  22. Jaiguru

    Jaiguru TS Rookie

    Metroid Prime wasn't a reboot. It was filler material that took place between the classic games.

     
  23. Jaiguru

    Jaiguru TS Rookie

    Thank god this was scrapped! This prototype threw away everything that made Megaman fun, from the cartoony style to the platforming elements. The last thing we need is another **** shooter, especially in an age when shooter fatigue is starting to set in in a big way. Megaman's style is universal and should not be messed with. I would rather they retire the franchise entirely than run a race to the bottom with a "herp a derp gritty reboot shooter for teh kiddies herp a derp".
     
  24. Jaiguru

    Jaiguru TS Rookie

    I sincerely hope this never happens. Megaman is not about a "story". It is about great platformer physics. The game is a virtual obstacle course, not a delivery system for mellow drama.
     
  25. Jaiguru

    Jaiguru TS Rookie

    It's also worth mentioning that no one brings up the prime games in a best of Metroid conversation as well as the fact that even Nintendo reverted to the side scrolling style in the most recent outing. We don't need gritty dark reboots of old franchises. #edgy
     

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