Twenty-five years ago today, back on December 17, 1987, the first game in what became a huge Capcom franchise was released. The original “Mega Man” was a game that really changed things up, giving players the choice to decide what levels they wanted to tackle, giving them new weapons for defeating foes, and presenting them with an interesting new futuristic world to fight to save. The first game was popular enough to spawn six major sequels on the NES and then go on to cover titles on all the major platforms over the years. Even if the series seems somewhat in limbo because of major changes that have happened over at Capcom here in the last couple of years, the company still claims that the character is important to them.
Throughout the next year, I’d like to do certain special highlights on different parts of the series, varying from discussions about the lore of the different series, showcasing different Robot Masters I like, and even doing some Let’s Play videos of various games in the series. In fact, I intend to do a video of this recent game, “Street Fighter X Mega Man.”
But, enough of that! As the title of this post implies, Capcom‘s little surprise for the Blue Bomber’s 25th birthday is now available for download. This title, called “Street Fighter X Mega Man,” celebrates the anniversaries of both Mega Man and the Street Fighter series. What started out as a fan-game quickly evolved into a full-fledged commercial product, albeit the game is free for everyone to enjoy. With the cancellations of major titles like “Mega Man Universe” and “Mega Man Legends 3,” at least the company realizes that they owe the fans something. And, execs at the company claim that this is only the beginning of special things we will see throughout the year for Mega Man!
Whether that is true or not will remain to be seen, but for now, head on over to Capcom-Unity, get the free game, and kick some butt!