It's been over 30 years since its NES debut, but Capcom's classic Mega Man is still one of the greatest platform games of all time. The series has evolved over the years - and not always in the right direction - but the recently released Mega Man 11 is a monumental achievement. It modernises the game while retaining an innate understanding of what made the originals so special - and it looks and plays beautifully across all platforms. For my money, it's Capcom's Sonic Mania moment: for series purists it reminds you of everything that made the original games great, while also serving as a good jumping on point for new players.
2nd October 2018
Yes, you read the headline right. Capcom has announced that Mega Man is being adapted into a live-action Hollywood film for the first time (and maybe the last).
Want to feel old? Maybe cast a glance over what Mega Man looks like today - or feel how all that muscle memory that held together those older games has atrophied to nothing as you struggle through the almighty challenge posed by this, Capcom's internally-developed revival of its legendary series that arrives a fashionable 12 months late to Mega Man's 30th anniversary. There might be an all-new look to Mega Man, the harsh pixel edges of old buffed out and a dash of cartoon colour injected into its world, but that doesn't mean the challenge has been smoothed off. This is a game that will make your fingers bleed, if you let it, and it takes great pride in doing so.
Mega Man 11
Capcom has released a demo for its upcoming side-scrolling retro revival Mega Man 11, and it's available to download now on Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
Capcom has announced that Mega Man 11 will be heading to Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch on October 2nd.
Mega Man 11, the latest instalment in Capcom's beloved, now-three-decade-old series (and the first new entry in eight years), was announced last December. It combines familiar side-scrolling action-platforming with a vibrant, but divisive, new art style, trading Mega Man's classic sprites for a blend of hand-painted backgrounds and 3D character models. You can see more in the new trailer below.
Mega Man 11's main addition is the Double Gear system, granting players two new abilities - Speed Gear and Power Gear - that can be activated at any time. Mega Man will overheat if they're activated too rapidly though, and they'll be inaccessible until he's cooled down.
In a frenzy of Mega Man-themed merriment, Capcom has unveiled a brand-new mainline series entry for the Blue Bomber in the form of Mega Man 11, re-releases for all Mega Man X games, and the long-awaited release of both Mega Man Legacy Collections on Switch.
All three announcements were made as part of Mega Man's 30th anniversary year, which begins this month and runs throughout 2018.
Capcom revealed Mega Man 11 - the first mainline series entry since 2010 - in a fun little video that walked the iconic character through 30 years of Mega Manning. That, it turns out, is whole lot of Mega Man when you factor in every core series entry, plus the X, Zero, ZX, Legends, Battle Network, and Star Force games.