Mega Man 9

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29th September 2008

Mega Man 9

24th September 2008

Mega Man 9 gets a release date

Mega Man 9

Mega Man 9

Solid as a rock.

I usually resist the urge to include snippets from press materials in my reviews, mostly because I like to retain a little fragment of industry mystique. If you knew the scintillating truth of what goes on behind the gilded portcullis of the games business (clue: lots of truffles) where would the magic be? Even so, the letter which accompanied the review code for Mega Man's ninth platform outing is almost too perfect not to share a little.

"We want to HURT YOU," it begins, in alarming fashion. "Mega Man 9 is the hardest game ever," it proclaims. "You will die on every screen. At least a hundred times," the letter continues, now sounding more like a terrorist threat than an invitation to play. "Our goal is to make you cry and give up, not just on the game, or gaming, but life itself."

Crikey. Capcom wants to drive us to suicide, and its weapon of choice is... Retro?

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Mega Man 9 gets a release date

Mega Man 9 gets a release date

For WiiWare, PSN and Xbox Live.

Capcom has revealed the WiiWare, PSN and Xbox Live release dates for Mega Man 9.

First up is the WiiWare version, which arrived in the US on Monday for 1000 Wii Points (GBP 7.00 / EUR 10.00). It's likely to be part of our weekly WiiWare update on Friday.

The PSN offering is next in line and due to appear on the US PS3 Store for USD 9.99 tomorrow. Our version may take an extra week or two to appear, but keen fans can always buy from the American shop.

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Mega Man 9 to cost 1000 Wii Points

Save some money as well as the world.

Mega Man 9 will be sold for 1000 Wii Points in Japan, according to Famitsu (via Kotaku), which is about GBP 7 or EUR 10 in the real world.

Mega Man 9 confirmed for WiiWare

Mega Man 9 confirmed for WiiWare

Rumoured for other formats.

Capcom has confirmed that Mega Man 9 is on its way to WiiWare, and there's speculation that it will visit other formats too.

The US Nintendo Power magazine reveals this month (thanks 1UP) that it will be a 2D game inspired by the NES originals, in which a bunch of robots are making a mess and Mega Man has to save the day.

This he will do by tackling them one by one - and they are Magma Man, Galaxy Man, Jewel Man, Concrete man, Hornet Man, Plug Man, Tornado Man and Splash Woman.

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