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Nintendo Needs To Buy Capcom and Set Mega Man Free

MegaJon8 writes "It’s no secret, since the fallout between Capcom and Megaman’s creator Keiji Inafune, the Megaman franchise has been badly stagnant. We have seen Megaman games announced and then cancelled by Capcom such as Megaman Legends 3 and Megaman Universe. Nintendo is the logical company to buy Capcom and restore the Megaman franchise to its former glory."

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gokuking1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

#1 - Inafune didn't create Mega Man: http://www.gamespot.com/art...

#2 - The Virtual Console releases are entirely Capcom's doing. You don't see those games on PS3 or 360 because they don't exist through that hardware lineage*. Capcom isn't doing anything special to these Virtual Console releases. They're just ROM dumps in an official Nintendo emulator. The same goes for the PSN releases which are just ISO dumps of the PSone releases running on an official Sony emulator.

#3 - Would Nintendo really be the best fit for Mega Man?

The average Mega Man sells worse than the average Metroid game. I bring this up because the last Mega Man and Metroid games both launched in the same year.** If Metroid sells better than MM and Nintendo barely acknowledges Metroid, who's to say they won't do the same for Mega Man? Capcom had a pretty pathetic 25th Anniversary for Mega Man, but at least they celebrated it. Metroid's 25th got nothing from Nintendo.

A lot of the people hoping that Nintendo buys Mega Man view Smash Bros as some kind of evidence that they care. These people seem to forget that plenty of Nintendo's own IPs don't exist outside the realm of Super Smash Bros. The last F-Zero and Earthbound games were nearly 10 years ago.

Like, does Nintendo need Mega Man? Who is that property serving that Mario, Kirby, Donkey Kong and the rest of their cavalcade of 2D platformers aren't? Nintendo is funding games like Bayonetta 2, Devil's Third and Xenoblade because they're trying to get different audiences on their platforms. Mega Man is preaching to the choir.

Requesting this also means fans on Xbox and PlayStation suddenly get robbed out of a property they loved. If Nintendo were to buy Mega Man, all of the games on PSN and XBL would be removed. Who's to say what would happen to the Mega Man games that were only on PlayStation/Xbox and not Nintendo. There's plenty of them and not all of them could justify a new port. I guess they'd just be forgotten.

*Yes, I know of the collected releases on PS2 for both Classic and X. Capcom's obviously made a conscious choice to have people buy the games piecemeal than in one big chunk. I guess they see more money selling them individually for $5-$10 than a $20 collection.

**Yes, I've heard that the wheels are turning on a new one, but right now we've seen nothing. The same can be said about another Mega Man from Capcom.

PSWiiKing1087d ago

Nintendo buying Mega Man is not a bad thing. Nintendo needs Mega Man more than Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo having Mega Man doesn't scream "THE END OF THE WORLD IS HERE!!!" Sony and Microsoft will be fine. Calm down.

ARESWARLORD1088d ago

And Sega needs a Dreamcast 2 I would dump the xbone for some new Sega hotness in a heart beat.

WilliamUsher1088d ago

I could dig it. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Legends game (it was very underwhelming on the N64) but oh man did I love the Mega Man X series. I love to see some new games in that vein exclusively on Nintendo's systems.

Jew Unit1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

To be fair. Sony demanded that the ps1 version had to be the superior version of all multi-platform games (with all companies) because the ps1 was selling like hot cakes and CDs were cheaper to develop for compared to cartridges. Everybody wanted a slice of ps1 market share and allowed Sony to get away with it.

But it is your opinion so I respect it. Just wanted to put that out there.

Tiqila1088d ago

I think buying the Mega Man franchise would be a great investment for Nintendo. Nintendo knows how to develop successful platforming games and with their guidance the next Mega Man game could be a massive success.

This would also help to sell some Wii U systems. Reviving such a loved franchise would make a lot of nostalgic gamers (like myself) very happy...

I wish Capcom would sell Mega Man to Nintendo (and that they would buy it in that case).

Dunban671087d ago

While there are parts of Capcom that would add value to Nintendo..... Maybe - Megaman is another platformer and Nintendo has more than enough platformers If there is one group of Wii U owners that have been placated it is plat forming fans- but those of us not real big on that genre have had far fewer options to choose from - 3rd party s being all but gone taxes the diversity of the Wii u library even more going forward

I m sure with a little effort Nintendo could get Monster Hunter 4 on the Wii u but they aren t even doing that - so I m not sure how much better use they would make of the Capcom portfolio

Gokuking above said it well IMO

Tiqila1087d ago

You want other games, that is fine but does not change the fact that Mega Man has a huge fanbase. It is not the same platformer as Mario &co and will bring diversity to the Wii U lineup. Look at how many people are excited for Mighty No. 9

Deadpool6161088d ago

Honestly, I wish Capcom would come back to it's former glory. They hit the bottom last gen. They were the best and one of my top favorites publishers since the 1990s. It's a shame that they're in the position they're in now. With all the great games they've made over the years, they do nothing with most of those rich properties.

There's really no excuse for Capcom. Mega Man is Capcom's Mickey Mouse. Now they're not even trusted with the Mega Man franchise. We made it clear that we wanted more Mega Man and they didn't deliver.

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