N-Philes writes: "Although I used to consider myself a big fan of the Blue Bomber, there was a point somewhere after Mega Man X4 where I thought I just couldn't take it anymore. I was tired of the same formulaic sidescrolling/shooting/text-reading fare that had come to define the franchise. To my delight in 1997, Capcom released Mega Man Legends, a 3D adventure that was enjoyable, if not graphically disappointing. Regardless of how blocky everything looked, by tossing our hero into a 3D world with role-playing elements, the developers had at least made an attempt to breathe some life into the franchise. Yet it wasn't until Mega Man Battle Network for the GBA in 2001 that our young hero really turned a corner."