The Story Of Mega Man And Why Keiji Inafune Made Him Blue

By Matt Hawkins . August 31, 2013 . 4:59pm

mm1 At PAX Prime, Keiji Inafune recounted his time with Capcom. He started as an artist, but since there weren’t many people at the company he jumped right into being a lead artist. Even though Capcom’s offices were close to his home, he wasn’t able to go home since he was working on long hours.


Inafune started working on character design for the first Street Fighter, but just a month in he shifted to work on Mega Man. Inafune said the majority of his career was related to Mega Man and the series has taught him a lot about game creation.


Why is Mega Man blue? Inafune explained that while the team wanted to make a blue character and Inafune said that was "gross." However, the team said on the Famicom or NES the color palette for blue was a larger variety than any other color so they could be more descriptive with the character design. After that he accepted having a blue lead character and at the time a blue robot was new.


Inafune decided to change Mega Man’s color when he gets new weapons because he felt it would be weird to have a blue character shoot red flames after grabbing Fire Man’s power. During this era at Capcom, the company mostly did arcade ports so Mega Man was a source of pride since this was an original game for consoles. The team knew they were doing something special.

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  • RichyGaming

    Megaman > Tron

    • zaidandzhadow

      Is that even in discussion?

      • RichyGaming


  • Bigabu Beaze

    I heard this like 10 years ago man.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    yeah Game Grumps and Did you know gaming talked about this….anyway
    still very kool

  • anthony apduhan

    Remember Captain N’s Megaman? That’s the reason he should be blue forever.

    • Remember Mega Man’s mom in that show? I wish I didn’t!

  • EtherealEarth

    Why Megaman is blue? It’s because he’s so sad (no more production and all) ;_;

    • Kai2591

      off-topic here,
      I like the art of the character in your display picture; where from?

      • EtherealEarth

        The art designer is called Dhiea.

        Here’s the link of the picture: and the rest of her work~

        • Kai2591

          thanks :)

  • koga saburo

    DYKGaming already did this a long time ago

    • Zero_Destiny

      It’s not really a big kept secret or anything. lol

      The site is just posting some interesting tidbits on Megaman and Inafune tonight.

  • Learii

    megaman blue because Capcom text is blue

  • NimbusStev

    I love reading behind-the-scenes design stories for early games like this. Makes you realize just how small the industry used to be.

    Considering that his whole career was pretty much based on Mega Man, I wonder if Inafune ever regretted any of those early design choices. Things like “I wish we would have used an extra pixel in his arm” or things like that. I know I look back at a lot of my older art and immediately think about things I would have done differently.

  • divinelite

    Mighty no.9 is Blue and I like it far better than Megaman ^^
    hope the best come for it

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Interesting how blue the largest palette on the NES…makes me wonder why Nintendo didn’t emphasize that color more in Zelda or Mario on NES and instead they mainly used brown and other minor colors? I’m sure the reasons they had were logical at the time but if Inafune was able to make the most of NES, why didn’t Nintendo?

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