Keiji Inafune Would Still Like To Make Mega Man Legends 3

By Ishaan . March 21, 2014 . 1:00am

Speaking with US Gamer, Comcept’s Keiji Inafune says he would still like to make Mega Man Legends 3. In fact, it’s the game he wants to make most.


“If somebody asked, even right now, what’s the game you want to create most? It’s still Legends 3,” Inafune said to the site. “I put so much effort into that game, so much passion into that game, but it didn’t happen. It’s always a regret in my mind. Even now…”


“We all know that’s not going to happen, though, as long as Capcom holds the IP,” Inafune continued. “But if they asked me to make that game, I could still gather most of the original team, even right now. Some of them have quit Capcom, some of them are still at Capcom, but I believe that team would be passionate enough to come back together and create that game. So… we’ll see what’s going to happen. You never know.”


As you may recall, Mega Man Legends 3 was cancelled while Inafune was still an employee of Capcom. Since then, he has struck out on his own to help create spiritual successors to the Mega Man games in the form of Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt, in collaboration with Inti Creates, a studio that has worked on numerous Mega Man games.


Inafune added, “Let’s say that, if we have all seven Dragon Balls right here, right now, and Shen Long comes up and says, ‘What’s your wish?’ My wish would be, give me all the right tools, people, and environment to create Legends 3.”

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  • Craig

    ;_; Inafune

  • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero


    Inafune added, “Let’s say that, if we have all seven Dragon Balls right here, right now, and Shen Long comes up and says, ‘What’s your wish?’ My wish would be, give me all the right tools, people, and environment to create Legends 3.”

    • It’s going to be over 100,000 strong.

      • Mir Teiwaz

        I question how many of those 100k signatures are legit unique signatures that would actually buy the game and how many are either fake accounts or friends that were asked to sign the petition to pad the numbers.

        • Pyrofrost

          Mir is asking the right questions!

          Unfortunately petition signatures, love letters, and twitter requests ≠ purchases. Which is true.

          Even Reggie came out about that with Operation Rainfall and Xenoblade/The Last Story/Pandora’s Tower.

          • sd28

            and i still remember all the rage because of that

        • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

          It was 100k strong because during the process of creating the megaman legends 3 fan coop… we were 100k members++ all of us were unique accounts (afaik)

          • Mir Teiwaz

            I can guarantee that those weren’t all unique accounts.

          • British_Otaku

            Of course, but inversely can you prove that there was a low level of interest in the Megaman Legends 3?

            I can name games with petitions in the tens and hundreds which still got games localised.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            The problem with petitions is that they are indeed in these instances, just clicks on a digital box. Fans working to express their support and buying interest through threads like this (the modern letter writing campaign as it were) shows a whole lot more actual involvement on someone’s part. Letting developers and localization companies see a positive vibe towards a particular product.

            It also should be noted a lot of the petition sites are designed to bring attention to things of a far greater scope. Having a petition asking for “yuri scenes in Kat’s next game”, looks damn stupid alongside pleas to bring more attention towards the latest African genocide.

          • dragoon_slayer12

            I been a member since 3k members. I was one of the few that actually owned a 3ds when the page went up. It’s something I questioned then too, and the main response I got was “when it releases, I’ll buy a 3ds at the same time”, which means jack shit. I’ve owned my 3ds since day 1, and if this game was to release, I would put funds on my 3ds to make sure I get it day 1, and I would reserve a physical copy for my nephew, just to make sure I made my contribution.

            Also, when nearing 100k, there was a lot of supporters that only supported the cause for what it meant, not cuz they actually wanted the game. At one point, about half of the members didn’t even care for Mega Man as a whole, no less a single title. So for the most part, before hitting it’s goal (have no clue where it’s at now), I’d consider it a bust

    • John Diamond

      i’d ask fir ultimate knowledge!

    • TheGioG

      This goofball Barrett looked like he was gonna be all kinds of awesome… It is so goddamn heart-wrenching knowing Inafune wanted to see this project through and Capcom up and abandoned it.

    • fairysun

      My wish? Give me enough resources so I can buy and run Capcom, SNK, Konami, and Sega privately. That way I can revive Megaman, KoF, Samurai Shodown, Contra, Suikoden, and Shenmue series.

      • Ric Vazquez

        Good one

    • Learii

      lol he 1 funny guy but I like him

    • Ric Vazquez


  • DanteJones


    Seriously though, I think I feel bad for Inafune more than all the fans (including me) who wanted Legends 3. It always felt like he was the most excited about it. :(

    • Argama

      Yeah, probably because Legends 2 ended in a cliffhanger and he really wants to conclude or continue the story, but sadly Capcom obviously doesn’t~

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Unfortunately, the balls are inert. :p

    Shame really, people with passion and will would make an excellent sequel, but Capcom is too much blinded with money to know…

    • sd28

      wait does that mean they don’t work

  • LustEnvy

    I have never cared so much about those behind the games until now. Inafune just sounds like the best guy ever. He loved his work and his creations, so much that he’d still humble himself enough to work with the company that effed him over. What a guy.

    I’m not exactly a HUGE Megaman guy (loved 8, X4 the most), but I want to support Inafune in everything he does. Both Mighty and Azure are games I want to play through and through.

  • Legends truly never die, even in the deepest depth of cancellation~!

    • Testsubject909

      They just lay dormant waiting for someone to summon a legendary wish granting dragon.

      • And bite a certain company in the rear who seemingly lost their way as a wake-up call.

  • Shippoyasha

    Pretty insane that even Shenmue 3’s story is more likely to be unveiled before we ever see what’s to happen with Rock Volnutt with Megaman Legends 2’s cliffhanger. If Capcom just keeps Inafune at bay forever, then it’d be a shame. Though that’s the likely scenario.

    • Pyrofrost

      That pretty much IS the scenario. It’s unfortunate, but there is a near 100% chance that we will never see Legends 3.

      However, stories surrounding something like this or Shenmue or Final Fantasy VII are always sure to ignite passion and stir responses. Not that any of that will change anything; nevertheless, it’s great for conversation and discussion.

  • anthony apduhan

    If only Legends 3 was be unveiled on E3 2014 I’ll be super happy. I don’t care if it’s a 3DS exclusive only. Too bad indeed

    • megaten666

      Nope! But how about Ultra Super Giga Awesome Street Fighter IV Radical Tournament Edition from Cashcom, huh? And please… for what it’s worth, enjoy your yearly Call of Duty: Modern Ghost Ops 69. It’ll be revolutionary this time! Pinky swear!

      • Pyrofrost

        Speaking of revolutionary FPS, wasn’t the last one Halo 2 and before that Golden Eye on 64 xD

        • megaten666

          Hah :D The best thing is that said CoD still uses the same old Quake 3 engine, but modded and tweaked to death, to able to handle those bigger textures.
          Quake 3 engine for next-gen consoles… they don’t even try to hide it anymore when they come up with BS like intelligent fishes and breathtaking godrays…


    It still hurts. Some wounds don’t heal, you just forget they’re there…

  • Dede Ogbe

    Megan Legends makes me hopeful of the eventual spinoff series of Mighty No. 9. Hell i hope they even make a series similar to the Mega Man Battle Network one as well.

  • chronocide

    I’m not crying I just have a little something in my eye

    • Testsubject909

      *tosses a box of tissues*

      Nothing wrong with being honest to your emotions.

  • Furu Chi

    OMG YES!! PLEASE!! This is one of my beloved games in my childhood!

  • Zer0faith

    Keiji Inafune Would Still Like To Make Mega Man Legends 3…
    And so does everyone else who remembers that cancellation announcement.

  • Greg

    Why don’t we all gather pitchforks and light torches and MAKE Capcom either give Inafune the Megaman IP or have them start Megaman Legends 3 again?

    • Testsubject909

      What a fitting avatar picture to that post.

  • jayjay


  • Go2hell66

    is a that a hint of saltiness i detect in inafune’s statements?

  • dragoon_slayer12

    As much as I would love for it to happen, but I think even that wish is beyond Shen Long’s power.
    *in Shen Long voice”
    “your wish can not be granted. It is beyond my power, for Capcom holds the ip and are being total asses”

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    I would like the game too but sadly the only thing we can do about is

    • leingod

      Ugh, that word makes me cringe nowadays. Reminds me of a certain pop singer prick.

  • Ash_Riot

    Between this, Vagrant Story 2 and Shenmue 3, it honestly feels like I’m cursed. I just want a conclusion to my favourite games!

  • Captain Levi

    Ok guys, it’s time to search the Dragon Balls.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      But what about the Titans, Heicho?

      • RichyGaming

        They don’t eat humans anymore.

  • leingod

    I wonder if Capcom is above hiring Comcept?

    • J_Joestar

      well i believe it wasn’t that long ago that Capcom was blaming the sliding quality on their games to careless outsourcing and promised to avoid it. On the other hand, you don’t get much more “Classic Capcom” quality than Inafune.

  • Herok♞

    Man that is really sad, I really wanted the demo for MML3, I made my servebot for the dev room even though I know I have no artistic talent and couldn’t help there. If only Capcom had released it, they would have seen how much the fans wanted it but oh well, they made their mistakes and lost a good chunk of the fanbase because of it.

    • Anime10121

      Fuk tha demo, I wanted the game! (ps, bought my 3DS FOR the demo :P)

  • Chido55

    I will buy all the games that involves Inafune on Vita.
    That’s my promise to the man who are passionate about gaming.

    • Valtiel Ikari

      same here!

  • ZEROthefirst

    I still wish Capcom would just outsource Legends 3 to Inafune/Comcept so that they could make a worth while game. Capcom’s had little to no problem outsourcing some of their other main IPs (most of them poor or passable) and with doing this one not only would we get the game we want, but at this point in the game Capcom would benefit from the sales of Legends 3 due to the large amount of attention it’s gained over the past few years due to it’s cancellation.
    Sadly this probably won’t happen though, and I have a feeling that one reason they won’t outsource to Inafune is because he left Capcom to start his own company. They say it’s not because of that and I know that’s not entirely it obviously, but I’m sure it’s a contributing factor.

  • Testsubject909

    Huh… The comments to date (below) were rather civil. I’m surprised and oddly pleased about that.

    So… Time to go on a magical journey to the west, searching for dragonballs and money to toss at Inafune, huh?

    • Anime10121

      Never give up HOPE, If Shen Long cant do it, we need a way to Namek to get Porunga :P

  • RoboAddy

    Why is this tagged under 3DS? The first 2 games were on PlayStation, PSP and PC.

    • Legends 3 was going to be a 3DS game.

  • Göran Isacson

    Reblog if u crai everytime. Because Lord knows I do. ;_;

  • Inafune really loves his creation. Shame he got separated but respectable decision to move away from Capcom.

  • XypherCode

    We need 100,000 Dragon Balls for Inafune!

  • Anime10121

    Minor correction Ishaan, Legends 3 was cancelled AFTER Inafune quit. It was “in development” the entire time he was with the company…

  • Jettythesunfish

    What I hate the most is that Capcom just up and canceled a project that had tons of potential without any reason behind it. Even more so that they refused to let Inafune and his company actually finish it. Why? Who knows? But considering that, maybe they really did do it to spite Inafune.

    • 하세요

      They explained why they did, but most agree it was a pretty poor reason. “Fans don’t know what they want in Mega Man, so we simply canned the idea” and it got turned into EX Troopers, which was fun and felt like a faster MML, but overall didn’t do well in Japan.

      Worst part is EX Troopers used all of MML3’s resources, so even if they brought it back, it would have to be from scratch.

      • Jettythesunfish

        Yes, that is the poorest of excuses. And outright blaming the fans for the game’s cancellation is quite the cop out. Come to think of it, didn’t Capcom of Europe say something along these lines?

      • British_Otaku

        I’m pretty sure it was confirmed that E.X. Troopers and Legends 3 aren’t related. Seth Killian stated “For what it’s worth, I can tell you I played an early version of this game (which was styled in the same way, and with what looks to be similar gameplay) in Japan well before the Legends project ran into trouble”.


        Any shared staff is likely due to Legends 3 being cancelled and any mechanical or visual similarities are a coincidence (LP was already vaguely close to MML, so a spinoff of that would be). You could quite easily say a lot of games used those resources, just like the profits from MH4 (4 billion yen) going to make a mobile development studio.

    • Brimfyre

      Evil evil Capcom. Muhhahahahaha

      It probably has nothing to do with the fact, that at the time the 3DS was doing worse than the Wii U is doing now, and they saw no future spending money on a sequel to a niche game that probably wouldn’t have sold well on a poorly selling device.

      Has nothing to do with that. All spite. Right.

      • Jettythesunfish

        You do realize sales in the 3DS were most likely to increase because of this title, right? I know people who have told me they would’ve went and bought a 3DS just to play Legends 3. Also, from all the fan involvement, it would have been very likely that Capcom would acquire a ton of sales revenue as well. Ergo, it makes no sense business-wise to cancel a project that has garnered such positive feedback.

        • Brimfyre

          I’m sorry but that is disillusional. The fan base for MML3 is tiny and very niche. The 3DS came out on top without it, and MML3 wouldn’t have pulled it out of any slump.

          Listen, I love MML too, but it’s not the Jesus Christ of video games. It wouldn’t save anything.

          • Jettythesunfish

            I’m not saying that it would have “saved” the 3DS. I’m merely stating that this game would have been well received and successful.

          • 하세요

            Inafune himself at TGS in 2007 admitted “[My favorite game is] Mega Man Legends, a title that really didn’t sell well in the Mega Man franchise.”

            It’s not a mystery why it was canned as it’s probably, according to him, the worst selling version of MM out of all of them. I don’t see MML3 randomly reviving its popularity. It’s not like Final Fantasy where one can say “That previous one sucked, but the next one should be okay” because MML is one big story. If they didn’t like it then, they won’t like it now.

          • British_Otaku

            The last Legends game was released over a decade prior to the announcement of MML3, so those sales have no bearing on how it could do now.

            MML3 could have easily been an evergreen title if marketed on top of the warm fan-are-creators-too atmosphere especially with either a relatively quick launch after the 3DS comes out on just a paid demo to give us a taste of what is coming.

          • Luv you~

            No homo.

    • Anime10121

      Main reason probably was because of (undeserved) poor sales of the original two :(

      Inafune leaving was just the nail in the coffin :(

  • Brimfyre

    Everyone realizes Inafune quit right? I don’t know why he gets painted as the eternal victim here. He’s the reason MML3 was canceled.

    It was something he needed to do personally, and I don’t fault him, but I don’t quite understand the whole, “Poor poor Inafune” mindset people have. He wasn’t fired or let go.

    Edit: And I’m sure people will bring up how he said he would gladly work on MML3 for Capcom after he quit. How gracious. That’s like telling your ex you can still sleep together but not get married.

    • Anime10121

      True dat, that is a very unfortunate truth… I still giggle at the fact that when it was announced, it was announced as Megaman Legends 3 coming to 3DS!!! And a few weeks after he announced his resignation, it all of a sudden became the Megaman Legends 3 PROJECT!? Tis when I started having my doubts :(

    • Jettythesunfish

      Yes, he indeed quit Capcom. But he was still quite enthusiastic about the project, wasn’t he? The “poor poor Inafune” mindeset comes with the fact that Capcom is vehemently refusing to allow this project to be completed by any means, even when Inafune offered to do so.

    • Vanadise

      Have you ever had a terrible job before? There’s only so much abuse you can take before you either break down or quit, even if you’re passionate about what you’re working on.

      • Brimfyre

        I’m pretty sure I said I didn’t fault him for leaving a job he didn’t like….

        Yep. I did say that.

        • Vanadise

          You also blamed him for MML3 getting canceled and implied that people shouldn’t sympathize with him. I’m pretty sure that counts as faulting him.

          • Brimfyre

            I’m really saying we shouldn’t place blame on anyone. It was just a bad situation. I was complaining that people act like Inafune is a victim, which is isn’t.

    • British_Otaku

      The Last Guardian is still being directed by Fumito Ueda (Director of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus) even though he left Sony Japan and Team ICO back in 2011.

      Surely, if the director wants to work on a project in a freelance capacity or even have him and a whole team invited, that should be cool.

      • Brimfyre

        In the end all we can do is speculate, but I hardly think it was anything dramatic as it has been made to be. I

        My guess, based on nothing, is Capcom let him do MML3 as a pet project because they knew he was unhappy, and said as much in interviews about how much he hated his job before he left.

        They had no invested interest in the project other than hoping it would keep inafune happy. It didn’t. He left. 3DS wasn’t selling. Why keep making the game?

        • RajaNaga

          I’m pretty sure that Inafune left AFTER the project’s cancellation, which had nothing to do with him. It, and disappointing his fans so greatly, probably had a huge impact on his decision to leave the company. He, rightfully so, did not like how Capcom was running things, and either do a lot of employees there, OR the fans. So much deserved shit is said about Capcom nowadays.

          So, what you said about him saying now that he still wants to make the game is pretty unfair. It was never his fault that it was cancelled; he tried to appeal to Capcom to keep the project going, even. If Capcom was smart, they would outsource it to Comcept/let them do a Kickstarter and make the game, maybe after Mighty No. 9 is finished. I’m sure the 3DS will still be going strong.

          • Brimfyre

            It took two seconds for me to look up that Inafune left Capcom in Nov 2010.

            MML3 was officially cancelled July 2011.

          • RajaNaga

            Eh well, he still stayed on the team and wanted to/would have been willing to make the game, so I don’t see how him leaving Capcom had anything to do with Capcom themselves cancelling the project and refusing to let him keep going.

          • Brimfyre

            Please see all my other comments on this topic. We are going in circles now.

            The amount of mental hoops people jump through to make Inafune seem like a victim is quite entertaining.

    • Kaihedgie

      I wish I could give you more than one like for this comment :T

      As you stated in one of your earlier comments, Legends 3’s fanbase was very niche. Hell, I think the entire Legends fanbase as is was quite niche compared to other spinoffs of the franchise. It sold the least out of everyone else, including ZX and like any other series, it has its deriders. I imagine Legends 3 should have had it worse since the demo didn’t even have Volnutt in it.

      We were introduced to a bunch of characters who had nothing to do with the plot and cliffhanger of Legends 2 and a contest was made to come up with a design with the two new protagonists instead. But as you say, if Inafune really wanted to continue Legends 3, he should have stayed at Capcom rather than complain about his native gaming industry

  • Paul Rodriguez

    I have both Mega Man Legends 1 and 2 (as well as The Misadventures of Tron Bonne) and while I would love to see 3 released I don’t see it happening. I think we should be happy Inafune is bringing us a spiritual successor to the “Blue Bomber”.

  • AuraGuyChris


    He understands our sorrow!

  • Morningstar

    I think Capcom canned it because they didn’t want to risk Legends 3 turning into some fanfiction. And yet Mighty #9 had similar fan input (though Inafune was the only one who made suggestions. But still,) and its likely gonna be decent.

    That reminds me did Capcom cancelled the entire franchise, I see no talks about new games (No, Cameos like Smash Bros. don’t count. Nether does spiritual sucessors).

    • Maybe Capcom is afraid, Inafune was an important dude for the Megaman series so… either they can do something that might hold the candle or stray away.

  • I only have one thing to say for Inafune and fans regarding Megaman Legends 3:

    Let it goooo~ Let it go~

  • Nice Boat Quatro
  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Megaman: “sigh” Such a sad fate.
    At least he’s not stuck on the moon waiting for us to rescue him, oh wait…

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      The best part of that is that mankind is doomed to be eliminated if MegaMan Trigger doesn’t return home to fight the new villains mentioned in MML2. I can already smell Roll’s corpse.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Barrett and Aero could have saved us all

  • hazelnut1112

    “I put so much effort into that game, so much passion into that game, but it didn’t happen. It’s always a regret in my mind. Even now…”

    Yeah right, yet he was the one that left Capcom even during the middle of development. Then after that his other projects were cancelled. So I guess he is finally regretting leaving Capcom after all.

  • Yan Zhao

    No Inafune, dont waste your dragonball wishes on making MML3. Wish to become the richest man on Earth so you can BUY BACK the Megaman rights THEN make MML3.

    Or better yet, buy out Capcom period and become the new boss.

  • Eder García

    so, Yoshida is going to receive the spam truck on his twitter huh?

  • Spirit Macardi

    I still think that character looks like a human version of Guntz. Not that it’s a bad thing though.

  • souio

    The Legends of Mighty no. 9 incoming!

  • RagingTiger44

    I was trying to forget…Now I’m sad again.

  • smashbrolink

    I’d love to just see him use Mighty No. 9’s Beck or a new original character to create a spiritual replacement for Legends 3, if Capcom never lets him do it.

    If I could afford to buy the Megaman IP, I’d willingly give it back to Inafune for free, on the condition that he made this game and had it hit the Wii U, since it needs as many games as it can get and the art style feels like it would fit right in on the console.

  • Dylan Robert Montgomery

    And how about ZX 3 too while we’re at it!?

  • RocKM001 .

    Umm… correct me if I’m wrong… but wasn’t the game cancelled *after* Inafune anounced he would leave Capcom?

  • Areuto

    Alright I’ll spend my life looking for the dragon balls.

  • CirnoLakes

    Maybe it’s still possible! I sure hope.

    Hehe, maybe if the project was started again, it could become multiplatform. That way I could have both Mighty No. 9 and Mega Man Legends 3 on Steam.

    Speaking of which, Mega Man Legends already has a PC version. Like many other Mega Man games. It sure would be nice if Capcom would update them and make them available for buying on Steam. It would certainly help gauge the market for more Mega Man games and sequels. It would be really neat to own both Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 games on Steam. Though I already feel really lucky just that I’ll be able to own Mighty No. 9 on Steam.

    If Inafune doesn’t have the ability to work with Capcom again on another Mega Man game, perhaps at least he could make something similar with the Mighty No. 9 franchise. I’d be happy to buy any time of Mighty No. 9 related game he will put out.

  • Nice Megaman

    im already 23yrs old,

    up to till now, i still play MML2.. I Love this game!

    I hope for a 3rd Megaman legends… i want to play with it before i die.. T__T so plsss capcom, allow MML3 and lets rescue megaman from the moon :(((

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