Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star feels more like an enhanced port rather than a full remake of Mega Man Battle Network. This upcoming DS game borrows sprites and the battle system from Capcom’s early GBA game.
In the demo, now available on Japan’s Nintendo channel, Lan meets up with Mr. Famous and immediately battles viruses. The battle system is just like Mega Man Battle Network. You move Mega Man EXE on a 2D grid and use battle chips to attack. When you run out of cannon or sword chips you can still use Mega Man EXE’s buster to deal damage while you wait for the chip customization meter to fill.
After a battle against Mets, Mega Man EXE meets Flame Man. Defeat him and Mr. Famous summons Mega Man Star Force who initially appears on the enemy field with 700 HP. The demo ends here.
Since this is only a demo there may be more to Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star. I hope there’s more to it. While I enjoyed Mega Man Battle Network, it seems too soon for a slapdash port starring Mega Man Star Force.