There is an explosion of information on Mega Man 9 today, but why Capcom created it has not been addressed. Capcom could have made a new Mega Man spinoff with an edgy, hikikomori teenager forced to withdraw from his home and save the world with a Mega Man suit instead. I would loathe an anti-hero Mega Man, but it would probably sell. There are a million other less repulsive ideas that could still make Capcom a profit. So then, why did Capcom return to the original timeline with NES sprites?
Seth Killian, Senior Manager of Community at Capcom, comments on the Capcom forums, “Rather than looking for specific thoughts from fans, I'd have to say this game ITSELF is basically fan-driven. It's pretty clear that without the kind of deep fan love for Mega Man, and Capcom's respect for those feelings, an idea this crazy would have just been laughed out of the room.”
Crazy? Maybe, but someone at Capcom gave a stamp of approval to the unusual mix of Mega Man and soccer.
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