Capcom isn’t using the detailed sprites from Mega Man 8 for the next iteration of the original Mega Man series. Mega Man 9 looks more like Mega Man 6, the last NES game with the Blue Bomber. This is a brilliant move for fans of the Mega Man series, but it will probably leave the NES-less generation scratching their heads.
All of the details regarding Mega Man 9 are coming from the Mega Man Network who has a copy of the Nintendo Power interview about the WiiWare version of Mega Man 9. While the Wii is the first official platform for Mega Man 9 the OFLC rating lists Mega Man 9 as a multiplatform game, which suggests it is not a Wii exclusive. Other obvious platform choices for Mega Man 9 are Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network.
Perhaps, the most startling revelation about Mega Man 9 is it may have a female robot master. Splash Woman is listed in the ranks of Concrete Man, Galaxy Man, and underneath Tornado Man. We’ll have to wait until physical copies of Nintendo Power circulate to confirm this as fact though.
Images from Nintendo Power and scans from Mega Man Network.