Why Is Mega Man Powered Up Not On The PlayStation Network?

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Mega Man Powered Up, a PSP remake of the original Mega Man, was released in 2006 by Capcom, but only as a retail title. In the years to follow, Mega Man Powered Up was never transferred to the PlayStation Network, so you could download it onto your PSP like other Mega Man games such as Mega Man Maverick Hunter X.


Why did Powered Up never make the move to PSN? Capcom say it’s because of technical difficulties. Two years ago, Capcom’s Christian Svensson shared: “There are techinical problems that neither we or Sony are able to get around. The game doesn’t run properly when put in digital form.  So it’s physical only for the time being (hold onto those UMDs, they’re gonna be valuable).”


This week, a PlayStation Vita owner asked once again if there was any chance of the game seeing a PSN release, and Svensson provided the same reply once again: “Frankly, I’m not sure but SCEA has never been able to get it to run in digital form and they handle the conversion process.”


That having been said, Mega Man Powered Up is available on the Japanese PlayStation Network. Why is this the case? According to Svensson: “There’s different code in each territory. I’m not sure what Japan managed to do but Sony seems unable to make it work in the US with US code.”

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.