Five Ways To Fix Mega Man
Capcom needs more than electrical tape to repair its mascot.
Poor Mega Man. Capcom's Blue Bomber (and Capcom, for that matter) has a bit of an image problem. First, his creator, Keiji Inafune, left the company, followed by the cancellation of Mega Man Universe.
Then, out of nowhere, the company axed the highly anticipated Mega Man Legends 3 and its prologue, Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version, ending a short-lived marriage between the game's developers and fans that contributed character designs and other ideas.
Suffice to say, the little robot's fallen on hard times. Some want a reboot. Others want him dead. Not even Sonic the Hedgehog has experienced this kind of public relations nightmare.
That said, we prefer Mega Man very much alive, and think Capcom has at least one more shot to rehabilitate the 24-year-old superstar's career.
On that note, we have five ways to put Mega Man back into the spotlight.
Re-release classic Mega Man games at budget prices
You won't see a new Mega Man title in the near future, but Capcom still has a wealth of retro games at its disposal that fans adore. Yes, these titles have been re-released before, but now would be a great time to deliver the NES and SNES games on the cheap, preferably through the 3DS virtual console, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
While on the subject of budgets, lower prices on all existing Mega Man titles as part of a formal apology to fans.
Reboot the franchise...again
At this point, Capcom must go back to the drawing board and come up with something that knocks gamers' socks off. No more 8-bit inspired adventures like Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10. That ship sailed a while ago. No, it's time to reinvent the character entirely, with a 3D title featuring high-resolution graphics, new gameplay elements and characters. Then release it for all the major systems, including PlayStation Vita and especially 3DS, to make up for the loss of Legends.
Launch an aggressive marketing campaign
Capcom will need more than NES box art and t-shirts to get the word out. The parties involved must host contests that reward fans, particularly those disappointed with the company. Giveaways heal many wounds.
Put the artwork from Mega Man Legends 3 on display
As a thank you, Capcom should release the Mega Man Legends 3 artwork to the public, so those who contributed can at least have their work in the open for the world to see.