30 Years of Mega Man – What We Could See Happen in 2017

The legendary Blue Bomber is going into 2017 celebrating a number of anniversaries, sparking rumors of what fans of the classic Mega Man franchise could possibly see before the...
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The legendary Blue Bomber is going into 2017 celebrating a number of anniversaries, sparking rumors of what fans of the classic Mega Man franchise could possibly see before the year is out.

2017 marks Mega Man X’s 25th anniversary, Mega Man Zero’s 15th and Mega Man Legends’ 20th, giving Capcom a prime opportunity to celebrate the series in a number of ways. With that in mind, what else could we possibly see from Mega Man over the coming months?

30th Anniversary Amiibo

According to users on Reddit, there is potential that we could see the release of a new Mega Man Amiibo to celebrate the occasion. The ties between both Mega Man and Nintendo are nothing new in recent years in particular, given his appearance in the most recent Super Smash Bros game, which saw the release of an accompanying Amiibo, not to mention the introduction to Mega Man levels into Mario Maker.

On a recent Reddit post which questioned the possiblity, Nikster31 Man replied:

Definitely, no question. Perhaps they can do something similar to that if a new Mega Man game gets released for the Switch. Only question is how would it look as a character in Mario Maker?

Mega Man 11/Anniversary Collections

Speaking of new games, there is always the possibility of bringing a new entry to the franchise. Whether this is in the form of Mega Man 11, or bringing another collection of older games similar to Mega Man: Legacy Collection remains to be seen.

In 2016, Capcom conducted a survey, reaching out to fans to see what game they’d like to see next in the series. Whilst the results of the survey remained private, we might hear more about their plans now we are in 2017.

Animated Series and Merchandise

Onto a couple of things that lean on the side of definite now, as the planned animated series is scheduled to air this year, courtesy of Man of Action Studios. The 26-episode show will air on Disney XD in North America, and will focus on Mega Man’s new robot school-boy alter-ego Aki Light.

As for merchandise, a number of different product lines are being produced to commemorate the previously mentioned anniversaries, with Capcom recruiting license partners to bring these items to their loyal fanbase. As to what they are and when they will be released is yet to be announced, but keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite

One thing that is for sure is the blue guy making an appearance in the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.

Alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Morrigan and Ryu, Mega Man X was among the few characters to be announced at an early stage in the game’s development. The next entry in the frantic inter-promotional fighting franchise is penned for release sometime later this year.

What would you like to see next in the Mega Man series? Let us know in the comments section below.

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7 Comments on this post.
  • Jordan Moore
    11 March 2017 at 3:26 am
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    I want the people at Capcom to do thier jobs and make a new Megaman game.

    That is if they’re competent enough.

  • Remy Juchau
    13 March 2017 at 2:50 pm
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    While there is going to be a new collection game and a bunch of partnerships to create new merchandise, statues and figurines. I just wish Capcom helps lift mega man out of the back ally of forgotten and makes a proper game to celebrate 30 years. Also, I think Megaman x’s 25th is 2018 and not 2017

  • Unknown
    14 March 2017 at 7:01 pm
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    I really like the original megaman and X series (played them when I was young)

    However, I would be grateful if capcom could revamp the star force series.
    It is the one that seems to have ended abruptly despite having lots of potential like the battle network series.

    For instance, capcom can implement a real-time action/adventure game like monster hunter style, while keeping the original battle-chip system.

    However, given the trend, we may only be seeing merchandise/statues and additional stuff to earns some bucks from megaman die-hard fans

  • Diego
    15 March 2017 at 11:46 pm
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    Mega Man 11, Mega Man X9, Mega Man Legends 3, Mega Man Battle Network 7, Mega Man ZX 3, and Mega Man Starforce 4!!

  • Shark
    4 May 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    X9, ZX3 are the games I would most like to see. Well, a MMZ animated series would be dope AF

    • Chris H.
      14 June 2017 at 8:49 pm
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      if there were to be a megaman ZX3 then wouldnt it have to be something related to the secret ending of ZX advent? personally i think it would be better to make something around Thomas of the sage trinity becomming a villian. a bit of explaining would have to be done as to what happened to the other 4 mega men and their bio metals. Ouroborus may have sunk into the ocean “without a trace”, but that doesnt mean its gone, it just means nobody knows where it is. That could play a part in a megaman ZX 3 though its highly unlikely. Thomas still wants to reset the world and with the other 4 mega men that could be the plot towards a megaman ZX 3 if mikhail didn’t die from that confrontation then he could play a role in helping grey/Ash or Aile, depending on what characters you play as. maybe Thomas goes searching for traces of ouroboros to try to create another flying fortress to try to reset the world. There would need to be a whole other line of pseuroids or mavericks, whichever fits, and some guy had an idea called megaman ZX untimus, where he turned some mavericks into pseuroids. the artwork is quite well. There could be an all your base are belong to us reference like in megaman ZX. Prarie could play a role from ZX for megaman ZX3, since she never was killed, and Aile is still alive so it would be easy to introduce. maybe this time around the memory from the cyphers after defeating the other mega men could play as flashbacks to the zero series and what actually happened to the 4 guardians after ragnarok. It would take some creativity but its nothing that cant be accomplished. i dont know what could happen and these are all just ideas, but it seems possible for a megaman ZX3 to appear. It could finally put a close to the series since the secret ending just opens another door that can only be fathomed on what happened after that.

      • Chris H.
        14 June 2017 at 8:52 pm
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        oops i had some typose there. untimus is supposed to be ultimus.

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