Mega Man 11 announced at Mega Man’s 30th Anniversary event

Mega Man made his debut on December 17, 1987, and Capcom held an event to celebrate his 30th birthday a little early. There were a few announcements made during the stream today which should make fans of the blue bomber very happy.

First, a new collection of older games was announced. Mega Man Legacy Collection (MMLC) collected the first six games from the original Nintendo Entertainment system, and its sequel collected Mega Man 7 through 10: later outings on the Super NES, PlayStation, and digital download services. The next Mega Man project will collect Mega Man X titles, letting players experience the first three games in the series. This is great news for those who came into the series late, because Mega Man X2 and X3 both contained special chips in the cartridge that made them difficult to emulate. As a result, the cartridges have been extremely expensive and hard to find. The collection will release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

At the same time, Capcom announced that the first two Mega Man Legacy Collections will be released on Nintendo’s Switch platform. Neither had been released for the versatile console before, and fans had been asking for a Switch release since MMLC2 was announced. Although the first MMLC released on the 3DS, it seems neither of the new collections will be heading to the older handheld.

The biggest announcement was saved for the end of the stream. Mega Man hasn’t had a new game since Mega Man 10 was released in 2010. Not coincidentally, 2010 is when Keiji Inafune, often called the “father of Mega Man” left Capcom after 23 years.  Capcom promoted a fan’s combination of Mega Man and Street Fighter as Mega Man Xover in 2012, but apart from that, Mega Man fans have only seen him appear in Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS. Late next year, that will change when Mega Man 11 releases.

Mega Man 9 and 10 were both throwback titles, meant to look and feel like they were programmed for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. Mega Man 11 won’t be using that art style, opting instead for a 3D aesthetic though the game still plays in 2D. The trailer for the new game shows that Mega Man will have access to his robot dog Rush (introduced in Mega Man 3), as well as a charge shot (introduced in Mega Man 4). Only one sub weapon was shown, a rock-based power which seems to summon a small avalanche overhead. The stream showed that the new art style allows Mega Man to change appearance when he readies a new weapon, rather than just swapping colors to indicate which power he has equipped.

Mega Man has been underappreciated for the last few years, but it looks like Capcom are letting him out to play again. If Mega Man 11 does well, here’s hoping for a true sequel to Mega Man Legends 2. No one should have to spend that long on the moon.