Capcom has attempted to bring their iconic blue hero Mega Man to iOS in the past. First there was a port of Mega Man II [$0.99 / Free], which wasn’t so hot. It was technically a port of a feature phone version that had dumbed down gameplay, and obviously touch screen controls weren’t the best option for one of the hardest platformers ever. To their credit, Capcom did release updates that offered better control options and a mode that more closely resembled the original NES version. Still, it was a criminal way to experience such a classic.

Then late last year we got an iOS version of Mega Man X [$4.99], another beloved classic in the series from the SNES era. It was far and away a better playing experience than Mega Man II on the touch screen, but I was not a fan of the new visuals at all. And it just felt sloppy. The expansive original levels had been chopped into sections making the game feel disjointed, and something didn’t feel quite right with the controls. It was passable I guess, but I would have much rather had a solid port of the original.

Finally, as of this past April you could kick butt as the Blue Bomber in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 [$4.99], a port of the arcade classic that turned out to be pretty good, granted you could live without online play and didn’t mind the dated graphics. Being comfortable with virtual button doesn’t hurt either.

However, just because he made an appearance in an already great fighting game, Mega Man’s presence on the App Store has been lackluster to say the least. I’m not so sure that’s going to change with Capcom’s latest upcoming offering either, titled Mega Man Xover (pronounced: Crossover). It’s named as such because it will offer a cross section of previous Mega Man worlds. You’ll be able to build your own Mega Man robot and then battle in the mean streets of a… social RPG? Yeah, apparently that’s what this is.

I don’t want to be quick to judge, but the last I checked I liked my Mega Man served with a side of inventive platforming design and frenetic shooting gameplay. Don’t forget the giant robot enemies, unique bosses, and assortment of cool weapons. The last thing I want is Facebook integration or a dreaded form of in-game energy or something.

Based on the screens, it kind of looks like Mega Man Xover could even be an endless runner type game. That idea on paper actually doesn’t sound half bad, but there’s still a severe lack of a quality tradional style Mega Man game on iOS. I guess we'll find out when it hits Japan this fall. Whatever Mega Man Xover does turns out to be, I’ll at least check it out and hope for the best, as I love that little blue guy so darn much. I just wish he'd quit breaking my heart on my iPhone.

[Polygon via Andriasang]

  • FakeName

    Do note people, this Mega Man's "birthday present".

  • chamuscao

    Judging by the screenshots, I was going to yell "FAKE!!" because they look like they were made in Photoshop by a guy who doesn't know how to use it, but then I remembered how Capcom actually works. It looks and sounds AWFUL.

  • Jared maybe James

    I can just imagine a meeting with a bunch of suits going something like "
    How can we leverage our megaman assets to monetize bla bla freemium bla bla synergy bla bla"

    Then someone jumps up and says this is megaman, it's supposed to be about classic fun gaming"

    Boom... Fired!

  • TGMzero

    This. Will. Suck. Donkey. Balls.

  • Nicole Hunter

    who...who...who thought this would be a good idea?  This is... something special.  I'll have whatever Capcom is having cause that stuff seems STRONG.

  • zornthgrt

    I cant wait!!! I hope i have to buy energy to use my best weapons!!! Thank god we get this treasure instead if something horrible like megaman legends 3 or universe or God forbid an actual game of any kind. Thanks capcom!!
    (Please note sarcasm all over)

  • ImJPaul

    Street fighter 4 volt was awesome. Everything else can suck it. I could make a long list of their other games and tell you why I hate them so much but instead search Capcom on the AppStore and look at the garbage. Everything they ate producing is such filth lately. Hopefully Res 6 is awesome. Otherwise I'm proclaiming that Capcom change their name to Electronic Arts.

  • ducksFANjason

    Who is the market for social games? I can't understand why they are booming so much... Is ANYONE enjoying them? The last thing most people I know want is Facebook/Twitter mingling with their games.

    "Wow I beat Elecman. I can't wait to announce this to my friends on social media!!" said no one ever.

  • JesusBro

    im still waiting for street fighter x tekken
    when is the fücking game releasing????

    • ImJPaul

      Your username is the best in history. Totally un-iOS related but a statement that had to be said nonetheless.

    • xDyNaMiiCx

      Street fighter X Tekken will come next month for psvita, sure be the same release for iOS.

  • chapel07

    for you to play, you have to post/update your facebook status everytime and tweet whatever you are doing in tweeter for megaman to shoot/run/jump or fall in the pits.

    • zornthgrt

      So twitter and face book would look like this
      Running, running, jump shoot shoot shoot jumping! Fighting boss fighting boss, getting pissed. Paying .99 for energy...Fighting boss again getting pissed need more energy paying 2.99

  • LCB12321

    It says Autoplay in the corner? I guess they do that to make people who suck at video games and don't know how to play them feel better about them selves. I just wonder if you can play the game on "autoplay" what's the point of even playing it?

  • dandiemer

    Maybe it's just Stockholm Syndrome, and maybe I'm alone, but I'm looking forward to this. I'll give anything MegaMan related a shot.

    • zornthgrt

      Sad thing is, most of us will too.

  • Skuddmuffin

    Is.. Is that an "auto play" button in the top left!? ,