Dec. 5, 2017 at 10:18 p.m.
Earlier this week, Capcom officially announced the late-2018 release of "Mega Man 11," and I about died.
No, really; my heart about stopped when I watched the trailer.
This game comes almost a decade after the release of "Mega Man 10" back in 2010. News of the game's upcoming release was broken during Mega Man's 30th anniversary year - the first video game was released in December 1987.
This new game isn't expected to be released until late 2018, but it has all the makings of a quality "Mega Man" game. Years ago, I remember wondering what would come of Mega Man. The series' character - in my mind - was right up there with Mario and Sonic. For me, it always felt like Mega Man was kind of the red-headed stepchild.
I truly wondered when Mega Man would enter this new age, and what that would look like. Of course, you have the "Mega Man Legends" series, which brought the character into the 3D world. To me, it didn't truly work.
So when I saw this trailer, I wanted to jump up and down and yell, "Of course!"
"Mega Man 11" uses a 2D art-drawn environment coupled with 3D characters and enemies. Add in the brilliance of Mega Man's signature blaster laser and iconic Mega Man music, and you're instantly hooked.
Social media chatter mostly shows excitement for the game; however, there is a group of Mega Man fans who prefer a true retro game.
Daemon Hatfield and Brian Altano with IGN discussed the game recently in a video on their website. It's interesting hearing the two talk about the new art-style "Mega Man 11" brings to the series. There, you can also find some gamers commenting about the new style.
Although not too similar, this game reminds me of what Square Enix did with "Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria." That game was created as a somewhat 3D sidescrolling game; however, the game jumps to full 3D during battles.
The kid in me can't help but be excited to see Mega Man coming back after an almost decadelong hiatus. Just based on this trailer, it seems like Capcom captured the retro feel of the "Mega Man" series while also keeping it fresh and updated. That's not easy to do.
Oh, and as if the game's announcement were not enough, Capcom also announced a re-release of all the "Mega Man X" games.
Personally, I remember the "X" series a little bit more.
And - yes, there is one more thing - the "Mega Man Legacy Collections 1 and 2," which include all of the original "Mega Man" games, is being released for Nintendo Switch. It's been out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for some time now.
This Christmas hasn't even arrived yet, and I already know what's on my list for Christmas 2018.
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