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Mega Man 9 - New Video, Online Leaderboards, NOT Exclusive!

Posted by Darren Calvert

IGN had a pre-E3 breakthrough today with a new Mega Man 9 video and some new snippets of news.

Anyone who has been around this site for the last week or so will know how stoked we are about Mega Man 9. Only the most cynical of gamers could fail to love the idea of a brand new 8-bit NES style Mega Man, with all new levels.

The first bit of news is contrary to the denials we have heard, it is now confirmed that Mega Man 9 will NOT be WiiWare exclusive! It will also be sold on XBLA and PSstore. Boooooo!!!

Mega Man 1 & 2 are confirmed to be coming to the Virtual Console for North America soon also. It's about time really, Europe has had both of them for ages on VC!

Mega Man 9 features 50 new enemies and bosses to battle, according to Capcom. It will also sport an online leaderboard ranking system where you'll be able to track your score and time against other gamers.

Check out the new video, this is all looking pretty awesome:

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Corbs said:

I figured the game might make the rounds on the other two console's download services. Capcom is still Capcom, after all. : )



MasterMario said:

Finally! The U.S. are getting Mega Man 1 and 2. Isn't it odd to anyone that a 8-bit game is coming to the XBLA and the PSstore? It would of made alot of sense if Mega Man 9 was a WiiWare exclusive. Just like you said Corbie, Capcom is still Capcom.



Red_Yoshi said:

Great news. I love the old school games like Mega Man 1 & 2. But.....why release Capcom this for XBLA and the PS Store? Why!? O__o

The new video is awesome.



Phantom5800 said:

damn, I was hoping it would be exclusive. But the Wii is still the best choice for the NES-style controls ... crosses fingers make it cost more for the XBOX and PS3, lol.

It is looking really good, can't wait for it.



hansolo350 said:

With this being on all three systems I would like to see Bionic Commando follow suit.



AlexSays said:

I knew it wouldn't be an exclusive.
I even told people.
Resident Evil 4 was supposed to be a GameCube exclusive, and look how that turned out.
Capcom and exclusives don't go together.



strade32 said:

i am disappointed that it is not an exclusive. oh well, it still looks good.



TKS144 said:

When they see that it sells the most downloads on Wii, they will hopefully make more exclusives for the system. Zack & Wiki 2 pl0x?



Stratos said:

Why does it matter if it is exclusive or not as long as it comes to Wii and is the same as all the other versions?
I'm am happy that it is coming to Wii at all.



Alexisonfire said:

I don't get why people react to non-exclusives as some sort of betrayal. To me, this mindset just seems selfish. MM9 not being exclusive means that the game will be more successful (therefore, more potential for similar "New Retro" games) and be more accessible to all Megaman fans. Plus, those who have multiple console will be able to choose which one would suit the game best.

And yet, even if its coming out for all three, I'm still getting it on Wii. I was kinda leaning towards the 360 for achievements, but I just couldn't imagine playing through the game with that D-pad. The Classic Controller will probably be the best choice in my opinion.



AlexSays said:

@ Alexisonfire-
Uhhhh, being multiplatform isn't the betrayal.
Saying the game will be an exclusive, then changing your mind, is betrayal.
Or did you forget that part?
In case you did, here's the link:

I couldn't care either way.
But if Capcom plans on MM9 being on all three consoles, why tell everyone its a Wii exclusive?
Or maybe it's just me. People changing their mind seems to be the cool thing nowadays, even in politics.



Alexisonfire said:


Yes, I had forgotten. But I still don't see it as betrayal as much as selfishness by those who it was promised to.

Now, if it wasn't going to Wii or going to Wii in a lesser version then 360 or PS3, THAT would be a whole different story.



Objection said:

Well the problem for me doesn't have anything to do with he exclusive or not issue. CAPCOM is CAPCOM and I forgive them. I hate to sound hypocritical since I dont like it when people harp over prices but 1000 points is too much for me to be interested in this. Hmm...I could have this (essentially) NES game that last a couple hours or LostWinds, Toki Tori, or (presumably) Strongbad, all of which offer the same/similar length, plus graphics and/or controls that were built for Wiiware. I understand the RETRO experience. Just don't expect Newbies like me to pay New-School prices for it.



Link79 said:

OMG I'm giddy as a schoolboy! I'm gonna have me a Mega man Marathon. This is just the coolest thing ever! If I get anymore excited I'm gonna burst a blood vessel. I hope it comes out here about the same time as Japan gets it. I can't stand the waiting.



strade32 said:

Alexisonfire- i am not acting as if that is betrayal. i just simply thought it would be cooler if it was wiiware exclusive. it's not like that makes me "selfish" or that i like the game any less. i still think this looks like a decent game. and like x.supermario.x said:
"Uhhhh, being multiplatform isn't the betrayal.
Saying the game will be an exclusive, then changing your mind, is betrayal."



Mike1 said:

The game will sell the best on the Wii though. It's too old school for PS3 and 360 owners.



Link79 said:

Yeah they won't even give it a second glance. Oh well, Their loss I guess.



Tides_of_Chaos said:

It's a shame that Wiiware can't get a really awesome exclusive for once but that video has me really pumped up about this game now! I can't wait, I'm going to play me some Mega Man right now!..........or maybe tomorrow. It's getting a little late for playing now.



chiefeagle02 said:

I called it...
Comment 24

Anyway, at first, I was a little hesitant to look at this game as I was burned out on how ungodly hard the X games were. However, looking at this footage, it reminded me how much I loved playing Mega Man 3 for the NES back in the day. Definitely one for me to watch along with Bomberman, Eternity's Child, Tetris, and Gravitronix (and maybe Shantae). For the sake of argument, it's cool that PS and Xbox players will get to enjoy this as well. Happiness is only real when shared.



dark_moogle said:

Achievements and Trophies aside, if the XBLA and PSN versions are packed with more content (like remote play or level editors) I will happily ditch the WiiWare version in favour of the competition.

Of course then Capcom will go to bitch about how no one is buying their stripped down multiplayform game on the Nintendo platform and continue to gimp the systems fan base



Link79 said:

I doubt they would make it any different on the other systems. All those little kiddies will be laughing at us old timers but they think games are only good with pretty graphics. Such a waste for this to be on anything but Wii. How many kids with PS3's and Xbox's are even going to notice?



Chipmunk777 said:

holy crap, that is awesome. I'm so excited! also as a side note, I was playing Megaman 2 today, that game is so freaking hard. hopefully Megaman 9 will keep that ridiculous level of difficulty of the old megaman games, and from the video it seems like it will


Very true.



Virus said:

I was kind of hoping the Wii would get this as an exclusive title. The Wii is a major success, but I can't help feeling that it needs more exclusive third party support.



crashnutter said:

Oh my god, I'm eleven again! I've always loved MM (up until it went all RPG-ey anyway), and that brings back memories of sliding the long grey cartridge into the slot, clicking it down, pressing power, pressing start and then dying 4 times in a row 30 seconds later!

The music is spot on - even my missus, who isn't a great games fan, said "isn't that the music of the little blue dude", the action looks suitably frantic and evil, graphics fit perfectly.

The only thing I think will spoil it - or at least shorten its lifespan - will be the hibernate feature of wiiware. I'm not saying that not giving a save option is a way to increase longevity, but 'back in the day' that's how it had to be, and the only the hardest of the core would get to see a games proper ending

1000 points isn't unreasonable (that's only 3 packets of Tesco honey roast ham since the price hike they just had! 57p overnight!!!! Gah!) and I'm liking the idea of this "New Retro" thing - although I'm racking my brains and can't immediately think of any other games that would make me foam at the mouth like a rabid animal if they got a "requel" (retro-sequel; see what I did there? Collins Oxford-English, here I come). Anyone got any suggestions?



Dazza said:

@crashnutter - I like the idea of measuring cost in terms of Tesco's honey roast ham! Genius

Hudson already have plans for a retro remake of Adventure Island, but what else could we see hmmmm? SMB1 remix, Streets of Rage 4 and maybe even a requel to a Konami game like Castlevania or Contra. We can dream eh?



blackknight77 said:

All I have to say is if its not a Wii Ware exclusive then Capcom needs to put 1942 joint strike on Wii Ware. Anyway I am so excited about Mega man 9 and its even cool that MM 1 and 2 will be on the VC soon. I guess they will have to squeeze those 2 games in with all of the Neo Geo titles.



CanisWolfred said:

@x.SuperMario.x & Thomas

When your right, right, and boy are you right.

@Jupiter Adept

Dang it, Man, you beat me to the punch!

Anywho, I'm glad I decided to drop by, otherwise I wouldn't of heard the great news! Man that video looked sweet! I'm glad it's not Exclusive anymore, I don't want my PS3 and Xbox 360 bretheran to miss out on such a great game!

That Video really brought me 2006. You know, when I got the Anniversary collection, even though I had gotten it years earlier, but was disappointed because I was expecting it to be more like Mega Man 64, and that was a pretty stupid assumption now that I think about it. Ahhh, those were the days...

Speaking of the Anniversary Collection, I'm tempted to run through all the games in that thing. Unfortunately, I got a $@#!ton of games today(yesterday, now that I look at the clock), and Super Mario Sunsine becons. Hopefully I'll be able to put in some time before I got to start thinking about work, but at this rate the chances aren't lookin' too high.

Oh, and crashnutter, I'm going to go with the obvious one: Sonic. And Maybe Shinobi, or Ninja Gaiden. I heard that Romance of the Three kings has been going downhill lately. That Ys hasn't been doing good either, might be time to go back to its roots. Starfox? How about Startropics, or does it have to be a long running series? Metroid! I would love to go back to Zebes in good old 2D style! That black backround really added atmosphere, don'tcha think? I've heard some bad things about the recent shining games, considering the early ones were classics, time for a requel if you ask me.

That's all I could come up with, and I have to get at least a little sleep tonight. TTFN, T00t T00t For Noobs...ya, I really need some shut eye.



Shortay said:

Couldn't care less that MM9's not exclusive, and if anyone else does I don't really understand why... I'll just get the cheapest version now



Jazzem said:

Nothing wrong with it not being an exclusive, if anything I applaud Capcom for making the effort to release it on all three services, the only developer who seems to try and do that with their downloadable games. MM9 is shaping up to be excellent and if more people get to play it then that's certainly not a bad thing



Rapadash6 said:

It's too bad this isn't an exclusive but it won't cause me to enjoy the game any less. Seriously, though, why can't third parties do something nice for Nintendo every once and a while? Sheesh! As an American, I'm really glad to hear they'll finally be putting up Mega Man 1 and 2 on our VC service. I was beginning to think we'd never see them, which would've forced me to continue playing the gimped MM Collection versions.



Kevin said:

That video rocks! I can't wait to play it! Too bad its not exclusive though.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

What´s with the whining about the game being exclusive? As long as I can play it, I´m fine with PS & XBox owners doing it too.

Apart from this, nice demo, not too impressed by the elephant, but I´ll buy it.



MrPoo6321 said:

This game is gonna be awesome. I wonder if it'll be in HD on the PSN? I think I might end up downloading this on my PS3 simply because of the storage issue on the Wii. I'll wait for the reviews though to see which version is the best.



Iggy said:

im really lookin forward to this game
hopefully it comes out soon



Olimar_91 said:

I could care less if it was exclusive or not.

The game looks great, thats all that matters.



XCWarrior said:

Must get through Mega Man: Anv Coll asap. This sounds amazing. Why can't all WiiWare titles spit out this much news and hype us up this much?



worrybomb said:

The only thing that sucks about this is how Capcom was being a little bit misleading with the exclusivity of Mega Man 9. Probably a little miscommunication there.

But I'm glad Mega Man 9 is being released multi-platform and I hope it does well. Maybe more developers can create their dream sequels of yesteryear knowing us fans would love the same thing.

I'll probably buy the WiiWare version to get that classic NES feel.



classicmike said:

As of right now, this is definitely the best game coming out on Wii Ware to this date. Even though this is also going to be on the 360 and the ps3, since the first eight mega man 8-bit games came out on the NES, the Wii's controls will be the best controls for this game, can't wait.
Also, can you play this game with the classic controller?



Cowmansr said:

@ Dazza - I don't think you could get much out of a remix of SMB1 (especially when we already have the Lost Levels). But I'm sure you could get people excited with a game that was based on Super Mario Bros 3. I for one think it would be awesome to have the frog suit, the tanooki suit, and the hammer bros suit again. OH and we need more of the boot! Heck, half the game could be in the boot. With a few new extras thrown in (like a better take on ice mario from SMGalaxy, where the suit lasts forever, and can throw ice balls) , and all new levels, who wouldn't love that game?



Roboto said:

woa a NES game on Xbox and FU-PS3???

that sucks capcom
i like megaman but the games were dificult and frustrating (and that stupid passwords using red and blue dots dont use to be funny on a B&W tv in the 80's hehe)
i dont wannt this game anymore
tanxs capcom



Peznaze said:

Shocked, I am... Shocked at how people react to the obvious news that Megaman 9 will be on XBLA and PSN, too.

Does nobody remember? Can't any of you recall what the term "exclusive" means for video games?

Megaman 9 will be a WiiWare exclusive, until it launches on XBLA and PSN. This would be my guess, this is how it has always been, and how it shall be forever more. You should all recall the terms "3-month exclusive" or "6-month exclusive", same deal here.

Moreover, there's nothing wrong with Capcom making money wherever they can. It's a great game, share the love, I say.



Rapadash6 said:

Well it's good to know what WiiWare game we're getting, even if it's one I don't care about. I find it odd Hudson hasn't announced thier TG16 title for Monday yet as they usually do the Friday prior. I'm wondering if it'll end up being a single Neo Geo title again, most likely Ninja Commander or Art of Fighting 2.



CanisWolfred said:


Lost Levels is Japan's Super Mario Bros. 2, I believe, so a remixed SMB1 would still be feasible.

I hope we get another TG-16 game soon, I can't remember the last time we got one of those. I hope it's Final Soldier!



Ricardo91 said:

Dammit I knew they were gonna do this! >:0 Wasn't expecting XBLA though.
Capcom, you've betrayed us!!!!!!

Oh hey look, online leaderboards, and a video that lasts longer than 30 seconds. Yay!

Edit: 50 bosses? That's like, 7 times the length of the original NES Mega Mans! Suh-weet!

@Cowmanser. Hells Yea! we need more goomba shoe and Hammer/Tanooki suit (wasn't fond of the frog suit that much.)! Especially more goomba shoe!

@Mickeymac. I'm looking forward to Final Soldier too, and Star Parodier! Hopefully we'll get them this month like Hudson said we would.



Ricardo91 said:

I just saw the video finally (stupid wii browser wouldn't play it.), and it's lookin' totally awesome! oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!

I don't really see a problem w/ a multiplatform release. I just think It's a bit conniving for Capcom to say it would be wiiware exclusive, then turn around and put it on the other networks. I'm sure those retro tunes will bring some tears to many old-time Mega Man fans as well.



CanisWolfred said:

@Mr. Cheez

I forgot about Star Paroider, I can't wait for that one too!

50 new enemies includes the standard enemies, not just the bosses(maybe not even the bosses).

G-D! The music in the video almost made me cry! Words cannot express my love for 8-bit music!

Oh, and personally I want to see more of the Cape from Super Mario World.



aceattorney said:

I don't see what the big deal about it being released on the other consoles shop services. At least it's being released on wiiware.



CanisWolfred said:

I coulda sworn somebody mentioned this, but G-D no, the dissapearing blocks are back! That's why I never beat all the Robot Masters in Mega Man 1!


Ya, we need 1942 Joint Strike here pronto, I'm thinking about getting a 360 just to play that game! And would it kill Capcom to give us Wii owners Bionic Commando!



Dalek_Gerbil said:

ever played megaman before and seems everyone says its brilliant I'll probs get this on day one.



Clayfrd said:

@Link79/Chipmunk777 - I agree with your call on "kiddies" going for the polished games instead of a game like Mega Man. While I, a kiddie (15), love and appreciate classic games and have collected damn near all of Nintendo's consoles (the Virtual Boy is all I really lack), my friends complain about mode-7 graphics and the fact that you can't see the sweat trickling down Captain Falcon's face in "Brawl" after a Falcon Punch and that said attack causes no photo-realistic blood to spew from its recipient. It is sad that the friends in question will miss out on such a terrific game.
@Cowmansr - I would pay lots of money for a SMB3 remake.

Who thinks Ninty should make a free roaming Captain Falcon game where he actually bounty hunts and actually Falcon Punches IN GAME? He could free roam in his massive home town of Port Town, and the freedom could be GTA style (please don't argue about how GTAIV is not on the Wii). If nothing else, where are the new F-Zero and Pikmin games? E3...



Ness012345 said:

I'm actually really glad it's not Wii exclusive. I was not looking forward to having to use the Wiimote side ways as a controller. I don't know how many of you actually remember holding a NES controller in your hands, but I do, and the Wiimote side ways is nothing like that. I actually tried using it for awhile when the Wii first came out before I could find a classic controller, and couldn't stand the feel. It's far to wide, elongated, and the B button is in a terrible place when you're trying to hold it side ways.

This gives me the ability to use my preferred controller (The 360) for a game I'm drooling at the mouth for.

Also, to those of you whining that it's not exclusive to Wii (and there are very few of you, which is good), think of it like this:
How is it going to hamper your experience of the game. If you just own a Wii, you can still buy and play it on the Wii, and not glance over to the other systems, no harm done, no reason to complain. If anything, you should be glad it's mult platform: More money for Capcom, which means we can see more games like this coming out from them.

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