Has it really been this long since Mega Man Legends 3 was canceled? On July 18, 2011, the Nintendo 3DS was just a promise waiting to be realized, and at the time, several other high-profile projects had been in the works. The future of the Mega Man franchise looked like it still had some life.
And here we are, a full half-decade later, and our outlook on the series is still very much in question. Capcom has done a terrific job revamping the NES classics with the Mega Man Legacy Collection, struggling behind the scenes to make both Mega Man Legends games and their spin-off The Misadventures of Tron Bonne available digitally, clearing the air with fun merchandise, and even allowing Mega Man to appear in Super Smash Bros.
In spite of this, where it intends to go with original Mega Man content is still unknown. The promised animated series was met with nearly universal disdain at the reveal of Man of Action’s new design for the iconic character. And with the 30th anniversary for the franchise just a year away, we haven’t seen much in terms of a new game celebrating such an occasion.
Just threats of more mobile releases.
A lot has happened in these five years with highs and lows alike. I’m not entirely sure if I even want Mega Man Legends 3 anymore knowing that the creative atmosphere in the video game industry is much different than it was 20 years ago when the originals were being developed. The other half of me wants to see how Mega Man Voltnut’s story comes to an end, be that in an anime, a manga, or the preferred method of a video game.
I guess we’ll know in another five years, once Mega Man turns 35, how this current state of unknown pans out. In the meantime, “Get me off the moon!”