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Blog: In the year of 200X

April 5th, 2008

Japan. They get all the cool stuff.

This is the raddest thing ever. Just picked up “R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works”. It’s a major chunk of my childhood condensed into a giant, 300 page art book.

Mega Man (Rockman in Japan) games were my absolute favorite when I was a kid… I loved the music, I loved the predictable sequels every year, and I especially loved the artwork in the game manuals… those had a huge impact on my drawing style. Was this close to putting a spring on Dan’s back. Remember desperately trying to program my own Mega Man game back in grade school… got much further on the drawings than the code.

To celebrate Mega Man’s 20th anniversary, R20 collects hundreds of late-eighties, early nineties video game art from the series. There’s concept sketches from the team at Capcom, artwork of every single enemy and device in all 20+ games, box art from around the world, and lots more. The book features only the first two Mega Man series (Original and Mega Man X,) but any series beyond those two are kinda boring to me. Once Capcom began spinning off spin offs, they totally lost me. Bring back the optimistic bug-eyed robots and mad scientists!!

So group, what’s your favorite Mega Man game? Favorite robot master? Favorite series?

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5 Responses to “Blog: In the year of 200X”

  1. Josh says:

    My favorite Mega Man? Mega Man Battle Network 6. By far. Even better than Mega Man 2.

    Nah, just kidding. Actually, probably my favorite one is Mega Man 5 for the Gameboy, which, to this date, is the only Mega Man game I’ve actually ever finished.

  2. tricky77puzzle says:

    I believe 20XX is more accurate. Although it was 1985 back then, I don’t think they thought that in 20 years the world would be like it is in the Megaman series. Too bad they had to use 200X and assume an error window of only 10 years. That’s suicide when predicting the future.

    I’ve never actually played any of the older games. Too bad for me; I think Battle Network was actually the best one; in the original games, the missions were way too hard.

  3. Matt says:

    I thought you might be interested in this …


    Mega Man 9, NES-style

  4. Brian says:

    Flipping AWESOME. Day one, Matt.

  5. Fusionmix says:

    My fave is probably 2. I still remember owning that dragon in Wily’s Castle with the pink boomerang gun.

    Second fave might be 3. Though X1 was pretty awesome. The only game after X6 that I’ve played is Zero 4, which was actually fairly good. None of the PlayStation titles and after were any fun in my opinion. After the SNES it all went downhill…it seems they suddenly thought it mandatory to have bosses’ weapons be junk, or the game would be too easy. -reminisces fondly of the Metal Blade and counts down days until 9 comes out-