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GENRE
Action-RPG
DEVELOPER
Capcom
PUBLISHER
Capcom
WI-FI ENHANCED
no
WII EXCLUSIVE
only-gcn
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE
June 2003
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Mega Man Network Transmission

Hands-on Impressions From E3
By Nathan Heckel

The Blue Bomber is coming to the GameCube in a much more substantive form than he did on the N64: a vertically 2-D platform game with the same blood of the original series has been infused with elements from Battle Network through and through. There are 137 battle chips to obtain. This looks like the Mega Man title to watch in the near future, despite not being planned to link up with either Battle Network 3 on the GBA.


Original Preview

Mega Man is back again in a big way this summer. Mega Man Network Transmission is just one of the three Mega Man titles coming to Nintendo systems over the next few months.

Transmission returns to Mega Man's action platformer roots, which can almost be described as its own genre. For those of you not familiar with the Battle Network series, it is about a world in which Megaman is actually a computer data buddy to a child named Lan, the son of Dr. Hikari (Light). In the past two GameBoy outings, Mega Man.exe has helped Lan save the world by destroying viruses on the Internet. The plot of Transmission is similar. This time, a new virus known as the Zero Virus has become a threat, and it is up to Lan and Mega Man.exe to stop it.

Impressions
Transmission takes the increasingly popular cel-shaded look, and the style couldn't fit the game better. Capcom has managed to get some great visuals. Coupled with fluid animation and great new character designs for classic characters, Capcom has managed to create some great visuals and put together one beautiful game.

The gameplay takes a dash of old and a dash of new. As you can see, stages take on the classic side- and vertical-scrolling action, with enemies, pits, and spikes, all on your path to the boss. Since this is a Battle Network game, however, Capcom has added some Battle Network elements, most notably the battle chips. Every ten seconds, Mega Man can receive a new set of chips. Each chip has a special power, like Cannon, which forms Mega Man's hand into a huge cannon; Dash, which allows Mega Man to dash; and Sword, which causes Mega Man to make a quick swipe with a powerful sword. This, however, might cause problems in gameplay. Since the chips you receive are random, if you come to a large gap you may have to wait for a while until you get a Dash chip. You can't wantonly waste chips to lay a path of destruction; you must save them for when itís necessary. This seems to be counter to the spirit of the Mega Man series. Hopefully, it isn't as bad as it sounds.

This new Mega Man also will have something you haven't seen on any Mega Man game (on a Nintendo system at least): A story. Yes, there will be cut-scenes, dialog... the whole nine yards. Hopefully we won't get any of the horrible voice acting from the PSX Mega Man games.

From the Horses Mouth
Mega Man and Battle Network Pal, Lan, are in trouble again. It's been only a month since the evil WWW terrorist's attempts to hijack an important military satellite was shut down. And, yet, Cyberspace is about to be hit by an even more resilient, never-seen-before-now virus, code named "Zero." What is this new strain of virus that dares attack? Who is at the root of this new evil? It's up to you, Lan and Mega Man to terminate this seemingly permeable and decidedly relentless new enemy!

  • Mega Man's first 3-D action/role-playing adventure for the Nintendo GameCube.
  • Story-line tie-in to Mega Man Battle Network series.
  • Collect battle chips, battle enemies, solve puzzles and uncover secret characters from the Mega Man universe.

Outlook
If you are a Mega Man fan you definitely have something worthy of excitement. I myself have been waiting for YEARS for a non-handheld 2-D Megaman game on a Nintendo system. If you want more Mega Man in the future, be sure to show Capcom how great a deal GCN exclusivity is by giving this game a try.

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