This September, Mighty No. 9 will arrive on Wii U, giving Mega Man fans a spiritual successor to satisfy the void left behind by Capcom’s classic franchise. The creator of both Mega Man and Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune, still hopes to make another official Mega Man game, however. In a recent Game Informer interview regarding the Xbox One title ReCore, Inafune stated his strong desire to revisit Mega Man Legends 3. We’ve mirrored the developer’s comments below.
Were any ideas from the canceled Mega Man Legends 3 project implemented in ReCore?
Inafune: Maybe not at the level of calling out specific gameplay features that would have gone into Legends 3. To be completely honest, if I had the chance, I would still say, “Yes, I want to still make that game.” In that regard, there’s something probably emotional or spiritual that I feel like on a very high level that I don’t completely lose everything, all my ideas, that I had at that time. They may have been transferred or carried over or been reflected in some way, shape, or form in ReCore. That’s something that is part of me, so it’s going into ReCore. One thing that I feel is very different though is that if I went down the Legends 3 path and I was continuing on that path I feel like maybe it’s a bit of more of a throwback to when it was made. Going back into time, but giving it a new skin and fresh look. With ReCore though, I’m not looking back. I’m looking into the future. I’m looking beyond what I can do today. This has given me the opportunity to retain some of what was in my soul, but then transfer that into a future outlook and direction. That’s a big difference in the path that, to me, is different between those two titles.
Inafune isn’t the only one still hoping to see the game completed. Fans have been clamoring for the 3DS title ever since Capcom cancelled it. The Facebook group 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 has been pushing for a release of the game for years now. The game was apparently deep into production when Capcom axed the project.
Unfortunately, Capcom’s recent shift to focus on HD versions of older games probably makes it unlikely that the title will ever see the light of day. Still, stranger things have happened. If Mighty No. 9 attracts strong sales, it could show the company that Inafune and the Mega Man franchise still have quite a bit of pull. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops.
Source: Game Informer