I've grown up with video games, like most of the rest of you, and like a lot of you, I have a very deep passion for the ones I grew up with. Things from the Sega Genesis and SNES era and on. I love those big name games. They're big names for a reason. Because they're awesome. And over the years, we've seen such awesome things done for anniversaries in games.
Look at Sonic. For his 20th, they came out with Sonic Generations as a way to marry the old with the new and did it in pretty dang good unison. Brought us into a MASSIVE nostalgia trip without actually...copying what was old. They took what was old and made it new. They took what was new, and showed what it would be like if they kept the style with the old. And it turned out pretty heartwarming.
Then we have Zelda's 25th. I mean, what better way to get you involved in such greatness than to actually post your flipnote arts and clips and broadcast them for the entire freaking world? This lasted for such a long time and some great clips came out of it. From the awesome and badass, to the weird and just plain funny. On top of it, they released 2 Zelda games for the 3DS/DSi, A Link to the Past, and Zelda: 4 Swords. In a way to let the solo players love their GB Color game, and a way to unite Zelda fans together whether they were on DS or 3DS, and once again, it was amazing.
Mario's 25th was pretty awesome as well. A nice Wii bundle with Super Mario All Stars, which is the first set of Mario games I owned. A 16 bit version of the first 3 Mario games, and Lost Levels (Japanese Mario 2) tossed in there as well. On top of it, they gave us a sweet timeline to go with it, and I'm quite sure some other merchandise they threw in there to continue the awesome factor. Not to mention we got Mario Galaxy 2, which, although I haven't played it, is being hailed as one of the best things to ever hit the franchise.
But now, here we are. It's Megaman's 25th anniversary this year, and I didn't even know about it until like...right now. And that's freaking disappointing since it is the sole game series that defined my youth (Outside of Pokemon. But I have a larger affinity toward the Blue Bomber). Seriously. Megaman turns 25 December 17th and Capcom didn't do a single thing to let anybody know. But I guess they feel there's no reason to celebrate the game that they treat like the stepchild, despite it being one of their biggest series. I mean, seriously. They did get a pretty good 10th with the release of Megaman 8, which was an awesome transition from 16 bit to 32. And and another one with the release of the Megaman X collection. But the thing is, that's all. They release a game and slap a "Happy anniversary" sticker on the cover of the game, and kinda shrug and keep going. It's disappointing and borderline insulting. I mean...I don't see Capcom really celebrating any of their games at all on their anniversaries. But Megaman was an absolute beautiful classic, and it deserves a whole lot more respect that it's gotten over the recent years.
In fact. Megaman's "gift" for turning 25, is by grabbing his fat, American wannabe and tossing him in Street Fighter x Tekken as a joke character. And that, ladies and gentlemen, pisses me off. I mean yeah, some people can see it as kinda funny, and initially it did give me a little gut laugh. But in hindsight, it lost all it's funny.
I dunno, I just now realized it's his 25th year and how never once did capcom think to bring it to attention. Instead, we've been served disappointment after disappointment. Were they really THIS childish that they take Keiji Inafune's, hell, basically his son and turn him into their whipping boy just because he left? I dunno. I'm just sorely disappointed.
If they can't celebrate you, Megaman, I will. Happy 25th, Blue Bomber!
6 years, 9 months ago
29 Jun 2012 22:03 CEST