We have hard modes, harder modes, special stages, and infinite stages... and by the name of Light, we can even play as Proto Man, which has been something of a mixed bag, but generally well-received. What more could Capcom possibly throw at us? That is the question, and one which may soon be answered. Or at least we hope.
Over on the Capcom-Unity forums, one user asked some questions of Capcom regarding an extracted tile set which revealed that Mega Man and Proto Man both have some unused sprites which seem to depict them throwing something, animations not used in the game itself so far. Coupled with the empty slot on the Weapon Select screen, it leads one to believe there may yet be one more ability for Mega Man to acquire.
Cryptically, Community Manager Seth Killian replied:
There's only one undiscovered Mega Man 9 secret that I know about, and this ain't it.
So no, no secret weapons hidden in there!
When prodded further, he added:
No dice, I'm not revealing it here just yet. And go nuts--I don't predict anyone will discover this one for quite a while yet...
So the question then is what this new secret is, and whether or not it relates to the mysterious unused Mega Man and Proto Man "throwing" sprites. We don't know, either, but as soon as we hear something, you can count on us to bring it to you!