Recently, Nintendo has updated the Wii's "Nintendo Channel" with a new layout and new features. One such feature is the ability to make recommendations for DS titles. However, there are two small problems here, where a site such as ours is concerned. The first is that so far, we have not been able to find a way for the Nintendo Channel to display what DS titles are recommended. This would seem to negate the purpose of the feature entirely, but given it is a newer option, perhaps they are waiting for more people to take advantage of it before displaying any results. We'll give the benefit of the doubt on this one.
But more bizarre is that certain games are not "registered" with the Nintendo Channel, making them impossible to recommend. Curiously, we've learned that in terms of Capcom titles, many from the Mega Man franchise are unavailable.
To test this, we tried to recommend the following Capcom Nintendo DS titles: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, Mega Man ZX Advent, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Mega Man ZX, Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team DS, and Mega Man Star Force: Dragon. Of these, we could only register the Ace Attorney titles and MegaMan Star Force: Dragon.
An MMN reader who goes by the handle of "Enzan Chaud," who tipped us off to this, noted that Viewtiful Joe was another title which could not be registered, while other older titles, such as Lunar Knights from Konami and Elite Beat Agents from Nintendo could still be registered.
We have reached out to Capcom to see if they could offer any insight or comment into this, but have not received any response on the matter. Despite this, it seems likely that much like releases on the Virtual Console, this matter may lie more in Nintendo's hands than Capcom. I'm doubtful of our chances in getting anything solid out of Redmond, but we'll give it a shot anyway.
In more upbeat news, however, Mega Man 9 is a title which can be recommended, and recommended it has been: the return of the original Blue Bomber stands proudly among the Wii's "Highly Recommended Titles" with a Gold status. In the "All Recommendations" category, it has obtained fifth place, with the only other WiiWare title beating it out being World of Goo. Perhaps if we all unite to show our love of Mega Man 9, we can get it to rank even higher.
But even so, "Chaud" notes that "it's more recommended than most other classics or popular games like Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time" (sic). In fact, the only other games beating it out are Wii Sports Resort in first, Rock Band 2 in second, and Guitar Hero World Tour in third.
Mega Man 9 seems to appeal to males and females of all ages, with 89 percent feeling it appeals more strongly to Gamers and 92 percent viewing it as a hardcore title (sorry, Heat). In addition, 90 percent feel that the game is more fun to play alone than with friends
On WiiWare, the game was recorded as having been played 61,392 times over the course of 56,604 total recorded hours, as of this writing. The average per person is 9.47 times over the course of eight hours and 44 minutes.
This seems to be great news for Mega Man 9, but the answer to why other similar (or close enough) titles on the Nintendo DS are not registered to be recommended remains a mystery.
Edit: Double checked a few things, and made the necessary updated corrections from when the story was submitted.