When I think of Mega Man Battle Network, it still seems like a pretty new series to me. But the original title released in Japan on March 21st, 2001. And as the day has just turned over to the 21st in Japan, that makes Battle Network a whopping 10 years old. This makes me feel unnecessarily old.
Mega Man Battle Network was always a bit different, and attracted a new kind of gaming fan to the world of Mega Man. But it's also one of the most successful Mega Man series to be released, wielding one of only four Mega Man games ever to sell over a million worldwide (Battle Network 4). The series also has a lot of personal meaning to me. While I'll always consider classic Mega Man my favorite, Battle Network played a large role towards my ambition of learning Japanese and working on websites like TMMN. Funny enough... I thought it looked awful when it was first shown. I thought the characters looked ridiculous! But the series grew on me in a really big way.
I don't know what the future holds for Battle Network, especially following the lackluster Operate Shooting Star a couple years back. But I still think it has a lot of potential, even if it technically "ended." Nevertheless, who knows what the next ten years will bring!