Here's a neat image from Nintendo Power back in 2003, focusing on Mega Man's 15th anniversary. This is from a time when the Battle Network and Zero series were shiny and new (although Zero gets no mention here, curiously). I love how Mega Man 2 is propped as the best Classic game even then. The curiosity surrounding if X and Legends connect is also novel.
I know people are pointing out the sad irony in the line saying that Mega Man "shows no signs of slowing down." But it also mentions how FIVE Mega Man games are due to be released that year. These games are Mega Man & Bass, Mega Man Battle Network 3, Mega Man Network Transmission, Mega Man X7 and Mega Man Zero 2. And actually, BN3 came out in two flavors, so that's six (perhaps X7 wasn't counted, being a PS2 game). Kind of overkill, no?
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