Mega Man Among IGN's "Ten Characters We Want in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale"

This one slipped under our radar, but not by too much. Last month saw more reveals in the upcoming PlayStation answer to Super Smash Bros., PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Sony has made it abundantly clear that third parties are indeed invited. Naturally, the Blue Bomber made the list-- why wouldn't he, especially since he didn't make it into Brawl.

Incidentally, for those who didn't know, Sony's Santa Monica studio-- where this game is being developed-- is where now-former Capcom fighting game guru Seth Killian went following his tenure at the house of Street Fighter. With him being a well-known fan of Mega Man, perhaps there is a chance he might be able to make a slight push and open up communications for such a thing to happen? Mind, that's purely speculation on our part, but wouldn't that be nice?

On the other hand, there is the question of which Mega Man should be included, if any. IGN argues for the Classic version, who is the original, of course. He has two games (Mega Man 8 and Mega Man Battle & Chase) under his belt, plus the Mega Man Anniversary Collection, Complete Works, and Power Battle Fighters collections in Japan. He has also been featured in the first two Marvel vs. Capcom games, which have shown up on various Sony platforms.

And though Capcom often depicts the series as its own separate thing, there is Mega Man Powered Up to consider as well.

Mega Man X, on the other hand, was the first one to set foot on the PlayStation (Rockman X3 in Japan on 4/26/96). Plus, he has more original games (i.e. not remakes/collections) to appear on Sony's platforms, including Mega Man X4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and Command Mission. Mega Man X Collection on the PlayStation 2 brings many of these together, and Maverick Hunter X is like a sweet, sweet cherry on top.

Oh, and we can't forget Zero's appearance (and his X costume) in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Then we have MegaMan Volnutt from Mega Man Legends. While not the most popular member of the family, this is a series literally built for the PlayStation, with all of its key entries appearing on Sony's platforms (no, we're not counting Legends 3). Mega Man Legends and its sequel appeared on both the original PlayStation and were re-released in Japan on the PlayStation Portable, while The Misadventures of Tron Bonne was exclusive to the first PlayStation.

Not to mention the cast's role in Namco X Capcom, though like so many other titles, it never made it to our shores. On the other hand, Tron Bonne and her Servbots' appearances in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and 3 did.

And just for completion's sake, MegaMan.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network and Zero from Mega Man Zero both left the comfort of Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and GameCube platforms to appear in Onimusha: Blade Warriors, itself a Smash Bros.-ish installment in that series. And who can forget Mega Man from Street Fighter X Tekken-- a Sony-exclusive character, at that?

Discussions about which Mega Man should appear in a Super Smash Bros. title tend to be interesting, particularly as Nintendo's platforms are where so many of these Blue Bombers were born. But as you can see above, with PlayStation, the rules change a bit-- while many believe that Mega Man Classic is one of the more obvious choices for Nintendo's series, that doesn't seem so much the case when we look at Sony.

With that said, which Mega Man do you think belongs in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale?

For those of you in Japan...

While cruising the Japanese PlayStation Store from my PS3 earlier, I noticed a curious advertisement about the forthcoming release of Rockman 9... More about this after the jump.

Rockman 9 present giveaway campaign

It seems there's some sort of "present campaign" as the banner indicates.  It's for a contest running from the game's release on June 24th up until July 8th.  The image depicts a t-shirt with a question mark icon, as well as CD/game case with the same.  Perhaps the Japanese Game Archives (known as the PSOne Classics elsewhere) will be getting some old(er) school Mega Man love.  As to the actual details of this contest, that's still a secret to everyone.  Well, to me, anyway. If anyone is able to translate the rest of the text in advertisement, please let us know!

Rockman 9 PS3/360 bound on 6/24

rm9logo As we reported before, Rockman 9, which was originally only released on WiiWare in Japan, was bound for the XBox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this year in June. Now, according to 4gamer.net, we know that specific release date to be June 24th, exactly nine months after it first released on WiiWare. So if you live in Japan, love Rockman but for whatever reason didn't get a Wii, next week is your chance to finally experience Rockman 9. It will cost ¥1,000 on PSN and 800 MS points on Live.

Rockman 9 coming to PS3 and 360

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If you're a resident of North America and Europe, chances are you've happily enjoyed Mega Man 9 so long as you own any of the current gen systems available. But did you know that in Japan, Rockman 9 was only ever released on the Wii? However, this will change in June, when Rockman 9 will become available on the Playstation Store for ¥1,000 and XBox LIVE Arcade for 800 MS points. While the Wii has been ahead in Japan for some time now, it's fantastic that owners of any of the three systems will be able to enjoy Rockman 9. There is no word yet concerning if and when 9's downloadable content will become available on these platforms.

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