Yet More Mega Man Talk from SFxT's Ono

Getting to be kind of a Street Fighter x Tekken weekend here on TMMN. We've been downing donuts and pizza the whole time, getting into the "Mega Man" spirit.

Above's a COIN-OP interview with Yoshinori Ono and Seth Killian. Around the 3:40 mark, Ono begins to talk about Pac-Man and Mega Man. This time, he alleges that he originally intended to use the classic style Mega Man, but when trying to clear it, Keiji Inafune challenged him to do something new. It's also nice that Ono refers to Mega Man as Capcom's mascot character.

Admittedly, as sincere as Ono is, I can't help but feel there's a lot of effort to defer "Bad Box Art" onto Inafune, who is no longer with Capcom. Even as the truth, it reads like passing the buck for the fans who are angry about the decision. Might just be me though!

Thanks to Magnet_Man and Clown Prince of Crime for the tip!

A Couple Fighting Game Guys on Mega Man

First off we have a Destructoid interview with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 producer Ryota Niitsuma. About 1:30 in, Niitsuma is asked which Mega Man character he'd like to see if UMvC3 were to have anymore. Niitsuma says Mega Man X in response, acknowledging the large fan following surrounding the Maverick Hunter. A fairly provocative statement following a lack of Mega Man characters in the UMvC3 leaked roster. Would you hold Niitsuma to his word?

Next up, GameTrailer.com snags an interview with Yoshinori Ono, whose latest work is Street Fighter X Tekken. After 50 seconds in, when responding about Mega Man in general, Ono states that as a fan himself it's unfortunate to see what's happened, but he doesn't believe it's the end of Mega Man at all, and still considered the character Capcom's mascot. While I don't believe Ono is connected to any Mega Man titles in a major way, it's nice to hear his support and I'd love to see someone so connected with the fans and a such great spokesperson help get behind Mega Man in the future.

Thanks to Frøg, thegolfcourse and DaiSanSei for the tips.

Who Would Street Fighter's Producer Like to See in the Next Smash Bros.?

Fans of Mega Man who have wished to see their favorite Blue Bomber engage in some fantastic fisticuffs have found themselves disappointed over the past few years. Sure, MegaMan Volnutt got to make his fighting game debut in last year's Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, but when it came time for Marvel vs. Capcom 3's roster to be revealed, producer Ryota Niitsuma just didn't see a place for Blue, and that left a lot of fans seeing red-- and we don't just mean Zero. But before all that, players were left a bit steamed at no sign of any Mega Man in Nintendo's flagship fighting party game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. With the likes of Solid Snake and Mario's longtime corporate rival Sonic the Hedgehog appearing (along with their own stages and other members of their respective casts), fans were certain that some form of the Blue Bomber would be a shoe-in.

But in the end? Nothing.

We would come to find out that Mega Man's exclusion seemed to be a comedy of errors, minus the happy resolution. Keiji Inafune would reveal that he was never approached by Nintendo to use him, whereas Sakurai would explain that they had not been approaching others; Hideo Kojima wanted Snake in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but his request came too late in development to be included, whereas Sonic wound up being the most-requested character in a poll they had conducted (one suspects that negotiation of the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games titles might have helped play a hand in that, as well).

Nonetheless, there are those who carry a torch for the idea of Mega Man fighting Mario, Link, and maybe Snake and Sonic, too. And it appears that there are even those within Capcom who hold similar desires.

The United Kingdom's Official Nintendo Magazine (not to be confused with Nintendo Power, despite all the key similarities) recently put the question to Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, "if Nintendo had chosen to pick a Street Fighter character to appear in the big brawler, who should it have been?"

And interestingly enough, Ono's immediate reaction was not a Street Fighter at all:

Personally speaking, expanding the roster out to the whole Capcom, I'd really like to see Mega Man in Smash Bros because I think Mega Man really fits in that whole world. He has a high affinity with the Smash Bros. world.

So, at least Mega Man has one supporter in Capcom. With any luck, whenever Nintendo gets around to a new iteration of Smash Bros., he'll go to bat for the Blue Bomber, assuming Nintendo hasn't already taken the hint themselves.

But as for the original question?

"If I had to confine it to Street Fighter it would definitely be M. Bison because I would like that mega villain to fall upon those Nintendo characters and cause complete chaos. That would be fun."