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Final Nail by TuxedoMoroboshi Final Nail by TuxedoMoroboshi
2012 Update: I was pretty emotional when I drew this and wrote the artist comments. My outlook is more hopeful nowadays, but I can't say I'm expecting too much to happen, anytime soon. I still really strongly dislike Ryota Niitsuma, though.




R.I.P. Mega Man
1987 - 2010

Had to whip this up when I heard the recent bad news. If my reaction seems melodramatic to anyone, it might just be that you haven't been following the Mega Man franchise as closely as I have, so allow me to explain.

First, it started with Keiji Inafune, the father of the Mega Man franchise, quitting Capcom (I know he didn't create Mega Man's initial design, but he took over the first game almost right away and had been in charge of the entire series since then, so don't tell me Inafune isn't the father of the franchise). I remember feeling really sad about it, but Capcom was trying to assure everyone that nothing would change, and that Mega Man would still be alive and well, even without him.

What followed, however, was the exact opposite of that reassurance. Now, I don't know if all of this ended up happening because Inafune left, or if Inafune left because he knew these things were going to happen and he got frustrated trying to deal with Capcom, but whatever the case, things started going downhill for the Blue Bomber.

Mega Man had been a veteran of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, and considered by many to be the face of Capcom (much like Spider-Man to Marvel or Mario to Nintendo). Although Capcom may not have had an official mascot, Mega Man was the closest thing to one for many, many years. It seemed logical that he would be in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, right? Well, Tron Bonne and Zero got in, and if I remember right, they got in before Inafune left the company, but whatever the case, Mega Man himself never got in. Not him, or any of his facsimiles/expies from spin-off/sequel series like Mega Man X from the series of the same name or Rock Volnutt from Mega Man Legends. Ryota Niitsuma's "reasons" for not including him in MvC3 were that Mega Man didn't lend himself to fighting games, and didn't have enough moveset potential, or some bull like that. Nevermind the fact that he was already in the previous two games, but that there's nearly 100 different weapons he could utilize from past games in his series.

Things looked dark for the little robot boy, but there were still other things to look forward to in 2011, at least... or so we thought.

Mega Man Universe got a lot of criticism for its art style, but it had a lot of potential, and overall, outside of a very vocal minority, it seemed like a well-received idea (that being a totally customizable Mega Man platformer). Before Keiji Inafune left Capcom, he seemed to be pretty excited for this title. Unfortunately, sometime after he left the company, this game had been canceled. To me, this was an especially big blow, as I was REALLY looking forward to this game.

Of course, one of the BIGGEST projects of 2011 was Mega Man Legends 3. For over a decade, many were waiting for the long awaited final chapter in the Legends series. I've never been that big of a Legends fan myself, but I respected it for trying new things, and it was also Inafune's favorite series. A popular subjective opinion is that this series was Inafune's Magnum Opus. Cries of victory were shouted out by many that this game was finally being made, and Inafune seemed to have worked hard to get this off the ground, and Capcom had even done something new with this title in terms of fan input. Unfortunately... this game was canceled yesterday. Perhaps THE biggest Mega Man project in a long time, and it, too, has been canceled. I feel it's the final nail on Mega Man's coffin.

So, there ya have it. I loved Mega Man 10, which came out in 2010, but it seems like that might be the last Mega Man game that Capcom will make. There is nothing to look forward to in 2011 in terms of games, and the most depressing thing is how close we're getting to Mega Man's 25th Anniversary.

Mega Man will still live on in things outside of Capcom's games, though. We should try to support those other things as much as possible, like the Mega Man Gigamix manga, Udon's Mega Man Tribute art book, and Archie's Mega Man comic book series. These may be the only Mega Man things we'll be seeing for a while, or at all, since Capcom doesn't seem to think Mega Man is a very profitable franchise for video games, anymore.

And, now that you know my feelings about all this, and how I feel as though Capcom is trying to kill Mega Man, we come to this picture which symbolizes what I believe to be the harsh reality. I hope Capcom proves me wrong, but after a nonstop stream of poor treatment and neglect from Capcom, I honestly can't see the franchise picking up any steam again, anytime soon.

I do want to offer apologies, though, to Fire Man, Duo, and Auto fans, but I was drawing the group on paper and was running out of space. Also, it's only after I finished everything that I realized that I forgot about Eddie. D'oh! >.<
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NickMinerArt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Artist
Hey! Megaman is back in SUper Smash Bros! :D
Be happy for nintendo for returning him back
and be pissed at capcom for not reviving him/returning him back
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magshi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, unfortunately it seems like capcom is trying to cancel mega man into oblivion, but not to worry, here comes good guy nintendo! Mega man has been added to the SSB4 roster and confirmed as a playable character. Not only that, but there is also a spiritual successor to mega man now.

As for capcom, well, they've reached the end of their rope, i hope nintendo buys the shit out of them.
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StarWarriorRobby Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
good thing for us, MegaMan has been avenged and finally got the treatment he deserves. Inafune bring up a spiritual successor, nintendo adding him into SSB, Archie comics kept him alive, and tons of MegaMan fangames that became more successful than what Crapcom is now. And karma couldn't get any sweeter after how much hate the company's getting for their bullstink, and then followed up by putting the company itself up for sale.

So after all that, it isn't a total loss, but it is a real rewarding case of bad karma for Crapcom after what they did MegaMan and the fans.
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Marscaleb Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, a sad day indeed...

But at least we got Mighty no. 9!
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Searchmen367 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fuck Capcom, while the flame of Megaman bright on our hearts, he will never die.
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jaden1999 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
DR.COSSACK AND DR.LIGHT:OH MY GOD!!! MEGAMAN IS DIE!!!!!
KALINKA,ROLL:NO!!!! MEGAMAN!!!!!(CRY)
CUTMAN,GUSTMAN,ELECMAN,ICEMAN,BOMEMAN,FIREMAN:AH!!!!! MEGAMAN!!!!! MY BROTHER!!!!!(CRY)
AUTO:MEGAMAN. YOU ARE BEST HERO.
DUO:GOOD BYE. MY HERO(CRY)
RUSH,BEAT,TANGO,EDDIE:WE DON'T LIKE BAD FINAL!!!!(CRY)
PROTOMAN:MY LITTLE BROTHER(CRY)
DR.WILY:I'M SORRY MEGAMAN. I'M BADMAN(CRY)
BASS:MEGAMAN. YOU ARE MY RIVAL. BUT I'M NOW YOUR FRIEND.
I'M YOUR LITTLE SISTER IS TAKE CARE.
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LMP2104 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
It was heart wrenching until two new things came: Kickstarter's Mighty No.9 and the new Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.The reason I say that is because they are our new hope as Mega Man returns in Smash along with Elec Man and the Kickstarter reached it's goal.A new 'Mega Man' is coming.

Inafune is proud to introduce Mighty No.9 as the next gen Mega Man and will hopefully come soon.Plus,with Mega Man as a Smasher,Nintendo must have something in store for our blue bombers,including Mega Man X,Mega Man.EXE/Hub Hikari,Geo Stelar and Mega Man/Rock Volnutt as they appear in Mega Man's Final Smash.

Our little Blue Bomber isn't dead yet,and I hope he will stay.
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lifty4ever Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
you forgot time man and oil man
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MagicGnat534 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
This aint true Mega man aint dead.
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SSBrothers Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is sad :,( but Dr. Light's hair covering part of Duo's head makes it look like it's mouth
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yoshi4ever01 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Atleast Mega is in SSB4... maybe he's going to come back..? Who knows, it's a possibility!
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EggSonic14 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Mega Man didn't die....
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TuxedoMoroboshi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you read what I said in the "2012 update"? I don't really feel that way anymore, this drawing was just something I did during a time when things were looking really bleak for the series.
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steeredAxe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
There is still hope. I will not believe the series has no hope. Capcom just has to actually try, instead of watching their mascot fall into obscurity. Even if hope is lost, his path will continue with Mighty No. 9...  
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perrythehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
...Not anymore. If I recall, he's back. Somewhat.
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MegaSonicCdfox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Dr.Wily: finally i kill megaman
Dr.Cossack: megaman you are the best (cry)
Dr.Light: son (cry)
Kalinka and Roll (crying): poor megaman 
Fire Man: i hate the bad finals
Bomb Man: you are defeat the best robots and now you are d-death
Elec Man: you are the best elctronic robot rock
Guts Man and Iceman: the best brother in the world 
Cut Man: the best cut in the world
Duo: the best student
Protoman: rock ,the best brother in the wor(kalinka kisses protoman)
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Awaiskemal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
mega man dies in just about every video game but he comes back you can't expect to beat the entire game without dying right
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warriorkt135 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
at least hil be in the new smash bros next year :)
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E-Man276 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Since Mega Man is appearing in the newest Super Smash Bros. game, what do you make of that?
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TuxedoMoroboshi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's definitely something positive. VERY positive. While I'll forever remain mind-boggled about his absence as a playable character in either version of MvC3, it's amazing to see him in the new Super Smash Bros., and rightfully so (as Mega Man was probably the most successful third-party game series on the NES). Mega Man's popularity isn't quite on par with Mario and Sonic, like it was in the late 80s and early 90s, but his appearance here could help expose him to a lot of people unfamiliar with the character (similar to what Brawl did to Pit).

Honestly, I've admitted that when I drew this picture, I was rather emotional. Since that time, good stuff has been happening to Mega Man again. It doesn't change how I feel about all the bad stuff that's happened, but I at least no longer believe Mega Man to be dead, and appearing in Super Smash Bros. is one of the best things that could ever happen to him.

On that note... I may be openly hoping we also get Simon Belmont to have a complete N Team reunion...
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E-Man276 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Yes, but to do that, they still need Captain N himself.

Who knows, though? Maybe Nintendo might make the next Mega Man game? It's possible, right?
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DJWill Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No worries, Megaman it's back for SMB for Wii U and 3DS ;)
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zeoxdragon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconwilyplz: Wily is happy
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bigbulbasaur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
but wily died from a heart attack.
that happend later after megaman 10,like 1 day later.
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ToxicIsland Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
You realize you posted this after Megaman's confirmation in Super Smash Bros. 4?
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zeoxdragon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
aaanndd??? still no new megaman game
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ToxicIsland Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
So I'm guessing Super Smash Bros. doesn't count.
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EggSonic14 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
:(
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Bleu-Ace Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think many people are disappointed with Capcom in these past few years. I know I have been. This piece speaks out to the dismay of the fandom.

I got into Mega Man pretty late, so I only have the original collections games to play (STILL can't get past Metal Man's minions), but the comics are a HUGE uplift for me. It's a breath of fresh air.
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ToaAntan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They're trying to regain attention for him by making a crossover comic ark with Sonic the Hedgehog.
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Personally I think that's a dumb idea. But I can see it working for anyone else. :3
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Tsunami-Michael Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I don't think it's over JUST yet. I'm not sure what Capcom has planned but I'm not about to give up hope just yet. One of the reasons is like you said, Inafune left. I feel like he was the backbone behind the majority of the projects involving all things blue and bombing. But when he left, it's kind of like losing the blue prints for a house. They're probably not exactly sure what to do now and are panicking a little, worried about making the wrong move. Of course, I could be wrong but it just kind of feels like they're holding their breath, trying to make certain choices that they KNOW will do well. That makes me think that they aren't financially secure (which, if I remember right, I've heard more then my fair share of theories to support this).

But the reason I believe that they haven't flat out dropped the concept of continuing Mega Man or Mega Man X is because X himself (along with Zero of course, but also Vile and Iris interestingly enough) is in a very big project involving a crossover of three companies (Capcom x Bandai Namco x SEGA) called Project X Zone (or PXZ for short). [link] This link shows their moves. Stick around for the whole thing and you'll see that X does the Hadoken (his version which... which is just cool), with Zero using a familiar attack. A lot of things that involve their plot in this game feels like from around X4 which I feel has some importance but I haven't centered around what yet.

In short, I know things look bad but I'm not about to abandon ship yet. I've got faith that Capcom will pull things together, no matter how long it takes. And I know that faith isn't misplaced.
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AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Good New! Egoraptor read somewhere that Capcom did what they did......because they have BIGGER plans for Megaman.
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TuxedoMoroboshi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, time will tell. I don't wanna get my hopes up too high, but I do hope you're right.
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AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
12-17-12.
Wait for the day. something might happen.
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MegamanZero20 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
What happen on 12 17 12 
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AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I dont Remember...maybe i meant this?


and this one?

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AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
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Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Hiya, if you like i will add this one to the Mega Man 25th Tribute on :icongame-art-hq: / [link] which is geting published on the website in a big gallery on the 17th December. I thought it would be very fitting
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TuxedoMoroboshi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that sounds good to me! I'd be honored. :)
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Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Nice, i requested yur deviation to the group now, somewhen in december i send you a link to the tribute gallery
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TuxedoMoroboshi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds good to me. :)
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Tailikku1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Update! Mega Man is not dead! Capcom USA's VP stated that new games will be announced once they are greenlit.
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SpongeDudeCoolPants Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard the creator of mega man retired right after BBA mega man made hid appearance in SFxT.
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TuxedoMoroboshi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not actually true. He had left because working at Capcom was stressing him out (they really weren't treating him very well, I heard). As far as BBA Mega Man is concerned, he actually approved of the idea (and I think this approval happened long before Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3 were canceled, too, so it's actually unrelated to all the other stuff that was going on with Mega Man).

I actually don't mind BBA Mega Man, myself (in fact, I find him rather charming), but I can certainly understand that many people might misinterpret his inclusion in SFxT. There certainly are a lot of other reasons to be upset with Capcom, though.
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SpongeDudeCoolPants Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mind him either, I practice his moves sometimes and I don't think people should be complaining about him. He WAS a part of Mega mans history after all. Capcom is slowly turning into a greedy company too.
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topazvulpix113 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Artist
Good News!
Megaman WILL be apearing in gaming again,
but I heard the next game will be one of those dancing, rythm games.....
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corvus431 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Megaman X6 is my favorite game megaman is gone for good
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MetroidPeter Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
My favorite was Megaman 7... And with Capcom making new 8-bit titles I was hoping to see a new 16 bit one, but no... My dreams of playing another 16 bit title were crushed... along with MegaManX9...

Why Capcom...? Why would you do something like this?!
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SuperGon-64 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Work! I still don't understand how Ryota Niitsuma could say Megaman had no Moveset potential for MVC3 when he had Megaman in TVC. that doesn't make any since cause he's producer of both games and he could have just used the move from the old MVC games to. I mean Zero had his moves from TVC.
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