After starring in over one hundred adventures in the guise of several different variations of the same character, word from Japan suggests that the end is nigh for Mega Man. Takuya Sotsu of IntiCreates (the developer that has put together the Mega Man Zero series for the Game Boy Advance) spoke recently at a Japanese computer school and explained how, as far as Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune is concerned, both the original Mega Man series and the odd Mega Man Legends series will no longer be developed.
While the world of Mega Man could probably use a little streamlining, the decision to dump the original Mega Man series has got to rank among the dumbest decisions in video gaming history. There's a lot of nostalgia attached to the little blue bomber that started it all; for many fans Mega Man is Capcom, myself included. While it's important to never say never in the world of video games, I have to wonder why Inafune has given Mega Man his walking papers. Mega Man X and Mega Man Battle Network will go on, it seems, but I'll always have a place in my game library and a place in my memories for the original Mega Man.