Quick, take a guess which Mega Man game is shown in this screenshot. It looks very 8-bit, doesn't it? But yet, somehow, it also looks new and unfamiliar, yes? What we have here is Mega Man 9, Capcom's upcoming blue bomber adventure for Nintendo WiiWare, Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade, and Sony's PlayStation Network. Kombo has all the details. READY?
Further, the rumors of an 8-bit artstyle were not only true, but quite literal: So far, this looks just like one of the NES games, rather than the later fare of Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 8, each of which has its fans and detractors.
So what's the story? Apparently the rumor of a more "standard" story holds true as well, as robots are on the rampage, and Dr. Wily is back; only this time, he says that the robot attacks are the fault of Mega Man's creator, Dr. Light. And so it falls to Mega Man to prove his creator's innocence.
So who are the bad boys of metal musculature causing this high-tech havoc? The roster reads thusly: Magma Man, Galaxy Man, Jewel Man, Concrete Man, Hornet Man, Plug Man, Tornado Man, and Splash... Woman?
They each inhabit a trap-filled lair that reflects their respective themes, leading to Mega Man traversing molten material in Magma Man's domain, while Tornado Man's stage features spinning magnetic platforms which allow the Blue Bomber to defy gravity. And Plug Man's stage features certain walls that will force the Titanium Titan to square off against shadowy doppelgangers when he walks past.
I never thought we'd see a game from the glorious pixel generation ever again. This looks like the Mega Man we all loved in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Say what you will about 3D visuals and realistic physics, but there's just something so pure and pleasant about this comparatively simple presentation style.