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Mega Man’s design apparently updated for upcoming animated series

Posted on March 20, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

An image has been floating around of what seems to show an updated look for Mega Man in the character’s upcoming animated series. Twitter user HeatPhoenix posted the photo, but deleted it soon after.

The new look is above. To compare, here’s how Mega Man looked previously:

The new Mega Man animated series is supposed to debut sometime this year. There hasn’t been a ton of news about the show, but that could be changing soon.

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  • maxleresistant

    We went from horrible to just bad.

    It’s an improvement

    • ibo

      it’s still pretty horrible… i got a good laugh at the design tho :v

  • DHInc

    They should’ve just used his Smash design to appease everyone.

    • Tlink7

      Smash design doesn’t look kool enough for da kidz

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I don’t see anything wrong with it, looks nice.

    • jimmy

      That’s why you always start with the sh*tiest ideas, that way you bad ones don’t look as bad

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        No, I just genuinely think it doesn’t look bad.

      • Take it easy Jimmy everyone can have an opinion here an open forum.

      • jimmy

        Lol, no, it’s an actual thing when pitching ideas, you give them your really bad ideas first that way your bad idea doesn’t seem so bad

  • MagcargoMan

    Certainly an improvement, that’s for sure.

  • Hidden Flare

    He does looks kinda better. Now we need to see what the series will do from here.

  • ronin4life

    I still have to wonder if Inafune somehow maintained the rights to video game adaptations to megaman. Capcom hasn’t made a MM game since but are hard on the merch, which makes no sense… while Inafune made onesided claims about being willing to make Legends 3 after his departure and attempted to ride the hype train on his Megaman clone straight to the bank on multiple occasions.

    • I don’t know why he would, he wasn’t the original creator of Mega Man.

      • He was the one that co-designed him, along with Akira Kitamura. Kitamura made the sprite, and Inafune did the official artwork. I feel like people are too quick to discredit Inafune of the creator label simply because he didn’t do it all alone, but he was still a huge part of Mega Man’s birth. Kitamura probably would still be more of the mastermind in general, though.

        Still, it doesn’t matter, anyway. Neither of them have the rights to the character nor the series. Regardless of who created Mega Man, it’s all legally 100% owned by Capcom, and not any individual.

  • bugman83

    It still looks like something that should be Nick Jr or whatever you want to call it :/

    • ronin4life

      I was wondering what my mind kept reaching for while looking at this…

  • Better, his face is still a bit derpy but I want to give this show a shot regardless.

  • hi v3.0

    Looks like it’s made for 6 year olds tbh. What are they trying to achieve, let kids get interested in a game series that hasn’t had a new one for a decade? K then

  • JasonBall

    I can’t see a difference. Is it just that the darker blue is now less dark? Am I missing something?

    • Hidden Flare

      Yeah its pretty much just a color change, which got on a lot of fan’s nerves. I think some are saying the face is different but I can’t tell. At least they were willing to fix that.

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        -if you think it’s just purely a color change you’re not looking hard enough.

        Differences I can note just by this.

        – Face looks better and warmer in terms of emotion.
        – Upper Torso has been heavily redesigned, with an added Tron-line along the ribcage area and features being moved around. It kinda looks like an American Football armor kind of shape.
        – Mega Buster has a more iconically traditional shape.
        – Shapes of the knee guards gave been changed to a single piece style similar to how Zero’s Knee gaurds are.
        – Though hidden by the blue block, you can see ankle axle ends on his boots, which are outlined by a tron line.

        Overall the artwork looks a whole lot better, but the jury is still out on how that translates to the actual show.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      See my post above.

  • TruExtent

    The face doesn’t look deadpan anymore. This new iteration could work.

    • ibo

      i agree that smile..

  • Edgarska

    At least I never got my hopes up.

  • GoldenTriforce

    Now try updating the plot!

  • SpaceLud35

    Still not digging the art direction. Body proportions are too out of whack and the eyes… the eyes…

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Mega Man’s body proportions have always been like this with the Classic series (the basis for this one) What are you talking about? Also, before you bring up Ruby Spears, that was a different company, studio, and time.

      • SpaceLud35

        Look at halcyon’s response below and tell me if those proportions don’t make sense wrt the Classic series portrayal. The one shown above has curtain rods for arms and legs to go with arm and leg armors. Then the eyes which are nowhere near Classic design belong in a flash game from the early 2010s.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          You’re over exaggerating. The eyes are different, yes, but the rest of his proportions are what you’d expect of Mega Man in his armored form.

          What Halcyon showed isn’t even Classic Mega Man, that was Mega Man from Mega Man Universe, which was cancelled by Capcom years ago.

          • SpaceLud35

            You’re obviously not seeing the same thing I am. He has toothpick arms and legs. The second image in this article makes this abundantly clear.

            Regardless, this is a matter of taste and that’s subjective. No point arguing.

  • Dascylus

    That name is almost as terrible as Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      I think that’s the dimensions of a poster…

  • halcyon
  • NotPhillip – Viet Avocado

    I wish the design was actually cool. Like, kids need something to fanboy/fangirl about. I see cool things like Mega Man X or even Ben 10, and this design here is a step down.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      No way, it’s a step up.

      • NotPhillip – Viet Avocado

        Surely you can do more than just say no to my point.
        (Letting you know in advance. I got a little passionate typing this, so I left a TL;DR at the bottom ;D)

        I mean cool as in a more mature and serious connotation, for lack of better terms.
        Take X’s design for example. He has a serious face most of the time. As opposed to smiling contently, X’s design presents itself as a mature protagonist, and it looks cool in that sense. Like, he’s got a gun (buster) and a face of determination! Kids would take it seriously. This coolness is what fans strive for too, as it goes against the norm that kids might see in everyday life, such as being content and having fun. And that’s intriguing, because its a take on the ideal character that kids want to be like. Kids want to be like Ash Ketchum or Sonic the Hedgehog, because of how ideally cool they make themselves out to be.
        Basically, I don’t think this Mega Man reaches *my* standards of cool. It’s a nice design, yes, but I can’t take it too seriously at the moment. His face, though proportionate, doesn’t fit the part for me. I’m not saying smiles are bad and uncool, but the smile doesn’t compliment the face either. The armor definitely looks nice, but overall it just looks like a little kid (Yes, I know Mega Man’s made to be a young boy). I’m not saying the design’s bad; I’m just unimpressed by what we have so far, and I can’t take it too seriously.

        TL;DR – This Mega Man just doesn’t fit my standards of cool. It’s not bad; I’m just unimpressed.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          That’s cool, bro. I’m just of the opinion this design is a step up. Considering the first iteration of his design is basically him in a jumpsuit.

          • NotPhillip – Viet Avocado

            Lol my bad. My wording was confusing. I felt this design is a step down from other Mega Man designs like X. Definitely an improvement from the original design!

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            After being in a firestorm earlier on another article, seeing a reply from you is a much needed breath of fresh air.

          • NotPhillip – Viet Avocado

            Lol glad to have been that guy! Hope it wasn’t too bad for ya.

  • What is wrong with its head?!

  • Coonfoot

    So… He’s CG now? It certainly looks CG. Surprisingly, it looks a little better than the 2D version.

  • Carlos

    At least he doesn’t look high, though now he looks like a pedo.

    Also, why does he look so skinny? Mega Man needs to stop running and jumping and eat something.