It must be Retro Season again

February 16, 2010

Following in the success of Mega Man 9, Capcom has decided to release another sequel in the style of the old NES Mega Man games: Mega Man 10

(Not to be confused with Mega Man X)

Can’t wait. Though I will be avoiding easy mode, its existence will appease the people who thought Mega Man 9 was way too hard. Kids these days. They wouldn’t last more than 5 minutes in Battletoads before

And for the first^H^H^H^H^Hsecond time, Proto Man is playable! First not counting DLC. Or spin-off games. Speaking of which, why haven’t I bought the Mega Man 9 DLC? I really should. I just….haven’t. Don’t know why.

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Proto Man’s character was supposed to be the original design for Mega Man, but the NES color palette didn’t have enough reds in it to make him look good, so the designers made him blue instead, and saved the red design for Proto. But, I can’t find a source for this fact, so take this with a grain of salt. I also don’t know much about the NES video hardware, so it’s entirely conceivable that it supports a customizable palette that can handle several shades of red at once.

Ok, so the Blue Bomber is back in town this March. Awesome. But you know else is back in town? The Blue Blur:

There was a pretty awesome leaked video showing actual gameplay, though that was quickly brought down by Sega, so I’ll have to settle for the interesting-but-not-a-lot-of-juicy-content official video above.

For the first time since the Genesis days of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic finally comes back to his roots for some good old-fashioned 2 (and-a-half) D speed platforming. I was a huge fan of the Sonic series back in the day, but nothing after the Genesis has been good enough for me. Though I hear that Sonic Rush was fairly decent; maybe I’ll get around to that some day, but it’s fairly low in my queue.

Yes, spring-summer 2010 is shaping up to be a fine, fine season of neo-retro-gaming.

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