Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version launching with 3DS eShop

Early adopters of the 3DS may feel like they’ve been waiting a long time for Nintendo’s eShop to go live, but that’s nothing compared to what Mega Man Legends fans have endured. A modest success on the PSOne and N64, Legends has been a dormant franchise for years, and its cult fanbase has been begging for a sequel for over a decade. During September of last year Capcom finally announced a third game was being made for the 3DS, and today the company gave it a release date… sort of…

See Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version will be the first downloadable game exclusive to the 3DS, but Nintendo has yet to give a concrete date on just when that feature will be added to the new handheld. Rumors point to a system update in May when the eShop will go live with all the old DSiWare games along with MML3 starting the 3D download party.

MML3’s new subtitle Prototype Version is fitting, as it includes both completed missions and unfinished areas that players are encouraged to give feedback on. Legends 3 was created with the concept of getting the fans involved in the development process, so we’re curious to see just how the game grows from here. Also, after the cancelling of Mega Man Universe following the exit of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune from Capcom, we’re relieved that MML3 wasn’t also on the chopping block.

To ease the wait for that vague time in May when Nintendo starts selling downloadable 3D games, here’s some more of the fresh screens Capcom gave us for the downloadable darling. Enjoy!

Apr 21, 2011




  • reveffect - April 25, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    I never did finish the second one. I got stuck on the last level because it still confuses me to this day. Barrett doesn't seem that bad.
  • NanoElite666 - April 22, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    And the blade-armed Reaverbots are going four for four appearances in the series! Huzzah!!
  • shawksta - April 22, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    Did you guys actually read the details on capcom's site? Barrett was made in order to for you to use him for the Prototype to explore the game until the full version when Megaman will somehow return to Earth.
  • Ravenbom - April 22, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    Good god no!
  • AleeR - April 22, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    The game I've waited for since the originals, and coming out on a system I do not anticipate getting. Bummer...
  • Nodoudt - April 21, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    This was my favorite game on the 64 while I was growing up. I would gladly pass on Legend Of Zelda to get my hands on the full game.
  • Shatgan - April 21, 2011 10:39 p.m.

  • Cyberninja - April 21, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    before anyone else says wheres mega man watch the ending for legends 2 where mega man is still in space thats why you dont play as him but as aero instead. also will this be free?
  • Letter11 - April 21, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    @reveffect I can't imagine they wouldn't make Mega Man playable in his own game. They probably just wanted to show off their new character. Maybe he has has some play style differences that make him an interesting addition. @Sinosaur I don't know guy, he looks like he does in the previous Legends games to me. Either way this trailer warmed my heart, It looks like their staying true to the originals.
  • Frogfucious - April 21, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    So will there be a console version for the Wii or otherwise once it's fully completed? I have no interest in a handheld whatsoever, but I absolutely love the MML series.
  • reveffect - April 21, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    I wanna know why we are not playing as mega man too. Who the hell is this guy? I want my frickin buster gun. I loved the first 2 and still play them to this day so pls capcom don't screw this up by not having mega man be a playable character in his own game>
  • RebornKusabi - April 21, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    I can't wait for this! I played the first two recently and loved them both (Legends 1 far more) so I can't wait for this... my 3DS has been playing DS games more until Ocarina of Time, Dead or Alive, the Resident Evil games and now this come out.
  • BraveDave - April 21, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Kinda wary about this one... but who knows, it might be cool. I definitely loved MMLs 1 and 2!
  • VercettisShirt - April 21, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    This is gonna be great! :D
  • dphoenix192 - April 21, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Who is Barrett, and why are you not playing as Megaman?
  • Sinosaur - April 21, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    So... why the heck doesn't Mega Man look like Mega Man at all? I wouldn't have known this was a Mega Man type game if I hadn't recognized Roll from the previous Megaman Legends (also Servbots).
  • pr0tostar - April 21, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    FIRST! Yeah, I'm surprised/relieved too that this didn't fly out the door with Mr. Inafune too. Sadly I'll probably be waiting for the first 3DS price drop till Iget one, or it gets enough contending games.

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