Capcom has released an iOS version of
the classic SNES platformer, Mega Man X, for Japanese players. The
game, based on the mobile port rather than the SNES original,
features tweaked graphics, an 80-level “Challenge Mode,” Game
Center leaderboards and touch-controls. Well, it's on an iPhone, of
course it'll have touch-controls... but that necessity doesn't make
the prospect any more welcoming.
Mega Man OGs were
probably looking for a new challenge anyway, right? Mastering the
game with zero percent tactile feedback ought to fit the bill. Anyone who's tried to make headway in, say, the Capcom Arcade version of
Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts will have some idea what we're talking
about. But hey, everyone on the leaderboards will be on the same
playing field – and by the time you take down Sigma, you'll be such
a touchscreen master that you could get a job just pressing
virtual buttons all day, really fast. Probably.
And anyway, yesterday we were all sad
because Mega Man was MIA, whereas today he's in a thing that can be
played – touch-controls, redrawn sprites and all – on a telephone,
at the click of a button. (In our day, of course, you had to walk ten
miles to the video store over broken glass, then fight wild dogs just
to reserve a copy for next week.) No word on a Western release yet,
but with Capcom having just reaffirmed its love for the character, expect your turn soon.