With over 50 titles to his name, Capcom's Mega Man is one of the most prolific and best-loved heroes of the 8-bit era, and continues to inspire fan-love through updated series such as Mega Man Battle Network and Legends. Sorry, did we say “love?” We meant “incessant, intolerable grumbling,” with newer entries in the series encountering mixed receptions from the public at large and incurring frequent cancellation.
And all told, we've little sympathy for those who wanted to see their beloved Blue Bomber go down the Sonic route. Until you've mastered the retro-rebirth charms of Mega Mans 9 and 10, in which NES-era charm meets the sadistic cutting-edge of 21st-century level design, you can just pretend the series ended sometime during the SNES era. And with two full-sized, download-priced games' worth of challenge every bit as engaging and daunting as any of Mega Man's 80s adventures, that ought to keep fans quiet for a while yet.