It’s no secret, since the fallout between Capcom and Megaman’s creator Keiji Inafune, the Megaman franchise has been badly stagnant. We have seen Megaman games announced and then cancelled by Capcom such as Megaman Legends 3 and Megaman Universe. It seems that the heads of Capcom know how to hold a grudge and have only released the different Megaman games on Nintendo’s Virtual Console and soon to the PS3 and Vita.
Inafune knew he created an amazing character in Megaman and decided to make a very similar character and game with Mighty No. 9. The game quickly caught fire and completed its Kickstarter goal in its first week.
Nintendo seems to be the only company who actually seems interested in using Megaman after introducing him as a playable character in Super Smash Brothers and releasing nearly all the Megaman games on its Virtual Console service. It’s hard for me to believe the several releases of Megaman games on the Virtual Console was all Capcom’s idea since you would see many of the same games on the Xbox and PS3 if that were the case. I think its pretty clear Nintendo likes the Megaman character and would like to have the franchise as a first party if the price was right.
Nintendo is the logical company to buy Capcom and restore the Megaman franchise to its former glory. Granted if Nintendo were to buy Capcom they would also own Street Fighter and Resident Evil and might make those games exclusive. Those games as Nintendo exclusive would probably enrage a lot of gamers especially with how competitive Street Fighter is and the need to have fight sticks that may not be compatible with the Wii U.
If Nintendo doesn’t want to buy Capcom outright, I sure hope they are in talks to acquire the Megaman franchise. Nintendo knows how to treat its first party games and would do wonders for Megaman.