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We really enjoyed the Mega Man remakes that hit the PSP. They had beautiful graphics to accompany the classic gameplay. Unfortunately, their poor sales killed any chance of future Mega remakes. Fred Andrew Urzua seems to have come up with a way to sell Mega Man: combine him with Hello Kitty. After all, there could be a Hello Kitty branded plague and Kitty fans would line up to get infected. It's impressive that this piece of art retains the cuteness of Hello Kitty, while still having all the distinct features of Mega Man. All that's left is for Capcom to give Sanrio a call, and make Urzua's vision a reality. If you like the above fan art as much as we do, surf on over to Urzua's deviantART page to see his other work. That, or you can let Urzua know what you think of the art in our comments section.
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Mega Man Maverick Hunter X may be a retooled, polygonized version of a 1997 Super Nintendo title, but according to the review hounds that be it has enough newfangled stuff to satiate fans of the original as well as fresh arrivals to the franchise. A brand new mode that allows players to tackle the game as the anti-hero Vile, replete with enhanced weapons and vehicles, adds to the replay value, although anyone who's even had a small taste of the game's high difficulty level will probably gnash their teeth with this extra. Still, we like this trend of upgrading established 2D games to 3D. Heck, if they're going to port an eight-year old game over to the PSP, it might as well get a boost in the visual department.
Here's what the official reviews have to say about this side-scrollin' classic:
1UP [7.0] – "While MHX isn't a definitive reinvention of a classic along the lines of Metroid: Zero Mission, it's a solid re-creation that's been given an exceptional audiovisual upgrade. Mega Man fans are the primary audience here, but anyone who appreciates a well-crafted action game should find something to like."
GameSpot [8.1] – "For as great as Maverick Hunter X is, it is still based on a fairly short side-scroller.... Fortunately, there's additional content to beef up the package.... Maverick Hunter X proves that games like this one can still be impressive in this day and age when given the proper treatment and care."
IGN [8.0] – "Maverick Hunter X will satiate old-time fans, yet it packs enough new content to draw new players. It's a little on the short side, but it's intense, fun and very challenging."
Mega Man Powered Up touts a totally redesigned Mega Man look and feel and completely new gameplay options, including a level designer that will allow players to design their own stages.
Mega Man Maverick Hunter X is a remake of the original Mega Man X title that first appeared on the SNES. The game builds upon the original, adding newly rendered 3D character models and new environments.
Initially available in Europe (and via import elsewhere), Mega Man Powered Up will be available March 24 while Mega Man Maverick Hunter X will be available a month earlier on February 24.