The Origin Of Battle Network And Other Fascinating Mega Man Trivia

Did you know that every time I hear the opening theme to Mega Man 2 I start singling the lyrics version created by Brentalfloss in 2008? That's not a fact presented in Did You Know Gaming's second look at the Mega Man franchise, which mainly deals with fan-created bots and the excellent Mega Man Battle Network series.

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The Mega Man Battle Network series took characters I was always fascinated by and put them into a game I could play without throwing my controller with frustration, so it will always hold a special place in my heart, right up there with Mega Man X: Command Mission, the PlayStation 2 role-playing game.

Today I learned that the original plan for the first Game Boy Advance title was to have three separate games, each with their own protagonist/Mega Man combo. Part of me would have liked to see how that turned out. The other part likes that we go into the series with a single game before Capcom started applying the Pokemon formula, releasing two games with exclusive battle chips to collect.

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I also learned that all of those robot doodles I used to do as a kid were likely me channeling Mega Man villain creation contests from the other side of the world.

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Shardik The Man Bear

I have an extreme love for the battle network series, I even played through all 6 again this year. I think the card style battle system is the best ever implemented in a game, and still holds up perfectly. The stories however are all pretty stupid, and rely waaaay too heavily on the power of heart trope. Still though if they released 6 more battle networks, I'd buy every one of them day 1. Heck I'm still holding out for a collection on 3DS akin to the zero collection.