Capcom claims Mega Man Universe

Publisher applies for a trademark on term as it relates to retail, downloadable, and mobile games, screensavers, and ring tones.

Since Mega Man debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System some 23 years ago, the Blue Bomber has appeared in 126 games, selling a combined 28 million copies, according to Capcom's latest figures. With a wealth of robot bosses, allies, and adversaries in each one of those titles, the Mega Man franchise is the publisher's most prolific franchise, doubling the nearest competitor--Street Fighter--when it comes to the number of games bearing the brand.

Mega Man Universe works just as well for an MMO name as it does for a site that sells mobile phone ring tones for the series.

The publisher has acknowledged the scope of the series and is considering trading on it, as Capcom filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office last week for a trademark on the phrase "Mega Man Universe." The application seeks a trademark on the name for a number of uses, including games (both retail and downloadable), and mobile phone applications, including game, screensavers, music, wallpaper, and ring tones.

The Mega Man series has enjoyed a renaissance of late with Capcom's downloadable retro-styled games Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10. Both titles bypassed the Battle Network and Star Force spin-offs in order to focus on retro side-scrolling platformer action along the lines of the first six NES installments of the series and were well received by critics.

For more on those games, check out GameSpot's reviews for Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10.

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42 comments
LeahMyles
LeahMyles

I heard that capcom is not making any more megaman games! I was deppressed the rest of the day when I heard that. They should have made a megaman ZX 3 where you can copy the awesome bosses.

Axel450
Axel450

@Glade_Gnarr lol. "Get up so I can kill you again!"

NWA89
NWA89

Mega Man Battle Network Online FTW!!

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I say let megaman rest for a while and come back in a few years before Capcom kills him again.

SAF64WII
SAF64WII

Best Mega Man games are: Mega Man 5 (NES) Mega Man 7 (SNES) Mega Man & Bass a.k.a "Rockman & Forte" (SNES & GBA) Mega Man X 1 (SNES) Mega Man X4 (all versions) Mega Man 64 a.k.a. Legends (N64) That's it..... nuff said

Malhound
Malhound

Sure its the first Mega Man MMOG.

Malhound
Malhound

Megaman Legends 3 announced!

Malhound
Malhound

What about Mega Man Deconstructed? It's only a joke!

Scrotous
Scrotous

Ah, i wish they'd release a new megaman X or megaman legends/dash + X :). A shame it shouldn't happen anytime soon.

macca366
macca366

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grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

As much as the new throwback sequels are cool from a conceptual perspective, it would be really nice to see a full fledged, next gen Mega Man series. I particularly think a redux of the Mega Man X storyline in SFIV style 2.5D would be incredible. Even full 3D could be great if they do it well.

Arghyeeho
Arghyeeho

Bring back the Rush Cycle and Sliding ability!

Wolf3037
Wolf3037

Oh Jesus please let this be a revival of the Mega Man Legends games

th3chos3non3
th3chos3non3

126 games? seriously? wow. i really had no idea....but i guess they DO release a new megaman card game every six months. now i am curious to know how many games mario has starred in...

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

MEGAMANS AWESOME! An MMO could work for theBattle Network Seris.... Create your own "Net Navi" and battle along M egaman and the gang.... Add stuff like Battle arenas and stuff.....

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

My guess is that "Mega Man Universe" isn't a single game. More likely it's going to be Capcom's Mega Man brand. They'll release (or re-release) games, books, toys, etc. with a graphic "Mega Man Universe" banner at the top of the box. Maybe they're planning on releasing games starring peripheral characters. Under the "Mega Man Universe" banner they won't have to include "Mega Man" in the in the title proper and the consumer will still know why they should care about the game. Like how there are 50,000 books with the "Forgotten Realms" D&D banner at the top. Those books don't necessarily all relate to each other or have the same characters in them, but they all take place in the same world. That's my theory anyway. It's all marketing.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

They can have it. I'm not signing up to pay lots of money for 15% of a game which I'll have to pay for the other 85% via DLC.

X-RS
X-RS

i dont think were gettin an mmo. it just wouldnt work (everybody wantin to be mm/zero/proto) well. i hope its not some new rpg. if it was action orienated n stuff yeah. but another card battling game is just more of the same. with hope of it being new/fresh, i cant wait.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

They should make some more mega men x snes style games.

Beastcake
Beastcake

Someone out there take MegaMan Legends, write a badass story, cell-shade it in HD, bring it to the 360/PS3 along with the first two as downloadable content, and sell millions. For sure.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I think an MMO is a bad idea. Not because I think it's good, but because I think the MMO genre really isn't going anywhere lately. Sure, great things could be done with this IP in an MMO setting, but why caste this into something else when Mega Man's identity is already so iconic in other genres?

ClaudeLv250
ClaudeLv250

I'm getting vibes from that rumored Scramble Battle megacrossover.

finaleve
finaleve

Please be some sort of spin-off of Mega Man Legends but along the lines of Monster Hunter's multiplayer. Imagine how awesome that would be?

strayfies
strayfies

I'm guessing it's some online store or venue, but not an MMO. I would be interested in some kinda MMO from this franchise but I don't see that as a direction they'll take. Maybe a regular game that features a strong online presence.

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

@ KaiserKasey Normal reploids cant do anything though. So it'd be maveric hunters vs maverics.

Cliffy_T
Cliffy_T

I see a lot of good possibilities with this Mega Man Universe thing. An MMO is just one of many. Although a good one. Can imagine the awesomeness of creating your own robot with his own powers and fighting classic robot masters with a bunch of friends. Pure Sweetness.

shabulia
shabulia

Mega Man Rocks! Or should I say "Rock Man Megas!"? (That doesn't make much sense).

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

There will not be a mega man mmo.

Barighm
Barighm

Maybe they finally got that e-mail I sent their marketing department.

Superdude475
Superdude475

Mega Man MMO? I don't know, I'd have to see the concept and everything before I pass any real judgment.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Sounds like a marketing tool, but that's obvious, isn't it?

AjaxsLastStand
AjaxsLastStand

You start out with the ability to be one of the primary colors. At level 5 you get dash ability. At level 10 you get robot pet. At level 15 you get charge ability for gun. At level 20 you decide if you want gun or sword. And so, the serpent's egg would hatch...

Pirate-Man
Pirate-Man

Megaman my favorite Capcom Franchise ^^

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

This is interesting. If Capcom makes a Mega Man MMO, it might work realy well.

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

@Megamanx226 Or you could be a maverick or a reploid...that'd be friggin' sweet!

GJardim
GJardim

@Lord_Sesshy Me too. But who knows, Capcom brought back the old Megaman, maybe they'll refresh the series with another Legends game.

Lord_Sesshy
Lord_Sesshy

I am/was hoping for another MegaMan Legends game...

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

Now that I think about it a Megaman MMO would actually be a good idea assuming you use the Megaman X storyline. Granted you can't be X or Zero but you can easily play as a maveric hunter.

itameq
itameq

What no mega man MMO? lol