Proto Man leads Mega Man 9 DLC

First round of downloadable content for Capcom's 8-bit revival includes Endless Attack mode, Blue Bomber's forerunner; WiiWare today, PSN/360 this week.

Depending on any given gamer's platform of preference, Mega Man 9 has been available for purchase on all three current-generation consoles for up to two weeks. Working with robot-like efficiency, though, Capcom said today that it already has the first wave of downloadable content ready to go.

There was another.

The Mega Man 9 DLC is available today for the WiiWare edition of the game, with the Xbox Live pack out tomorrow and the PlayStation Network download following on Thursday. Taking top billing from the DLC is the new Proto Man mode, which lets gamers swap out the Blue Bomber for his titular prototype.

Proto Man's abilities vary from Mega Man's. Proto Man packs the charge shot and powerslide abilities and wields a shot-reflecting shield. Balancing out his pros, Proto Man takes double the damage of Mega Man and is knocked back twice as far when hit. Capcom notes that there is no story mode for Proto Man, and he cannot be used with ranking or challenge modes.

Mega Man 9 gamers will also be able to download the Endless Attack mode this week. Not to belie the name, Endless Attack mode is a competitive stage that has no set end. Gamers compete to see who can make it the farthest, and the results are logged on the game's rankings page.

Capcom had not revealed pricing information for either content pack as of press time. For more on Mega Man 9, check out GameSpot's review.

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irongutvi
irongutvi

i wonder if they will do megaman x?

LaniReaper
LaniReaper

I don't believe the amount of whining that appears on Gamespot. Mega Man 9 was a great game. It was also incredibly cheap. They could have released it on one of the handhelds and easily charged a full $40 or $50 for it. Instead, they released it more conventionally, and it cost $10. You guys would've bought it for $40 on the DS. Instead, you're badword-ing that it's costing you $5 on top of the $10. They could release five more download packs like this, bringing it up to a round $40, before I'm going to complain. Yes, they're just milking the game for profit. But surely, that shouldn't matter. Every game company milks for profits. The difference is that this is still cheaper than they could've done.

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

What sucks about this DLC is that you can't use Proto Man to unlock any achievements on the 360 or any of the in-game challenges...but that doesn't stop it from being a good download. I guess that's why its DLC and not a part of the original game...it adds more to the game, but you don't necessarily miss out on anything just because its not there.

MasterChiefBMN
MasterChiefBMN

You use $1-3 when you tip people at restaurants or bars? How is that any different? At least you get to KEEP something. Come on people, get a job if the prices are too high.

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

In 1988, just to clarify, all NES game at all retail outlets where $42.99, because of Nintendo's price-setting/cart-dumping tactic at the time, because Sega, Atari and INTV's carts were between $49.99 and $59.99 depending on the game and store bought. Nintendo was sued by the Justice Department and Justice Departments of several States in 1991. The novel "Rising Sun" has a one-sentence blub about this case, and it's actually documented in law schools across the Nation, so with a lil' digging it can be found for research. The results were simple: Nintendo would allow two $5 coupons to go out to consumers to the States that sued them, and also stop cart-dumping and restore their prices to a competitive edge, i.e. $49.99 or there abouts. That's why post-1991, all carts for the 16-bit consoles where around $50 or so, with some going higher. As for the complaints, while I do agree a game ought to be finished when released, or any software/product for that matter, the downloadable content in this case isn't a requirement to play, it's an option. The user chooses to buy the content, like those old D! Zone expansions for the original DOOM back in 1995. It's not like you're going to have the full game upon purchase. The dude who wrote about coffee hit it dead on. Both DOOM (commercial version) and Mega Man 9 are fully complete, it's your choice to buy the content or not.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

@zeke2040: You can't get this game for the NES. It's a brand new game. Capcom just used NES graphics to make the game.

DancesWitKoopas
DancesWitKoopas

Cos not many people would still have a working nes, unfortunately.

zeke2040
zeke2040

i guess this is good.. but why buy it, if you can get the same game on the nes

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

It is interesting to see what when it is a game that is popular that all of the sudden DLC that comes out so close to release gets praise instead of constant insults of "why wasn't it in there in the first place?!" This is a DLC cash-in to a "9th times the charm" cash-in.

yuri19
yuri19

why are people shouting scam? If this game was released for £40 no one would complain.

IBleed4Cincy
IBleed4Cincy

Meh dont expect a lot of ZOMG DLC Mega Man 9 is perfect as is.

johnrkinsey1
johnrkinsey1

Cool..... I hope future downloads include a story mode for various bosses.....or even better yet......To play through as Cut-Man....

johnrkinsey1
johnrkinsey1

Cool..... I hope future downloads include a story mode for various bosses.....or even better yet......To play through as Cut-Man....

1blissofdeath
1blissofdeath

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S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

It's not the price that's bugging me, it's the fact that we have to download Protoman instead of making him a cool unlockable in-game.

play_old_games
play_old_games

To everyone whining about how DLC costs money... think of it like a coffee. Yes, you can pay for your basic coffee. But you want other stuff in it, they're going to charge you for it. You want the other stuff, pay for it. You don't, then don't. It's your choice.

jjdomo
jjdomo

considering that the price of games hasn't inflated like everything else, i don't think paying for DLC is so bad. do ya'll realize that twenty years ago, NES games cost like $50? now PS3 games only cost like $60. I think Ocarina of Time cost like $70 when it came out, didn't it? I'm amazed that the price of games hasn't skyrocketed like everything else has.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

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dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

again, they hack out pieces and sell it later! IT HASNT EVEN BEEN Out FOR A MONTH!! wanna bet its like 400 ms points(half the price of the full game) people need to stop buying all this DLC its ruining gaming. Now you "buy" a game and then download the "levels" later. soon game discs wont have anything on it but the "right" to purchase future content. BOOO BOOO Two brown thumbs down

dr-venkman
dr-venkman

If it's less then 3 bucks, i won't really mind. Thats loose change if you buy a lot of stuff online. Hopefully more DLC comes soon though...

Komalis
Komalis

There are so many ungrateful whiners on Gamespot. "Oh no, they're ripping us off by charging for extras they could have included in the regular game!" The game was only $10! They could have EASILY sold this game for $20 or $30, because it is a GREAT GAME. Twenty years ago, this would have retailed for $50. An extra $5 for some optional downloadable content is practically a gift, considering how cheap the original game cost. Basically, get over it. We're all getting a great deal, but people are just too stubborn and greedy to realize it.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

yeah, they've been working overtime to bring us new downloadable content...when actually it originally made when they made all the rest of the game and they're just trying to rip everyone off with all this downloadable crap

nick0091
nick0091

Scam...Do I really have to say more?

neock2003
neock2003

So this is the thanks I get for buying the game on a system who's controller whose directional pad is not too tiny, nor too sensitive, I get to wait until thursday, oh well worth the wait.

necronaux
necronaux

Only out 2 weeks, and they already have DLC. They couldn't have included it originally? The're just looking to cash in ("first wave of downloadable content"; "Capcom did not reveal pricing information"). I'm sure there will be lots of stuff to download, as long as you're willing to pay (for stuff that should have been included it the original price).

gunswordfist
gunswordfist

Protoman my favorite character after playing with him in the arcade games on the Megaman 20th Anniversary game.Too bad it sounds like he won't have a story mode or his shield slide.

donsocko
donsocko

delcidanddarth: have u checked the new DLC for Soul Calibur 4...do it n let me know what u think...

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

meh 200 points not that bad. it's like $2.75 Cdn since we have the stupid 1400 card

jadefury27
jadefury27

they already released mega man 1-7 w\the cart racing game, and then the "x" series of games for gamecube. wouldn't mind seeing what they would look like with a hd facelift.

Scanzo
Scanzo

Capcom should release a game disc with all of the 2D mega man games from Mega Man 1 all the way to Mega Man X6. I'm positive fans would purchase it, if this ever happens. Players would many achievements to earn, and would probably earn an achievement for beating an entire Mega Man game. I know there is Mega Man X collecxtion, but it would be nice for there to be a new bundle for the newer game consoles, I would love to play all of the Mega Man and X games on the 360 and earn the achievements that would come with the game... I doubt this will ever e true, but if it does, it will be some happy days!

Scanzo
Scanzo

Capcom should release a game disc with all of the 2D mega man games from Mega Man 1 all the way to Mega Man X6. I'm positive fans would purchase it, if this ever happens. Players would many achievements to earn, and would probably earn an achievement for beating an entire Mega Man game. I know there is Mega Man X collecxtion, but it would be nice for there to be a new bundle for the newer game consoles, I would love to play all of the Mega Man and X games on the 360 and earn the achievements that would come with the game... I doubt this will ever e true, but if it does, it will be some happy days!

Narroo
Narroo

Maybe they priced it because of Microsoft? I know Microsoft usually forces most people to price their products on Xbox live.

jer_1
jer_1

If only the 360's thumbpad didnt blow so hard, I would probably enjoy this game a lot more. As it is now with the xbox controller still being crap for thumbpad support, I definitely have a hard time enjoying mega man like I used to back in the classic Nintendo days.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

This shouldn't be DLC, it should be unlockable content. Whatever happened to rewarding good players with extras, rather than making it instantly available to all players... for a price. I don't think anyone has complained that unlockable content is unfair or too difficult. Maybe they can have both? As in, this stuff costs $5 now, or you can unlock it by playing well?

euphzilla03
euphzilla03

this is quite an interesting download Protoman makes the game a tad bit harder but its nice to finally play as him...

aikimagicjedi
aikimagicjedi

---If you think about it as $2. It's nothing! but if u add up ALL downloadable content plus the initial $10 it's a rip-off; considering that a hard copy costs $50, minus retailer's profit (usually 50%), distribution and production.... I am thinking that Capcom is doing really big numbers out of this,.... they kinda deserve it bcs the game is amazing but they should offer the game with all downloadable content for $16.

lilasianwonder
lilasianwonder

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werc96
werc96

Just got the proto man pack. It was only 200 points (Wii) You loose life a lot quicker...But you do have the charge shot...And the slide...You cant loose with those. Overall its awesome. And to those of you complaining...they made it as close to an old school retail release as possible..if you want extras that havent been used before..you obviously have to pay...And so far..its well worth it.

Garren666
Garren666

It is a bit silly that these weren't included with the game. But the new content sounds awesome because both of these features are completely new to a Mega Man game. This will be the first time we'll be able to play as Proto Man (the coolest character in the Mega Man universe) and endlessattack mode sounds like it could make for a fun challenge seeing as how difficult the main game stages were. So stop complaining (as much) and learn to appreciate some new additions to an already amazing game.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

I'm actually considering getting Proto Man. I love Mega Man 9, and playing as Proto Man would be sweet.

Gamewako
Gamewako

You are all fools...this is simply awesome! MM9 even made me dig out my old Famicom and play MM3 all over again. I LOVE you Capcom and always will!

ScarecrowBirdy
ScarecrowBirdy

Yeah... I'm a little PO'd that they didn't include this with the original release. Like the article says, it'll have been two freaking weeks (or less) since the game came out, which is NOT a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for developers being able to push new content to the public, it's just that I'm leaning more towards adopting CoricidinDXM's attitude in dealing with this growing DLC mess.

VegetaJr
VegetaJr

Sounds pretty weak, to me. I'd pay one dollar, tops.

Hungry_Homer111
Hungry_Homer111

Wow. That's a pretty nice DLC. A new way to play the regular game, and a new mode that can add a lot of replayability. I still haven't gotten the actual game, but this definitely adds to my excitement for the game. I hope that future DLC is just as good, if not better.

CoricidinDXM
CoricidinDXM

This whole releasing content that has already been completed shortly after the game has been released trend is starting to get frustrating. I normally don't buy into these kind of rip offs, but protoman is so sweet I'm gonna have to this time. Plus with the ability to slide and charge shots I'll be able to play mega man 9 like it should be played. Awesome.