Mega Man 11 Helps Japanese Police With Phishing Awareness

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Mega Man is joining the police force in Japan. Capcom announced that the character is going to be used as a mascot for a crime prevention awareness program in partnership with the Osaka Preferectural Police.

Capcom has been working with the Osaka police since 2013 to develop awareness campaigns. This year, the focus is on awareness surrounding phishing sites that trick users into giving up personal account information like credit card numbers. Mega Man was chosen by the Osaka police and an anti-credit card fraud council to be used on promotional items like stickers and memo pads. The campaign will begin this weekend.

This also goes hand-in-hand with this week's launch of Mega Man 11, the first numbered Mega Man sequel since 2010. The character has been a mainstay of Capcom's branding for more than 30 years, and as it happens, he's a bit of a boy scout known for wearing blue. Pairing him with a good-natured police awareness campaign makes sense.

Mega Man 11 received generally positive reviews from around the industry, including from GameSpot's own Mega Man 11 review.

"At its best, it's a terrific retro romp with exciting boss encounters and unique gimmicks," wrote reviewer Heidi Kemps. "At its worst, it's a frustrating experience whose too-long levels toss out infuriating obstacles to progress at the worst times. But even with these issues, it just feels good to see Mega Man back in action, and Mega Man 11 will hopefully be the start of many new robotic adventures to come."

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