Mega Man’s Final Smash attack in Super Smash Bros. 4 has been revealed showing four other iterations of Mega Man including Volnutt and X. Masahiro Sakurai revealed that when asking for permission to use the other versions, Capcom had no idea who he was asking for.In a post-Nintendo Direct interview, Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed the origins of Mega Man’s Final Smash attack and explained how troublesome it was to get permission from Capcom to do so.
“Since this is probably the last time people will see Rockman, I wanted it to be a celebration of the entire franchise,” said Sakurai, “I honestly believe that I put more time into thinking about Rockman’s inclusion in Smash Brothers than Capcom did thinking about Rockman at all this past year. But I know this to be true because Capcom keeps asking me how the next Rockman game is coming along.”
“When I asked for permission to use the other forms of Rockman, the employees were very confused as to what I was asking,” continued Sakurai, “They thought I was showing them fan art of Rockman. They had to bring in over 30 employees until someone recognized Volnutt as the fighting version of Rockman in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. Then they said I could do whatever I wanted with these other Rockmans since they were clearly not using them.”
Capcom says that the Mega Man franchise is stronger than ever with Rockman Xover‘s protagonist OVER-1 being included in Smash Bros. 4. Corporate officer Yoshinori Ishida has stated that he is thrilled that OVER-1 somehow made it into the roster.
“We were surprised to hear that Nintendo wanted to include OVER-1 into Smash Brothers,” said Ishida, “I know he looks a little different in the game but that is because Sakurai-san designed him to look retro. Even though he has never really had a retro design before, I personally think it looks really nice and hopefully we can use that kind of look in a future Rockman game.”
Sakurai has hinted that he might delay Smash Bros. 4 in order to sneak in an entire Mega Man game while he still has the opportunity.