Capcom's own Seth Killian (aka "s-kill") made a comment on Capcom USA's forums concerning the existence of "The Shadow" the supposed "beta tester." Was "The Shadow" a legitimate source? S-kill had this to say:
"While I'm pretty certain about the source of a few Mega Man-related leaks (sorry leaker, given where the information goes, it was obvious), I can say absolutely the Shadow is not a beta tester. Someone who saw the game early, yes, but beta tester is a failed attempt to cover his (yes, his) real identity.
As Sven said, we don't have "beta testers" here. "
Surprised? I'm not, I was fairly certain "The Shadow" had some sort of connection with Capcom, but not a beta tester per se.
Many thanks to "The Shadow" (or whoever you are) for supplying the community with countless RM9 tips. You're efforts will not go unrecognized.
(Article has been edited to correct inaccuracies. My wholehearted apologies to Seth and Capcom.)
Thanks evilshadow for bringing the news to my attention