Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Story Behind the Rockman Corner Mega Man 9 Leaks

It all started with a single comment in response to this May 22nd post: "Capcom Sees Film Industry As Easy Money, Future Franchises To See Theatrical Adaptations?"

A purported Capcom insider, self-proclaimed "The Shadow" dropped the following words"
"No movie anytime soon, the only thing original series thing planned in the near future is Rockman 9 for VC and PS3 Download." -The Shadow (Capcom Insider)

'The Shadow's' comment was soon swept under the rug. I mean c'mon; we've been hearing Mega Man 9 rumors for years. Why would I - or anyone else for that matter - believe anything some random commenter had to say?

That changed one June morning. One June 13th, 2008, the OFLC ratings board officially revealed Mega Man 9 was on it's way. The news set the internet a blaze; *everyone* was excited. Almost instantaneously the spotlight fell on "The Shadow"; all eyes were on him. Who was he? How did he know about Mega Man 9 so early? It wasn't long after The Shadow contacted me directly.

In our first exchange The Shadow told me he was a "beta tester" from the innards of Capcom USA. His intentions were simple and fair: to leak as much MM9 info as he could to the fans, using my blog to spread the word. Two days later, I publicly released every morsel of MM9 info The Shadow provided in this post. The information was as follows:

"-Rockman 9 will feature a retro 8-bit art style, a homage to the earlier games.

-Two playable characters: Rockman and Blues (ProtoMan).

- A popular belief is that RM9 will act as the 'link' to the events of the X Series. This is not so,
The storyline DOES NOT lead into the X Series, rather it's a 'traditional' plot.

-Many new characters, new Robot Masters and maybe some new supporting characters.

-Gameplay is reminiscent of Rockman 3-6.

-Online components: Leader boards and some unknown form of online play

RM9 will be on all major home consoles: Wii, X360 and PS3. X360 and PS3 users will be able to purchase the game from their respective download services. It's unknown how the Wii version will work, whether it will be a downloaded game or not. "

The following day, The Shadow dropped another leak, this time pertaining to the story of MM9: "Robots Have Expiring Dates." And again the very next day: "MM9's Development Outsourced?" Here, The Shadow claimed Mega Man 9 was being developed by "two companies"; Capcom Japan and an unidentified "third party." As it turned out, the second developer was none other than Int-Creates.

And that would be the last we heard from him as weeks later, The Shadow vanished, seemingly silenced by Capcom. Shortly afterwords, Capcom's Seth Killian "confirmed" there was an individual leaking MM9 info. Killian said The Shadow was indeed someone who saw the game in its very early stages, though not a beta tester per se.

And so ended The Shadow's story. It's been a while since I've last spoke with him. If you're out there, man, thanks for keeping us posted on MM9! I sincerely hope all is well.

And so, here we are today, eagerly awaiting to boot up our Wiis and download Mega Man 9 tomorrow, bright and early.  I don't know about you, but I feel as if Christmas is coming, and I won't be able to sleep!


  1. Shadow was wrong on one thing though, that gameplay would be most like MM3-6.

    It's kind of funny to read all those old comments now, especially the ones that were so convinced it was false and MM9 would never happen.

  2. Isn't roll playable too? Or you just get to change her costume whenever you see her. Anyway I am really thankful for this site. I always go here and check first before any other MM site. You have given us great info on many things Megaman related and we appreciate. Thanks Protodude. Continue your awesome work.

  3. @anonymous:

    He *was* right. Perhaps you're saying "no" because there are no sliding and charge shots? If you take a look into Megaman9 trailer, you'll see a lot of elements from Megaman3~6.


    Yes, "The Shadow" was great. Thanks.

  4. A hero? -_- Come on. Sure, we all love Rockman, but it's not THAT important.

  5. Even though I had my doubts, I stuck with TheShadow's claims. The payoff was incredible. : )

  6. Hmm, looking back, maybe Protoman will have his own storyline afterall. *crosses fingers* In any case, I'm just glad for this site! Thank you Protodude and Shadow...wherever you are now!

  7. Expiring dates.. Blue's problem.. Blues falls back twice as far as Rockman.. Sounds like they're all connected...

  8. It was a was pleasure guys, I hope to give you more info when any new Rockman games come to development. I will be disappearing for awhile till then, so if you need to contact me, look for my good friend Protoman on the Rockman Memories boards, he will forward any emails to me. Thanks and goodbye for now

    - The Shadow

  9. The robots have Expiration dates is a HUGE part of the plot.


    Just beat it, took me 2hrs 59minutes 10seconds.

    The expiration date is this, all robots are mandated by law to have an expiration date. Wily uses this knowledge to his advantage to make the 8 masters go wild. When you beat your 3rd boss a chip drops saying the robot was scheduled for termination soon. On your 8th master a recording drops of Wily telling the robots about their date and how they should refuse it by rising up and showing humanity that they are still useful

    One of the best Megaman games ever!!!

  10. ^

    Infaune stated it's directly after 8

  11. Actually Protodude, 9 takes place some time after 8 and Megaman & Bass. How else would you explain the 9 clips from the ending?

  12. Oh come on. ( clearly showed wily begging for mercy from the other 9 defeats (which includes Megaman & Bass's ending). I fail to see how an 8-bit version of wily's defeat from Megaman & Bass is a plot hole? and for the record, the comment of Anon5 was mine, and I forgot to put the username.

  13. I'm sorry, I meant to say 9, not (.

  14. Any new of the "secret" found by sethkekchose?

  15. I don't know if anyone will read this either but MegaMan Legacy Collection 1+2 will release on May 22 of this year. The reason why I am bringing this up is because the response about MM9 being made was also around something relating to May 22. Not a big deal but interesting.


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