NP: Was there any feedback you received from fans on Mega Man 9 that was especially surprising?
Inafune: It was a great, happy surprise for us that the NES style was so widely accepted. In the early stage of development, we internally discussed the option of having both old-school NES style graphics and next-gen style, [and we'd allow] the player to choose between the two. However, we believed that a revival of the NES style would surprise people and be appreciated. And the result exceeded our expectations -- so many people enthusiastically welcomed the NES style.
The option of choosing between old-school and "modern" style graphics would have been a surefire way of appealing to all types of Mega Man fans. Too bad this concept didn't get off the ground.
The full interview available in Nintendo Power issue #250, on sale wherever magazines are sold.
Credits: GoNintendo and Jimmy for providing a transcript