I've been on a bit of a WayBack Machine tangent lately. And who can blame me: it's amazing just how much neat stuff you can dig up. Feeling the urge to explore the past once more, I went on a Mega Man Mania dig tonight, combing the archives in search of anything of interest that's been lost in time.
Whilst peeking through the innards of Nintendo of America's old webpage, I stumbled across a little nugget of interest (link tends to go down from time to time) related to the ill-fated Game Boy Advance collection. It's not exactly earth-shattering, but it's something Mega Man historians and completionists will no doubt dig.
Take a gander at the image on the right. What is that and why should you care? You're looking at a lost piece of Mega Man Mania artwork. This random decoration of TeruTeru-like foes may look insignificant, but its one of the only known pieces of artwork produced specifically for Mania, next to the contents of the game's packaging. Why are TeruTeru's associated with the Game Boy Mega Man games? This is Atomic Planet we're talking about, after all -- they fed on inconsistency.
Oh, and speaking of the game's packaging, I also dug this up from an ancient hard drive: high-res box art! I do believe that hasn't been seen in all its glory in quite some time, either. I'm not a fan of Atomic Planet's Mega Man art, but you have to give them credit for trying to recapture the essence of Inafune's nostalgic style.
So do enjoy the art. Document it, archive it. Whatever. It's all we have left of this cancelled gem.