Rockman DASH 3: quite possibly the second most demanded Rockman title in the brand's history next to Rockman 9.
For the past couple of years, we've listened to Inafune's desires to finally create the game, but as he has pointed out, money stands in his way. Creating a fully fledged, 3D Rockman title in this generation is a financial risk, due in part to the franchise's recent inability to make profits off of non Shooting Star series titles (ZX Advent=bomb, Rockman Rockman=bomb, Irregular Hunter X=bomb, Rockman 9=unknown, but looking good!).
But, how do we know for sure a third DASH won't flop? How can Capcom assure themselves that fans really do want to reprise their role as Rockman Volnutt? To return to the "world covered by endless water?" To see the shining faces of the 41 Kobuns again? Simple: Test the waters.
I wholeheartedly believe it's time Capcom created an "accessible side story" DASH title, one that isn't a cell phone game (*cough* "5 Island Adventure" *cough*). I'm talking about something on the DS or even WiiWare or XBLA, something that can be approached by a wide audience.
The demand for a new DASH title is there, so why not test the strength of the demand with a "new" DASH game that won't cost $15 million to produce?
Of course, we must recognize that the colorful characters from the series have never "disappeared", for they are constantly making cameo appearances in other Capcom titles. But, as much as I love these characters, I would much rather play a game with them in the spotlight. Honestly, I grow tired of seeing Rockman Volnutt face off against Ryu and Morrigan. I want to punt dogs again, utterly destroy Bonne mechs and yes, sneak a peek a Roll once more.
You know, I could even go for a port. Port older DASH titles to downloadable services or better yet, release a compilation disc. The three PSX titles are hard enough to find as is; you'd think it would be wise to release all three on a sole disc for the sake of accesability. Alas, Capcom has yet to even hint of something like this coming to fruition.
In closing, before a DASH 3 can be fully appreciated, Capcom may want to consider releasing a new game or ports to test the interest in the series. If it's successful, you bet we'll see a DASH 3. If not...well, I'd rather not think about that.