Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mega Man & Bass FC "Demake" Fan-Game In The Works


For those of you with good longterm memory, you may recall a small series of fan-games by a group called Mend who produced "de-makes" of both Rockman 7 and Rockman 8. These de-makes became known as Rockman 7FC and Rockman 8FC ("FC" meaning "Famicom"). Way back in 2009, we reported that the group was also looking at de-making Rockman Rockman (Mega Man Powered Up), Rockman Mega World (Mega Man: The Wily Wars) and Rockman & Forte (Mega Man & Bass). Unfortunately those projects never reached completion.

However, there is now renewed hope for a Rockman & Forte de-make in the form of "Mega Man & Bass FC"!

 



However, there is now renewed hope for a Rockman & Forte de-make in the form of "Mega Man & Bass FC"! Revealed on YouTube and Twitter by Triple Squid, this project originally started out as a late April Fools prank last year. Triple Squid released a fake trailer for an 8-bit Mega Man & Bass project as it was also around the time of Mega Man & Bass' 21st anniversary. After the video was released, a lot of people believed the project was the real deal. 

Fast forward to April 2020, Triple Squid received a message from Kensuyjin33 (a past sprite contributor for the Mega Man X Corrupted fan game) and the rest, as they say, is history. They are now a team of 1 programmer, 7 spriters and 3 composers all working to bring this project to fruition! You can check out the full reveal trailer below.




No release date has been set for this project yet; these things take time to complete, after all! But you can check out Triple Squid's Twitter here and their YouTube channel here for any updates.

What a great way to celebrate Mega Man & Bass' 22nd anniversary! Looking forward to being able to play Mega Man & Bass in 8-bit!

Sources - Triple Squid

23 comments:

  1. I feel like these guys (this guy?) are already overextending. Showing off the basic engine and part of one level really doesn't wow me. But… I'll try and stay optimistic about this project. After all, I've been waiting for this since playing Rockman 8 FC… which was okay, so.

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  2. Hopefully they can fix the awful level design.

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    1. Nah, it's fine for the most part. Not to mention more interesting than your usual Mega Man levels. Just some small changes here and there to remove some unfair moments will do.

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    2. Well, GOOD LUCK WITH MEGA MAN V (GB)!

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  3. I like 8-bit demakes.
    But I would like to see a Megaman 3 with Rockman & Forte 16-bit graphics instead.

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    1. Did u see that end scene from vid gn might be in the game

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  4. Does this group create these de-makes because they're stuck in the past like some fans are and don't like anything that isn't 8-bit Mega Man?

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    1. No, I think it's because the original games have some design flaws / changes that make them not fall in line with the earlier games, so re-imagining them as more classic-styled games is a good bit of fun.

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    2. Yeah, probably. If not at least that's who their audience is.

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    3. Glove, I feel like that could be done without using an aesthetic that doesn't match the original game.

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    4. Really? I thought people made "demakes" and "8-bit" games because they take less work to make graphics and music for; "laziness," if you will~

      I mean, yeah, there's always gonna be a market for "retro" games… but when 99% of all noteworthy Mega Man fan games are NES-style, that's pretty lame.

      But, that's just my opinion.

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    5. Then maybe I can bestow a little enlightenment: I've been in advance drawing classes and part of our course is to watch contemporary artists and discuss them with fellow classmates. Long story short, some artists look to the past and actually use the same methods artists they are inspired by use. For instance, Walton Ford using printmaking to mimic Audubon's 19th-century naturalist art style, and Csaba Markus using a painting technique, the Sfumato, that's most famously used by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. To be able to use the methods and techniques that some consider "obsolete" requires a lot of time researching, practicing, and ultimately appreciating the effort put into creating the original art pieces. For me, it amazes me how rich in detail and colorful a picture of Donald Duck looks when made in metal embossing. It just shows how much work was done not only with the fan made "demakes" but also with the official ones like Mega Man 9 & 10: "If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it."

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    6. Yeah OK art guy. I prefer Rock/Mega Man not to be stuck in 8-bit as its main appeal, thank you very much. No amount of da Vinci academia "art studies" is going to change that.

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    7. glovetheglove, you could make that argument about literally any video game series, so a de-make isn't really the answer, but I guess some people will never stop hating on 7 and 8 like they were bad games just because they weren't 8-bit. If that's the logic they use, it's a pretty weak argument that holds no water.

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    8. ...Honestly. While I won't deny the fact that there are people who hate on Mega Man 7, 8, and MM&B simply because they aren't 8-bit, did it not ever occur to anybody that people create these "de-makes" just for fun?

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    9. Enough with 8-bitMay 4, 2020 at 10:42 PM

      Krazy Monkey, no. Absolutely not.

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  5. As long as the gameplay/controls aren't as sluggish as the MM8 demake, I'll be checking this out.

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    1. I don't feel like they were. Someone got any examples?

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  6. I liked their work with 8 since it made for a more challenging experience. It did lose some of the game's charm and more interesting features, but it was an acceptable trade-off for the ability to play any one stage and better bosses.

    I played 7FC after, but it didn't feel as good since it was really close to what 7 already was other than aesthetic elements. I'm interested to see what will be changed from he SFC version, but Mega Man and Bass is already more challenging and has faster controls than Mega Man 8, so the experience will probably be a bit less of a novelty than 8FC.

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  7. I wish we could play with protoman

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  8. Some people got it wrong already, so...
    This demake isn't made by the same people who made Rockman 7 FC and Rockman 8 FC. So there's that.

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