The “super fighting robot” and crew are returning with a brand new animated series, planned for 2017.
The 90’s were home to many video game-related cartoons, woven into the Saturday morning cartoon-marathon. Some of them may be “cringe-worthy” by today’s standards, but many of gaming’s TV counterparts helped to flesh out the world of each franchise, and make an attempt at appealing to a wider audience. “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show”, “The Legend of Zelda”, “Captain N: The Game Master” failed to survive past the 90’s, however Sonic the Hedgehog continued to appear in several cartoon series, with “Sonic the Hedgehog”, “Sonic Underground” and the more recent “Sonic X”.
Capcom’s own blue bomber had his own animated series, with “Mega Man” airing on US television from Sept. 1994 to Dec. 1995. The 27-episode saga featured the escapades and conflicts between Mega Man, Roll and Dr. Light, and series antagonist Dr. Wily. Each episode contained an original story separate from the video game franchise, while managing to showcase every Robot Master from the first six Mega Man NES titles. Episode 26, “Mega X” was the only episode in the series to feature characters from the Mega Man X saga.
A new report from film and TV enthusiasts Deadline states that Mega Man will return to the small screen with a brand new animated series. Targeted for a 2017 debut, the new cartoon is in production from studio Dentsu Entertainment USA and Man of Action Entertainment. Dentsu will be responsible for worldwide broadcasting and distribution rights, with Man of Action providing animation and writing. Man of Action’s previous works include “Ultimate Spider-Man”, “Ben 10” and “Avengers: Assemble”.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Mega Man franchise; as of last December, more than 120 Mega Man titles have been released across over a dozen platforms.
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