Monday, September 12, 2016

Game Time: Mega Man (1994)

Capcom's long running video game star, Mega Man, made his first foray into television in 1994, but his series lasted just 1 year (1994-5) before being cancelled. Capcom executives made that decision based on declining toy sales.

However, the series has been kept alive in another medium, thanks to a licensing deal with Archie Comics that resulted in a series of comic books published over the last few years. Archie has similarly had success with a long running series based on Sonic the Hedgehog, which would explain why Mega Man made an easy transition to the printed page. Ruby-Spears co-produced this first series, and we say first because Mega Man is due to return next year. Steven Seagle and the Man of Action studio (Ultimate Spider-Man, Ben 10) is working on the revival.

If Dr. Light's voice should happen to be relatively familiar, well, it should, if you're a fan of Highlander. Jim Byrnes, who played Joe Dawson on Highlander and previously had appeared on Wiseguy, made one of his first voice acting appearances in this series.

For now, here's the first episode, "The Beginning":



Rating: B.

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