Release Date: November 05, 2021

In 2010, Capcom announced Mega Man Universe, a game that let you make your own Mega Man levels! The announcement came with a fantastic claymation trailer of Mega Man, Ryu, and Sir Arthur fighting off enemies. I was excited about this game. But in less than a year, Capcom canceled Mega Man Universe. I always wondered what happened to this game because I thought it had a lot of potential. Five years later, Super Mario Maker proved how popular this game concept could be. I finally decided to look into what happened. It turns out this story is about way more than just one game.

Mega Man Universe might be one of the most modern games I have ever made a video on!


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