Anyone who has read previous posts should be in no doubt that I am not a football fan. Recently, the only way I have found I've enjoyed a soccer game was by pretending it wasn't a soccer game at all. Yet despite my dislike of "the beautiful game" I have actively sought out one specific soccer game for many months. It's been on my wish list even though IGN called it "one of the worst soccer games you’ll ever play". So why would I be so keen to play bad game based on a sport I dislike? The reason is simple, on the box is a bomber wearing blue armour. If my previous posts make it clear that I don't like football games, equally apparent should be how much I enjoy 'Mega Man' games. I like them so much that even a picture of the series protagonist on a box makes me keen to play a football game; it's surprising the things you'll do for love.
While Mega and Skull Man are good all-around characters that perform well in any position, Ice or Gemini Men are perfect strikers thanks to their great speed. But the characteristics of classic Robot Masters extend beyond the characters themselves. Stadiums too are tied to their unique quirks; evidently Pharaoh Man loves to play football in the middle of the desert and Fire Man doesn’t even let an erupting volcano prevent him from a kick about.
You have to wonder what motivated Capcom to sell what is essentially an incomplete game, were they pushed to meet an unreachable delivery deadline or did they simply loose faith in the whole game? Initially, everyone had such high hopes for the game perhaps seeing a lucrative franchise expansion opportunity. Series artists Ryuji Higurashi even has gone on record to say that the most recognisable Robot Master from the series including Guts Man and Heat Man were originally kept back for as possible sequel. It was a follow up that was never going to be, as this game was critically panned and overlooked in shops. ‘Mega Man Soccer’ remains the worst reviewed of all the 16 and 8 bit ‘Mega Man’ games. It’s the only Snes game from the series to see a release in America but not Europe, even though Soccer as a sport is much more popular internationally than it is in the states.