Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man have a lot in common. Of course, they’re both blue, but there are many other similarities as well. I’m not going to go too in-depth on this, as this isn’t a post about their similarities. But this is worth mentioning as it helps show where I’m coming from with this article.
Both Sonic and Mega Man fight against mad scientists who sport outlandish mustaches Sonic has Dr. Robotnik/Eggman and Mega Man has Dr. Wily.
Both blue heroes also have red rivals. Sonic has fought against Knuckles countless times, but they are ultimately friends. Knuckles prefers to do things on his own, rather than teaming up with Sonic. And much like Sonic and Knuckles, Mega Man has Proto Man. Mega Man and Proto Man have done battle against each other many times as well. But the two also have a brotherly relationship where Proto Man helps Mega Man out when he needs it, but he prefers to work alone. And these are just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s many other similarities as well, such as Bass and Metal Sonic being created as doppelgangers for the heroes. Of course, Shadow can also fit in as the Sonic universe’s Bass, since Shadow and Bass also team up with the heroes at times. Metal Sonic never really teams up with Sonic, apart from the 1999 anime movie.
But moving on…
Of course, as many of you most likely know, Archie publishes comics based on both characters. And as you might also be aware of, they’ve created a crossover of the two comics where Sonic and Mega Man join up against their two adversaries, Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily.
This got many people thinking, “Why doesn’t SEGA and Capcom develop a crossover game?” Sonic and Mega Man have both lost a lot of momentum over the years. So why not give it a try and see what happens? I’m sure SEGA would be up for it, as they’ve tried almost everything possible with Sonic. And Capcom has also taken a lot of crazy risks with Mega Man (i.e. Legends, Battle Network.) Both great series by the way.
Just imagine a game in the vein of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, where you choose either Sonic or Mega Man, and go though stages designed for each character. It would be more of a platformer rather than a run-at-breakneck speeds to the end while holding the boost button. The boost button needs to go, seriously SEGA. Sonic may be about speed, but Sonic Team tends to focus too much on that aspect while forgetting everything else. What made the classic Sonic games so great to me wasn’t just the speed, it was the platforming. Sonic 4 was a step in the right direction.
Some consider the original Mega Man series (1-10) to be stale because it’s stuck with the 2D platforming style. While Sonic has been trying to find his place in the 3D world for years now only to be left behind by Mario, who seemed to mesh into 3D with ease. If SEGA and Capcom learned from each other’s mistakes with Sonic and Mega Man, they could find the perfect way to revive their characters. And why not start that revival with a crossover game? This could be exactly what they need.
Do you think a crossover game would be a good idea or not? If so, what would you like implemented into this game?