We've all had a hearty laugh at Street Fighter X Tekken's take on the Blue Bomber -- part homage and part caricature. For better or worse, people will be talking about fat, middle-aged Mega Man for years to come. Still, how exactly did the artists settle on such a bizarre look for one of gaming's most noticeable icons?
When Inafune still worked at Capcom, he suggested a more "unique" look for Mega's inclusion in SFxT. The artists submitted various concepts, many (or perhaps all) of which were collected in Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks, a book available in Japan. In that massive tome, we learn that not only did Mega go through a few wardrobe changes, he also got aged up and down numerous times.
In the photos below, we see variations of Mega's gold-blue costume as well as one modeled more after his traditional outfit. There's also a "bad box art" design that looks more like X in gold armor. Then there are the teenage designs, including one that turns his armor into a hoodie. To top it all off, Roll underwent a few revisions as well.
It's amazing how wildly different things could have turned out. Is there any design among these that you would have preferred?
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