With still 36 days left to collect funds, an officially licensed Mega Man board game has been successfully funded via Kickstarter.
Texas-based Jasco Games, probably best known for their Universal Fighting System collectible card game, felt they wanted to honor Mega Man in the only way they knew how. It’s clear that Jasco has a few fans of the Blue Bomber on staff, since their Kickstarter page describes the project as a “love letter to one of the best videogame characters of all time.” Jasco is working directly with Capcom to make sure that the character designs for all game pieces and the art used are as authentic as possible.
The game sees players move a Mega Man figurine around a circular board and take on classic Mega Man robot masters like Elec Man and Bomb Man in an attempt to level up enough to overcome Dr. Wily’s castle and win. When it’s not a player’s turn, however, they can actually take control of the robot masters themselves to cause grief for opposing players, making it a true test of strategy.
Mega Man: The Board Game is meant to be played with 2-8 players. The core game will feature four robot master game pieces, four Mega Man game pieces, and one Dr. Wily game piece, as well as four robot master game boards, four pre-constructed 40 card player decks, and much more.
As the team surpasses more and more stretch goals, Jasco promises to make the core game larger and larger, with a Guts Man board already being added now that the project has amassed more than $184,000 as of this story’s posting. The next stretch goal is set for $210,000.
As a Mega Man fan myself, this is great to see. I can’t wait to test how the game plays when it’s finally finished. At the same time, though, it’s very sad, since it seems that everyone besides Capcom wants to see another Mega Man game of some kind made.