If your Mega Man itch wasn't scratched by the lackluster Mighty No. 9 or the latest Legacy Collection repackaging, this new fan game might be what you're looking for. Since 2009, game developer / animator Peter Sjöstrand has been working on Mega Man 2.5D, a free-to-download PC game starring the blue bomber and a collection of his old Robot Master nemeses. Sjöstrand published the completed version of his project yesterday, along with a new release trailer that you can watch above.
While the project began as a 2.5D remake of Mega Man 2 and 3, Sjöstrand has made lots of changes over the years, turning Mega Man 2.5D into a classic Mega Man reimagining that borrows from the majority of the NES-era series, including 2008's Mega Man 9. The complete game features eight Robot Masters and levels ranging from Mega Man 2 to 9; even Time Man, exclusive to the PSP remake Mega Man Powered Up, makes an appearance. Players can run through the campaign as Mega Man or Proto Man, and the game includes local 2-player co-op, a VS mode, 2.5D visuals, beautifully remixed music, and more.
You can download the full game from Sjöstrand's website. Capcom doesn't appear to have the same DMCA-happy history as Nintendo, but to be safe you might want to grab it sooner rather than later if interested. So far I've only played a little bit for myself, but while it's not AM2R quality, it feels appropriately challenging for a game of its style.
Have you given Mega Man 2.5D a shot? What's your favorite fan game, if any? Let us know in the comments!