Mega Man 8 [a] is an action - platform video game developed and released by Capcom in It was directed by Hayato Kaji, who had previously worked on the series as an artist. Keiji Inafune, who was also an artist for the series, was given the role of producer after the departure of Tokuro Fujiwara who had been producer for the series since Mega Man 2. It is the eighth installment in the original Mega Man series , and was initially released in Japan on the PlayStation in
Both received high praise on the graphical and audio quality, however the plot and gameplay were panned at the time of release as somewhat derivative, often being compared to the Mega Man X series from which it did borrow several mechanics. Although this element's function is more remniscent of its appearance in Mega Man Powered Up , acting as an end goal for the level rather than dropping items. After seemingly being overlooked in the sneak peeks for 1. Version 1. As of Version 1. This also includes the intro music that plays at the beginning of the Robot Master boss theme. Since this game originally released on the PlayStation 1 and Sega Saturn, no official 8-bit assets exist for this game.
The game is the first in the classic series to feature anime-style full-motion videos FMV in order to tell the story and is the first and only game aside from the DOS game Mega Man 3 in which Mega Man is capable of swimming. The game also marks the tenth anniversary of the Mega Man franchise, and limited copies were released with a color history booklet called "Mega Man Anthology" celebrating the series' history. Like other games in the series, it takes place in an unspecified year during the 21st century 20XX. The game opens as two alien robots engage in a climactic battle in the depths of space. Ultimately both of them plummet towards Earth , critically injured. Meanwhile, on Earth, Mega Man and his canine companion Rush are caught in a skirmish with his rival Bass , who still wants to prove himself to be stronger than Mega Man. Thanks to the timely intervention of Roll , who was bringing a message from Dr. Light , Mega Man manages to subdue Bass long enough to leave.