LEGO browser game rips off Mega Man

Capcom were recently in the headlines over allegedly blatantly copying an indie developer. Hopefully they’d recovered from that, because they’re up there again – this time, on the other side of the fence.

Y’see, Capcom are the developers of Mega Man Battle Network, a nifty little title that sees you playing battle cards and battling enemies from the Mega Man universe.

Now though, there’s Lego’s browser-based Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash!, and the similarities are striking.

Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash!

Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash!

Mega Man Battle Network

Mega Man Battle Network

Not only does it look pretty similar, but the gameplay’s not too different, either. You’re placed on a 3×3 grid, facing off against your opponent who has their own nine-square space. As with most games, the battle is won when your opponent’s hit points decrease to zero. You can speed the process up by selecting special attacks from a series of Spinjitzu battle cards, and throwing kunai with the space bar. Sounds awfully reminiscent of the mechanic in MMBN, right down to the equivalent of the Mega Buster. A closer look at the Spinjitzu cards reveal abilities that closely resemble the Battle Cards in MMBN, too.

Could just be a coincidence, you say? A clever sod has looked inside the source data for Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash! – and has found a bunch of legitimate Battle Network graphical assets hiding inside. Oops…

Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash! Sprites

Assets from Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash! that Mega Man in there too?

So – Capcom, how do you feel now the shoe’s on the other foot? Is imitation still the sincerest form of flattery? This one might take the homage a little too far.

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