December 17th is Mega Man‘s birthday. This year, specifically, the little blue guy turns 25, and to celebrate, Capcom has produced something very special. Street Fighter X Mega Man is an 8-bit style crossover collaboration between two amazing franchises, and if that wasn’t good enough, it’s absolutely free to download, right now!
What we have here is the Blue Bomber coupled with a whole bunch of Street Fighter characters who have been “retro-ized” and used to replace the Robot Masters. Your task is simple: Beat them, acquire their powers, and take on the next guy.
You can grab the game from our file library – it is completely free, no DRM and no login restrictions.
Capcom‘s Brett Elston explains how this all came about:
…this is a true collaboration between Capcom and its fans. Singapore superfan Seow Zong Hui (maybe you’ve seen his Dhalsim skills?) approached our own Christian Svensson back at EVO 2012 with the skeleton of SFxMM running on a laptop. Seeing the potential and serendipitous opportunity, Sven shared it with GregaMan and I a week later. We evaluated (aka played to death) it and said uh yeah, this is pretty damn cool. Then it all started coming together.
As well as Street Fighter X Mega Man the game, there is also an amazing 8-bit soundtrack from A_Rival. In the true spirit of the project, he’s created a thoroughly unique collection of tunes by taking bits and pieces of both Street Fighter and Mega Man soundtracks and generally smooshing them together.
Street Fighter X Mega Man is a tiny 30MB file, and even though it works perfectly on “all manner of low-end laptops”, we’ve been hearing reports that it tends to chug a bit if you’re running a lot of other stuff on your PC. Try cycling through view options (F4), and maybe closing all your browser tabs.