Mega Maker, a Mario Maker-style editor for Mega Man, is available now. This clever adaptation of the popular Super Mario Maker game for 3DS and Wii U isn’t made by Capcom though, it’s a fan project.
A team of dedicated Mega Man fans put their off-time into the non-commercial project simply out of passion for the property. As such, Mega Maker is free to download right now and is fully featured and playable as is.
And what a feature set Mega Maker employs. Mega Maker features assets and core features from the first 6 Mega Man games, with plans to add additional content from Mega Man 7 and its successors in time.
On top of that, Mega Maker even adds in some content of its own. Two new boss powers, a reflect shield and a hover tornado, have been added to Mega Maker. The team seems interested in adding powers that can lead to really creative levels being made.
Here’s a summarized list of just how much content the Mega Maker team has made available in their game:
“The stage builder allows you to select from 46 enemies, 29 level objects, 12 bosses, 24 special weapons, 40 backgrounds, 129 tilesets, 63 music tracks and more! On top of that, there’s an interactive tutorial to help you get going, several quality-checked example levels, customization for your in-game profile, the ability to rate other people’s levels, controller support and several other features to discover.”
Players are able to upload their levels online as well as search for pre-made levels in-game. It’s likely the most important feature for a game like Mega Maker, beyond the core level-creation tools themselves. While the search and sort functionality could use some more robust features like rating and completion percentage, just this basic online implementation should be enough to ensure Mega Maker has a healthy community going forward.
The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Capcom will grow unhappy with the project and ask the developers to shut it down. That Mega Maker made it to launch says a lot, as fan projects that are found particularly egregious to publishers usually get shut down before the public can get their hands on them. Capcom is often lenient with fan projects when compared to companies like Nintendo, but it still will put its foot down when it feels it necessary.
There are three areas of focus that typically lead to the shutdown of fan-made projects. The first is if the project is making money off the creator’s assets, which is why most mods and fan-games are free. Mega Maker is free, so it’s safe here, and the team isn’t even asking for donations. The second is whether the game or mod uses official assets, though some companies are more lenient than others. Capcom is historically lenient in this area, so Mega Maker‘s extensive use of Mega Man assets isn’t by itself a mark of doom.
The third area is where things might get complicated for Mega Maker. Fan games get shut down when they’re seen as competitive with the original creator’s own products or a forthcoming release. Mega Maker could potentially allow players to completely recreate classic Mega Man games and make them available entirely for free, all while Capcom is actively working to rerelease those games. The Mega Man Legacy Collection is great and worth supporting, so it’d be terrible for Mega Maker to undercut that. And there’s always the possibility of Capcom releasing a Mega Maker-like game itself.
For the time being, at least, Mega Maker is available and worth enjoying for what it is – a great idea made by passionate fans of the Mega Man franchise. It could be gone tomorrow, or it might be updated for years to come. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to play more Mega Man.
Mega Maker is available as a free download right now exclusively on PC.
Source: Mega Maker