I was planning on providing a rundown of my favorite picks from TGS this week, but my attention was diverted by Mega Man 9. Not necessarily by the game, mind you, but by the proclamation that Capcom was making the much-lauded MM9 press kits available to the public.
I was one of the many Mega Man fans who clamored to get even half a pinkie on one of them — was fully willing to prostrate myself before Capcom, holding out wads of cash, just for the chance to purchase this completely ridiculous and unnecessary item. So how did it go? Well…
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Capcom didn’t mince words; from the start, they told us these were going to be in extremely limited supply at 200 or so. Over at Capcom-Unity, their community blog site, they ran a promotion that allowed a select few of its members a random chance to get a kit — a good publicity tool, by all means. It got me to register, for one! But I wasn’t one of the lucky.
As for the remainder, it was announced they would be available on the Capcom Store at six p.m. EST this past Thursday, October 9th. I laughed maniacally to myself and prepared to camp out at my computer, not unlike how you would at a brick-and-mortar for a new console. I would hold the separate societies of Monsteropolis in my grasp, much like Dr. Wily himself!
As six o’clock came, I refreshed and refreshed, but to no avail; that intentionally ugly box was nowhere to be seen on the store’s front page. Suspecting something was up, I checked one of the subcategories; sure enough, there it was, neatly hidden away on the last page of the Mega Man section. Capcom, you jokers! I don’t think I’ve ever completed an order so fast; my confirmation email verified that my order was placed at 6:05. Phew. I could rest easy.
A few hours later, I checked my email again — to find my precious item was backordered. Oh, God, no! I jumped back on Capcom-Unity to find this. A complete sell-out in four minutes?! I had just missed the gravy train to Monsteropolis. Some hope showed itself when they revealed that none of the kits were in their warehouse, so technically, all of them were backordered. But no other information has been divulged since, and as I type this, I’ve given up on the chance that I’ll be one of the chosen.
Clearly, people love Mega Man 9. Clearly, people want a chance to own one of these kits — “clearly” defined as $200 or more on average. All I ask of you, Capcom, is that you save your kits from the evil realm of eBay scalpers and print another run! For, you know, everlasting peace.