After years of begging, years of toiling, and years of trying desperately to get Capcom to make a new Mega Man game, the company finally heeded the call of gamers and revived the Blue Bomber from his long digital slumber. Following a surprise appearance in Super Smash Bros., for the Wii U, and seeing how popular the character was in the game, Capcom decided to finally give Mega Man his own outing in the canonically sequential Mega Man 11. Recently the company announced that the Mega Man 11 demo is currently available for all home consoles. You can download a digital version of the demo right now for the Xbox One, PS4,or the Nintendo Switch. All you have to do is go to the respective digital distribution portal and grab the demo from the page.
The announcement yesterday from the Mega Man Twitter account was to declare that you could download the demo for the Nintendo Switch by going to the Nintendo eShop and scrolling to Mega Man 11 and then on the pre-purchase page instead of clicking to buy the game you can select to download the demo for the game. The demo is really tiny in size and shouldn't take up too much space.
A day later the demo is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I'm not entirely sure why there was a day-delay in getting the demo out there for the other two consoles, but it's out there now. You can navigate to it for the PS4 by going to the demos tab on the PlayStation Store from the dashboard, or by using your web browser and going to the PlayStation Store page and searching for Mega Man 11 in the search bar. You can then have it remotely download to your PS4 if you have that feature enabled and your PS4 in sleep mode.
You can easily access the demo for the Xbox One by navigating to the Xbox Store from the main dashboard and going to the games page and selecting the demos tab. You should see it right there.
The demo itself only contains one full level from Mega Man 11, where the Blue Bomber faces off against Block Man. Capcom also has a Block Man Challenge, where they're encouraging gamers to defeat the boss and post the results online under the #BustBlockMan hashtag. Capcom also unveiled another new boss called Bounce Man, who has his very own bouncy-themed stage, which will appear in the full version of the game.
You have a number of gameplay mechanics on full display in the demo, including two preset powers you can choose from and the ability to make use of the new Dual Gear gauge. It's an interesting mechanic for the 2D platformer, as it allows players to use the left and right bumpers to activate either a power gear or a speed gear. The power gear grants Mega Man dual buster shots, so he does double the damage. The speed gear slows down everything around him so that players can make break-neck decisions without having to deal with break-neck speeds. The gears have limited use and will overheat if they're activated for too long, causing a long cooldown period to commence. It's a neat little feature that could garner some strong use during gameplay.
Mega Man 11 is set to launch in full for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, and Xbox One starting October 2nd.