Capcom, one of the biggest names in the video games industry, appears to be up for sale. Stockholders have decided to remove safeguards that had put in place to prevent another company from purchasing a stock majority. This could cause a significant shift in the games industry since Capcom owns the rights to some of the biggest properties in video games history.
This announcement broke yesterday and the internet has been abuzz with speculation about who will buy them. We have no idea yet who is even thinking of buying a majority stake in Capcom, but it seems like everyone has a preference.
I know this is not very likely to happen, but why not jump in with my own wishes? Maybe someone will listen!
Please buy Capcom.
Sure. I know. My love for Nintendo is well documented so of course I want them to buy Capcom. But, I actually have reasons (and logical ones at that)!
The biggest advantage to purchasing Capcom would be access to their intellectual properties. Owning the intellectual property would give them the ability to start production on games for Nintendo consoles using them. Here are some of of the best:
Nintendo has a long list of first party platformers. Viewtiful Joe would fit right in. The main character and story would even fit nicely into our current pop culture trends. He would also be a welcome addition in other Mario themed games like Mario Kart and Smash Brothers (Smash is almost too good to pass up on since he is a brawler)!
The original Ghosts’n Goblins was one of the hardest games I have ever played. It was also a great looking game for its time. Nintendo could use this franchise to capitalize on both nostalgia AND the current movement towards extreme difficulty all at once.
Breath of Fire
Nintendo has a handheld console: the 3DS. You may have heard of it once or twice while reading our site. Breath of Fire was one of the most popular role playing games during the Super Nintendo era. The 3DS would be an excellent home for a new game in the series.
This is the big one here folks. Mega Man is a franchise whose fan base has been begging for more games for years. Sadly, Capcom has botched this process so many times that Keiji Inafune, the original creator of Mega Man, jumped ship and is creating his own game (Mighty #9). This is an opportunity for Nintendo to take the franchise and give it the rebirth it deserves. They have managed to take Super Mario Brothers and release new games almost every year to critical and commercial success. Kirby, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi all get similar treatments. Mega Man would fit into that rotation very well to the delight of fans everywhere.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments!