What’s this? Another Mega Man game for the Nintendo DS? Two new games you say? Capcom is at it again, today announcing another entry in the Mega Man Star Force series. You can choose from Black Ace or Red Joker, both with their own unique items and powers that can be shared over the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. That’s a neat feature if you’ve got a friend as into Mega Man as you know you are.

The Star Force games are a blend of action and RPG elements, with unlockable powers coming from defeating boss characters and collecting “battle cards”. This time around, you can also earn random upgrades through “Noise Changes”, of which there are over 100 in each version of the title. This will make joining forces fun, as you work your way through to enhance your character as much as possible.

It’s nice to see an addition to the series, as Capcom occasionally hears complaints about sequels being too much like the previous entries. Black Ace and Red Joker will both be available in early summer of 2009. Check out the screens and art in the gallery!

From Capcom:


Black Ace and Red Joker Double the Possibilities

Capcom‚®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Mega Man Star ForceTM 3 (MMSF3) for Nintendo DSTM will be coming to North America in early summer 2009. MMSF3 will come in two different versions, Black Ace and Red Joker, allowing two friends to share unique items and powers utilizing the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, enhancing their individual characters.

As in the previous games, MMSF3 is a unique blend of action and role-playing game (RPG), combining the high intensity combat that is the hallmark of Mega Man‚® games with Star Force’s strategic battle system. By defeating enemies and boss characters, players earn “battle cards” that enhance and evolve Mega Man’s abilities and attacks.

New to MMSF3 are “Noise Changes,” random enhancements that change Mega Man’s form and unlock new abilities. The two versions of the game, Black Ace and Red Joker, each have over 100 unique Noise Types that can be combined with Mega Man to unlock elemental powers based on earth, air, water and fire. The new Noise feature will add an exciting randomness to battles, encouraging players to explore, collect and battle across the digital world of MMSF3.

In MMSF3, players will travel between the physical world and the digital world via electromagnetic waves that form “wave roads.” Geo Stelar, the protagonist of the game, can see these wave roads through usage of his unique “visualiser” tool. Once in the digital world, Geo can merge with the electronic life-form known as Omega-Xis to become Mega Man. The wave roads are being overrun by mysterious “noise” that change the player’s environment and powers in different ways. This noise is being generated by an approaching gigantic meteor that threatens both the physical and digital worlds of MMSF3, forcing Geo Stellar and his crew to fight the oncoming threat to save two worlds. Fortunately, Mega Man discovers that he can control the Noise, using the new “Noise Change” system to transform into many different forms, including the ultimate “Black Ace” or “Red Joker” forms.

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