Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version launching with 3DS eShop

Capcom has officially taken the wraps off Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version, revealing pretty much what we guessed it would be: an early, downloadable chunk of the 3DS game. Though Legends 3 itself doesn't have a release date yet, the Prototype Version will be out when the 3DS eShop launches in late May.

The Prototype Version introduces a new playable character, Barrett, and offers a few missions from " a game still early in the development process." Once those missions are complete, players will have access to a debug mode and areas of the game that have yet to be completed.

Check out a trailer after the break, which shows not only the first footage of the Prototype Version but the first actual footage we've seen of Legends 3.

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After years of waiting, the new installment of Mega Man Legends draws closer with Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version. Available as a download, Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version will be a launch title when Nintendo eShop opens for business.
Mega Man Legends 3 is the first Capcom game to be co-developed by the fans. Prototype Version gives players the first taste of Mega Man's upcoming open-world action/adventure game, and lets them see a game still early in the development process. It also introduces a new character to the franchise, the reckless leader of a sky biker gang, Barrett.
Be the first to try out his new close combat gameplay style, and see first-hand some of the fan contributions to the game come to life. Also, once you have finished the core missions, receive access to areas of the game not yet finished, as well as a debug menu that gives you special moves and abilities.
Once you experience the game, let your voice be heard by heading to and join the community of Servbots who are helping design the game. Get insight into what it takes to build a game, learn about the development process, and interact with the members of the Development Team themselves. But most importantly, be creative. No matter how large or small your idea is, you have the chance to see it come to life and get your name in the credits of the game!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.