Keiji Inafune, the Inafking (as he's known in credit sequences for his old games) descended from his Inafthrone recently to offer his approval of the grassroots "100,000 Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3" community, in a post on his blog.

"All these fans with such strong emotions really do have an intense passion for the game," Inafune said. "I am really glad to hear this." Inafune said he felt the "warmth" of fans' passion for the canceled Mega Man Legends 3 Project, and said he would continue cheering for his "juniors" to bring it back.

Inafune offered an interesting psychological explanation for the tenacity of Mega Man fans: "While playing classic [Mega Man], for a while I found it too difficult and wanted to give up," the former Capcom exec said. "But even then, I would desperately continue to clear the stage. Nobody can forget the feeling of finally beating Wilys stage after all that work, defeating the UFO and watching the ending." The obstacle in front of fans now -- the "Dr. Wily" -- is Capcom.

[Thanks, Logan!]

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